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EAC lecture series continues with “Who were the Anasazi?”

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EAC lecture series continues with “Who were the Anasazi?”

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Discover Anthropology Lecture Series will open this spring semester on January 5, at 6:30 p.m., with a slide lecture entitled “Who Were the Anasazi?”

The free lecture, given by Dr. Harry Swanson, will take place in the Jupiter Room of the Gov Aker Observatory located on the College’s Discovery Park Campus.

In his program, Swanson will explain who the Anasazi were by discussing the origin of the name, its meaning, and why modern Pueblo peoples generally prefer the term “Ancestral Pueblo Peoples”.

The lecture will also briefly address the Archaic Period in Southwest culture and explain the many different locations that are claimed to represent the Anasazi culture. Also covered in this lecture will be the contradiction posed by the fact that today’s reported descendants of the Anasazi speak four very different languages.

“This lecture is an important prelude to two future programs which will feature virtual tours of Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde,” said Swanson.

When asked why he is providing so many of these Saturday evening lectures lectures, Swanson replied, “It is my hope that participants will discover the joy of studying other cultures and sign up for one of the many terrific anthropology classes offered by EAC anthropology instructor, Linda Blan on the Thatcher Campus.”

Swanson also said that he strives to provide interesting cultural programming to our community, and the “Discovery Anthropology” lecture series is proving to be a great way of doing that.

“Last semester, we had at least six children who attended in order to do better at their school work,” concluded Swanson. “What better way to secure future enrollment than opening young minds?”

For more information about this upcoming lecture or the Discovery Park Campus, contact Swanson at 428-6260.