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EAC continues free cultural lecture series with “Who were the Hohokam?”

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EAC continues free cultural lecture series with “Who were the Hohokam?”

By Todd Haynie

THATCHER, AZ—The public is invited to the latest in EAC’s continuing anthropology lecture series as Dean Harry Swanson presents, “Who were the Hohokam?” Swanson’s free presentation, suitable for all ages, will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2008, in the Jupiter Room of the Gov Aker Observatory at EAC’s Discovery Park Campus in Safford.

The program will explore the ancient but technologically sophisticated Hohokam society, called the “All used up ones” by the Akimel O’odham. This agricultural people, credited with the introduction of maize into the Southwest, built hundreds of miles of irrigation canals in the desert regions of what is now Phoenix and Tucson. Some of these canals, built over 800 years ago, are still in use today.

The Hohokam are also credited with developing an acid etching process hundreds of years before it was independently discovered by Europeans.

Presumed to be stargazers, it has also been suggested that the great Casa Grande ruin was actually an adobe observatory.

“These amazing and successful people figure prominently in the settlement and migration within the Gila River Valley, so you will not want to miss this great overview presentation,” said Swanson.

For more information about this free presentation or EAC’s Discovery Park Campus, contact Swanson at (928) 428-6260.