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EAC anthropology lecture series continues with Who Were the Sinagua?

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EAC anthropology lecture series continues with Who Were the Sinagua?

THATCHER, AZ—EAC’s Discovery Park Campus presents the next “Discovering Anthropology at the Discovery Park Campus” lecture series with Who Were the Sinagua? The free multimedia presentation, delivered by Dean Harry Swanson, is suitable for all ages and will take place in the Jupiter Room of the Discovery Park Campus in Safford at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2008.

Over 2,200 years ago, early immigrants moved into the area of Sunset Crater northeast of Flagstaff. Some of this Pre-Columbian culture persisted for the next 1,400 years and developed into a unique and pivotal culture called the Sinagua (without water).

The Sinagua existed as a distinct culture from about 600 AD into the 1400s. They are believed to have joined with the Zuni and Hopi traditions during the great migrations caused by unsettled weather conditions marked primarily by great droughts. During the peak of their success, in the 12th and 13th centuries, they subsisted from the Colorado River in the west to the Petrified Forest in the east, from the Little Colorado River in the north to the Salt River in the south. Now thought of as consisting of northern and southern phases, the Sinagua created great cities such as the pueblos of Wupatki in the Painted Desert of the north and Tuzigoot and Montezuma’s Castle in the Verde Valley of the south.

These great people, once known as the Western Anasazi, are thought to have traded extensively with the Hohokam of the southern deserts, traded and fought with the Kayenta Anazasi, and established dry farming techniques used by the Hopi today.

For more information about this lecture or the Discovery Park Campus, contact Swanson at (928) 428-6260.

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