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EAC Discovery Park Campus lecture series to present “Who Were the Mogollon?”

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EAC Discovery Park Campus lecture series to present “Who Were the Mogollon?”

By Jeanné Clark

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus lecture and slideshow series will present this semester’s final installment, entitled “Who Were the Mogollon?” This free, family-friendly lecture will be given by Dean Harry Swanson on Saturday, December 6, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park Campus.

The Mogollon were a resourceful people who generally lived at higher altitudes than their contemporaries, such as the desert-dwelling Hohokam, and they made their survival upon the natural mountain resources that surrounded them. Swanson says, “Many students of ancient Southwest history incorrectly credit the Mogollon with introducing pottery to the other cultures in the area, probably because of the beautiful and ornate work accomplished by the Mimbres group of the Mogollon. In fact, it is more likely that the Hohokam were the ones who introduced pottery to the Southwest.”

Swanson will also discuss the importance of the Mogollon to this area. “Our Gila Valley was certainly impacted by the Mogollon, as they, along with the Anasazi, Hohokam, and Salado peoples, began chasing water as an adaptation to the severe droughts that plagued the Southwest in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries,” he says.

“Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Mogollon and their impact on the Gila Valley should attend this free event,” Swanson continues. “We look forward to seeing you all at Discovery Park Campus!”

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