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EAC’s Discovery Park Campus hosts nationally renowned archaeologist

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[Click Image to Enlarge] The Safford Valley displays a striking juxtaposition of the past and the present, as modern and ancient agricultural fields are situated adjacent to each other in the shadow of Mt. Graham and the Pinaleno Mountains. Image copyright Adriel Heisey.

By Jeanné Clark

THATCHER, AZ—The nationally renowned archaeologist James Neely, professor emeritus at the University of Texas and researcher and writer on the Safford Grid, will give a presentation titled “Prehistoric Agricultural Strategies of the Safford Basin” as part of the EAC Discovery Park Campus Lecture Series. Neely will speak in the Jupiter Room at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2009. This free, family-friendly program is equally well-suited to students, history buffs, and avocational archaeologists.

“Professor Neely has been researching ancient canal systems, check dams, moisture conserving rock piles, and other human-engineered features in our area for several years,” says Harry Swanson, dean of Discovery Park Campus. “He is the co-author of ‘The Safford Grid,’ documentation of what is arguably the most extensive human engineering feat in the Gila Valley. This lecture series presented on that feature, which is north and east of Bryce-Eden, last year. Professor Neely is just now finishing up his research work on the Marijilda area canal systems and will include his findings on that work in this talk.”

“This is a rare chance to learn from one of the ‘great ones.’ He is a very well informed scientist, and we are lucky to have him visit.”

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