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EAC Discovery Park Campus presents “Who Came After the Salado?”

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[Click Image to Enlarge] Objects excavated by archaeologists at Santa Cruz, including three shards of commonly found pottery types (from left, Majolica, Tanque Verde Red-on-brown, and Mimbres Black-on-white) and a pottery candlestick. The candlestick, made of local Sobaipuri Plainware rather than the usual bronze or iron, represents the mixing of the Spanish and Pima cultures. [EAC – Contributed photo.]

By Jeanné Schaser

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus will present a free, family-friendly, lecture on Saturday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m., in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park Campus, entitled, “Who Came After the Salado? Sobaipuri and Canutillo Complexes.” This will be the final presentation by dean of Discovery Park Campus, Harry Swanson, who is retiring in June.

“We have given many presentations about the Salado Horizon peoples (Anasazi, Hohokam, Mogollon, and others), particularly about their heyday of maize and agave agriculture, and about the Apache and Navajo Peoples of Athabaskan origins,” explains Swanson. “There is an apparent gap in the archaeological record between when the people of the Salado agglomeration left and the immigrant Apachean Peoples arrived. Who were the Apachean antecedants? Were there any? These are the questions we will explore in this lecture.”

“This lecture will rely upon some of the ground-breaking work done by archaeologist Demi Seymour, possibly the only professional actively engaged in researching these questions,” continues Swanson. “Hers is difficult work, because the Sobaipuri, some of whom lived in the Klondike area, left a very small archaeological footprint.”

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