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Discovery Park Campus Lecture Series continues on December 11

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Discovery Park Campus Lecture Series continues on December 11

By Todd Haynie

Thatcher, AZ—

Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus will present a free, family-friendly lecture by Rob Jones of the Center for Desert Archaeology entitled, “Mule Creek and the Archaeology of the Upper Gila Valley.” The lecture will take place on Saturday, December 11, at 6:30 p.m., in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park Campus.

“Despite its central location, and its pivotal role in connecting the Hohokam and Ancestral Pueblo worlds in the 14th and 15th centuries A.D., the Upper Gila remains one of the least-studied areas in the American Southwest,” explains Jones.

Jones has been with the Center for Desert Archeology since 2008 as a Preservation Fellow with the Mule Creek Field School and Community Outreach Program where students work at a site on private land near Mule Creek and learn archaeological field techniques in excavation, screening, mapping and survey, and basic artifact analysis.

“Rob is also currently assisting EAC anthropology instructor Linda Blan and the Discovery Park Campus in identifying and creating a display of pottery and artifacts from the Jack and Vera Mills Collection as an extension to the impressive display in the Student Services Building on our main campus in Thatcher,” says Paul Anger, Director of Discovery Park Campus.

Jones received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Georgia and is currently a graduate student at the University of Arizona. He is interested in the intersection of cultural and technical knowledge, and how technological systems and cultural systems interact. He has worked on Mississippian cultural sites in Georgia, on Hohokam villages in and around Tucson, and on proto-historic and historic sites in South Carolina. His master’s thesis concerns ceramic technology at the Point of Pines Pueblo in east central Arizona and his current research is focused on tracing the circulation of obsidian between late prehistoric migrant communities along the Upper Gila River in New Mexico.

“Rob’s excitement in what he is doing will be conveyed in his presentation and will be of interest for all ages,” says Anger.

There will be door prizes, Gallery tours, Space Shuttle simulator rides, and a public viewing of night sky objects through the 20” Tinsley Telescope, all free of charge and minutes away from home.

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