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“Archaeological Sites of the Marana Hohokam Platform Mound Community” Guided Tour
January 27 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
TOUR FULL – WAITING LIST Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Archaeological Sites of the Marana Hohokam Platform Mound Community tour,” guided by archaeologists Paul and Suzanne Fish, will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024, from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon. The tour group will meet at and depart from 13961 N. Sandario Rd., in Marana, Arizona.
University of Arizona archaeologists Dr. Paul R. Fish and Dr. Suzanne K. Fish lead this tour to selected archaeological sites in one of southern Arizona’s largest ancient Hohokam communities. Our visit will include the Marana Platform Mound site (which was surrounded by 40+ residential compounds), a sampling of Hohokam agricultural field locations including specialized ones for agave cultivation, and a secondary compound center on the Tortolita Mountains bajada. The Marana Mound site is one of the very few Hohokam Early Classic period (1150-1300 CE) villages that has wholly escaped the destruction resulting from modern agriculture and urbanization and where adobe-wall remnants can be clearly identified on the surface. We also will visit the location where a segment of the nearly seven-mile-long Marana Mound site canal was identified from surface and excavated remains before that area was included in a modern housing development. These site visits will provide a basis for understanding the social and economic processes during the Early Classic period, when processes of Hohokam centralization and population aggregation greatly accelerated.
This tour is limited to 20 people including guides. There is a requested $35 donation ($28 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and S’edav Va’aki Museum Foundation members) supports Old Pueblo’s education programs about archaeology and traditional cultures. Reservations and donation prepayment required by 5 pm Monday, January 22. To be added to waiting list contact Old Pueblo at 520-798-1201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caption: Some ancient Hohokam structures exposed during the Arizona State Museum’s Marana Platform Mound Community excavations, photo by Allen Dart