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“Rock Art and Archaeology of Ventana Cave” Tour
February 15, 2020
Join Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Rock Art and Archaeology of Ventana Cave” car-caravan educational tour with archaeologist Allen Dart. This tour will depart at 6:00 a.m. from Tucson at the Park & Ride parking lot at I-10 and Ruthrauff Rd. (northeast corner of the I-10 westbound Frontage Road at Exit 252) or at 7:00 a.m. on the east (front) side of the McDonalds Restaurant at 3160 N. Toltec Rd. in Eloy (accessible from I-10 Exit 203). The fee is $45 ($36 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members; no charge for members or employees of the Tohono O’odham Nation).
Old Pueblo Archaeology Center offers this early-morning car-caravan tour to visit the Ventana Cave National Historic Landmark site on the Tohono O’odham Nation. The Arizona State Museum’s 1940s excavations in Ventana Cave, led by archaeologists Emil W. Haury and Julian Hayden, found evidence for human occupation extending from historic times back to around 10,000 years ago. The cave (actually a very large rockshelter) also contains pictographs, petroglyphs, and other archaeological features used by Native Americans for thousands of years. Tour leaves Tucson at 6 a.m. to view the pictographs in the best morning light. Fees will benefit the Tohono O’odham Hickiwan District’s efforts to develop a caretaker-interpretive center at Ventana Cave, and the nonprofit Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s education programs.
Reservations and prepayment required by Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Call 520-798-1201 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.