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“Salado, Whatever that Means” Tour
November 18, 2022 @ 9:00 am - November 19, 2022 @ 1:00 pm
On Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19, 2022, join Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Salado, Whatever that Means” tour with archaeologists Rich Lange and Al Dart. The caravan will meet on Friday at 9:00 a.m. at the northwest corner of Walmart parking lot at 1695 N. Arizona Blvd., Coolidge, Arizona and end on Saturday around 1:00 p.m. (or later). There is a requested donation of $99 per person ($80 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Friends of Pueblo Grande Museum members) includes all site entry fees and Old Pueblo’s expenses but no transportation, lodging, or meals.
Archaeologists Rich Lange and Al Dart lead this car-caravan educational tour to central Arizona archaeological sites representing the “Salado phenomenon.” What does “Salado” mean? Was Salado a distinct precontact-era culture like the Ancestral Pueblo, Hohokam, Mogollon, and Patayan cultures (all of which were at least partly contemporary with Salado)? If not, then what was Salado exactly? During this tour, Rich and Al will discuss these ideas during visits to the Casa Grande Ruins in Coolidge and Besh Ba Gowah Pueblo and Gila Pueblo on Friday, and Tonto National Monument’s Lower Cliff Dwelling and the Schoolhouse Point Platform Mound archaeological site near Roosevelt Lake on Saturday. On the drive from Coolidge to Globe, participants will see spectacular central Arizona mountains and scenery including Queen Creek Canyon, Devil’s Canyon, and the fabled Apache Leap. There are several restaurant options in Globe for Friday lunch and dinner and Saturday breakfast. Participants provide their own lodging, meals, and transportation.
Donations are due 10 days after reservation request or by 5 p.m. Friday November 11, whichever is earlier: 520-798-1201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caption: Morning view of the Lower Cliff Dwelling in Tonto National Monument, National Park Service photo by J. Smith