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Third Thursday Food for Thought “Hohokam Rock Art, Mountain Ritualism, and Social Transformation in the Salt River Valley”

March 17, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Photo by Aaron Wright of a complex Hohokam petroglyph panel.

Photo by Aaron Wright of a complex Hohokam petroglyph panel.

This Third Thursday Food for Thought presentation will be given by archaeologist Dr. Aaron Wright on Thursday March 17, 2016 at 6-8:30 PM at U Like Asian Buffet Restaurant (330 S. Wilmot Rd., Tucson). The South Mountains in Phoenix encompass the largest concentration of rock art in the Hohokam core area. This month’s Third Thursday presentation focuses on this mountain landscape to contextualize and date its rock art, and to relate it to ritual structure and practice to show how the production and use of Hohokam rock art were ritualized. Presenter Aaron Wright, who recently authored the award-winning book Religion on the Rocks: Hohokam Rock Art, Ritual Practice, and Social Transformation, argues that the Hohokam rock art was not produced exclusively by religious specialists (shamans) but that there was a more equitable distribution of religious knowledge and ritual power within Hohokam communities. He also presents evidence that most or all of the petroglyphs were created durfing the Hohokam Preclassic era between A.D. 450 and 1050, and that production and use of the rock art ebbed or even ended at the beginning of the Hohokam Classic period.
Guests may select and purchase their own dinners from the restaurant’s menu. There is no entry fee but donations will be requested to benefit Old Pueblo’s educational efforts. Because seating is limited in order for the program to be in compliance with the Fire Code, those wishing to attend must call 520-798-1201 and must have their reservations confirmed before 5 p.m. Wednesday March 16.


March 17, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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U-Like Oriental Buffet Asian Cuisine
330 S. Wilmot Road
Tucson, AZ United States
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