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Third Thursday Food for Thought – “When Romans Visited Tucson: The Lead Cross Controversy”

October 20, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Some of the so-called "Tucson artifacts" courtesy of Arizona State Parks.

Some of the so-called “Tucson artifacts” courtesy of Arizona State Parks.

On Thursday, October 20, 2016, Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursday Food for Thought” dinner will feature the presentation “When Romans Visited Tucson: The Lead Cross Controversy” with archaeologist Dr. Todd W. Bostwick at a Tucson restaurant to be announced from 6-8:30 pm; cosponsored by Arizona Humanities. In 1924-1925, a collection of unusual lead artifacts which contained mysterious inscriptions were discovered deeply buried near Silverbell Road in Tucson. These artifacts —  crosses, crescents, batons, swords, and spears — generated considerable interest  around the world when it was learned that the inscriptions contained Christian, Muslim, Hebraic, and Freemasonry symbols.  The artifacts were initially interpreted as evidence that Europeans had come to America hundreds of years before Columbus, but some scholars questioned their authenticity. This talk tells the story of their discovery and the controversies that continue to surround them. This program was made possible by Arizona Humanities.
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. on the Wednesday before the program date.


October 20, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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