Archaeologist to Discuss Ancient Southwestern Native American Pottery on Jan. 10

Mimbres Bowl

Mimbres Bowl.

November 28, 2017

Courtesy Desert Foothills Chapter – Arizona Archaeology Society

Allen Dart, Arizona Humanities speaker, will present in Cave Creek at chapter meeting of Arizona Archaeology Society.

The public is invited to attend an Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter (DFC-AAS) meeting on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. The meeting will feature Allen Dart, an Arizona Humanities speaker. Mr. Dart will present Ancient Southwestern Native American Pottery. Admission is free.
Light refreshments will be available at 7:00 p.m. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Meetings usually end prior to 9:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the community room (Maitland Hall) at The Good Shepard of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (near the Dairy Queen).

Gila Polychrome Pottery

Gila Polychrome Pottery.

About the Program

During his presentation, Mr. Dart will show and discuss Native American ceramic styles that have characterized specific peoples and eras in the U.S. Southwest prior to about 1450. He will describe how archaeologists use pottery for dating archaeological sites and interpreting ancient lifeways.
Dart will discuss the importance of context in archaeology, how the things people make change in style over time, and how different styles are useful for identifying various cultures and dating archaeological sites. His many illustrations include examples of ancient pottery types made throughout the American Southwest from about 2000 to 500 years ago. Mr. Dart’s presentation is made possible by Arizona Humanities.

Al Dart at Cottonwood, New Mexico site.

Al Dart at Cottonwood, New Mexico site.

About the Speaker

Mr. Dart – who encourages us to call him “Al,” is a Registered Professional Archaeologist. He has worked professionally and volunteered in Arizona and New Mexico archaeology since 1975. He is the state cultural resources specialist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Arizona. Additionally, he volunteers his time as executive director of Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, a Tucson nonprofit organization that he founded in 1993 to provide educational and scientific programs in Southwestern archaeology, history, and cultures.

Al received the Arizona Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission Award in Public Archaeology, the Arizona Archaeological Society’s Professional Archaeologist of the Year Award, the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society’s Victor R. Stoner Award, and other honors for his efforts to bring archaeology and history to the public.


Based in Cave Creek, the Desert Foothills Chapter meets monthly from September through May. For additional information, visit

Al Dart (right).

Al Dart, righ (t.

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