October 16, 2017
Courtesy Desert Foothills Chapter, Arizona Archaeology Society
Have an interest in archaeology? Here’s an insider tip. The Desert Foothills Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society has a speaker at its monthly meetings, which are free and open to the public. There are refreshments available at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m., usually ending prior to 9:00 PM. The meetings are 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).
The next meeting is Wednesday, November 8th and it features PhD Patricia A. Gilman presenting Mimbres Archaeology: Beautiful Pottery, Ordinary Architecture, and Scarlet Macaws.
About the Presentation
The Mimbres region of southwestern New Mexico is famous for its stunning black-on-white pottery with human and animal figures as well as fine-line geometric designs. The presence of scarlet macaws that probably originated in the tropical forests of Mexico, at least 750 miles to the south, and their depiction on the pottery suggest that something out-of-the ordinary may have been occurring, at least in terms of ritual and religion.
Professor Emerita Patricia A. Gilman earned a PhD at the University of Oklahoma in 1983 and later retired from the University of Oklahoma. Patricia Gilman has done archaeological field work and research in the Mimbres region of southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona for more than 40 years. More recently, Dr. Gilman and her colleagues investigated scarlet macaws from Mimbres sites and related new iconography indicating a radical religious transformation in the Mimbres region. She and other colleagues recently published an analysis of Mimbres chronometric dates, with an eye toward understanding major transitions like the first use of pottery, the earliest painted pottery, and the beginning and end of the Mimbres Classic period.
For additional information, visit www.azarchsoc.wildapricot.org/desertfoothills