Allen Dart. Photo by Flor de Maria Dart

Allen Dart, Archaeologist with the Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, Tucson
Thursday, May 30, 2019, 2:30-3:30 p.m., The Arizona Senior Academy Building

If you love pottery and especially if you have some examples of your own, Allen Dart’s presentation is your opportunity to learn about their origins. He will talk about what kinds of pottery the ancient indigenous peoples made and why pottery is important to our understanding of their cultures.

Dart’s lecture will be illustrated with digital images of Native American ceramic styles that characterized specific eras in Arizona prehistory and history. He will show how pottery is used to interpret ancient lifeways, how things people make change in style over time, and how different styles are useful for identifying different cultures and for dating pottery. The lecture includes examples of pottery styles that were made in southern Arizona by the ancient Early Ceramic and Hohokam cultures, and historically by Piman (Tohono O’odham and Akimel O’odham), Yuman (including Mohave and Maricopa), and Apachean peoples from as early as 800 B.C. into the early twentieth century. You may end up seeing your collection in a new light, or you may decide to collect a few pots if you haven’t already.

Two views of a Tanque Verde Red-on-Brown “squash” pot. Photo by William Deaver

Allen Dart has been working and volunteering as a professional archaeologist in Arizona and New Mexico since 1975. He was president of the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society from 1991-1993 and founded Tucson’s nonprofit Old Pueblo Archaeology Center in 1993. He earned a master’s degree in anthropology from U.A. and is a Registered Professional Archaeologist. He currently serves as a State Cultural Resources Specialist/Archaeologist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

In recent years, Mr. Dart has devoted himself to bringing his knowledge of archaeology and cultures to the public, giving presentations to nonprofit organizations throughout Arizona.

Written by Ginny Sherman, Academy Village Volunteer


May 30: “Ancient Native American Pottery of Southern Arizona”