Ernest Talks: Archaeology's Perspective on Sustainability
McFarland State Historic Park
Thursday, March 28, 2024 11 a.m.
Ernest Talks: Archaeology’s Deep Time Perspective on Environmental and Social Sustainability with Allen Dart
The deep-time perspective that archaeology, geology, and related disciplines provide about natural hazards, environmental change, and societal development is often ignored when societies today make decisions affecting social sustainability and human safety. Studies of ancient peoples and natural events can help modern society deal with problems of environmental and social change, overpopulation, and sustainability. This presentation looks at the long-term effects of exposure to natural chemical hazards, ancient and modern agricultural techniques, and biological and geological records of past climate and natural disasters, to show the value of research in subject areas that are “beyond history.”
About the speaker:
Native Americans in the US Southwest developed sophisticated skills in astronomy and predicting the seasons, centuries before non-Indigenous peoples entered the region. In this presentation, archaeologist Allen Dart discusses archaeological and ethnographic evidence of ancient astronomical and calendrical reckoning practices seen in petroglyphs, architecture, and settlement layouts in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah, and interprets how these discoveries may relate to ancient Native American rituals.
This program has been made possible by Arizona Humanities. Arizona Humanities is a statewide 501(c)3 non-profit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This program is free to the public.
First Thursday of the Month, October 2023 - April 2024
Gift Shop Open House
Visitors are invited to stop by the park gift shop for coffee, conversations with local artisans, and the chance to shop for unique items!
Thursday, March 7, 2024
Ernest Talks: They Beat the Heat!
What have we forgotten and what can we learn from the wisdom of those who came before as climate becomes a vital and daily issue in life today? Learn how Arizonans adjusted to life in the desert before the arrival of air conditioners.