Working in the Salt Mine: Ancient and Historic Mining of Salt in Arizona with Todd Bostwick, PhD

Red Rock State Park

February 3, 2019   2:00 p.m.

Salt has been a valuable trade item throughout human history. Native American salt procurement in the Southwest involved dangerous journeys across sacred landscapes associated with a deity called Salt Woman. This presentation describes several Native American salt mines and deposits including a famous salt mine in Camp Verde where prehistoric tools used for mining salt were discovered in the 1920s by historic miners. These tools were located deep inside tunnels dug into a thick, fresh-water salt deposit by Sinagua miners. Numerous photographs will be shown of these well-preserved, 700-year old tools and other Sinagua artifacts to illustrate the story of this unusual discovery.

Dr. Todd Bostwick has conducted archaeological research in the Southwest for 39 years. He was the Phoenix City Archaeologist for 21 years at Pueblo Grande Museum and is currently the Director of Archaeology at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde. Dr. Bostwick has an MA in Anthropology and a PhD in History from Arizona State University (ASU), and was a Faculty Associate at ASU and Northern Arizona University for seven years. He has published numerous books and articles on Southwest archaeology and history, and has received awards from the National Park Service, the Arizona Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission, the City of Phoenix, the Arizona Archaeological Society, and the Society for Cultural Astronomy of the American Southwest.

This lecture is included with park entrance fees. $7.00 ages 14+; $4.00 ages 7-13; free fro ages 6 and under. However, seating is limited and reservations are required. Please call, (928) 282-6907 to reserve your seats in the theater.