Working in the Salt Mine: Ancient and Historic Mining of Salt in Arizona

    February 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
    Red Rock State Park

    Sunday Presentation. February 3rd 2019 @ 2:00 pm at Red Rock State Park

    Working in the Salt Mine: Ancient and Historic Mining of Salt in Arizona.

    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 Women. The 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 insided tunnels dug into a thick, fresh-water salt deposit by Sinagua miners. Numerous photographs will be shown of these well-preserved, 700-yearold tools and other Singua 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 sponsored by Arizona Humanities a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This lecture will be included with park entrance fees. $7.00 ages 14+; $4.00 ages 7-13; free for ages 6 and under. However, seating is limited and reservations are required. Please call, (928) 282-6907 to reserve your seats in the theater. Red Rock State Park. 4050 Red Rock Loop Rd. Sedona, AZ.


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