More than 235 Hohokam ball courts have been recorded in Arizona, including the Verde Valley. Archaeologists believe these courts were used to play a ritual ballgame that originated in Central America where it was played for over 2,000 years. The Olmec, Maya, Aztec, Zapotec, Hohokam, and other cultures played a ballgame that involved team participation and has been called “the sport of life and death.” This richly illustrated presentation by our Director of Archaeology, Dr. Todd Bostwick, discusses the Mesoamerican ballgame, its ritual and cosmological significance, and the variety of courts, game equipment, and art associated with the game.
He will present current ideas about Hohokam ball courts and their importance in facilitating trade and resolving social conflicts in prehistoric Arizona. Photographs taken by Dr. Bostwick will be shown of ball courts in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, and Arizona.
This free talk will follow the Center's annual meeting and is open to the public.
This lecture series is open to the public. Admission is free to members. A $5 donation by nonmembers is suggested.