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Meteorites Among Ancient Native American Cultures

  • 25 May 2017
  • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Camp Verde Library, 130 N Black Bridge Rd.

The Camp Verde Library is hosting Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space. This is a traveling exhibit for libraries, as part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) led by the National Center for Interactive Learning a the Space Science Institute. Discover NASA is supported through a grant from NASA. The Camp Verde Library is the ONLY library in Arizona to host this exhibit.

During the exhibit, the library is hosting weekly astronomy lectures. The lecture on Thursday, May 25, at 6:30 pm will be given by Executive Director, Ken Zoll, on "Meteorites Among Ancient Native American Cultures."  Ken is an Arizona Humanities Council presenter. The occurrence of meteorites on archaeological sites in North America has been known since the early 19th century. From the Hopewell culture in the eastern United States, to the Polar Eskimo, to the Indians in the American Southwest and northern Mexico, meteorites have been found on these ancient sites. Much like meteorite hunters of today, ancient Native American cultures actively engaged in meteorite collecting.  Although we cannot know if a meteorite fall was ever witnessed, the discovery of meteorites  at ancient sites and the artifacts made from meteoritic iron appeared to have been reserved for ceremonial purposes. 

For more information visit their website at www.cvlibrary.org or call 928-554-8380.