Life and Death at Ironwood Village: An Early Ballcourt Site in Southern Arizona
This is the annual membership meeting of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center with report of officers and election of directors. Following this short 30-minute meeting, Director of Archaeology, Dr. Todd Bostwick, will described excavations in 2014 for a new shopping center that uncovered a Hohokam village in Marana, north of Tucson, on the east side of the Santa Cruz River. This site contained a previously unknown ballcourt, one of the earliest ever constructed by the Hohokam. Surrounding the ballcourt were nearly 100 pit houses and more than 250 burials, which dated to the late Pioneer and Colonial periods, circa AD 650 to 850. Located on a sloping piedmont that supported a dense stand of ironwood trees, archaeologists found artifacts and plant remains at the site that indicate the inhabitants grew corn without irrigation canals, processed Agave plants with tabular knives, and polished wooden objects with specialized polishing stones. Ironwood Village was abandoned soon after the leader of the village died and was buried with a rich array of grave offerings in the middle of the ballcourt. Dr. Bostwick will discuss the results of the excavations and show numerous photos of the artifacts that were recovered from the site.
All lectures are free and open to the public, but a $5 donation per person at the door would be appreciated. Limited seating.