North-Central Arizona’s Pre-Hispanic Ritual Racetracks
A Verde Valley Archaeology Fair Lecture: Between A.D. 1250 and 1450, a large number of ceremonial racetracks were built at and between villages in north-central Arizona. This assemblage began as a relatively dispersed collection, stretching from the Sedona area down to Cave Creek and from the Bradshaw Mountains to the Mazatzal Wilderness. Over time, the racetrack network grew in intensity but became spatially focused atop Perry Mesa, along the middle Agua Fria River. Between 2007 and 2014, Arizona State University’s Racetrack Project located, recorded, and studied these tracks in order to better understand the role of ritual in the region's thirteenth and fourteenth century social changes.
Will G. Russell, PhD is the Cultural Resources Manager, State Park Archaeologist, Tribal Liaison, and Site Steward Program Coordinator with Arizona State Parks & Trails.
This Verde Valley Archaeology Fair lecture is free and open to the public, but a $5 donation per person at the door would be appreciated. Limited seating.