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The Full Story of Pueblo Grande (or at Least a Few Chapters) presentation by City of Phoenix Archaeologist Laurene Montero
Pueblo Grande is one of the last remaining precontact Hohokam villages with an intact platform mound – or va’aki – in Arizona’s lower Salt River valley. Its importance to descendant Tribal communities is recognized today, and Pueblo Grande continues to yield a wealth of information regarding the past and its connection to the present. Excavation projects in almost 80 percent of this village have unearthed many archaeological features, providing information for compiling a new research database. The continued challenge to preserve, research, and interpret pieces of this important place in the face of a changing urban landscape has required creativity, collaboration, and devotion on the part of a diverse group of volunteers and professionals. This Third Thursday presentation will combine a brief history of the archaeology of Pueblo Grande, its role in the surrounding irrigation community archaeologists call Canal System 2, and its value as a resource for continued preservation archaeology.

Aug 18, 2022 07:00 PM in Arizona

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Laurene Montero
Phoenix City Archaeologist @Pueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park, Phoenix
Laurene Montero received her MA in Anthropology from Arizona State University (1989) and has been a professional archaeologist in Arizona since. She was the first Archaeologist for Arizona State Parks and for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and she has managed and directed cultural resources groups for several private firms. Since 2011, Laurene has served as City Archaeologist for Phoenix, working with city departments, Tribal governments, and private developers to ensure that archaeological work in Phoenix is appropriately and respectfully accomplished. Together with the Pueblo Grande Museum Research Associate and a team of volunteers, Laurene has been conducting research on legacy projects resulting in several publications. She is advisor to the Phoenix Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, serves on the City of Tempe Historic Preservation Commission, and is an editorial advisor for the Journal of Arizona Archaeology.
"House 90"
Overview of the partly excavated "House 90" in southern half of the Pueblo Grande platform mound, view to south by photographer Goddu, August 11, 1939