Museum lecture tells the story of ancient Southwest petroglyphs

April 7, 2019 GMT

The Lake Havasu Museum of History April 9 program will tell the story of the ancient Southwest through Indian pictographs (rock paintings) and petroglyphs (symbols carved or pecked on rocks).. Some examples are claimed by some to be forms of writing for which meanings are known.

AZ Humanities speaker Allen Dart illustrates Southwestern petroglyphs and pictographs, and discusses how even the same rock art symbol may be interpreted differently from popular, scientific, and modern Native American perspectives.

A registered professional archaeologist, Dart has worked in Arizona and New Mexico since 1975. He is a state cultural resource specialist/archaeologist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and volunteer director of Tucson’s Old Pueblo Archaeology Center nonprofit organization, which he founded in 1993 to provide educational and scientific programs in archaeology, history and cultures.

Dart has received the Arizona Governor’s Award in Public Archaeology, the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society’s Victor R. Stoner Award, and the Arizona Archaeological Society’s Professional Archaeologist of the Year Award for his efforts to bring archaeology and history to the public.

The free program is at the ASU Lake Havasu gym, 100 University Way, at 7 p.m. A reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. is free to Lake Havasu Museum of History members. Non-members are also welcomed and will be charged $5 for the reception only.