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Hopi archaeologist to give free lecture

February 08, 2010

Lyle Balenquah will give a free lecture titled “A Hopi Perspective on Rock Art and the Science of Archaeology” from 1 to 2 p.m., March 6 at ASU’s Deer Valley Rock Art Center.

Balenquah, Hopi, will discuss his experiences and insights while working as an archaeologist in the Four Corners Region of the American Southwest.

Balenquah is a member of the Greasewood clan from the Village of Bacavi (Reed Springs) on Third Mesa. He has earned degrees (BA 1999, MA 2002) in Cultural Anthropology and Southwestern Archaeology from Northern Arizona University.

For more than 10 years he has worked throughout Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah as an archaeologist documenting ancestral Hopi settlements and their lifeways. Balenquah currently works as an independent consultant but his experience includes time with the National Park Service, the Hopi Tribe, and the Museum of Northern Arizona.

The Deer Valley Rock Art Center has the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the Phoenix Valley. Visitors hike a 1/4-mile trail to view more than 1,500 petroglyphs made between 800 and 5,000 years ago. Our museum aims to promote preservation, connection and respect for the site and we are a destination for families to learn about archaeology in their own backyard.

The Center is managed by one of the top archaeology programs in the country at ASU and is a Phoenix Point of Pride. DVRAC is located at 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, two blocks west of 35th Avenue.

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