Lecture to look at ancient painted ceramics

March 15, 2010

For prehistoric Southwest peoples, ceramic art was more than something to set on a shelf and admire. It was something to use for meals, for drinking, to carry water and store food, or to incorporate into a ceremony.

Barbara Moulard, a faculty associate in the Herberger Institute School of Art, will give a free lecture on the painted ceramic art of prehistoric Southwest peoples, titled “Re-Creating the Word: Painted Ceramics of the Prehistoric Southwest,” at 1 p.m., April 3 at Arizona State University’s Deer Valley Rock Art Center. Download Full Image

For more than 1,000 years, the Hohokam, Mogollon and Ancestral Pueblo "passed the word" from generation to generation in their ceramic art. Moulard will survey the painted ceramics of these major prehistoric cultures of the Southwest and explore how painted ceramics reflect a marriage between science, ideology and art, and how the ceramics expressed cultural belief systems and worldviews.

Moulard teaches courses on the indigenous arts of the Southwest United States, Mexico, Central America and South America. Her recent books include “Re-Creating the Word: Painted Ceramics of the Prehistoric Southwest” and “Ancient Origins: American Southwest Pottery A.D. 600-1600.”

The Deer Valley Rock Art Center, located at 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, Phoenix, has the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the Valley.

Visitors hike a quarter-mile trail to view more than 1,500 petroglyphs made between 800 and 5,000 years ago. The museum aims to promote preservation, connection and respect for the site, and is 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 Arizona State University and is a Phoenix Point of Pride.

For more details, call (623) 582-8007 or visit dvrac.asu.edu.">http://dvrac.asu.edu">dvrac.asu.edu.

Science Café to convene at Audubon Center

March 15, 2010

Arizona State University’s chapter of Sigma Xi usually hosts its Science Cafés in a café, but the April 1 meeting will be at a more unusual venue.

The café will begin at 7 p.m. at the Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, and the public is invited. Download Full Image

Kevin McGraw, an associate professor in the School of Life Sciences at ASU will speak on “Nature’s Version of April Fools: The Evolution of Deceit in Plants and Animals.”

McGraw will talk about when, how and why trickery evolves in plants and animals. Carnivorous plants, for example, seduce insect prey to their mouths with irresistible attractants, while predatory insects are adorned in “wolf-in-sheep’s” clothing.

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, was founded in 1886 to honor excellence in scientific investigation and encourage a sense of companionship and cooperation among researchers in all fields of science and engineering.

For more information about the Science Café, go to http://sigmaxi.asu.edu/" target="_blank">http://sigmaxi.asu.edu/.