Allen Dart shows and discusses Native American ceramic styles that characterized specific peoples and eras in the Southwest prior to approximately 1450. He reviews how archaeologists use pottery for dating archaeological sites and interpreting ancient lifeways. He notes the importance of context in archaeology, how things people make change in style over time, and how different styles are useful for identifying different cultures.

Archaeologist Allen Dart has worked in New Mexico and Arizona since 1975. A UNM graduate, he worked for the Museum of New Mexico and the Bureau of Indian Affairs before receiving his Master’s degree in Arizona. Al is the executive director of Tucson’s Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, a nonprofit he founded in 1993. He has received awards and honors from the National Park Service and other organizations for his efforts to bring archaeology and history to the public.