Native Americans in the US Southwest developed sophisticated skills in astronomy and predicting the seasons centuries before non-Native American peoples entered the region. In this presentation, Al Dart discusses archaeological settlement layouts, architecture, and petroglyphs in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah that provide evidence of ancient southwestern astronomy and calendrical reckoning.
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.