Allen Dart
Allen Dart

In an illustrated presentation at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (May 25), archaeologist Allen Dart will show and discuss Native American ceramic styles that characterized specific eras in the south­western United States prior to about 1450. His many illustrations include examples of ancient pottery types made throughout the American Southwest from about 2,000 to 500 years ago.

Dart will show examples of pottery from the major prehistoric cultures of the Southwest – Patayan, Hohokam, Mogollon, and Ancestral Pueblo. He will also discuss how archaeologists use pottery for dating archaeological sites and interpreting ancient lifeways, the importance of context in archaeology, how the things people make change in style over time, and how different styles are useful for identifying the different cultures and for determining when ancient archaeological sites were inhabited.

Dart has worked full-time and volunteered as a professional archaeologist in New Mexico and Arizona since 1975, for government, private companies, and nonprofit organizations.

He is employed full-time as an archaeologist for the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service. He also is the volunteer Executive Director of Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, a Tucson not-for-profit organization that he founded in 1993 to provide educational and scientific programs in archaeology and culture.

A Registered Professional Archaeologist, Allen has been a recipient of the Arizona Governor’s Award in Public Archaeology, and the Arizona Archaeological Society’s Professional Archaeologist of the Year Award for his efforts to bring archaeology and history to the public.

Written by Charles Prewitt, Academy Village Volunteer

More Info on attending an event
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

What We Can Learn From Ancient Southwestern Pottery: May 2016