Talk – 'Chasing Centuries: The Search for Ancient Agave Cultivars Across the Desert Southwest'
Ron Parker's book, "Chasing Centuries," is a one-of-a-kind travel history book that takes the reader along on an exciting and little-known adventure at the crossroads of archaeology and botany. Travel with the author as he explores the depth and duration of human/agave co-evolution across the desert Southwest, and discovers unusual agaves apparently associated with archaeological sites long since abandoned by residents of ancient cultures. These agaves appear to be anthropogenic cultivars – living archaeological relics developed and planted by indigenous pre-Columbian Native Americans, and many are still growing exactly where they were planted hundreds of years ago.
Free with paid admission to the museum (museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m.).
Lecture starts promptly at 4 p.m. Free validated parking is available in the Main Gate Garage on Second Street.