FEBRUARY 19, 2014

Cave Creek Museum presents David Dove Feb. 24

10th and 11th Century Pueblo Communities
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CAVE CREEK – David Dove will be presenting a lecture on Champagne Spring Ruins and Mitchell Springs Ruin Group on Feb. 24 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Cave Creek Museum in Cave Creek.

During the 10th and first half of the 11th Centuries, Champagne Springs Ruins and Mitchell Springs Ruin Group were the largest aggregated Pueblo villages in the Northern San Juan Region. Evidence suggests one was built in a location designed to take advantage of enhanced hunting opportunities, while the other was built where it could take advantage of enhanced farming opportunities. David Dove is the principal investigator at these two locations. The slide show and lecture presentation highlights the ongoing research at these two prehistoric community centers in southwest Colorado.

David Dove is the son of Don Dove. Don was one of the founders for the Arizona Archaeological Society. Thus, David is knowledgeable of archaeology from his earliest memories. The two sites are within reasonable proximity to the famous cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park. However, they date to an earlier era than Mesa Verde, known as Pueblo II. This dating makes the locations very special in Montezuma and Dolores counties representing an unusual find in this part of the Northern San Juan River Region of Colorado. The discoveries at the current excavations of Champagne Springs (formerly known as Greenlee) Ruins create data for a little known time period in this area acting somewhat as a missing link in the archaeological record.

There is a limited amount of seating for this premier lecture opportunity and reservations are necessary at this “no charge” event presented by the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde, Arizona. Please contact the Cave Creek Museum at 480-488-2764 for reservations. Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 Skyline Drive, Cave Creek, AZ 85331.

For more information visit www.cavecreekmuseum.com.

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