Current Temporary Exhibits
Pieces of the Puzzle:
New Perspectives on the Hohokam
July 13, 2013 – February 8, 2014, Free Admission
The traveling exhibit Pieces of the Puzzle: New Perspectives on the Hohokam was created by the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeology Southwest. The exhibit presents recent archaeological findings showing how ancient people moved throughout the Southwest and eventually suffered a population decline prior to the mid 1500s when the Spanish began exploring the area.
Photo shows people from the north migrating into southern Arizona in ancient times
The exhibit is based on National Science Foundation funded research that allowed archaeologists at Archaeology Southwest to investigate the role of long distance migration and the growth of communities prior to their eventual loss of population. It will include Hohokam artifacts from the collections of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology and Arizona Museum of Natural History. Programs in conjunction with the exhibit are being planned.
Salado Polychrome vessel with Salado Pottery Distribution map which includes the El Paso area
Visitors to the exhibit will find answers to the following questions:
- What does Hohokam mean?
- How do archaeologists determine how old things are?
- How do we know ancient people migrated?
- What happened to the Hohokam archaeological culture?
Artist Robert Ciaccio illustrates a pithouse village in southern Arizona, A.D. 850 – 1000
Recent Acquisition – Bear Claw Necklace
SILVER, TURQUOISE, AND BEAR CLAW NECKLACE
Milton Tsosie, Navajo
Bear Claw Necklace
Navajo silversmithing is one of the oldest craft industries in the Southwest. It is believed they adopted the practice from Spaniards in the 1700s. Over the generations the Navajo have developed a set of skills, design, and talent that is all their own. Navajo silver work is characterized by ornate designs rather than as a setting for precious stones.
Donated to the El Paso Museum of Archaeology by John Green