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    Prescott Culture Opens July 1

    Prescott Culture Urn pottery

    'Prescott Culture' Explored
    In New Museum Exhibit

    New Exhibit Traces Area from 300AD to 1300AD


    Step back in time to a period from 300 AD to 1300 AD here in the Central Highlands of Arizona... to a way of life predating the Anglo-European influence on native cultures... to discover the “Prescott Culture.”

    From the Hohokam influence to the mystery of the Hilltop Sites... from a reproduction pithouse to the presentation of Coalescence of cultures... from the artifacts of an ancient culture to the elaborate and intricate exchange network of the varied peoples of ancient Arizona... from the influence of the Hohokam to the traditions of the “ancient ones” of the Yavapai -- this new, permanent exhibit at Sharlot Hall Museum will surprise you with its presentation, interactive atmosphere and immersive technology.

    The four-phase exhibit draws you through the pottery and artifacts of the time and down into the ancient living structure (a representative pithouse) featuring the classic urn of the native culture. Along the way, interactive exhibit drawers showcase the luxuries and intricacies of desert life in the Central Highlands of the time. At the far end, share a beguiling moment with a native trader with baubles and hand-hewn regalia ready for barter.

    axhead 0041 webEnter into the nearby rotunda with its panoramic setting to discover the legend and lore of the Hilltop Sites. Exhibit panels and a multimedia presentation try to shed light on the people who inhabited the area from 1100 to 1250 AD, and suddenly disappeared.

    The scattered remnants of their existence are exemplified in the sites themselves -- the stone walls and structural remains of forts, or defensive retreats...or houses for habitation...or labrythine lookouts ...or observation posts. Only they know the purpose for these masonry marvels -- walls of stone, hand set and laboriously placed along the many hilltops, buttes and ridges throughout the Central Highlands -- only to be abandoned. Their legacy remains the evidence and innate curiosity of these sites. A short video produced by the Museum tries to explain their impact and the possible uses for these varied sites.

    prescott red on buff 0039 webThe exhibit completes the PreHistory wing of the Lawler Exhibit Center at Sharlot Hall Museum, and the artifiacts, pottery sherds, hand-made beads and utility tools are available for inspection with admission.

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