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Snaketown: Hohokam Defined

Until 23 September 2017
  • Shown above, Dr. Emil Haury, ASM director from 1938 to 1964.

Complex irrigation systems, impressive ball courts, striking pottery, and remarkable jewelry are hallmarks of the Hohokam-the ancient culture that flourished in central and southern Arizona for a thousand years (ca. AD 450-1450). Excavations at the archaeological site known as Snaketown, on Gila River Indian Community lands, under the direction of Emil W. Haury in the 1930s and 1960s, were fundamental in defining the Hohokam. This exhibit of 13 photographs from ASM’s permanent collections showcases Snaketown’s iconic features, honors the Akimel O’odham crews who unearthed the site, and illustrates the excavation process.