Come celebrate the opening of Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales, a new exhibit at Pueblo Grande Museum exploring how archaeologists rediscover history from pieces of pottery. Hear the untold stories of pottery sherds and follow their clues to discover what these pieces of the past can reveal.
Visitors typically see the most unique and complete pottery vessels of a museums’ collection on display. They seldom see, or know about, the thousands of broken pottery fragments called ‘sherds’ that are preserved in storage. Sherds can be used by researchers to uncover a variety of details, such as how the pottery was made, used, and where it was produced. These details aren’t always obvious during examinations of gorgeous whole pottery vessels.
Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales is on display through August 2018 and included with regular Museum admission. This exhibit is the result of collaborative efforts between the City of Phoenix, Pueblo Grande Museum, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Arizona State University’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change, and Stax3D.
This free opening night event will provide members of the public an opportunity to preview this new exhibit, hear about current discoveries in hohokam pottery from leading researchers, and enjoy light refreshments and entertainment.