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1/17/2014 6:00:00 AM
Prehistoric salt mine is topic of Tuesday talk
Courtesy VVACThe entrance to the Verde Salt Mine near Camp Verde is seen in this undated photo.
Courtesy VVAC
The entrance to the Verde Salt Mine near Camp Verde is seen in this undated photo.
The Daily Courier


A prehistoric local salt mine will be the topic of a presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cliff Castle Casino Hotel by Camp Verde.

Verde Valley Archaeology Center Director of Archaeology Todd Bostwick will talk about "The Verde Salt Mine and the Prehistoric Procurement of Salt in the American Southwest."

His free talk takes place after the center's short annual meeting.

Salt has been a valuable trade item throughout human history. Native American salt procurement in the Southwest involved dangerous journeys across sacred landscapes associated with a deity called Salt Woman.

This presentation describes the history of a famous salt mine in Camp Verde where prehistoric tools used for mining salt were discovered in the 1920s by historic miners. These tools were located deep inside tunnels dug into a thick, fresh-water salt deposit by Sinagua miners.

Numerous photographs will be shown of these well-preserved, 700-year old tools and other Sinagua artifacts to illustrate the story of this unusual discovery.

Bostwick served for 21 years as the City Archaeologist for the City of Phoenix at Pueblo Grande Museum. More information on his presentation is available online at verdevalleyarchaeology.org or by calling 928-567-0066.




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