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David Dove


Some of the most enigmatic archeological buildings in the Southwest are the multi-walled kivas. In an area so vast, less than 20 have been documented and even fewer have been excavated. Gordon Vivian excavated a tri-wall kiva at Aztec Ruins, known as the Hubbard Site, in the 1950’s and the tri-wall at Chaco’s Pueblo del Arroyo was investigated even earlier. Greater knowledge and better technology would enhance the story of the structures had the excavations occurred in modern times. David Dove’s upcoming lecture on Friday, June 9, will enable attendees to get a peek of a recently excavated tri-wall and discussion of new insights.

Just south of Cortez, Colorado, the Mitchell Springs community began to form near a group of reliable springs at about AD 650.  Between the mid 700s to about 1130, more than 90 separate pueblos were built and abandoned.  Communal runoff irrigation systems and other public works projects such as road segments, and reservoirs were built throughout the catchment. The center of the community was built on a peninsula shaped rise along McElmo Creek. Multiple great kivas, pit structures, and large pueblos formed the longest occupied core section of the community.  

On Friday, June 9, at 7:00 pm, Aztec Ruins invites all to attend David Dove’s lecture, “Five Hundred Years in the Making: A Tri-Wall Building and Great House at Mitchell Springs.” Dove’s discussion provides a description of this recent work and the interesting associations that have been discovered.  Gates open at 6:45 pm and admission is free. For more information, call 505-334-6174 .


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