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Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales


Hear the untold stories of pottery sherds and follow their clues to discover what these pieces of the past can reveal. Find out how archaeologists rediscover history from pieces of pottery in Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales, a new exhibit opening on October 26 at Pueblo Grande Museum.

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. Find out how archaeologists follow clues from pieces of pottery to rediscover history. Using local and traded examples, Fragments invites visitors to see how sherds help us piece together new ideas about the ancestral O’Odham and who they traded with for hundreds of years.

Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales is 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.

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park

4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ
Locally Owned
Pueblo Grande Museum is an archaeological site once inhabited by the Hohokam culture, just east of downtown Phoenix, next to Sky Harbor International Airport. It's a National Historic Landmark and…