Lauren Kingston to speak at weekly Casa Grande Ruins lecture series

Lauren Kingston to speak at weekly Casa Grande Ruins lecture series

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Lauren Kingston is presenting a lecture at the Casa Grande Ruins, as part of their annual lecture series.

Kingston will speak on Wednesday, February 25, at noon, about “Sister Parks, Casa Grande Ruins and Paquimé". The talk highlights the similarities and differences of these two significant historic areas.

In 2012, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument and Paquimé Archaeological Zone, located in Northern Chihuahua, Mexico, entered into a formal sister-park partnership. The two sites, although separated by over 300 miles and an international border, share many similarities. Both are federally protected archaeological sites that were inhabited during the same prehistoric cultural period, and both possess monumental example of earthen, adobe architecture. This talk, by Casa Grande Ruins Archaeologist, Lauren Kingston, will introduce the site of Paquimé, discuss the similarities and differences between the two sites, and present the purpose and the goals of the sister park partnership.

Lauren Kingston is an archaeologist with the National park Service; duty stationed at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Coolidge, AZ. Before coming to Casa Grande Ruins, Lauren spent nearly four years as a student employee and biological technician at Saguaro National Park in Tucson, AZ. Lauren holds a master's degree in Anthropology from the University of Arizona, and a bachelor's of arts degree, also in Anthropology from Scripps College. The majority of her archaeological experience comes from projects in Southern Arizona, although she has also spent several summers working on excavations in Northern Chihuahua, Mexico.

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument protects the multi-story Great House and the ruins of other ancient structures built by the people of the Sonoran Desert over 800 years ago.  Established as the nation's first archeological reserve in 1892, the Ruins sparked the beginning of the archeological preservation movement in America.

The Monument is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Directions and additional information are available on the Monument's website,

, or by calling (520) 723-3172

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