Sun City, Arizona – Friday, March 11, 2016 – Sun Valley Lodge is hosting a free presentation entitled “When Romans Visited Tucson: The Lead Cross Controversy” on Thursday, March 17th at 10:30 AM. The program will be presented by archaeologist Dr. Todd Bostwick and is part of the Lodge’s Discover Arizona series. The series is made possible through a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council.
In 1924-1925, a collection of unusual lead artifacts which contained mysterious inscriptions were discovered deeply buried near Silverbell Road in Tucson. These artifacts — crosses, crescents, batons, swords, and spears — generated considerable interest around the world when it was learned that the inscriptions contained Christian, Muslim, Hebraic, and Freemasonry symbols. The artifacts were initially interpreted as evidence that Europeans had come to America hundreds of years before Columbus, but some scholars questioned their authenticity. This talk tells the story of their discovery and the controversies that continue to surround them.
Dr. Todd Bostwick has conducted archaeological research in the Southwest for 36 years. He was the Phoenix City Archaeologist for 21 years at Pueblo Grande Museum, and is currently the Director of Archaeology at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center. He has an MA in Anthropology and a PhD in History from Arizona State University (ASU), and taught classes at both ASU and Northern Arizona University for more than seven years. He has been an Arizona Humanities
The Discover Arizona series consists of four programs that each feature a different aspect of Arizona history presented by an accomplished speaker. Programs are scheduled for the last four Thursdays in March at 10:30 AM.
All of the programs are free and open to the public. Sun Valley Lodge is located at 12415 N. 103rd Avenue in Sun City. For more details please call 623-933-0137.
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Sun Valley Lodge is a nonprofit organization and has been providing independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care in Sun City, Arizona for over 40 years.