Chasing Centuries: The Search for Ancient Agave Cultivars Across the Desert Southwest
March 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT
Ron Parker’s Chasing Centuries is a one-of-a-kind travel-history book that explores an exciting and little-known adventure at the crossroads of archaeology and botany. Discover the depth and duration of human/agave coevolution across the desert southwest, and learn about the unusual agaves apparently associated with archaeological sites long since abandoned by residents of extinct ancient cultures. These agaves appear to be anthropogenic cultivars; living archaeological relics developed and planted by indigenous pre-Columbian Native Americans, and many are still growing exactly where they were planted hundreds of years ago. Copies of Chasing Centuries will be available for sale and signing.
Monday, March 9, 2020, 10am to 11am at the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center (UCI Reserve).
The Botany Society is a volunteer unit of ABDSP focused on studying and protecting the botanical resources of the Park.