Native American Exhibit

The prehistoric Indian exhibit with displays of Hohokam and Salado artifacts, including bowls, awls, arrowheads, stone hammers, axe heads, metates, manos, pitchers, turquoise and shell pendants, just to name a few.

Human occupation of the Superstition Mountains can be traced back 10,000 to 12,000 years.

The Salado culture occupied the Superstition Mountain are from about AD1150 to AD 1450. Neither their origins nor their ultimate fate is known. They lived and farmed in the Superstition area for 300 years and then disappeared leaving no clues to where they went. The Salados made beautiful polychrome pottery using red, black and white dyes. The Salado pottery was among the most widely traded in the Southwest. It has been found as far east as Roswell, New Mexico and south down into Mexico.

The Salados constructed above ground adobe and masonry pueblos. Usually there were no doors or windows and entry was through the roof. The rooms were used for sleeping and storage. Work and social activities were conducted outside, on the roofs and in the courtyards.