Tumamoc Talks

The Ancient Oasis: 5,000 Years of Agriculture and Irrigation in Tucson

Side profile of archaeologist Jonathan Mabry in the field.


5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Nov. 16, 2023

Tumamoc Talks bring together University of Arizona research to the greater Tucson community. 

Join Dr. Jonathan Mabry to learn about the story of water management in this Ancient Oasis, including the earliest known irrigation canals built in Aridamerica, the social organizations of enduring irrigation communities, the abrupt change in water rights and short-lived water development schemes during the late 19th century, what happened to the river to make it the dry and deep channel of today, the effects of transferring water from the Colorado River, and alternative futures of the Santa Cruz watershed.

Our speaker: 

Jonathan Mabry, PhD, is a research associate at the University of Arizona Desert Laboratory. Some of his research areas include foraging adaptations, transitions to agriculture and village life, indigenous water management systems, and traditional foodways of the U.S./Mexico borderlands. He currently serves as liaison to UNESCO for Tucson Creative City of Gastronomy and is director of the non-profit organization managing the designation.

Tumamoc Talks are located at the Boathouse at the base of Tumamoc Hill. 

Learn more and RSVP at tumamoc-hill@arizona.edu.