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Welcome to the Arizona Archaeological Society

The Arizona Archaeological Society (AAS) welcomes you to our web site where you can learn more about archaeology around the state and how to actively participate in learning about and preserving our Arizona heritage.Annual Meeting Cake

AAS is a volunteer organization that is over 50 years old with a rich and varied history.  Please click the following link for an overview of the first half century of key moments, activities, projects, and recognition for those involved with our organization, AAS History First 50-Years.

Note:  "Members" a complete listing of historical links added to this website are shown on Members-Only page.  "Non members," there are a total of 10 Historical Links on the website that you can peruse, not counting the one above.  They are highlighted text with the link for easy identification.  Can you find all of them?    

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Interested in Arizona Archaeology?

Honaki, Sedona AZ

     Mesa Grande, Mesa, AZInterest in Archaeology is often sparked by site visitations that are protected and preserved or in various states of preservation such as these at Honaki and Mesa Grande, AZ. 

     For the retired adults volunteering, adults seeking a second career or volunteering, or those seeking a higher education and a career with appeal and opportunity to explain the unexplained archaeology has an overwhelming draw as well as prehistoric preservation.  Job experience is often achieved by volunteering.

 

Perry Mesa, Evidence of GrindingCordes Junction Hwy Project, AZ     Sometimes our first exposure to the archaeology of an area is through building projects, such as the expansion of the highway and ramps of I-17 through the Cordes Junction area in Arizona.   These remains of a Hohokam structure were on the northern periphery of their known cultural influence uncovered with preservation excavation for knowledge before highway expansion.
 
     Other times, evidence of prehistoric activity may be more permanent and found on a large boulder surface such as this evidence of grinding activity under Federal protection on Perry Mesa in Arizona.           
  
 
V Bar V Petroglyphs, AZ
Anasazi Bowl from Steve Lekson 
     The draw for many people to archaeology consists of a certain appeal for the more artistic endeavors of prehistoric people.  While many artifacts are strictly mono color objects that are utilitarian, other objects are decorated with wonderful pictures and/or mosaic designs.
     The wonderment and interest in "rock art" which might be engraved or painted often seeks to find meaning where no meaning may be obtainable.  Other times, the meaning might indicate clans, solar calendars, hunting stories, or ??????
 
 
 
Moved Pottery Sherds, NM.
Ancient Point, Cave Creek, AZ
     Most people recognize malicious damage to archaeological sites and do not condone it.  Those truly involved with the study of archaeology observe more subtle damage to the prehistoric artifact record. 
 
     Sherds picked up and collected in small or large treasure piles destroy an archaeological context forever.  In a similar way, points, tools, or other goods surviving hundreds or thousands of years undisturbed are often in collections, drawers, backyards, and garages today.  These archaeological records are lost and a person's heirs often takes items to garage sales or the trash.

 9-Tips for saving sites appearing on Indian Country Today Media Network and comment: Click Here
 
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 AAS 50-Year History 

AAS History 1964-2014 PowerPoint Presentation:  

A brief look at AAS 50-year history and some of its founders with philosophies through the years, as well as thoughts concerning the future and next 50-years.  The original was distributed at an AAS Annual State Meeting in preparation for the 50th anniversary celebration.

The contents are modified to an MP4 format to work with the media player on your computer.  Click the link to engaged your media player and the file should play automatically.  Once the presentation concludes, simply close the media player on your computer.  The Microsoft media player that comes with Windows should be sufficient to enjoy the material and get a sense of AAS history.

Click Here  to enjoy the video.

 

NOTE:  If you have not used your Windows media player before, just select the "recommended settings" when the screen asks you for a decision.  Testing with three Vista level computers running Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and Windows Vista yields a wide variety of performance levels before the program runs.  The newer the operating system, the faster the loading time.  Newer computer equipment should simply perform well.  Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP, so we did not performance check this environment.

  
Chapter Information

  
Chapter Membership Contacts:  You can join the Archaeology Society today or attend a meeting and see if you enjoy developing your knowledge of this subject.  Archaeology is unique because you can study and work inside or enjoy activities outdoors.  Many members develop additional interests in geology, botany, osteology, preservation work, surveying, etc.  Select "Chapters" from the menu bar at the top of the screen to find one near you or click the link at the beginning of this paragraph for a contact listing.  If you are an out of state visitor, you can become an "At Large" member.  Go to the "About Us" section of the menu bar and select membership to investigate further and use PayPal, or use this link for an application download the application.  Members can use Paypal
to renew their memberships.  Click Here, for instructions how to renew membership online from AAS website.
 
 
            
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The Member-Only Section

Member-Only Access:  Click this link for instructions regarding access to the members only section.  Not a member?  No access is possible without joining the Arizona Archaeology Society.  See Chapter Membership Contacts: or become an "At Large" member to access the member-only section on this website.
 
There is a new page, Planning Committee, in the Member-Only section.  Check this page to see the approved minutes of the Planning Committee meetings, as well as State and Chapter Director meeting minutes.  
     
Visit the "Archaeological Opportunities" page for listings of current archaeological projects needing assistance or project status.
 
New: Arizona Archaeologist Number 40 downloadable pdf and MOBI files are now available in the Members-Only section (also 4, 19, 21, 29, 38, & 39 for pdf format only).

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Bulletin/Notice Section
 
Arizona Archaeologists available for purchase on Amazon are 21, 29, 38, 39 and 40 in hard copy.  See publications tab at top of screen or Click Here .  Beginning with the newly released Arizona Archaeologist #40, a Kindle version is now available for purchase from Amazon also.
 
Note: Submissions for possible publication in the Arizona Archaeologist or questions regarding the Arizona Archaeologist should be directed to the Arizona Archaeologist Editor at azarched@azarchsoc.org
 
The Petroglyph is now electronic distribution only, except for very special circumstances.  See publications tab at top of the screen or Click Here .

PLEASE NOTE:  New links added to the "Links Page" for Friends of the Agua Fria NM and Friends of the Tonto NF.


Annual Meeting Announcements

The scheduled 2016 meeting locations and dates were Prescott Valley- November 4, 5, 6, 2016.   November 4th was a Friday evening Directors' Meeting at the Smoki Museum Pueblo, Prescott.  The actual annual meeting was November 5th in the Prescott Club at the Stoneridge Golf Resort, Prescott Valley.   November 6th was setup for field trips on that Sunday.  Go to the "Annual Meeting Tab" under "About Us" or click on the link below to view information about the 2016 annual meeting and in the future, find information about the coming 2017 event occurring later in that calendar year.  There were two significant highlights at the 2016 meeting.  The first was the presentation of the Avocational Archaeologist of the Year to Jim Britton (details under the About Us Tab, select Annual Meeting or Archaeologist Awards).  The second was the winner of the 2015/2016 Quilt Raffle winner, Joan Hood of Tucson.  The net amount donated to AAS from this raffle should be available before end of calendar year and posted here.  

Members, the Directors' Meeting and Annual Meeting minutes are available under the Members-Only tab, select Planning Committee and go toward the bottom of that page or use Fast Link at top of the Planning Committee page.

Annual Meeting   <<<Click Here!


  

                                              A BIG THANK YOU TO THE MEMBERS OF

THE YAVAPAI CHAPTER OF AAS

AAS Annual Meeting, Prescott Valley. November 4/5/6, 2016

The Executive Board and Planning Committee of AAS, sincerely thanks the Yavapai Chapter for hosting and arranging the 2016 AAS Annual Meeting. Held this year in the Prescott Club Room of the Stoneridge Resort, the facilities, the excellent catering, the variety of field trips as well as the great book sale and silent auction all contributed to a great weekend.

Thanks to the AAS Planning Committee for great agendas, both Friday and Saturday, and for the arranging of some incredible, wonderful speakers who informed and educated us all. We learned much of the Smoki Organization, the history of the Yavapai Prescott People, in addition to receiving some much needed explanations and information regarding legislative issues pertaining to Arizona archaeology. And our evening speaker, Dr. Aaron Wright of Archaeology Southwest kept us enthralled with his discussion of "Along River Margins".

Thank you again Little Colorado Chapter for the beautiful quilt made and donated by Billye Wilda in 2015 as a fundraiser for AAS,  we thank you again for the quilt and the fundraising concept. We understand approx. $1700 was raised!

And last but not least, thank you to all the members who traveled to Prescott  and participated in the 2016 Annual Meeting.

And so we move on to 2017...

Glenda

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Announcing Arizona Archaeologist High Inventory Issues Opportunity  

Attention: Professional, Avocational, Researcher, Student, Library, and Interested Parties - Times change and distribution methods improve in the digital age, especially with the advent of Print-On-Demand activities such as Amazon type distribution.  The Arizona Archaeological Society is providing rare opportunities with certain select publications of the Arizona Archaeologist.  For a complete listing of high inventory issues, Click Here , or contact the Archivist, Alan Troxel at alantroxel@yahoo.com.  Go to the publications page and look for this logo, if you are fishing for information and a good deal.  Click Here for the publications page and Arizona Archaeologist complete listing of publications with this logo indicating items marked for high inventory consideration.

  

Announcing Arizona Archaeologist #40—An Essential Relationship: Amateurs and Professionals in Central Arizona Archaeology

The latest volume in the Arizona Archaeological Society’s series of research publications, The Arizona Archaeologist, is now available. Members are eligible to receive a copy, in print or electronically, as part of their membership. Others can purchase copies via Amazon.com.

This volume, number 40 in the long-running series, is titled “An Essential Relationship: Amateurs and Professionals in Central Arizona Archaeology” and written by Andrew L. Christenson, an archaeologist, curator of the Smoki Museum of American Indian Art and Culture in Prescott, and advisor to the Yavapai Chapter of AAS.

In “An Essential Relationship,” Dr. Christenson examines a roughly 90-year period in the relationships between amateurs and professionals who have worked in the Prescott region of central Arizona. He also explores the archaeological societies in Prescott, particularly the current Yavapai Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, which have been active in important salvage work and research for nearly four decades. The concluding chapter examines how amateurs have been leaders in archaeological work in the region and where we can expect contributions to come from in the future.

This volume is richly illustrated with dozens of photographs, maps, and other illustrations. The printed and PDF versions total more than 150 pages and include an extensive index.

Members of the Arizona Archaeological Society can order the print version through their chapter presidents or can download the electronic versions from the Research Publications page on the AAS website in the Member-Only section.

Others should visit the volume’s page on Amazon.com to purchase copies (Click Here). The print version is priced
at $14.95; the Kindle version at $7.99.

At one time all archaeologists were amateurs. This book provides an insightful and fascinating look at how amateurs worked with those who eventually became professional archaeologists to help unravel the complicated prehistory of this important region in the American Southwest.

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Announcing Arizona Archaeologist #28—Prehistory of Perry Mesa: The Short-Lived Settlement of a Mesa-Canyon Complex in Central Arizona Ca. A.D. 1200-1450

The latest volume in the Arizona Archaeological Society’s series of research publications, The Arizona Archaeologist, is now available. Members are eligible to receive a copy, in print or electronically, as part of their membership. Others can purchase copies via Amazon.com, once this reprint is available.

This volume, a reissue of number 28 in the long-running series, is titled “Prehistory of Perry Mesa: The Short-Lived Settlement of a Mesa-Canyon Complex in Central Arizona Ca. A.D. 1200-1400” and written by Richard V.N. Ahlstrom and Heidi Roberts with a contribution by Linda Scott Cummings and Kathryn Puseman.  This is a scanned facsimile of the original 1995 camera-ready pages.  The volume, one of the most popular in the Arizona Archaeological Society’s series of research publications, The Arizona Archaeologist, is once again available. Prehistory of Perry Mesa offers an overview of a small, isolated plateau lying within the mountainous Transition Zone of central Arizona.  During the fourteenth century, the area on and around the mesa was home to a population of Native Americans who built several dozen masonry pueblos, the largest of which are remarkable for their size—100 or more ground-floor rooms, probably two stories high—and, often, for their dramatic settings at the edges of cliffs overlooking deeply incised canyons.  It appears that the people of the Perry Mesa Tradition migrated to this locale, lived there for at most 200 to 300 years, and then moved on.  The mesa preserves an essentially complete Classic period settlement-subsistence system within a bounded environmental setting. 

Note: Members can currently get a scanned AAS reissue of the original Arizona Archaeologist #28 with complete quality interior in the Members-Only section of this website under the sub tab Research Pubs.  Printed copies can be ordered through members' local chapters.  Non-Members watch for Amazon icon insertions next to the listing on the publications page in the future.  Go to the Publications Tab and select Arizona Archaeologist <or> (Click Here).  Non-Members can also (Click Here) while this notice exists to go directly to the Amazon order page.

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    ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF THE  AAS PROFESSIONAL AND AVOCATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGIST AWARDS FOR 2016

Early announcement of those receiving recognition by AAS for Professional and Avocational Archaeology in 2016 later this year was made by Glenda Simmons in July.

2016 AAS Professional Archaeologist Award - Dr. David Abbott

2016 AAS Avocational Archaeologist Award - Jim Britton

The Society extends its thanks and gratitude to these worthy winners and looks forward to many more years of participation in our Society with presentation details t follow as soon as they are arranged. 

Our congratulations today go to Dr. Abbott and to Jim Britton.  In addition, we sincerely thank them for their participation and commitment to the Arizona Archaeological Society.

Glenda A. Simmons, 2014/2016 AAS State Chair

 
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SEEKING INSPIRED WRITERS: GRADUATE STUDENTS, AVOCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL ARCHAEOLOGISTS
 
AAS Chapters sponsoring projects or interested parties mentioned in this heading working on Arizona archaeological projects may want to consider publishing their work in the Arizona Archaeologist.  Submissions for possible publication in the Arizona Archaeologist or questions regarding the Arizona Archaeologist should be directed to the Arizona Archaeologist Editor at azarched@azarchsoc.org.  This is an outstanding opportunity for students establishing themselves within the archaeological community or seasoned veterans drawing attention to a worthwhile project.  
 
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PLEASE NOTE:  Some small changes coming to Home Page and other pages over the next few months, eventually creating a newer look/feel and function to our first page that visitors see and the overall pages too....  Thank you for your continued patience, some changes involve several dedicated volunteers completing activities before implementation.  Many pages now contain historical information relevant to the information on that page.  There is blue writing highlighting the link.

 

 

Help Us to Help the Environment:  Still take a paper copy of The Petroglyph? Help our society go green and switch to digital delivery. The email version is in color, available earlier than the printed version, and reduces costs to AAS.  To convert to the electronic version, you may use the form on this website (www.azarchsoc.org) to sign up, or email Sylvia Lesko at slesko4@cox.net with the words “email my Petroglyph” in the subject line and indicating your name and chapter.  Members may also edit their own email selection from within the profile found in the "members-only" area after logon with a password.  Note: as of June 2015, all distribution is electronic unless by chapters for special case distribution.  Eliminating any paper deliveries are the ultimate goal.  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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