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.
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 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?
Interest 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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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
In order to raise funds for the AAS, a donation was made by LCRC member, Billye Wilda (who owns a quilt shop) at the AAS Annual Meeting. The idea proposed is offering the quilt to the different chapters in order to sell tickets for a drawing to be held at the Annual Meeting in 2016.
Chapters select a period of time that would be profitable for selling tickets i.e. local events, festivals, shows, etc. Displaying the quilt with a locked box to accept tickets and money also works between these events.
A suggested minimum of one month term for holding the quilt is preferred and AAS State schedules where the quilt is available relative to time slots. The suggested time does not have to commence from the 1st of a month or cease at the end of the month. The quilt ships with tickets and signage. Suggestions and ideas regarding how to display the quilt are provided.
Tickets are sold for $2.00 each and money collected is sent to the AAS State.
The chapter selling the most tickets (LCRC not included) receives their own quilt from Quilter’s Haven in Eagar, to raffle off for themselves, with all the proceeds for the second quilt staying within the winning chapter.
Expenses are pulled from the proceeds before sending the rest to AAS State. This includes shipping charges for sending the quilt and supplies on to the next chapter, and any additional tickets that may be necessary.
This effort has proven to be a good fundraiser in the past.Glenda A. Simmons, AAS State Chair
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!