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 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?
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.
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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.
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...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com 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!