Arizona Archaeological Society



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 1st 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 by blue text with the link for easy identification.  Can you find all of them?    


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.
 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 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.

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).

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
The Petroglyph is now electronic distribution only, except for very special circumstances.  See publications tab at top of the screen or Click Here .


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  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

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 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.



It with great pleasure that the AAS State Board announces that Dr. Todd Bostwick is the winner of the 2015 AAS Professional Archaeologist Award. Dr. Bostwick has served our Society at both the State and Chapter levels for many years.  Just to name a few of his accomplishments, Dr. Bostwick has spoken at four State Meetings, been the tour leader to numerous sites and has worked extensively with the Certification Program. At the Chapter level he has been the Phoenix Chapter advisor for 16 years, assisted with their workshops, led field trips and been available to respond for issues with projects, state, federal laws and other concerns. At the Certification Level, Dr. Bostwick has taught several classes, redesigned a class on Paleo Indian/Archaic, and created and added Hohokam Archaeoastronomy to the program.  He has also taught Southwest Archaeology, Hohokam Prehistory and Historical Archaeology.

Award(s) presented to Dr. Todd Bostwick at the Arizona Archaeological Council (ACC) Meeting in Sedona November, 2015.  Todd is holding his belt buckle in the picture as well as his plaque.

A new award was created this year, the AAS Avocational Archaeologist Award.  The first winner of this is Joan Clark.  Joan has been an advisor to AAS for many years and continues to do so. Joan currently provides advice and recommendations on a monthly basis to the State Board and has worked within the Certification Department for a very long time.  She is a prime example of an AAS member and we could not have had a better candidate for the very first time we award this honor.

Award presented to Joan Clark at the AAS State Annual Meeting in Springerville October, 2015.  See details on the Annual Meeting page under "About Us" tab or Click This Link .

Our congratulations today go to Dr. Bostwick and to Ms. Joan Clark.  In addition, we sincerely thank them for their participation and committment to the Arizona Archaeological Society.

Glenda A. Simmons, 2014/2015 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.  Quilt Raffle

This effort has proven to be a good fundraiser in the past. 

Glenda A. Simmons,  AAS State Chair 
PLEASE NOTE:  For a copy of the raffle description and more extensive pictures of the quilt, including detailed embroidery pictures, please Click Here.
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  This is an outstanding opportunity for students establishing themselves within the archaeological community or seasoned veterans drawing attention to a worthwhile project.  
New links added to the "Links Page" for Friends of the Agua Fria NM and Friends of the Tonto NF.
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 ( to sign up, or email Sylvia Lesko at 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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