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

For information on this years 50th Anniversary State Meeting, to be held October 24, 25 and 26 in Phoenix click here.  For a PDF version click here.

The Member Only Section

There is a new page, Planning Committee, in the Member Only section.  Check this page to see the minutes of the Planning Committee meetings.  Also check this page for the Draft version of the purposes Bylaws changes.

Be sure to check the Archaeological Opportunities page.  It changes periodically.

“Land Without Borders: Cultural Interaction between the Pre-Hispanic Southwest and Mesoamerica” 

(September 20, 2014 Symposium of The Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C.)

The American Southwest arguably spans the area from Durango, Colorado to Durango, Mexico, and from Las Vegas, New Mexico, to Las Vegas, Nevada. Communities in this vast territory were almost certainly knit together by active exchange networks, but researchers have often discounted or ignored other types of cultural connections. This symposium will re-examine the relationship between the culture areas of the Southwest and Mesoamerica, with their acknowledged differences and many important similarities. Our speakers will peel away modern political boundaries to reveal how Pre-Hispanic societies interacted across vast territories during their extensive prehistory. Presenters include Stephen Lekson, University of Colorado (moderator); Patricia Crown, University of New Mexico; Patricia Gilman, University of Oklahoma; Randall McGuire, Binghamton University; Karl Taube, University of California at Riverside, and Ben Nelson, Arizona State University. The symposium will take place in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 20, 2014. For details and registration information, please see the Pre-Columbian Society website at

New Arizona Archaeologist Number 39 Publication

The newest number of The Arizona Archaeologist is now available. Number 39 in the series is the long-awaited "Coyote Ruin, NA 6654, A Prescott-Area Community" assembled by Mary Spall and over a dozen other Yavapai Chapter contributors and outside specialists. This monograph documents excavations at the Coyote Ruin conducted in the late 1920s by J. W. Simmons, and between 1998 and 2004 by the Yavapai Chapter, along with exhaustive analyses of the materials recovered, including ceramics, lithics, shell artifacts, plant remains, animal bone, and human remains. The site consists of a small hilltop stone pueblo, with additional masonry rooms, pit structures and agricultural features on the surrounding slopes, dating from perhaps the A.D. 900s until after 1300. Data from Coyote Ruin and surrounding sites is synthesized for discussions of subsistence, social organization, trade, and conflict in the Prescott Culture.

The Arizona Archaeologistis a benefit of AAS membership and is available to members as a printed report free of charge; please contact your Chapter President by the end of March to request a printed copy. Members can also download a free PDF copy from the "Members Only" page of the website at any time. The publication is also available for sale through Amazon.

The Society is currently in the process of converting all of its past publications to be for sale on Amazon. Announcements will be made as back numbers become available.

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