Interested in Arizona Archaeology?
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.
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.
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 others are decorated with wonderful objects and 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 ??????
Most people recognize malicious damage to archaeological sites and do not condone it. Those truly involved with the study or 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.
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
FUTURE LINK HERE: Those studying archaeology for a profession or avocational interest often have difficulty finding classic or older studies and reference material. This "future" link provides a sources for such materials for as long as the inventory lasts.
The Member-Only Section
Click this link for instructions regarding access to the members only section. Not a member? No access is possible with out 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. This page also contains a "Draft" version of the proposed Bylaw changes.
Visit the "Archaeological Opportunities" page for listing of current archaeological projects needing assistance.
New: Arizona Archaeologist Number 21 downloadable pdf file is now available in the Members-Only section (also 4, 19, 29, 38, & 39).
AZ Archaeologists available for purchase on Amazon are 21, 29, 38, and 39. See publications tab at top of screen or Click Here