Desert Foothills Chapter is located in Cave Creek, AZ. The scenic Cave Creek spills out of the mountains through Spur Cross Ranch and down into the valley of the Hohokam. In 1974, archaeologist Chad Phinney was called in to investigate burials and pottery found when builders were digging a trench for a home in Cave Creek. There was a lot of local interest in the find at that time. Chad decided that he would educate those who were interested and he held classes in archaeology at actual Hohokam sites. The group that formed at these classes and digs ultimately became the first members of The Desert Foothills Chapter. DFC member, Audrey Stephens produced a paper detailing all of the known information about those early days at the DFC 25th anniversary:
How It All Began (A History of the Desert Foothills Chapter)
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Part 1: Text
Part 2: Photos
Part 3: Timeline and Attachments
Grace Schoonover Memorial Plaque Presentation
Desert Foothills Chapter Library: Visit our library now available in the Reading Room at the Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, Arizona 85266. This room will be kept locked when not in use (other organizations use the facilities), but the key may be obtained from the Community Center office. Over time more materials/literature will be added and members will be notified when this happens.
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013:
This month is our last meeting before we break for the summer and many of our members leave for cooler temperatures. So May is always our traditional dessert pot luck in which all indulge prior to the main event. Please bring a selection of your favorite desserts to share and socialize with, load up your plates and then settle down for an evening of great interest. Our speaker this month is Steve Hayden, the son of archaeologist Julian Hayden who excavated Keet Seel in 1934. The Hayden family home is in Tucson and after Julian’s death, Steve returned to the home and discovered his father’s diary that detailed the daily work, the stabilization and excavation of Keet Seel. Steve’s talk is entitled, “The 1934 Civil Works Administration’s Excavation and Stabilization of Keet Seel – Julian Hayden’s Diary”. Steve will show old and new photos of the site and has been a volunteer ranger at Keet Seel since 2007.
Except for December, we meet in the Community Building (Maitland Hall) of the Good Shepherd of the Hills Church, 6502 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331. Socialization and refreshments at 7pm, business meeting and program approx. 730pm.
||Day & Time
|Good Shepherd Church
||Second Wednesday of each month
7:00 Socialization and Refreshments
7:30 Business Meeting and Program
(Except for December Meeting)
|6502 E Cave Creek Rd
Cave Creek, AZ
|Mesa Verde and the Wetherills
||Jan 9, 2013
Pioneer Life in Frontier Phoenix,
Arizona Territory, 1867-1881
|Feb 13, 2013
||J. Patrick Grady
|Mammoth and Bison Petroglyphs in Utah
||Mar 13, 2013
|South American Wonders: the Rise of the Andean Civilization
||Apr 10, 2013
Keet Seel Diary
|May 8, 2013
|Field School Washington State
|| Sept 11, 2013
Local Museums Top
|Cave Creek Museum
||6140 East Skyline Drive
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
Help Us to Help the Environment:
Still take a paper copy of The Petroglyph? Help our chapter go green and switch from postal delivery to email. The email version is in color, is available earlier than the printed version, and reduces costs to AAS. Did you know for example, that in addition to the printing and paper costs, AAS volunteers have to drive to the printers (Tempe) to pick up the printed copies, seal and label each newsletter, bundle and place in the appropriate trays to meet postal regulations and then deliver to the Central Phoenix post office? This task involves 6 hours of labor plus driving time each month. Without this volunteer help, the Petroglyph would cost even more to produce and deliver. To convert to the electronic version, you may use the form on the 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.
Field Trips, Workshops, and Events Top
Petrified Forest Expansion Area Outing June 15
We will be guided into the new expansion area of Petrified Forest National Monument. It will be a series of drives and hikes to sites. The roads are bad and will require high clearance, 4 wh drive. You must be able to hike. It might be hot. I will start with 10 people and add more depending on the weather. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
GEOLOGY WORKSHOP/FIELD TRIP TO NORTHERN ARIZONA (FLAGSTAFF AREA)
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 9:00am to 4:00pm Wayne Ranney, M.A., Instructor
We will be going to Northern Arizona (Flagstaff area), Lockett Meadow and the west side of the Peaks. NOTE: this is a different area from the geology workshop of 2012. Flagstaff meeting location to be announced. Cost is $35.00 per person, limited to 20 adults, AAS Members only. Registration and payment by June 1, 2013 – NO REFUND. To enroll or for further questions, please contact Mary Kearney, email@example.com
Please contact Mary Kearney at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please make sure that if you are signed up for any classes and have a new summer email that she has it. You won’t want to miss any updates!