Arizona Archaeological Society



                                    CONGRATULATIONS TO ANDY!

                      2013 AAS Professional Archaeologist Award Recipient

 The Arizona Archaeology Society sincerely congratulates Dr. Andrew L. Christenson on his selection as the recipient of the 2013 AAS Professional Archaeologist Award. Andy's valued relationship with the Yavapai Chapter began in 1998. From the beginning, he has graciously dedicated his service to the AAS, teaching, supervising projects, performing analyses, authoring reports, leading educational field trips, and contributing in numerous other capacities to the archaeological community. Currently, he is working as an Independent Archaeological Consultant and volunteers as the Curator of the Smoki Museum of the American Indian Art and Culture in Prescott, as well as serving as the Archaeological Advisor for the Yavapai Chapter AAS. Despite the demands of his professional activities, he always makes time for the YCAAS, and is consistently helpful with every day questions or major projects. The AAS is grateful to Andy for sharing his knowledge, all that he has done, and all that he continues to do. We are proud to him and thankful for his support. Once again, congratulations, Andy, on this well-deserved recognition!


The Yavapai Chapter is located in Prescott, AZ. It received its Charter from the Arizona Archaeological Society in 1977. From the beginning, it was active with an excavation at the Storm Site (located near Watson Lake) from 1977-1979. In total, it has done fourteen excavations and five rock art recordings in the Prescott area.

Our Chapter meets on the third Thursday of each month (except July, August, and December) at 7:00PM at the Smoki Museum's Pueblo room. Location is 147 N. Arizona Street. Prescott, AZ (entrance in rear of building). Presentations are given by professional and avocational archaeologists. This is a great way to learn about our cultural heritage! The speakers address historical and pre-historical subjects.



Field Trips

Our Chapter offers monthly field trips to local and regional sites. It offers a great opportunity to see how these people lived. You can see artifacts, habitational sites, and in many cases, beautiful views of the backroads of Arizona!

Below is a photo of some of the Chapter members that made the hike up to the Wagoner-Mayer Hilltop Site...a 400' elevation gain.The trip was well worth it (and the views were outstanding!). A big thanks to trip co-ordinator Pete Reilly.




In progress is a SURVEY TECHNIQUES CLASS with Fred Kraps as the instructor. This is an excellent class for general knowledge and future field work.

Below is a photo of some of the students preparing their field sheets for the class.

Outreach Programs

Two of the objectives of our Chapter is 1) "Foster interest and research in the archaeology of Arizona and the Southwest" and 2) Encourage public understanding of and concern for archaeological and cultural resources". Because of this, we have developed two Outreach Programs. The first is the Youth Outreach Program. This targets fourth through sixth grade students. This has fostered great interest from the teachers which meets the states standards for education. The second is the Community Outreach Program. This includes giving presentations that range from to church groups, ATV clubs, to the Rotary groups. Also, we have informational booths at local civic events.

Below, Rosie Hartner, our Youth Outreach co-ordinator, is teaching fourth graders about the basics in pre-historic culture.

Below is our informational booth at the Earthday Celebration in Prescott.

Chapter Library

Located at the Smoki Museum. It is open 30 minutes prior to the monthly meeting.

Chapter Officers

View the minutes of the most recent Yavapai Chapter board of directors meeting.

Office Office Holder Contact Information
President Barbara Moebius


Vice President Julia Rucker


Treasurer Sue Ford 928-778-5795
Secretary Bill Burkett 928-632-4614 
One Year Director Fred Kraps


Two Year Director Eileen Chalfoun 928-899-1330
Three Year Director Florence Reynolds 928-776-1037
Archivist --- 928-
Certification Rep Warner Wise 603-312-3075
Advisor Andy Christenson 928-308-5758

Chapter Meetings

The chapter meets at 7:00 PM, the third Thursday of each month except July, August, and December.
Date Speaker Topic
 January 16, 2014 Wendy Hodgson Pre-historic use of agave
 February 20, 2014 Peter Pilles  Identifying Yavapai sites 
 March 20, 2014 Dr. David Wilcox  Changing Patterns Of Resistance
 April 17, 2014 Dr Britton Shepardson  Easter Island
 May 15, 2014 Karen Schollmeyer Mimbres Culture & Art
 June 19, 2014 Allen Dart Ancient Rock Calendars
 July 2014 No Meeting   
 August 2014 No Meeting   
 September 18, 2014 TBA TBA
 October 16, 2014 Warner Wise A Visit To The Yucatan
 November 20, 2014 Andy Christenson An Essential Relationship: Amateurs & Professionals
 December ??, 2014 TBA TBA 

Local Museums

Museum Location Website
Smoki Museum 147 N Arizona Ave
Prescott, AZ 86301-3184
(928) 445-1230
Visitor Center
Sharlot Hall Museum 415 W Gurley St
Prescott, AZ 86301-3691
(928) 445-3122
Visitor Center

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