AAS Annual Meeting
November 1 - 3, 2013
Prescott and Prescott Valley, Arizona
The 2013 Annual Meeting of the Arizona Archaeological Society is being held on Nov. 1- 3 in Prescott and Prescott Valley, hosted by the Yavapai Chapter. The focus of this year’s annual meeting is consideration of and planning for the future of avocational archaeology. There will be a panel discussion on this topic with representatives of the State Historical Preservation Office, the Arizona State Museum, and the Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Council, followed by a question and answer session during which we hope to have broad participation from the chapter representatives.
The questions to be explored with the panel are: What do you see as the role of the Avocational Archaeologist in future projects in Arizona? How do you see them being used by CRM firms, the NFS, and BLM in their ongoing projects? Are they allowed to do projects on private land under the direction of a professional archaeologist? What training and background should Avocational Archaeologists possess in order to participate in excavation, stabilization, rock art recording, survey or other types of field work?
In order to obtain the maximum participation and input on the important issues of the day, we have arranged a tight schedule and planned the day to allow attendees a comfortable and convenient location for all activities.
Registration by all attendees and payment of the registration fee is required by Oct. 21. The registration fee is $35 and includes continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday. Registration Form
Included in the weekend’s planned activities is a Board Members’ gathering on Friday evening, during which we will have the opportunity to exchange and discuss current issues.
The General Membership Meeting will be Saturday, Nov. 2 and will include the election of officers for 2014; afternoon workshops; and a social hour and dinner.
Our dinner speaker will be well-known Rock Art specialist Jane Kolber. Jane has a long career in the field of rock art, studying, lecturing, and writing on this topic in such diverse locales as Bolivia and Chaco Canyon. Her presentation is sure to intrigue and entertain the audience.
Hikes to an array of Prescott Culture archaeological sites in the area between Prescott Valley and Cordes Junction will be conducted on Sunday.
BOOK SALE AND SILENT AUCTION
And of course there will be an opportunity to add to your collections and libraries. There will be a book sale of dozens of volumes culled from the YCAAS library, at bargain prices. We will also have an all-day silent auction of southwest and native made art and craft items (donations from all members are solicited). As a special opportunity, we will auction the rare and out of print full set of "Casas Grandes: A Fallen Center of the Gran Chichimeca" by Charles Di Peso, at a bargain starting price. Bring money. (Sorry, no credit cards.)
It is very important to plan ahead for a good deal!! There is a competing event in Prescott Valley on the weekend of Nov. 1 - 3, and the hotels are expected to be full.
One of the attractions of meeting in Prescott Valley is that they have several new hotel properties and very low off-season rates. We have made a block reservation of rooms at the Comfort Suites in Prescott Valley, on N. Crownpointe Dr. They have offered us a rate of $70 for king suites. This reservation rate deal expires on October 1 because of anticipated heavy demand on the AAS meeting weekend, so it is very important to make your reservations early.
The Comfort Suites, Prescott Valley, is the closest hotel to the Stone Ridge meeting facility and very close to Highway 69. For reservations call 928-771-2100, mention AAS. Directions: continue through Prescott Valley on Highway 69 past Stone Ridge Road to Sundog Ranch Road. The hotel is at the top of the hill, on the right.
Other Hotels in Prescott Valley:
Hampton Inn & Suites, 2901 N. Glassford Hill Rd.; 928-772-1800
Super 8 Motel, 7801 SR 69, 928-775-5888
Arizona Inn of Prescott Valley, 7875 SR 69; 928-772-8600
Americas Best Value Inn, 8383 SR 69; 928-772-2200
Nearby in Prescott: Wyndam Gardens Prescott, 4499 SR 69; 928-777-0770
RV and Camping Facilities:
Point of Rocks Campground, 3205 N. SR 89, Prescott; 928-445-9018
Orchard Ranch Resort, 11250 SR 69, Dewey; 928-772-8266.
Local public campgrounds will be closed for the season.
CHAPTER OFFICERS MEETING FRIDAY NIGHT
A meeting of Chapter Presidents and other officers will be held on Friday night, Nov. 1. It will be held in the meeting room of the Yavapai Title office on the east side of Prescott, 1235 East Gurley St. We will begin with a social hour at 5:30 pm, followed by the covered dish dinner at 6:15 pm and the meeting will begin at 7:15 pm. A highlight of the meeting will be a presentation and discussion of the “Wild Apricot” online system that the AAS is now using for membership accounting and other internet functions. Chapter presidents are invited to submit suggested agenda items to Paddi in advance of the meeting. All chapters are expected to be represented at this meeting.
Directions to the officers meeting at 1235 East Gurley: Take SR 69 to Prescott. At the SR89/Sheldon/Gurley interchange, take Gurley Street and immediately get in the left lane. You will be making a left turn into the Yavapai Title parking lot just after Circle K. There is ample parking in the rear; enter the building by the rear door.
GENERAL MEETING, SATURDAY, NOV. 2
All Saturday activity, including all meals, workshops, and evening speaker will be all held at the Stone Ridge Golf Course clubhouse in Prescott Valley. Tentative schedule is shown below.
7:30 am Check in opens. Breakfast served, auction opens, sign up for field trips.
8:45-10:00 am Meeting opens, roll call, elections
10:00 –Noon Panel discussion with SHPO, ASM, GAAC
Noon: Lunch is served.
1:00 pm Trudy Mertens, finance report
1:15 pm Refocus Discussion
3:00 pm Certification report and issues discussion
3:15 pm Overview of Rock Art recording workshop
4:15 pm Intermission followed by Attitude adjustment, Grille bar
6:00 pm Banquet
7:00 pm Professional Archaeologist award followed by evening speaker
Continental Breakfast: Juices, Assorted muffins, Danish, Butter, Preserves; Coffee, Teas
Lunch (Mexican buffet): Tacos, Garden spring greens, Seasoned ground beef; Spanish rice, Santa Fe beans, tomatoes, black olives, green onions, cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, cookies.
Chicken Marsala: Chicken breast grilled with wild and domestic mushroom compote and red potatoes.
Mahi Mahi: Broiled in lemon butter sauce, long grain and wild rice.
Beef Stroganoff: Seasoned prime beef with mushrooms, sour cream and green onions atop egg noodles.
Dinners include house salad, fresh baked rolls, seasonal fresh vegetable, dessert, coffee, tea, and lemonade.
Dinner will be held at the Stone Ridge Grill. Proceed through Prescott Valley on Highway 69. At mile marker (mm) 285 beware of the speed enforcement camera. After mm 288 is Glassford Hill Road, where some of the hotels are located. The meeting place is located in the Stone Ridge development (large sign at turn off). Take a left at Stone Ridge Road and follow it around to the Grille, 1.4 miles.
SUNDAY NOV. 3 FIELD TRIPS
Fitzmaurice Ruin: This large hilltop ruin has undergone several excavations in past years by Caywood and Cummings. The trip will be led by local archaeologist and Yavapai Chapter Advisor, Dr. Andy Christenson. It is an easy hike in Fain Park, Prescott Valley.
Pit Houses at Willow Lake and Prescott Lakes Petroglyph Parks: There are a series of 7 small parks containing petroglyphs that were preserved during construction of Prescott Lakes sub division. The trip will be led by Ginger Johnson and is handicapped accessible.
Three Pueblos in Southern Yavapai County: Three sites are in close proximity to each other and illustrate the progression of walled fortification construction. High clearance, 4 wheel drive vehicles are required. Fred Kraps will lead this trip and car pools will be arranged.
Additional details, directions and sign up will be available at the meeting when you arrive.