Holiday Party Registration/Info: Please Read Carefully – Time Sensitive Material. The cutoff date for Holiday Party reservations is November 29th (prior to December Petroglyph). Location: Cave Creek Smokehouse 6245 E. Cave Creek Rd. (under new ownership). Buffett, tax, and food gratuity: Adults $25, Children 4-10 $17, and Kids 3 and under Free. Meal: smoked ribs, mesquite chicken, (note: you can have both), roasted red potatoes, beans, chef salad, and bread. Cash Bar: gratuity for meal does not include bar drinks. Reservations: At October and November DFC Meetings or Mail to- Kathy Queen, 5311 E. Evans Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85254. Checks Payable to: D.F. Chapter: A.A.S. Payments due-in prior to November 29th. Questions: contact Joan Young, email@example.com, 623.551.1085 home, 480.540.0769 cell (new number).
Our annual holiday potluck dinner and party!
Doctor David Wilcox presents:
A Synthetic Review of Hohokam Archaeology, AD 1694-Present quickly reviews the first 10,000 years of American archaeology and comparisons elsewhere in the Americas to define its larger context. With a summary argument, we proceed to chart chronologically the growth of knowledge about Hohokam archaeology, focusing on the sites of Casa Grande Ruin, Pueblo Grande, Snaketown, and La Ciudad de los Hornos (aka Casa de Loma). Modern work (since 1975) at these sites and the investigation of the features known as Hohokam “ballcourts” and the regional system they define is then discussed. Next is a synopsis of new knowledge about the relationship of the Phoenix Basin Hohokam to their northern neighbors, turning next to the development of the socio-political systems in the Phoenix Basin during the Classic Period, AD 1100-1450 and their ideological foundations. Finally, we widen the focus again to the North American Southwest and end with the question of “whence the Hohokam?”.
Reception and socialization at 7:00 pm, program begins approximately 7:30 pm.
How Did People Make and Use Stone Tools?
Experience the art of flint knapping by joining Allen Denoyer for this hands-on archaeology class. In this beginner class, you use ancient techniques and replica tools to create a stone projectile points. You also learn more about how people made and used such points. Points represented just one component of a complete hunting technology used by prehistoric peoples. This Cave Creek area class is January 22nd with two identical sessions beginning 9:00am and 1:00pm. The cost is $40 per member. You can only register for one session or the other, per individual member. The class size is very strict at a maximum of 6 for each session due to the time spent with individual instruction at the request of the instructor. The current status is waitlist only for the morning session and two open slots in the afternoon session. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an updated status report and questions. Please do not hesitate, interest is anticipated to be high.
Contact Mary Kearney at email@example.com for final program details and registration. There is no registration on the day of this activity
Tales from the Dark Side: Cave Archaeology in Western Belize and its Implications for the Decline of Maya Civilization by Dr. Jaime Awe.
In Maya cosmology, few locations were (and are) considered more sacred or ritually charged than caves. Representing portals to the netherworld and places of origin, these dark subterranean sites also served as the abode for important, powerful, and often capricious deities. The Maya further believed that the spirits of deceased ancestors descended to the watery underworld where they could eventually be reborn. Caves were thus places of death and creation because of their sacredness both the ancient Maya and their descendants visited and visit these sites to conduct rituals. Until recently, intensive scientific investigations of cave sites are rare. In an effort to address the latter bias, the Western Belize Regional Cave Project embarked on a multi-year research program designed to ascertain the nature of Maya cave utilization. By combining ethnographic and ethnohistoric information with data from archaeological investigations, this presentation provides evidence which suggests that the Maya visited caves in an effort to communicate with particular gods or ancestral spirits and the primary focus of their ritual activities were directed toward sustenance and agricultural fertility, and that intensified cave ritual in the ninth century A.D. was intrinsically related to factors that led to the decline of Maya civilization.