Arizona Archaeological Society




This page shows upcoming events by the State organization, our chapters or of archaeological interest.

Upcoming events

    • 24 Oct 2014
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Field Trip


    Join Wayne Ranney, M.A., Instructor

    Friday October 24, 2014

    Wayne discusses the geology of the Verde Valley area from 8:30 am to 11:00 am and carpool after the talk to places of interest with Wayne from 11:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

    The talk and meeting place is at Verde Valley Archaeology Center classroom in Camp Verde. 

    Cost is $65.00 per member

    Limited to 20 Adults

    AAS members only with priority to Desert Foothills Chapter members.  You must sign up for this workshop in advance.  Sorry no registration day of class.

    Sign up at

    • 25 Oct 2014
    • TBD

    Details will be posted as soon as they become available.

    • 08 Nov 2014
    • 8:30 AM
    • 09 Nov 2014
    • 1:30 PM
    • Tucson, AZ (specific location to meet TBD)

    Dr. Bill Doelle, President & CEO, and Janine Hernbrode, of Archaeology Southwest will be leading us on a two day tour to some of the most interesting pre-historic sites in the Tucson area.

    We will drive (perhaps carpool) to Tucson on Friday, November 7th and spend the night (lodging details will be provided later as we are working to negotiate a preferred group hotel rate).

    On Saturday, November 8th, Bill will guide (and provide his expert interpretation) us to several habitation and rock art sites in the San Pedro Valley.  We will finish mid-afternoon and return to Tucson.

    On Sunday, November 9th, Janine will lead us to the dramatic Sutherland Wash Petroglyph site.  This will involve a relatively flat hike of 5-6 miles (round-trip) from our vehicles to the site.  The hike is on uneven terrain and hiking poles are recommended.  This portion of the trip will require 4-wheel drive.  We will finish in the early afternoon, to allow time to drive home or spend a leisurely afternoon in Tucson and drive home on Monday.

    Participants will be required to sign an AAS Liability and Release Form. 

    The field trip fee is $25 to all AAS Members, to in part cover a Chapter donation to Archaeology Southwest. The fee is due upon signing up and is non-refundable.

    Please e-mail Scott Newth to sign-up. Space is limited to 15, no exceptions.

    Please Note: if you show up and are NOT a current member of AAS (e.g. the Verde Valley Chapter), you will NOT be allowed to participate.


    • 12 Nov 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Foothill Community Foundation, 34250 N. 60th St., Building B, Scottsdale, AZ 85266

    The November meeting features an extraordinary speaker, Dr. Stephen H. Lekson, Curator of Archaeology and Professor of Anthropology University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.  Dr.  Lekson began his career at Salmon Ruin (NM) but soon spent an extended period of time in Chaco Canyon (NM) with several pioneers in southwest archaeology.  His hypothesis regarding the Chaco Meridian revealed his talent for thinking outside the box with new concepts.  He worked extensively throughout the world of the Anasazi (pre Puebloan peoples) and currently spends time in the Mimbres area.  His presentation this evening is "End of the Anasazi: the Fall of Chaco and the Mesa Verde Migration."  The focus is the two centuries before 1300 CE (12th and 13th Centuries) with the history of Chaco Canyon, Aztec Ruins, and Mesa Verde culminating in an out-migration of tens of thousands of people from the four corners area.

    Business Meeting, reception and socialization at 7:00 pm, speaker program begins approximately 7:30 pm.

    • 13 Nov 2014
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Meet at Kiosk I-17 and Bloody Basin Road

    Field Trip to Perry Mesa

    “A Perry Mesa Pit House Village”

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    8:30 AM at the Agua Fria National. Monument. Kiosk

    We are meeting at the kiosk for the Agua Fria National Monument just east of I-17 on the Bloody Basin Rd.  Plan on being there by 8:30 am. You must be a member of AAS to attend and Desert Foothills Chapter Members have priority.  Contact Larry Morehouse at 623.776.6700.  Please do not sign up if you are NOT certain you can participate.  If you must cancel, please let Larry know ASAP because slots for the trip are very limited.

    The trip requires high clearance vehicles and 4-wheel drive is a plus, especially if we run into mud.  Larry wants to match participants with others, so as many as possible can carpool.

    Dress for cool, windy weather and rough terrain on Perry Mesa.  Bring lunch, snacks, water and hiking stick(s).

    The mapped village area appears to be approximately 200 x 200 meters and the forest road goes right through the middle, so there isn't excessive hiking.  There ARE a lot of trash middens, a few field houses, a couple of petroglyphs, at least one slag roaster and some artifact scatters.

    Scott Wood is our archaeologist leader for this visitation and provides explanations or interpretations for what we are looking at.  If time and weather permits, we may visit a second ruin: Big Rosalie complex.

    • 20 Nov 2014
    • 7:00 PM
    • Smoki Museum Pueblo Meeting Room

    2013 Arizona Archaeological Society Professional Archaeologist Andy Christenson will explore the rich history and relationship between professional and amateur archaeologists in Central Arizona.


    As always, before the meeting everyone is invited to have dinner with our guest speaker at the Prescott Brewing Company, 130 E. Gurley Street, at 5 p.m.

    • 29 Nov 2014
    • TBD

    Details will be posted as soon as they become available.

    • 10 Dec 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Community Building, Good Shepherd of the Hills Church, Cave Creek, AZ
    Our December Meeting is our traditional DFC members only Christmas Party.  This year's rotation is the Potluck event.
    • 18 Dec 2014
    • 7:00 PM
    • Smoki Museum Pueblo Meeting Room

    Learn more about the archaeology of central Arizona! 


    As always, before the meeting everyone is invited to have dinner with our guest speaker at the Prescott Brewing Company, 130 E. Gurley Street, at 5 p.m.

    • 14 Jan 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (near the Dairy Queen)

    The January meeting features Ken Zoll, an Arizona Humanities speakerIn 1921, the Hopi tribe was told that so called “church people” petitioned Congress trying to stop their “pagan” dancing.  Milo Billingsley, who founded the school on Second Mesa, was asked for his assistance.  He formed a dance troupe to show that these dances should not be stopped, referred to as The Billingsley Hopi Dancers.  The Hopi Dancers traveled extensively throughout the United States.  A platform was erected on the U.S. Capitol steps in 1927 where both Houses of Congress assembled with their families to watch the Hopi dancers.  Congress passed a resolution giving the Hopi permission to carry on their dancing “for all time,” after this performance.  The dancers continued to perform for the public culminating with performances at the 1937 New York World’s Fair and Carnegie Hall in 1955.  The Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Hopi Tribe received a joint grant to preserve a rare 1957 film of the Billingsley Hopi Dancers.  This Arizona Humanities presentation provides background and shows selected segments of the 1957 film

    Reception and socialization at 7:00 pm, program begins approximately 7:30 pm.

    • 24 Jan 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Cave Creek area (will advise asap)


    Ever been curious about what type of animal those tracks or scat came from when hiking?






    9:00AM TO 1:00PM (approx.)






    Learn and have some fun discovering the many mysteries of common creatures inhabiting our environment.  Join us in an animal tracking and scat class by Al Cornell.  Your awareness of the outdoors increases with the ability to find and interpret tracks, scat, and signs left behind by animals.  This class explores the characteristics necessary to distinguish various animal species by an individual’s tracks.

    The ability to find, interpret, and follow tracks or sign left by an animal’s passage is an essential skill for persons interested in their outdoor surroundings.  By attending this introduction for tracking skills, your awareness expands to create new personal horizons.

    This is an outdoor workshop, so wear a jacket and bring a chair, water, hat, and snack(s).


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