Arizona Archaeological Society




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

Upcoming events

    • 29 Nov 2014
    • TBD

    Details will be posted as soon as they become available.

    • 06 Dec 2014
    • 31 May 2015
    • Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Avenue, Prescott
    Archaeology can be usefully viewed as the co-production of knowledge about the archaeological record through the efforts of both amateur archaeologists, working because they love what they do, and professional archaeologists, who may also love what they do but also have chosen to make a living from the activity.

    This book and associated exhibit examine a roughly 90-year period of the relationships between some of the amateurs and professionals who have worked in the Prescott region of central Arizona. Three individuals who receive close attention are:

    ·         J. W. Simmons, who was first to identify the region as culturally different and to get professionals interested in working there;

    ·         Franklin Barnett, who focused on excavating late pueblo ruins in the region; and

    ·         Ken Austin, who took on a regional survey to document the numerous hilltop sites in the area.

    inspired additional researchers who carried on with their path-breaking work. Also explored are the archaeological societies in Prescott, particularly the current Yavapai Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, which has been active in important salvage work and research for nearly four decades.

    The concluding chapter examines how amateurs have been leaders in archaeological work in the region and where we can expect contributions to come from in the future.

    • 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).


    • 11 Feb 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)

    When we think of Charles Lindbergh, we often associate him with the Spirit of St. Louis and flying across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927 as an aviator and world celebrity.  Not everyone is aware of Charles and Anne Lindbergh’s involvement with archaeology in 1929.  The Lindberghs joined highly regarded and renowned southwest archaeologist Alfred Kidder on an aerial photographic survey of some significant southwestern prehistoric sites.  This unprecedented adventure from an open air cockpit biplane was the first major use of aviation in archaeology and included the sites and geologic features around Chaco Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, and throughout the four corners area.  The Eagle and the Archaeologists: The Lindberghs’ 1929 Southwest Aerial Survey features some of Lindbergh’s historic photographs and describes this pioneering collaboration of aviation and archaeology.

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

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