Arizona Archaeological Society

 

 
 

Events

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


Upcoming events

    • 09 Sep 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)

    Scott Wood, former Tonto National Forest Archaeologist, discusses Goat Camp Ruin in the Payson area, much like Shoofly and Risser Ruins.  The currently assumed occupation is approximately 750 to 1280 CE.  The occupants of this ruin were under Hohokam influence, if not Hohokam colonists.  Clues to the Hohokam culture exist in pottery types, rounded room corners, and other artifact hints.  After several changes in ownership and extensive artifact pot-hunting, the City of Payson is the current owner.  With subsequent little activity for years, the Rim Country Chapter of AAS with Scott Wood's assistance proposed and eventual archaeological interpretive site as well as hiking trail for this 6 acre parcel of land (similar to Shoofly Ruin).  Scott Wood leads groups of volunteers each spring and fall the past few years excavating and interpreting area within the overall complex.  The goal is not rebuilding or total excavation, rather knowledge and public education through an interpretive package.  Scott Wood provides a report on recent activities and findings as well as the plans for the future.  As one of the founders in the Friends of the Tonto National Forest, Scott Wood is also updating us on "The Friends" activities including the survey project planned for this fall/winter on Perry Mesa.    

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

    • 17 Sep 2015
    • 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 Oct 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)

    Dr. Kerry Thompson is an archaeologist and has worked primarily in the American Southwest.  A member of the Navajo Nation, she is primarily interested in the inclusion of Native American perspectives and participation in archaeological practice.  Folklore and oral tradition are listed as lines of evidence for establishing cultural affiliation under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). Since the passage of NAGPRA in 1990, archaeologists have increasingly engaged descendent communities and their oral histories in archaeological research.  While the body of literature is growing, there is no clear picture of the ways in which oral histories are being brought into archaeological practice.  Pondering the Use of Native American Oral Histories in Archaeological Practice reviews the different uses to which archaeologists are putting oral histories and provides examples of such research occurring in the American Southwest.  To attempt a better accommodation of Diné perspectives in this research, Dr. Kerry Thompson used a theoretical framework derived from a ceremonial called the Hozhooji, or Blessingway, in concert with Western theories of agency, practice, structure, and history in a study of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Diné sites.

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

    • 15 Oct 2015
    • 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.

    • 11 Nov 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)

    Dr. Laura Tohe is Diné/Navajo.  She is Sleepy Rock clan born for the Bitter Water clan.  Her father was a Navajo Code Talker.  During WWII a select group of Navajo men enlisted in the Marines with a unique weapon, the Navajo language.  Some as young as 16 years old enlisted and most had never left the Navajo reservation.  Forbidden to speak Navajo language at school, they developed a secret code and created new words for radio transmission in the South Pacific.  The Japanese military never deciphered the code and for over 40 years a cloak of secrecy hung over the Code Talker’s service. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed August 14 as National Navajo Code Talker day.  Laura Tohe describes the Code Talkers’ unique cultural background, how the code was devised and used, and how Navajo spiritual beliefs were used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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

    • 19 Nov 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • Smoki Museum Pueblo Meeting Room

    Dr. Todd Bostwick, director of archaeology at Verde Valley Archaeology Center & Senior Research Archaeologist, PaleoWest Archaeology speaks.

     

    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.

    • 09 Dec 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • TBD

    Christmas Party and an off-site location to be announced ASAP. 

    • 17 Dec 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • Smoki Museum Pueblo Meeting Room

    Our annual holiday potluck dinner and party!

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