Arizona Archaeological Society




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

Upcoming events

    • 03 Jun 2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • 05 Jun 2016
    • 6:00 PM
    • Flagstaff, AZ

    Calling  All  Elden  Alumni !!!

    SAVE THE DATES -June 3, 4 & 5, 2016

    You are invited to participate in a very special weekend, as the Elden Pueblo Project, the Museum of Northern Arizona and the Northern Arizona Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society present:

    Elden  Pueblo – The  Final  Story

    Yes. The excavation work is finally finished.  The analysis is winding up, the artifacts are being curated, and the dust is finally settling.  All that remains now is the report!  Come get a preview of what we’ve all accomplished.  Were you a part of this 38-year process?   If so, we invite you to join us for a weekend of reminiscing and telling the final tale.


    Afternoon- Collections Tours at the Easton Collection Center – Registration required. Fee: $12, or free with MNA membership

    Evening- Social Gathering at Beaver Street Brewery, starting at 5 pm


    Check-In and Registration at 9 am at Elden Pueblo.

    Tour theExcavation Areas throughout the day, featuring our roving archaeologists to answer your questions and provide more information.

    Lectures at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 2 pm – on faunal analyses, stone tool and ornament technologies, comparisons with other Flagstaff area site, and of course…. the FINAL (almost) REPORT, presented by Peter J. Pilles, Jr.  at 3 pm.

    Potluck, with NAAS, begins at 6 pm; bring a favorite dish to share, followed by merry-making into the evening.


    Field Tripsfor all mobility levels begin at 9 am:

    Greater Elden Community (up to 4 mile hike across terrain)

    Ridge Ruin (drive to site, short uphill walk to main site)

    Turkey Hill Pueblo (drive right up to the site)

    Plus………     MNA Lecture on a new look for the Ethnography Gallery (admission fee required for non-members)

    Program Fee for the Weekend:  $25 per participant, plus MNA fees.

    Register by May 15, 2016. Free camping at the site is limited; first come, first served. 

    Questions?? Contact Lisa Deem at or 928-699-5421

    Info and Registration Form:  (Click Here!)

    • 14 Sep 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Community Building (Maitland Hall) at The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (near the Dairy Queen)

    DFC-AAS: September 14th – David Abbott

    PhD David Abbott presents, It’s All About Scale: Polity and Alliance in Prehistoric Central Arizona.  The Pueblo IV period (ca. A.D. 1275-1400) in the American Southwest was characterized by political upheaval and population distributions for defense.  In central Arizona, a large-scale confederation, labelled the Verde Confederacy, may have stretched along the middle and lower reaches of the Verde River and over to Perry Mesa.  It is said to have formed during the preceding period and ultimately incorporated large populations and an expansive territory for purposes of warfare against the Hohokam enemies to the south. The Verde Confederacy may have been designed to provide for mutual security, such as a network of line-of-sight relationships that provided an early-warning mechanism and the means to mobilize assistance to neighboring parts of the alliance.  Atop Perry Mesa, the settlement arrangements indicate large pueblos were strategically built as components of an integrated defense in which the people of each pueblo protected the backs of the others while blocking access to all routes up the steep canyon walls from the foothills below.

    The hypothesized scale of the Verde Confederacy was regional in size.  It may have included ~12,000 members living at ~135 settlements, and a swath of land 125 km in length.  If so, the confederacy was organized at a scale that would have made it the largest alliance of its time.  But, did it truly exist?  Multiple lines of evidence have been brought to bear to address this question, including climate data, agricultural production, architectural building sequences, ceramic manufacture and exchange, and the spatial distribution of race tracks.

    David R. Abbott is an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University.  Professor Abbott earned his PhDat Arizona State University and worked as a private consultant and research associate at Arizona State Museum before joining the faculty at ASU in 2004.  He has studied the archaeology of central and southern Arizona for 35 years.  His ongoing research on settlement and political alliances on Perry Mesa and the surrounding territory in the 14th century has been generously funded with grants from the National Science Foundation, the US Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, and the Desert Foothills Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, and with technical support from the Tonto National Forest.

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

    • 12 Oct 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Community Building (Maitland Hall) at The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (near the Dairy Queen)

    DFC-AAS: October 11th – Charles Adams

    PhD Charles Adams presents, From Rock Art Ranch to Homol’ovi: 13,000 Years of Migration in the Middle Little Colorado River Valley.  Six years of research on Rock Art Ranch near Winslow, AZ, by Arizona State Museum archaeologists have documented human use going back to Clovis times.  The ranch was also a focus of intensive hunting, gathering, and small-scale agriculture during the Basketmaker II (early agriculture) period from 1000 BCE to 500 CE.  During the 1200s Mogollon groups from the south built numerous small pueblos throughout the region and later joined Pueblo groups from the north to build and occupy the large Homol’ovi pueblos along the Little Colorado River.  Evidence of this lengthy use is etched in the walls of Chevelon Canyon.  This talk traces this fascinating history of population movement that truly made the area a cultural crossroads.

    Since 1985, E. Charles (Chuck) Adams has been Curator of Archaeology, Arizona State Museum (ASM) and Professor, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona (UA) in Tucson.  Since arriving at the UA, he has directed the Homol’ovi Research Program (HRP) for ASM, which involved extensive survey and excavation of numerous Homol’ovi pueblos in Homolovi State Park.  Since 2011, HRP has conducted survey and excavations on and near Rock Art Ranch 25 miles southeast of Winslow with work wrapping up there this past summer.  Adams received a PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1975 and previously held positions as Senior Archaeologist at the Museum of Northern Arizona and Director of Research at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.  He has published more than 75 articles and book chapters and single authored or edited ten books/monographs.

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

    • 09 Nov 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Community Building (Maitland Hall) at The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (near the Dairy Queen)

    DFC-AAS: November 9th – Todd Bostwick

    Todd W. Bostwick, PhD, RPA presents The Megalithic Temples and Tombs of Malta: Early Religion and Ritual in the Mediterranean, 3,600BC - 2,500 BC.  Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea and south of Sicily, the islands of Malta and Gozo contain some of the oldest Megalithic temples and tombs in the world.  As early as 5,000 BC prehistoric people were farming and raising livestock on the islands, and by 3,600 BC they built megalithic temples with astronomical features and carved chambered tombs out of solid bedrock.  The presence of a variety of stone and clay figurines of plump females suggest they practiced an Earth Mother cult.  The origins of these ancient people remain a mystery, as does their disappearance around 2,500 BC.  This talk provides numerous photos of these temples, tombs, and figurines and discusses current ideas about their religion and ritual practices.

    Dr. Todd Bostwick has been conducting archaeological research in the Southwest for 36 years.  He was the Phoenix City Archaeologist for 21 years at Pueblo Grande Museum and is currently the Director of Archaeology at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde.  Dr. Bostwick has an MA in Anthropology and a PhD in History from Arizona State University (ASU).  He taught classes at both ASU and Northern Arizona University for seven years and was a Senior Research Archaeologist for PaleoWest Archaeology.  He has published numerous books and articles on Southwest archaeology and history, and he has received awards from the National Park Service, the Arizona Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission, the City of Phoenix, and the Arizona Archaeological Society.  Moreover, Dr. Bostwick’s life long expertise and experience far exceed the confinements of the American Southwest with his personal activities and interests.

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

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