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.

    • 19 Oct 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Good Shepherd of the Hills, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek (near Dairy Queen)

     

    Lecture and Hands-on Interactive Demonstration

     Navajo Rugs and Textiles

    Join Navajo trained weaver Grace Meeth (our own Cave Creek resident) for a weaving workshop and talk.  Grace discusses the history of Navajo weaving tradition and demonstrates weaving.

    Date:  Monday, October 19, 2015

    Time:  6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location:  Good Shepherd of the Hills, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek (near Dairy Queen)

    This is a “no cost” workshop, open to Arizona Archaeology Society members with priority given to Desert Foothills Chapter Members.

    You must be signed up at maryk92@aol.com prior to the workshop.  This is the “only” place to register and get information!  There is “no” registration on the day of the workshop.

    • 27 Oct 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • TBD

     

    INTRODUCTION TO FAUNAL ANALYSIS CLASS

    THIS IS A FIVE WEEK LECTURE CLASS

    Date:  Tuesday, October 27, 2015

    LECTURE HOURS:  7:00PM-9:00PM

    LOCATION: TBD

    Dr. DOSS POWELL, INSTRUCTOR

    Cost:  $75 for AAS members only with “priority” given to Desert Foothills Chapter members

    Course Description

    This class introduces archaeological faunal analysis or “zooarchaeology”.  By the end of the 5-week class, you are familiar with various approaches to the analysis of faunal remains as well as how to identify and evaluate the faunal remains.

    This course covers the theories and methods for studying animal skeletal remains with particular attention paid to the identification and quantification of zooarchaeological material.

    Animal remains can be used to inform us about a variety of issues in the study of societies, such as: environment, seasonality, subsistence, hunting practices, political and social organization, settlement patterns, and resource-use.

    You must be signed up at maryk92@aol.com prior to the class.  This is the “only” place to register and get information!  There is “no” registration on the day of the class.

    • 28 Oct 2015
    • 8:00 AM
    • 30 Oct 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • Southern Arizona

     

    ON THE ROAD WITH DAVID WILCOX

    OVERNIGHT(S), 3-DAY TRIP TO POINTS SOUTH

    Dates:  October 28-29-30, 2015

    LOCATIONS: CASA GRANDE, ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM, THE AMERIND MUSEUM, AND OTHERS WITH DR. DAVID WILCOX

    Cost:  $140 for AAS members only with “priority” given to Desert Foothills Chapter members, “limited” to 10 slots.

    Trip General Description

    This trip is very limited with only 10 slots available.  Final details, schedules, and other nuances are through Mary Kearney only at maryk92@aol.com.  There is a one night stay in the Tucson area and another night stay in the Benson/Wilcox.  Participants are responsible for their own hotel/food/transportation/fees/etc. in addition to the cost per person charge.

    The trip has highlights consisting of the Amerind Museum, Arizona State Museum, Casa Grande, a potential David Wilcox presentation and possible other side deviations at these locations (includes behind the scenes tours) as well as other areas on the route to our primary locations.

    You must be signed up at maryk92@aol.com prior to the event and pay in advance because of limited slot availability.  This is the “only” place to register and get information!  There is “no” registration on the day of the event.

    • 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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