Arizona Archaeological Society

 

 
 

Events

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


Upcoming events

    • 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.

    • 07 Mar 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Spur Cross Conservation Area, Cave Creek, AZ

     

    6th Annual Spur Cross Archaeology Expo, sponsored by Desert Foothills Chapter of AAS and the Cave Creek Museum

    Saturday, March 07 2015, from 9:00am until 3:00pm at the Spur Cross Conservation Area, Cave Creek, AZ

    Learn about the archaeology of the Cave Creek/Spur Cross area through hikes, booths, gold panning, pottery making, guest speakers and live demonstrations.

    This is an Arizona SCITECH Festival Signature Event.  Booths from Desert Foothills Chapter of AAS, the Cave Creek Museum, Desert Awareness Group, Desert Foothills Land Trust, Verde Valley Archaeology Center, Animal Health Services, and Liberty Wildlife. Retired Tonto National Forest archaeologist, J.Scott Wood is speaking at 1:00 PM.  Childrens activities and crafts, plus the opportunity of view and hold prehistoric artifacts from the area. Come help celebrate Arizona Archaeology Month.

    Bring the whole family and have fun while learning about this beautiful state.

    9:00 AM, FIRST MESA HIKE: Join archaeologist Mark Hackbarth hiking to prehistoric Hohokam dwellings on First Mesa.  Desert Awareness Committee expert joins hike to explain local desert plant environment.  This is a moderate 2.5 mile hike with some uphill walking. Allow a minimum of 2 hours.

    9:30 and 11:00 AM, JEWEL OF THE CREEK HIKE: Join the Desert Foothills Land Trust staff and docents on a journey through history at the Jewel and its unique geological formations. This is 1.0 mile hike with a steep rocky trail down to the creek and requires crossing the creek twice with another rocky steep climb back to the top.  Allow a minimum of 1.5 hours.

    10:30 AM, ROCK ART OF SPUR CROSS HIKE: This is a fun and moderate hike. These petroglyphs were created hundreds of years ago by Hohokam influenced people.  Some walking on loose gravel and traversing over the creek twice is necessary.  Hike to see to desert scenery and some of Spur Cross's petrogylphs. Allow a minimum of 1.5 hours.

    1:00 PM, SPEAKER: J. Scott Wood, retired Forest Archaeologist - Heritage Program Manager of the Tonto National Forest, for his talk on the prehistory of the foothills area and how it relates to both the Salt River Valley and Perry Mesa.

     

    • 07 Mar 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Yuma, Az - Quartermaster Depot SHP, 201 N. 4th Ave, (928)783-0071

    Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historical Park 

    March 7th, 2015

    9:00 am to 4:00 pm

    AZStateParks.com/archy

    Free and Open to the Public

     

    Attention archaeology and history buffs, join us and experience attractions!  Kids can test their skills with fun activities including tossing rabbit sticks and throwing spears using an Atlatl.

    Sponsored by the State Historical Preservation Office and hosted by Quartermaster Depot SHP.

    Click Here to View Event Poster

    • 11 Mar 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)

    Doctor David Doyel discusses the Western Papagueria in southwestern Arizona, which is one of the hottest and driest places in the United States.  This portion of the Sonoran desert extends from the Gila River to the Gulf of California and Ajo Mountains to the Colorado River.  Nonetheless, thousands of archaeological sites are recorded and a long sequence of human occupation by multiple cultures is documented in this remote corner of Arizona.  Gila Bend probably represents the general boundary of western expansion by the Hohokam and is the traditional home of the O’odham people.  Recent research provides new insights into adaptations to this arid environment and also provides information of interest to modern descendant communities that once dwelled there.  The presentation, History and Human Settlement in the Western Papagueria, Southwest Arizona, discusses human use of this desert landscape through time and space that extends back to the Archaic and Paleo-Indian peoples.

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

     

    • 14 Mar 2015
    • 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Gila Bend Gate, USAF Barry Goldwater Range
      

    A TRIP WITH DR. DAVID DOYEL

    TO: BARRY M. GOLDWATER RANGE, EAST

    MARCH 14, 2015

    COST IS $30.00 PER AAS MEMBER, PRIORITY SIGN UP GIVEN TO DESERT FOOTHILLS MEMBERS

    Money must be received by March 1, 2015

    NO REFUNDS

    TO SIGN UP CONTACT

     MARYK92@AOL.COM

    THE FIELD TRIP: Saturday, March 14, 2015

    This field trip led by Dr. David Doyel (retired BMGR-East archaeologist) and Adrianne Rankin, archaeologist with the BMGR-East.  This is a rare opportunity to visit sites on the Air Force side of the Barry M. Goldwater Range.  Likely visitation sites include Chris Glyphs, a tinaja site with rock art in an upland desert setting on the east side of the range, and Lago Seco, a large habitation site in a lowland desert setting on the west side of the range.

    ITINERARY:

    We meet at the front gate at the Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field (GBAFAF) on Hwy 85 (Rocky Point Road) a few miles south of Gila Bend.  We start at 8:30 am.  We are consolidating vehicles (car pool) at that point; the Air force does not provide transportation.  We should be back at the vehicles between 4:00 – 5:00 pm.  Some driving is on dirt roads with “no” high clearance or 4-wheel drive requirement.  Some walking necessary but is on flat land and short distances, about a quarter-mile.  Members must sign a hold-harmless agreement, as all people entering the range must do.  This trip could be cancelled on short notice due to the Air Force scheduling, over which we have no control.  Remember to bring water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, comfortable shoes, etc.  Photographs are allowed.

    • 19 Mar 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.

    • 08 Apr 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Foothills Community Foundation - Holland Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Building B, Scottsdale, AZ 85266 (Venue Change!!!)

    Special Venue: Doctor Laurie Webster is a leading expert and consultant on perishable artifacts.  During the 1890s, local “cowboy” archaeologists excavated thousands of prehistoric perishable artifacts from alcoves in southeastern Utah.  Most of these objects were shipped to museums outside of the Southwest, where they were largely forgotten by archaeologists and the public.  Who were these early collectors; where did these objects go; and what insights do they provide about the clothing, creativity, and daily lives of the early inhabitants of southeastern Utah?  In Re-excavating the Past: New Work with Ancient Textiles, Baskets, Wood, and Hides from Southeastern Utah presentation, Laurie Webster discusses her recent research with these early collections and highlights some of the extraordinary 1000 to 2000-year-old textiles, baskets, hides, wooden implements, and other perishable artifacts recovered from these archaeological sites.

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

    • 09 Apr 2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 10 Apr 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • Presecott and general area

     

    A TRIP WITH DR. DAVID WILCOX

    TO: SITES NORTH OF PRESCOTT AND THE UNKNOWN

    APRIL 9-10 2015

    COST IS $70.00 PER AAS MEMBER, PRIORITY SIGN UP GIVEN TO DESERT FOOTHILLS MEMBERS

    Money must be received by March 15, 2015

    NO REFUNDS

    To Sign Up Contact MARYK92@AOL.COM

    ITINERARY:

    We meet at the McDonald’s in Cordes Junction at 9:00am sharp on Thursday, April 9, 2015 and proceed to Horseshoe Butte and on to Estler Peak (a nearby rock art site).  We return to Cordes Junction and proceed to Prescott for dinner with a talk and Power Point presentation by Dr. Wilcox.  We spend the night in Prescott.  On Friday, April 10, 2015, we leave Prescott and drive north to Walnut Creek and go to the Indian Peak site (easy hike) and next, to the Aztec Pass.  If time permits, we drive down to Camp Wood.  The trip concludes at this point.  This itinerary is subject to change.

    High clearance or 4 wheel drive would be best, but we can get to the sites without it and site carpooling is always welcomed.  Hotel or camping reservations, transportation, food, fees, etc. are your responsibility.

    • 16 Apr 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • Smoki Museum Pueblo Meeting Room

    Betty Higgins discusses the Sundown excavation conducted by the Yavapai chapter. Presented in conjunction with the Smoki Museum exhibit An Essential Relationship: Amateurs and Professionals in Central Arizona Archaeology.

     

    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.

    • 13 May 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)

    Doctor David Wilcox discusses the Freemont Cultural Tradition in southeastern Utah.  Southeastern Utah is especially famous archaeologically for its spectacular rock art panels, which date from at least the middle Archaic to the Historic period using both pictograph and petroglyph techniques.  The people responsible for these panels and glyphs were Archaic hunter-gatherers that eventually adopted a form of agriculture with hunting.  The Fremont Cultural Tradition is thought to be distinct from eastern and western Anasazi traditions, the Colorado River serves as the primary boundary line between them.  Southeastern Utah is a “frontier zone” serving as a “periphery” or “buffer zone” where the Fremont sites of farmsteads or small hamlets contrast ceramically and architecturally with the farmsteads and hamlets of the Virgin, Kayenta and western Mesa Verde populations.  The ramifications of political and economic developments by the Eastern Anasazi Tradition populations after 800 AD in the regions west and northwest of the Chacoan World on the Freemont people are an open scientific question as are the relationships of the Fremont populations to their eastern neighbors in the Wyoming Basin and Southern Rockies, and their Great Basin neighbors to the west.  Archaeology of Southeastern Utah and Related Areas discusses these marginalized prehistoric populations in southeastern Utah.

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

    • 21 May 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • Smoki Museum Pueblo Meeting Room

    Archaeologist David Wilcox speaks to the chapter about his work in Central and Northern 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.

    • 18 Jun 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • Smoki Museum Pueblo Meeting Room

    Dana Oswald speaks about dendrochronology and climactic data as it relates to prehistoric social disruption.

     

    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.

    • 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.

    • 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 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.

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

    Our annual holiday potluck dinner and party!

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