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.

    • 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?

     

    JOIN INSTRUCTOR AL CORNELL

    FOR A WORKSHOP ON THIS TOPIC

    ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2015

     

    9:00AM TO 1:00PM (approx.)

     

    LOCATION: CAVE CREEK AREA

    COST IS $15.00 PER MEMBER

     

    DESERT FOOTHILLS CHAPTER MEMBERS HAVE PRIORITY IN SIGN UP

    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).

    CONTACT MARYK92@AOL.COM TO SIGN UP

    • 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)

    The speaker this evening, Eric Berg, is an Arizona Humanities speaker and links technology developments with archaeology.  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.
     

    • 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.

     

    • 08 Apr 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 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. 

    • 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.

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