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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.

    • 05 Feb 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • New River area (times approximate, until close to day)
      

    Hike to Fig Springs Ruin

    February 5, 2015

               

    We are hiking to Fig Springs Ruin on February 5, if the weather cooperates.  To attend this hike you must be a current member of AAS and Desert Foothills has priority.  The hike is to the top of a ridge which is fairly steep, but moderate.  Once on top of the ridge, movement is easy.  Sturdy hiking boots and a hiking staff are recommended.  There is brush and catclaw to contend with.  The hike should be around 3 hours, which would include a visit to the spring itself.  The ride to the spring requires high clearance vehicles, but not 4-wheel drive.  We will meet off of pavement and carpool from there. 

    Instead of a sign-up sheet, you must contact me either by phone or email prior to the day of the hike.  Details will be sent to all who sign up as we get closer in time and I can check the weather.  As you know February can be cold or quite warm.  There is no shade on the ridge.  There are some interesting petroglyphs next to the ruins that we will visit as well.  This is our second Chapter hike to this location, but many new members have not seen this site and it is worth the effort.

    Contact Information:

    Larry Morehouse

    623-465-0107 (H)

    623-776-6700 (C)

    • 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.
     

    • 19 Feb 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.

    • 23 Feb 2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 24 Feb 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • Locations north of Prescott.

    A TRIP WITH DR. DAVID WILCOX

    TO SITES NORTH OF PRESCOTT AND THE UNKNOWN

    FEBRUARY 23-24, 2015

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

    Limit 20 members, so sign up early!

    Money must be received by February 15, 2015

    NO REFUNDS

    TO SIGN UP CONTACT MARYK92@AOL.COM

    Join the Desert Foothills Chapter for a two night trip with Dr. David Wilcox:

    ITINERARY:

    We meet at the McDonald’s in Cordes Junction promptly at 9:00am on Monday, February 23, 2015 and proceed to Horseshoe Butte and Estler Peak (a nearby rock art site).  We return to Cordes Junction and proceed to Prescott for dinner and a Power Point presentation/talk by David.  We spend the night in Prescott.  On Tuesday, February 24, 2015 we leave Prescott driving north to Walnut Creek and go to the Indian Peak site (easy hike) and Aztec Pass.  If time permits, we drive down to Camp Wood and conclude the trip.

    High clearance or 4 wheel drive vehicles are best, but we can get to “some” sites without it.  Carpooling is always welcome.

    NOTE:  PLEASE BE FLEXIBLE WITH DATE PLANS DUE TO POSSIBLE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS.  WE MAY HAVE TO SHIFT TRIP DATES A FEW DAYS.

    Please be prepared with adequate clothing, hiking gear, footwear, food and water for extended time periods as well as a full tank of gasoline.

    Hotel or camping reservations/transportation/food/fees/etc., are your responsibility.

    • 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
    • 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. 

    • 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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