Arizona Archaeological Society




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

Upcoming events

    • 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.

    • 18 Oct 2016
    • 8:30 AM
    • 21 Oct 2016
    • 6:00 PM
    • Utah


    OCTOBER 18-21, 2016

    Cost is $175.00 per member

    Money due by September 15, 2016

    No refunds after that date

    Day 1 - 9:00AM, Meet at Little America Hotel parking lot in Flagstaff (near gas station) and assemble with David driving to Moab, Utah (this is our base camp).  We are making stops along the way with David: (Sand Island Petroglyphs site in Bluff, Utah and Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum). Pack a lunch and relax at a nice picnic area along the way.

    Day 2 - 9:00AM, Meet at Holiday Inn Express in Moab (parking area) 1515 North Highway 191 for a day of adventure with David.  We are exploring the Arches NP today with the first stop at Moab information center.  Remember to pack a lunch, snack, water, hat, sunscreen, appropriate outdoor clothes etc. 

    Day 3 - 9:00AM, Meet at Holiday Inn Express in Moab (parking area).  We are visiting areas outside the Arches NP. Today, we visit the spectacular Sego-Thompson pictograph panels.  We stop at the John Wesley Powell Museum in Green River, Utah.  Pack a lunch, snack, water, hat, sunscreen etc.

    Day 4- 9:00AM, Meet at Holiday Inn Express in Moab (parking Area).  We drive back to Flagstaff with stops along the way.  (Newspaper Rock Monticello, Utah and Bluff Great House Utah).

    The above is just a suggested itinerary because we may make changes as we go along.  This is a semi- hiking trip, with walking on gravel and uneven paths.  Please know your hiking limitations.

    Dinners are up to you on all nights.  We can evaluate how each day goes and what the group wants.

    Hotel or camping Reservations/transportation/food/fees/etc. are your responsibility.  A high clearance vehicle is recommended. 

    ****As always please be on time allowing yourself extra time to arrive at the meeting area.  Please drive safe and cautious leaving a little early, if needed.  Make sure you have snacks/water/sunscreen/sturdy shoes/hats/etc.  You all know the drill.  We want to have a fun trip.

            PLEASE CHECK THE TIME ZONE WHEN YOU ARRIVE at your lodging to avoid missing activities.  This way, we are always on the same time zone hours for meetings and activities.

    I need to have your Cell Phone Number and where you are staying in the Moab area, just in case we need to communicate or have emergencies.

    My cell number is 623 687 0721 (staying at the Holiday Inn Express).  If you cannot make the trip <or> have problems before and/or on the day of the trip, please call me.  Remember, we may not always have cell coverage, so please take the itinerary with you so you know where we are meeting and the correct time.


    • 22 Oct 2016
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Rock Art Ranch (near Windslow - Chevelon Canyon)



    The cost of this trip is $20.00 to $25.00 per member for an entry fee to the Ranch, depending upon our attendance numbers.  Trip is open to all AAS/DFC members with priority given to DFC members.  There is a limit of 20 participants for this trip.

    We are meeting at the Ranch (near but not in Winslow) at 1:00pm and taking a tour of the ranch before visiting the rock art in Chevelon Canyon.  Please plan on spending at least 3-4 hours because there is a lot to see at the Ranch and the rock art in the canyon is outstanding.

    The trip down to see the rock art is slippery and requires agility climbing a steep walk way.  Please know your limitations.

    A high clearance vehicle is recommended as the road to the ranch and rock art is gravel.



    Several options all are assuming a start “beginning in Winslow.”

    Option-1:  About 18 miles, go south on Hwy 87, east/left at the ADOT yard on 99 (if you get to prison, you went too far before turning), east on Territorial Road (gravel road), cross bridge over Chevelon Canyon, about another four miles turn south at Rock Art Ranch sign.

    Option-2:  I-40 east out of Winslow, take first Joseph City exit and go left/north over the freeway and travel right/east into town, around midtown (small town) look for large green street sign Westover Road and go right/south over I-40 again, go right/west along frontage road, first sharp left turn goes south along railroad tracks – cross railroad tracks, go right/west on gravel Territorial Road, around 5 miles turn left/south at Rock Art Ranch sign.

    Option-3:  I-40 east our of Winslow, about 13 mile trip from Joseph City, exit at Jo City Truck Stop, over I-40, west along frontage road, past Westover Road, first sharp left turn goes south along railroad tracks – cross railroad tracks, go right/west on gravel Territorial Road, around 5 miles turn left/south at Rock Art Ranch sign.

    Please note new meeting time is 1pm, no longer 10am!

    • 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.

    • 15 Nov 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Verde Valley Archaeology Center, Camp Verde

    Join us for “Pottery Analysis of the Verde Valley”

    Tuesday November 15, 2016, 9:00AM to 2:00PM

    Cost:  is $25.00 per member with the option to purchase a $15 book “Pottery Analysis for the Verde Valley.”

    Location:  Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde.  <see directions below>

    This class is open to AAS/DFC members with priority given to DFC members.  Class size limitation is 14 preregistered members.

    SIGN UP:  prior to the class with

    Join Dr. Jim Graceffa and staff as they take you through the basics of identification of prehistoric pottery.  Learn to identify different Wares and Types of prehistoric pottery found in the Verde Valley.


    Take I-17 North to exit 285, (General Crook trail).  Turn right at end of exit ramp towards Camp Verde/Fort Verde State Park, turn right at end of road to W. SR 260/AZ 260 for a little over a mile until first traffic light.  Turn left at the traffic light on S. Main Street.  Turn right at Hollamon (also Fort Verde turn), the center parking is an immediate left into a gravel parking area, park in the back and use the rear entrance (door marked for training).  NOTE:  It takes about one hour drive time from Anthem area in far north Phoenix area.

    • 11 Jan 2017
    • 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: January 11th – Carrie Cannon

    Carrie Calisay Cannon presents Plants, Inspiring the People; Reflections on Hualapai Ethnobotany of the Grand Canyon.  Where lies the cure to diabetes?  “Ask the prickly pear, or the mesquite bean pod…maybe they will tell you.”  This is the answer you may hear from elder instructors of the Hualapai Ethnobotany Youth Project.  The ethnobotanical story of the Hualapai Tribe begins with the plant knowledge the people inherited from their great grandparents who lived entirely off the land.  Hualapai grandchildren live in a completely different modern world.  A world of cell phones, text messages, and Apple iPods.  Information in this presentation shares knowledge about the project’s examination of the crucial role plant resource acquisition plays in Hualapai culture; knowledge that was fine-tuned and perfected over millennia.

    Carrie Cannon is a member of the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma and also is of Oglala Lakota descent. She has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Resource Management.  She began working as a tribal biologist for the Hualapai Tribe of Peach Springs, Arizona in 2005 where she began the creation of an intergenerational ethnobotany program for the Hualapai community.  Carrie Cannon is currently employed as an ethnobotanist for the Hualapai Department of Cultural Resources.  She administers a number of department projects and programs which promote the intergenerational teaching of Hualapai ethnobotanical knowledge.  Carrie works towards both preservation as well as revitalization focusing her energy on ensuring tribal ethnobotanical knowledge persists as a living practice and tradition.

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

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