Arizona Archaeological Society

 

 
 

Welcome to the Arizona Archaeological Society

The Arizona Archaeological Society (AAS) welcomes you to our web site where you can learn more about archaeology around the state and how to actively participate in learning about and preserving our Arizona heritage.

AAS is a volunteer organization that is over 50 years old with a rich and varied history.  The following link lists an overview of the first half century of key moments, activities, projects, and recognition for those involved with our organization, AAS  Accomplishments.

A complete listing of AAS historical links in available in the Members-Only page.  


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Interested in Arizona Archaeology?

Honaki, Sedona AZ

     Mesa Grande, Mesa, AZInterest in Archaeology is often sparked by site visitations that are protected and preserved or in various states of preservation such as these at Honaki and Mesa Grande, AZ. 

     For the retired adults volunteering, adults seeking a second career or volunteering, or those seeking a higher education and a career with appeal and opportunity to explain the unexplained archaeology has an overwhelming draw as well as prehistoric preservation.  Job experience is often achieved by volunteering.

 

Perry Mesa, Evidence of GrindingCordes Junction Hwy Project, AZ     Sometimes our first exposure to the archaeology of an area is through building projects, such as the expansion of the highway and ramps of I-17 through the Cordes Junction area in Arizona.   These remains of a Hohokam structure were on the northern periphery of their known cultural influence uncovered with preservation excavation for knowledge before highway expansion.
 
     Other times, evidence of prehistoric activity may be more permanent and found on a large boulder surface such as this evidence of grinding activity under Federal protection on Perry Mesa in Arizona.           
  
 
V Bar V Petroglyphs, AZ
Anasazi Bowl from Steve Lekson 
     The draw for many people to archaeology consists of a certain appeal for the more artistic endeavors of prehistoric people.  While many artifacts are strictly mono color objects that are utilitarian, other objects are decorated with wonderful pictures and/or mosaic designs.
     The wonderment and interest in "rock art" which might be engraved or painted often seeks to find meaning where no meaning may be obtainable.  Other times, the meaning might indicate clans, solar calendars, hunting stories, or ??????
 
 
 
Moved Pottery Sherds, NM.
Ancient Point, Cave Creek, AZ
     Most people recognize malicious damage to archaeological sites and do not condone it.  Those truly involved with the study of archaeology observe more subtle damage to the prehistoric artifact record. 
 
     Sherds picked up and collected in small or large treasure piles destroy an archaeological context forever.  In a similar way, points, tools, or other goods surviving hundreds or thousands of years undisturbed are often in collections, drawers, backyards, and garages today.  These archaeological records are lost and a person's heirs often takes items to garage sales or the trash.


While 5 basic prehistoric cultural groups touched Arizona (Anasazi, Hohokam, Mogollon, Patayan, and Freemont slightly), there are other groups that fit within these descriptions as large sub groupings such as: Mimbres, Sinagua, and Solado with further subdivisions often included with Prescott and Perry Mesa cultures.  For most of Arizona, the basic cultural grouping characteristics expressed as traits of Anasazi (Ancestral Puebloan), Hohokam, and Mogollon were sufficient in most original archaeological text to convey differentiating traits.  Also, time periods vary by culture and from location to location (slightly) within any given culture.


 9-Tips for Saving Sites Appearing on Indian Country Today Media Network and Comment: Click Here.




AAS History 1964-2014 PowerPoint Presentation  

 AAS 50-Year History 


A brief look at AAS 50-year history and some of its founders with philosophies through the years, as well as thoughts concerning the future and next 50-years.  The original was distributed at an AAS Annual State Meeting in preparation for the 50th anniversary celebration.

The contents are modified to an MP4 format to work with the media player on your computer.  Click the link to engaged your media player and the file should play automatically.  Once the presentation concludes, simply close the media player on your computer.  The Microsoft media player that comes with Windows should be sufficient to enjoy the material and get a sense of AAS history.

Click Here  to enjoy the video.

 

NOTE:  If you have not used your Windows media player before, just select the "recommended settings" when the screen asks you for a decision.  Testing with three Vista level computers running Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and Windows Vista yields a wide variety of performance levels before the program runs.  The newer the operating system, the faster the loading time.  Newer computer equipment should simply perform well.  Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP, so we did not performance check this environment.


Renewal and New Membership Information


Renewals

For detail instructions on how to renew your membership click Membership and scroll down to Membership Renewal. You may also logon to the the AAS website using your email address and password to view your profile and click renew.

New Memberships

You can join the Archaeology Society today or attend a meeting and see if you enjoy developing your knowledge of this subject.  Archaeology is unique because you can study and work inside or enjoy activities outdoors.  Many members develop additional interests in geology, botany, osteology, preservation work, surveying, etc.  To find a chapter and contact person near you click Chapter Membership Chairs.  To learn more about the Society and how to join click Membership.


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The Member-Only Information

Member-Only Access:  Click this link for instructions regarding access to the members only section. Access is not possible without joining the Arizona Archaeology Society.  See Renewal and New Membership Information.

This section includes: 

  • Edit Personnel Profile - instructions on how to edit your personal profile, such as a new email address, address, telephone, etc;
  • Research Publications- a complete listing of Occasional Papers and Arizona Archaeologist ;  provides members with access to a free PDF or Kindle version (MOBI format)of some volumes;
  • Archaeological Opportunities- a listing of workshops and archaeological available to members;
  • Planning Committee- approved minutes of the Planning Committee meetings and State and Chapter Director meeting minutes
  • Chapter Restricted- information posted by a chapter requiring password accessibility restricting access from the general public


Available to AAS Members in the Members Only section is:
   Arizona Archaeologist Number 40 and 41 are downloadable as pdf or MOBI; Arizona Archaeologist Number 4, 19, 21, 29, 38, 39, 42 and Occasional Paper Number 4 are downloadable pdf format only.

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Bulletin/Notice Section
 
Arizona Archaeologists available for purchase on Amazon are Numbers 21, 29, 38, 39, 40, 41, and 42 in hard copy.  See publications tab at top of screen or Click Here.  Beginning with the newly released Arizona Archaeologist #40, a Kindle version is also available for purchase from Amazon.
 


 

Archaeologist Awards for 2017


2017 AAS Professional Archaeologist Award - Alan Ferg

2017 AAS Avocational Archaeologist Award - Betty Higgins

Alan Ferg who among his many AAS accomplishments includes the selection, editing and distribution of the Arizona Archaeologist publication series for many years, is the winner of the 2017 AAS Professional Archaeologist Award. 

Betty Higgins, a member of the Yavapai Chapter, is the well deserved winner of the 2017 AAS Avocational Archaeologist Award. 

Both awards were presented at the AAS Annual Meeting, October 28, 2017, at the Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix, Arizona.

Our thanks and many congratulations are extended to both of these well deserved winners.

Glenda A. Simmons, 2014/2017 AAS State Chair

 



Seeking Inspired Writers
Graduate Students, Avocational and Professional Archaeologist
 

AAS Chapters sponsoring projects or interested parties mentioned in this heading working on Arizona archaeological projects may want to consider publishing their work in the Arizona Archaeologist.  Submissions for possible publication in the Arizona Archaeologist or questions regarding the Arizona Archaeologist should be directed to the Arizona Archaeologist Editor at azarched@azarchsoc.org.  This is an outstanding opportunity for students establishing themselves within the archaeological community or seasoned veterans drawing attention to a worthwhile project.  

 


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