MORE PHOTOGRAPHS by SUSIE KINKADE at the bottom of this page.


Further down the page is also a photo essay on the recent YCAAS trip to the Gila Cliff Dwellings.

(If the "slideshow" in this space doesn't start, click on one of the gray circles below and that usually gets it started.)


The Yavapai Chapter, based in Prescott, received its charter from the Arizona Archaeological Society in 1977, although both amateur and professional archaeologists have been active in the area since the late 1800s. From the beginning, chapter members have participated in serious scientific archaeological investigations, beginning with excavation at the Storm Site (located near Watson Lake) from 1977-1979. In total, the chapter has worked on 14 excavations and 5 rock art recordings in the Prescott area. In addition, Prescott has two Sinagua pit houses located at Willow Lake that are supervised and docent-staffed by YCAAS.

To contact us, send an email message to We'll be glad to answer questions or add you to our email distribution list. Or you can send us a note via postal mail at P.O. Box 1098, Prescott, AZ 86302.

General Membership Meetings. Our Chapter meets on the third Thursday of each month (except July, August, and December) at 6:30 p.m. in the Smoki Museum's Pueblo room, 147 N. Arizona Street in Prescott (the entrance is at the rear of the building). Presentations on various topics are provided by a wide range of professional and amateur experts on topics from both prehistoric and historic times. Anyone interested in the archaeology of our area is welcome.

Field Trips. The Yavapai chapter also offers field trips, usually on the Saturday of the week following the general membership meeting. These trips offer outstanding opportunities to learn firsthand more about how prehistoric peoples lived through the artifacts and architectural remnants they left behind.  And that doesn’t even begin to cover the value inherent in experiencing the beauty of Arizona’s backcountry as few ever do. Very often, these field trips require hiking. Read our hike rating guide for details.

Additionally, once or twice a year, the chapter sponsors multiple-day field trips to sites of special interest. Recent extended trips have included excursions to several pueblos in New Mexico, Tonto National Monument, the Hopi reservation, and the Chaco Canyon region. Additional fees are often required for extended trips to offset the costs incurred.

Here are a few of the recent trips that Flo Reynolds has put together for us:

2013 – Hohokam site at Sears-Kay near Cave Creek that was followed by the hike up to the Upper Cliff Dwelling at Tonto National Park. In the fall, southwest and central New Mexico was the destination with visits to the Gila Cliff Dwellings followed by the Three Rivers Petroglyphs.

2014 – Three days were dedicated to exploring many sites at Chaco Canyon and Aztec Ruin.

2015 – Fall 2015, saw intrepid travelers filling four days with memories of Mitchell Springs and Wallace Ruin located near Cortez, Colorado. Both sites are on private property owned by archaeologists who are excavating remarkable Puebloan ruins. Beyond these two sites, Flo led her group to the Anasazi Heritage Center archives, Escalante Ruin, Yellow Jacket (a pristine and protected Anasazi site) and the Lowry Pueblo. The final day was given to the Long House Ruin on Wetherill Mesa in Mesa Verde National Park

2016 - Spring 2016 - Rock Art Ranch, Petrified Forest, and Homolovi.    Fall 2016 - Zuni. We were introduced to the Zuni Pueblo including middle village and A:shiwi A:wan museum, traditional Zuni meal served in the home of Ava Hannaweeke, and Harvest Dance at Ancient Way Festival. We toured Hawikuu and had an introduction to the Zuni creation myth presented by Ken Bowekaty and a visit to the Zuni village of the Great Kivas and its petroglyphs. On our last day there, we traveled to el Morro where we were led up, over, and down the spectacular butte by Ranger Richard Green.     

2017 - Spring 2017 - Gila Bend and the Great Bend of the Gila River with visits to Sears Point, Painted Rock, site of the Oatman Massacre, and the Gatlin Site. Our tour guide was Aaron Wright.    Fall 2017 - Montezuma Canyon, Butler Wash, North Mule Canyon, and Edge of the Cedars Museum.  (Tour Guide Dave Dove and assistants) 

2018 - Spring 2018 - Overnight in Laughlin, NV and a visit to Grapevine Canyon with in-transit stops at Grand Canyon Caverns, Hackberry, and Oatman.     Fall 2018 - Gila Cliff Dwellings and J.T. Site north of Silver City, New Mexico followed by the Luna Mimbres Museum in Deming, N.M.                                                                                       

All our field trips are intended for members of the Arizona Archaeological Society and, particularly, of the Yavapai chapter.         However, guests can sometimes be accommodated.

Ready to join the Yavapai chapter? Fill out  YCAAS 2018 MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION.docx  and mail it, along with your dues payment, to the address on the form.

Want to learn more? Contact: Chapter Secretary Charles Stroh to receive our meeting notices and other chapter news via email.

Gila Cliff Dwellings • Flo Reynolds, Trip Leader

Joann Dorsey Espinoza, Photographer

September 26-28, 2018

Thirty three members of the Yavapai chapter were treated to one of the really great cliff dwellings in the southwest, this one 45 miles north of Silver City, New Mexico. In addition to the wonderful cliff dwellings, Flo also arranged for us to visit the J.T. Site and the Luna Mimbres Museum. Following is a visual essay from the cliff dwellings by Joann-Dorsey Espinoza.      Thanks, Joann.


In the photo above, photographer Joann-Dorsey Espinoza is the head peeking up from a lower room near the right side    of the picture plane.    Photography was Alex Espinoza.

Scroll further down this page to visit the YAVAPAI CHAPTER MEMBERS' PHOTO GALLERY.

Additional Yavapai Chapter Activities

View looking south east. Feature 2 in foreground and Feature 4 above near the top of the image to the right of center.
Feature two is a residence with entry facing east (upper center/left of image). Feature 4 is a smaller storage pit.







Training and Certification. AAS and other organizations with which it is affiliated offer courses and programs designed to train members in archaeological practices and techniques. Programs that can lead to certification in specialized areas are also available from time to time. Warner Wise is the Yavapai chapter’s certification representative. Contact Warner for more information.

Public Outreach Programs. Two of the Yavapai chapter’s objectives are to "foster interest and research in the archaeology of of Arizona and the Southwest" and to “encourage public understanding of and concern for archaeological and cultural resources." Our public outreach programs help accomplish these goals.

For example, chapter members, collaborating with the Smoki Museum, have worked with area Boy Scouts of America organizations to help scouts earn archaeology merit badges. Additional public outreach programs have been targeted toward students, church groups, recreational groups, and service clubs. Informational booths at local civic events also serve to reach our neighbors in the community and the areas. 

In 2017, the Board initiated a form of outreach that results in students who want to become members of YCAAS, being able to apply for a waiver of membership dues. The dues are paid from a fund provided by donations made for this purpose by members.

Chapter Library. The chapter maintains a specialized library of archaeology resources at the Smoki Museum. It is available to to members 30 minutes before each monthly general meeting. The Yavapai Library Network (YLN Libraries) is a resource of linked libraries. Here, you will find the Smoki Museum Research Library listed.


ROCK ART in WYOMING from sites open to the public by SUSIE KINKADE.

Here, in Arizona, we are often treated to Native sites left to us by our regional

ancestors such as Hohokam, Yavapai, Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, and others. But, we

often don't get to see Plains Indian sites. This month, we are fortunate to see

rock art from Wyoming brought to us by Susie Kinkade and Native artisans

from the Cheyenne, Shoshone, Arapaho, or Kiowa/Apache tribes.


Plains Style incised rock art from between 1500 years ago to as recently as 900 years ago. This particular rock is                   from a site called Castle Gardens.


This magnificent rock is from Cedar Canyon. Archaeologist, Craig Bromley from Wyoming, says that the incisions              were probably created with bone or antlers.


This image above and the following images are from the Dinwoody Lake Site which is probably proto-Shoshonean              and from up to 2000 years ago. As often happens, there is some current controversy over the actual date for           Dinwoody Lake Site.


Legend Rock - above and below. Like Dinwoody Lake, Legend Rock is Great Basin Style and probably from the                  same time period.


THANK YOU, SUSIE KINKADE, for sharing these with us!


 President Irene Komadina
 Vice President
 Treasurer  Debra Comeau
 Secretary  Charles Stroh
 Archivist  Chris Cone
 Third Year Director
 Bill Burkett
 Second Year Director
 Jim Red
 First year Director
 Dan Fout
 Education Coordinator
 Warner Wise

                                                 Prescott Area Museums


 January  01/20/18  Dave Dove
 Tracking Pottery Sources
 February  02/15/18  Kylin Cummings
 Mysteries at the Museum
 March  03/15/18  David Wilcox
 Hohokam Public Architecture
 April  04/19/18  Stewart Deats
 Two Prescott Culture Sites
 May  05/17/18  Kelley Hays-Gilpin
 Kiva Murals
 June  06/21/18  Todd Bostwick
 Camp Verde Salt Mines
 July  Summer Break
 August  Summer Break
 September  09/20/18  Andy Christenson
 Fitzmaurice Pueblo
 October  10/18/18  Ken Zoll
 Astroarchaeology:Meteor Site
 November  11/15/18  Erik Berg
 The Lindbergh Aerial Survey
 December  12/20/18  Holiday Party

Prescott Area Museums
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