Arizona Archaeological Society



State Meeting, Payson, Arizona

October 20 and 21, 2018 

The Arizona Archaeology Society (AAS) is a 501-C volunteer organization that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014.  AAS State Meetings are held once a year during October with the exception of special meetings such as the vote for bylaws amendment held in 2014.  The locations usually vary each year as the meeting moves to different parts of the state or with different chapters acting as the host organization.  The meeting consists of a business element, archaeological and/or historical oriented tours, possible educational opportunities, guest speaker(s) and other group activities as well as socialization opportunities.     

For members-only, actual meeting notes from the business and general meetings at the state level meetings are available on the website "Member-Only" section under "Planning Committee" tab toward the bottom of the page or use Fast Link at the top of the Planning Committee page.


The Executive Board and Planning Committee of AAS, sincerely thanks the Rim Country Chapter for hosting and arranging the 2018 AAS Annual Meeting. The venue and amenities were superb and AAS members were truly welcomed to this lovely corner of Arizona. For the field trips which were received with enthusiasm and much participation, and were so interesting! For the welcoming tote bags, the book sale selection, the wonderful silent auction that had some truly nice items to be bid on, the fun contests and prizes. For Jane Kolber's presentation of "Rock Art of the World" which had the audience on the edge of their seats.

And last but not least, thank you to the members who traveled the distance to Payson and participated in the 2018 Annual Meeting. With a special thank you to Al Dart who drove our Professional Archaeologist Award Winner, Sharon Urban up to Payson after her 'escape' from Mexico!

Here's to 2019!


Recap of Meeting Activities

The day started at 8:00AM with registration and continental breakfast, book sale, silent auction, sign up for trips and artifact displays. At 9:00 there were announcements including Welcome and field trip detail.

At 9:30 the members moved to a conference room for the General Business Meeting. Presentations were made by Bob Unferth - Treasurer, Gerry Haase - Membership, Chuck Jenkins - Certification and Bill Burkett - Arizona Archaeologist Editor.

Glenda Simmons, AAS State Chair, discussed the proposed grant program and opened the floor for discussion. The last item on the agenda was the election of officers. Voting results were: President – Ellie Large, 1st Vice President – Sharon DuBose, 2nd Vice President – Ellen Martin, Secretary – Dennis Dubose, and Treasurer – Bob Unferth.

The remainder of the morning and afternoon were filled with guided and self-guided trips. Later in the afternoon members returned to the casino for Happy Hour, and presentation of Professional and Avocational Archaeology awards. The buffet dinner was followed by Silent Auction results. The evening speaker, Jane Kolber, concluded the day’s events with a lecture on the “Rock Art of the World”.

Sunday morning rounded out with weekend with more guided and self-guided to petroglyphs sites and ruins.


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