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Are you ready to mask up, sanitize, keep your distance, and get back to work? ME TOO! I just submitted our Annual Report (such as it was, since we haven’t done anything out there for a year) and request for permit extension to ASM. I did this cuz I heard back from the President of AAS today and we are good to go under the terms of the COVID-19 protocol I sent y’all a while ago. I’ve also heard back from many of you who are willing to give it a try – and some who aren’t. For those of you not ready to risk it, I totally understand and support you. After all, I’m in the “endangered species” risk category myself (thanks for that one, Chris!). So, for those of you who do choose to come out, know this: enforcement of the virus protocol will be ruthless. I don’t want to die nor do I want any of you to die or anyone close to any of us to die because we took something home we shouldn’t have. If you are not willing to follow the rules, don’t come. If you violate the rules, I will literally kick you off the site. If you badmouth people who weren’t willing to risk joining us, I may kick you off the site for that as well. Too many people I know have died from this already for me not to take this seriously.

So, now that that’s understood, we will be working a reduced schedule, Saturdays only, with at least two weeks between sessions, starting next month, September 19. I know that this is kind of a pain for folks who don’t live in Payson and prefer to stay over and work a second day, but best practices for limiting uncontrolled exposure off the worksite must take precedence. I’m hoping that we can get back to something more normal in the Spring.

So, the Fall work plan and schedule is below, as is a copy of the virus protocol. As always, and even more so now, please let me know if you plan to attend a session, especially as we may have to “first come” attendance if the numbers are too large.

Work Days:


Saturday the 26th (just shy of a year since my surgery)


Saturday the 10th

Saturday the 24th


Saturday the 14th

Saturday the 28th (just after Thanksgiving unfortunately, sorry)


Saturday the 12th

Can’t wait to see y’all again and get back to it. I’d give y’all a big hug when we get back up there, but, you know…  Cheers and stay safe,


Scott Wood, retired Tonto archaeologist and Rim Country Adviser, leads the excavations at Goat Camp.  Participants must be members of AAS.  Scott's contact information

Goat Camp Ruin is located in Payson and was occupied from about 750 to 1280 AD.  The site was originally a Hohokam colony that continued to be occupied through the Classic Period.  The Classic Period occupation is called "Payson Tradition" or "Northern Salado".  After several changes in ownership and extensive pot-hunting, the city of Payson took over ownership of the site. The Rim Country Chapter, with Scott Wood’s assistance, proposed creating an archaeological interpretive site as well as a hiking trail for this 6-acre parcel of land, similar to that of nearby Shoofly Ruin. Scott has led groups of volunteers each spring and fall for the past few years excavating and interpreting areas within the overall complex. The goal is not rebuilding or total excavation, but knowledge and public education through an interpretive package.

Ceramic Checklist                                 First Season Report

Site Map                                                Second Season Report

Master Development Plan             Third Season Report 

Excavation and Stabilization Plan       Fourth Season Report

Goat Camp 2018 Fall Plan           Fifth Season Report   

Goat Camp 2019 Spring Plan                Sixth Season Report

Goat Camp 2020 Spring Plan                Seventh Season Report

Goat Camp 2020 Fall Plan Rev           Virus Protocol Rev


         SCREENING                                                                            CLEANING ARTIFACTS


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