Arizona Archaeological Society




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Upcoming events

    • 27 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Mesa Grande Cultural Park and AZ Natural History Museum

    Mesa Grande Cultural Park & AZ Natural History Museum

    10:00am: meet at The Mesa Grande Cultural Park

     Address: 1000 North Date Street (corner of Date & 10th St) Mesa, AZ

     Wednesday, March 27, 2019

    Docent led tour begins at 10:00am and lasts around 45 minutes.  After the docent tour, we are welcome to tour on our own.

    Lunch 12:00pm -1:00 "on your own"

    Meet at AZ Natural History Museum Mesa (just a short drive from Mesa Grande) @ 1:00pm for a self-guided tour of this great museum.

    The cost is $9.00 per member. You must be signed up prior to 3/15/19. AAS/DFC members only with priority given to DFC members.

    SIGN UP only at

    We are touring the Cultural Park and its interpretive trail with a docent.  There are nine stations on the trail that correspond to significant places on the mound.  One of two Hohokam "great mounds" in the Salt River Valley, the Mesa Grande mound was a dramatic symbol of the power of this ancient community. The village surrounding the mound once covered over one-half square mile and was home to perhaps two thousand Hohokam. Situated near the head gates of one of the two largest networks of irrigation canals created in the prehistoric New World.  The site of Mesa Grande controlled over 27,000 acres of highly productive farmland.  Mesa Grande is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    After lunch we will meet at AZ Natural History Museum. The Museum is the premier natural history museum in Arizona. It is dedicated to inspire wonder, respect, and understanding for the natural and cultural history of the Southwest.  Some of the exhibits areas are:

    • Cenozoic Lobby
    • Natural History
    • Paleontology
    • Southwest Cultures
    • Mesoamerica and South America
    • Arizona History
    • 10 Apr 2019
    • 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: April 10 – Ken Zoll

    Ken Zoll presents, Meteorites Among the Ancient People of Central Arizona.  The occurrence of meteorites on archaeological sites in North America has been known since the early 19th century.  From the Hopewell culture in the eastern United States to the Indians in the American Southwest and northern Mexico, meteorites have been found on these ancient sites.  Much like meteorite hunters of today, ancient Native American cultures actively engaged in meteorite collecting.  Several meteorite fragments from Meteor Crater near Flagstaff have been discovered at ancient dwellings in Central Arizona.  This presentation describes these meteorite locations, how they are associated with Meteor Crater and how one of the meteorites, using radiocarbon dating, established its location within a ruin and confirmed the date of the ruin’s destruction.

    Ken Zoll is the Executive Director of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde, Arizona.  Ken is also the Regional Coordinator for the site steward program with the Arizona State Parks and Trails, and a volunteer docent at cultural heritage sites in the Coconino National Forest.  He has conducted extensive fieldwork in ancient astronomical practices of the Southwest and is a certified instructor in ancient astronomy fieldwork.  Ken is the author of several books on local ancient rock art and astronomical practices, as well as several articles in professional journals on his studies.  He received his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Loyola University Chicago and retired to Sedona in 2004, after 35 years of Federal service.

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

    • 12 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Community Room (Maitland Hall) at The Good Shepard of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (near the Dairy Queen)


    INSTRUCTOR:  Al Cornell

    DATE:  Friday April 12, 2019  9:00AM TO 1:00PM

    LOCATION:  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)

    The cost is $15.00 for this workshop per member with priority given to DFC members. You must be signed up by 4/1/19 and no refunds after that date. Sign up at

    In this workshop, you are instructed on how to make strong and reliable cordage, completely from nature.  We study the types of plants, trees, and animal fibers that make the best fiber and cordage as well as learn several manufacturing techniques.

    There are demonstrations relating to the above, followed with a hands on component wherein the participants have an opportunity to experiment making cordage.

    • 08 May 2019
    • 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: May 8 – Janine Hernbrode

    Janine Hernbrode presents, Patterns in Petroglyphs: Hints of the Hohokam Cosmology on the Landscape.  One is nice; two is interesting; three is a pattern.  Fifteen years of rock art recording on four major petroglyph sites in Southern Arizona has enabled assembly of motif details, drawings and photographs of more than 16,000 glyphs located in landscapes with similar characteristics.  This is a vast collection of data in searchable spreadsheets representing images known to anthropologists for some time recording the belief systems of the inhabitants.  By carefully recording these images, we can say we have found no scenes of everyday life, of grinding corn, or plans for constructing pit houses.  The basis for belief is interwoven into lines and circles and more complex images placed carefully on the landscape.  By applying the methods of science to the patterns observed, by working with ethnographic accounts and linguistic analysis by others, and by consulting with indigenous people we gained some understanding and identified threads of continuity between Native American belief systems and the rock art motifs.  This talk is about a tiered universe, how and in what form people emerged from a lower world, flowers and their connections, bell rocks, and the importance of the boulder upon which the petroglyph was made.  These basic understandings can enhance your own visits and enjoyment of petroglyph sites.

    Janine Hernbrode is an independent rock art recorder and researcher based in and working near Tucson, Arizona.  Wary of becoming relentless quantifiers through rock art recording, she and her research partner, Dr. Peter Boyle, worked together to collect and analyze data obtained from their recordings of Tumamoc Hill (a three-year project of the Archaeological and Historical Society and the University of Arizona), the Sutherland Wash Rock Art District (a six-year project for the Coronado National Forest), Cocoraque Butte and Cocoraque Ranch (a five-year project for the Bureau of Land Management, the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society, and the private owner of Cocoraque Ranch).  Peter and Janine demonstrate that ethnographic and linguistic information can suggest links to both sacred landscapes and some motifs found in rock art.  Janine is the Leader of the Rock Band, a group of volunteer rock art recorders whose work was honored by the State Historic Preservation Office.  Janine and the Rock Band currently are working to inventory and record the rock art in the Tucson Mountain District of Saguaro National Park as part of an effort to understand the variety of sites in a portion of the Avra Valley.

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

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