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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 ycaassecretary@gmail.com. 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)                                                                                            

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  this application   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.


BETTY HIGGINS RECEIVING THE 2017 AWARD FOR AVOCATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGIST from AAS President Glenda Simmons.



Photo: Andy Christenson


Additional Yavapai Chapter Activities


WILLOW LAKE PIT-HOUSES
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.



 
 


  MAP TO WILLOW LAKE PIT HOUSES  Map by Julie Rucker
 


 

 

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.


Yavapai Chapter MEMBERS PHOTO GALLERY



THE YEAR 2017 in REVIEW

Thanks to all the YCAAS photographers who loaned work this past year for the PHOTO GALLERY. This is a compilation of a few of        those images that graced this page. Thanks to Joann Dorsey Espinoza, Jim Hays, Eileen Chalfoun, Flo Reynolds, Linda Young and Neil Schortinghuis, Andy Christenson, Irene Komadina, Debra Comeau, and Charles Stroh.



Monarch Cave Ruin on the north end of Comb Ridge. - Irene Komadina



Andy Christenson took us on a walking tour of Prescott and this photo told a story about the role played by YCAAS in recovering       artifacts that were buried after the 1940 fire that destroyed a Prescott hospital.   - Andy Christenson




Petroglyph panel at Butler Wash.   - Irene Komadina


Danzantes (Dancers) at Monte Alban in Oaxaca.   - Linda Young and Neil Schortinghuis


House on Fire Ruin - Mule Canyon.  - Jim Hays


Bud Stonecipher at Painted Rocks.   - Flo Reynolds


Cindy Hart at Badger Springs (left) and Badger Springs Hikers (right).   - Joann Dorsey Espinoza


Sego Canyon petroglyphs of Fremont Culture.   - Debra Comeau


Hiking Granite Dells.    - Marilyn McCarthy


Agrigento - Temple of Concordia.    - Eileen Chalfoun


Petroglyph at Sears Point.   - Flo Reynolds



Bannister Ruin at Cedar Mesa.  - Jim Hays



Barrier Canyon Style pictographs from Horseshoe Canyon.   - Debra Comeau


Cholula excavation in Chiapas.    - Linda Young and Neil Schortinghuis


Head from Reggio Calabria Museum   - Eileen Chalfoun



Remains of a dam on Miller Creek.   - Andy Christenson


Cacti and glass by Dale Chihuly at Phoenix Botanical Gardens.    - Marilyn McCarthy


Main Solar Panel at V-V Ranch.   - Charles Stroh


Raven's nest at Homolovi.   - Marilyn McCarthy



Thanks to each of you for sharing your photographs.



SCHEDULE OF 2018 SPEAKERS AND TOPICS
MONTH
SPEAKER
TOPIC
 
 Jan. 20 DAVE DOVE  Tracking Pottery Sources  (This is a special day and time and includes a field trip.)
 
Feb. 15
KYLIN CUMMINGS
 Mysteries in the Museum (Sharlot Hall Museum - includes a field trip)  
Mar. 15
DAVID WILCOX
 Hohokam Public Architecture
 
 April 19
STEWART DEATS  Two Prescott Culture Sites Currently Under Study
May 24

 
June 21
   
July Summer Break
 
 
August Summer Break

Sept. 

   
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YCAAS BOARD MEMBERS FOR 2018


 
 PRESIDENT  Irene Komadina
 
 VICE-PRESIDENT  Eileen Chalfoun
 
 TREASURER  Debra Comeau

 SECRETARY  Charles Stroh

 ARCHIVIST  Chris Cone
 
 THIRD YEAR DIRECTOR  Bill Burkett

 SECOND YEAR DIRECTOR  Jim Red
 FIRST YEAR DIRECTOR
 Dan Fout

 EDUCATIONAL COORDINATOR
 Warner Wise
 
     





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