This is not the PHOTO GALLERY, but a "teaser"... Scroll down for still images and information about each image.


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.                                                                                                                


Flo Reynolds has been the coordinator of our spring and fall trips for many years after she and George, her husband of 61 years, moved to Prescott from Phoenix in 1998. Once settled in Prescott, they became interested in volunteering at the Smoki Museum as a way to develop their interests in Native American people and archaeology. Flo found herself involved with YCAAS and over the years has served as an officer in our organization and become the "go-to" person for field trips. A few of the recent trips she has organized are listed above and in 2017, we will start off the year with a two-day trip to the Lower Gila River area. In March, the Members PHOTO GALLERY will feature photos from the spring trip recorded by Flo Reynolds. That handsome fellow with her is her husband, George Reynolds.

Photo: Ron Robinson taken at the Great Kivas • Zuni

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.



All Holiday Gathering photographs by Julie Rucker.

Top left: Joan Krauskopf, Irene Komadina, Pat Glasgow; Middle: Andy Christenson, Bud Stonecipher; Right: Alex Espinosa, Joann Dorsey-Espinosa;

Center Left: Susie Kinkade, Flo Reynolds; Center Right: Kayle Koeppen, Rita Shryock; Bottom: Irene Komadina, Julie Rucker.

NOTE: Kayle Koeppen was the entertainer for the evening on his acoustic guitar.

SECOND NOTE: Bottom photo of Komadina and Rucker illustrates the two pots of gold found at the end of the rainbow.

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.


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.

Here is your starting point:


LINDA YOUNG and NEIL SCHORTINGHUIS  are our celebrity photographers from February 15 through March 12.

We are departing a bit this month from our emphasis on the American southwest and moving further south into Mexico. Recently,

Linda and Neil satiated two of their passions in a single trip, cooking and archaeology. We will look at the archaeology now and wait

for an invitation to dinner later.

This is TENOCHTITLAN ruins of the Aztec capital buried under Mexico city, a city of over 20 million people today. This Wall of Skulls

was excavated between 1978 and 1982 and is among over 7000 artifacts recovered from the site and on view at the museum.

There are seven temples under this city with the first built about 1325 CE and the last destroyed by Cortes in 1521.

CHOLULA is located in Puebla, southern Mexico and this is a view of the Great Pyramid, said to be the largest pyramid in the world

with a height of over 180 ft. and a base covering a quarter mile. The actual temple is unexcavated and buried beneath the Nuestra

Senora de los Remedios church that occupies the top center of the photo. This photo is the only excavation done to date, but it does

give some idea of the magnitude of the unexcavated portion. Built in four stages over 800 years, it was the primary temple of


MITLA was an administrative and religious center for the Zapotec between 750 and 1521 CE. This is one building in the compound

and it served as offices for priests and officials. Both exterior and interior walls are decorated with intricate geometric stonework

assembled without mortar.

The  inner courtyard at Mitla offers some of the stonework that would be at home in Greek temples as well as this Zapotec building.

The ZigZag pattern repeats subtle diagonal aspects of the architecture. Look at the exterior photo above and notice the far right

edge of the building where the top and bottom layers are at a diagonal to the middle layer.

The crown jewel of Oaxacan archaeology and one of the great Mesoamerican cities is MONTE ALBAN that was occupied by the Zapotec

roughly between 500 BCE and 500 CE. It is located on a spectacular mountaintop just outside the modern city of Oaxaca. It served as

a political and economic center and was a significant departure from prior agricultural settlements since this city was built by a

confederation of cooperating villages in the Oaxacan valley.

This map gives some idea of how many structures there are at the site (ceremonial structures, temples, observatory, tombs,

and ball court). The map is reversed from the photo above. The map shows the South Platform at the bottom; the photo has that

same platform at the top of the photo. The photo was made from between buildings "A" and "B" looking toward the South Platform.

The image to the right is one of the famous castrated dancers from Building "L" where you see the name "Danzantes."

Although much of the site has been rebuilt since 1920, great attention has been given to accuracy and authenticity. This detail shows

one of the remarkable architectural details of the North Platform, curved corners.




2017 Yavapai Chapter Meeting Topics

The Yavapai chapter meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, except July, August, and December, at the

Smoki Museum's Pueblo room at 147 N. Arizona Street in Prescott (the entrance is at the rear of the building).



Date Speaker Topic
January 19, 2017
Rich Lange
Meeting Cancelled . Inclement Weather
To be Rescheduled . See November
February 16, 2017 Aaron Wright
Archaeology and History of the Painted Rock Petroglyphs along the Lower Gila River
March 16, 2017 Jerry Erhardt

1864 Expedition to the Verde Valley, a search to find gold and a Capitol for the new Arizona Territory

April 20, 2017 Scott Wood
Perry Mesa:The Antecedents Project
May 18, 2017 Garry Cantley
Archaeological Resource Crime
June 15, 2017 Todd Bostwick
A Game for the Gods
July 2016 No Meeting   

August 2016

No Meeting   FALL PICNIC

September 21, 2017 TBA

October 19, 2017 TBA

November 16, 2017 Rich Lange
Echoes in the Canyons: Cliff Dwellings of the Sierra Ancha in Central Arizona
December 21, 2017
No Meeting
Holiday Potluck Dinner


Chapter Officers - 2017


Office Holder

Contact Information


Irene Komadina
Vice President Chris Cone
Treasurer Joann Read
Secretary Charles Stroh

One-year Director Julie Rucker

Two-year Director Bill Burkett
Three-year Director Eileen Chalfoun

Archivist Chris Cone

Educational Coordinator
Warner Wise

Advisor Andy Christenson



Local Museums


Museum Location Website
Smoki Museum 147 N Arizona Ave
Prescott, AZ 86301-3184
(928) 445-1230
Visitor Center
Sharlot Hall Museum 415 W Gurley St
Prescott, AZ 86301-3691
(928) 445-3122
Visitor Center



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