Arizona Archaeological Society

 

 
 

Events

This page shows upcoming events by the State organization, our chapters or of archaeological interest.


Upcoming events

    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 01 Dec 2018
    • 14 sessions
    • Heritage Park in Prescott

    First Saturday of every month from 10 am to noon, a YCAAS docent is available at the Heritage Park Willow Lake Pit Houses to present tours of the Sinagua pit houses. The site is user-friendly and accessible to individuals in wheelchairs. There is no charge to visit the pit houses, but the City of Prescott does charge a $3.00 fee for admission to the park. If you need a map to the site from the Heritage Park entrance, contact the YCAAS secretary at his email address:  charlesstroh@yahoo.com or go the webpage for the Yavapai Chapter on this website.

    • 12 Sep 2018
    • 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: Sept 12th Scott Wood

    Lecture Opportunity:

    Scott Wood updates us on Goat Camp Ruin in the Payson area, much like Shoofly Ruin and Risser Ruin.  It contains about 30 masonry rooms and other surface structures sitting on top of what was probably the largest pithouse village in the Payson area.  The currently assumed occupation is approximately 750 to 1280 CE and the site appears to have been founded as a Hohokam colony which later became a significant part of local culture, though it was eventually surpassed in size and importance by both Shoofly and Risser ruins.  The site was originally part of the Tonto National Forest but was transferred to the Town of Payson in a land exchange in 1994.  With subsequent little activity for years, in 2008 the Rim Country Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society with Scott Wood’s assistance proposed to develop an archaeological interpretive site like Shoofly Ruin and a hiking trail for this 6-acre parcel of land.  Scott has lead groups of volunteers each spring and fall the past 8 years mapping, surface collecting, and excavating and stabilizing several rooms within the overall complex with lab work taking place over the summers.  The goal is not rebuilding or total excavation, but rather to further knowledge about the site and area that can be presented to the public through interpretive development.  In his presentation, Scott Wood provides a report on recent activities and findings at Goat Camp as well as plans for the future.  He may even recruit you to join the crew…

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

    • 10 Oct 2018
    • 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: October 10th – Todd Bostwick

    Lecture Opportunity:

    Todd W. Bostwick, PhD, RPA presents Life and Death at Ironwood Village: An Early Ballcourt Site in Southern Arizona.  Excavations in 2014 for a new shopping center uncovered a Hohokam village in Marana, north of Tucson, on the east side of the Santa Cruz River.  This site contained a previously unknown ballcourt, one of the earliest ever constructed by the Hohokam.  Surrounding the ballcourt were nearly 100 pit houses and more than 250 burials, which dated to the late Pioneer and Colonial periods, circa AD 650 to 850.  Located on a sloping piedmont that supported a dense stand of ironwood trees, archaeologists found artifacts and plant remains at the site indicating the inhabitants grew corn without irrigation canals, processed Agave plants with tabular knives, and polished wooden objects with specialized polishing stones.  Ironwood Village was abandoned soon after the leader of the village died and was buried with a rich array of grave offerings in the middle of the ballcourt. Dr. Bostwick discusses the results of these excavations and shows numerous photos of the artifacts recovered from the site.

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

    • 20 Oct 2018
    • 21 Oct 2018
    • Matazal Casino, Payson

    8AM-8:30PM on Saturday

    Field Trips throughout Saturday and on Sunday 

    Guest Speaker:  Jane Kolber, "Rock Art of the World"

    Silent Auction, Raffle items, and Books


    • 24 Oct 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • South Mountain, Phoenix


    Desert Foothills Chapter - Field Trip

    Join Dr. Todd Bostwick for a member’s only trip to South Mountain Park. Where we are viewing Petroglyph panels that are documented.  More information about sign up later, after new season begins this fall.

    • 09 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 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)


    Desert Foothills Chapter - Special Event

    This is a no charge event for Desert Foothills Chapter Members and Friends.

    Join master world flute artist Gary Stroutsos for a journey inside the Southwest desert rim flutes that were found by Earl Morris in 1931 inside Broken Flute Cave in the Prayer Rock District in present day northern Arizona. These flutes were dated to AD 620 - 670, making them the oldest known wooden flutes in North America. The Hopi Tribe, which still maintains a ceremonial Flute Clan, believe these are ancient Hopi long flutes.

    Gary has replicas made by master flute builder Michael Allen who took precise measurements from the originals in the Arizona State Museum. Gary's extraordinary playing of this very challenging instrument brings these haunting sounding flutes alive. Join Gary for an entertaining history on the flutes, and his most recent musical endeavor: Ongtupqa with Hopi vocalist Clark Tenakhongva. The result is a CD recorded inside the Desert View Watchtower on the South Rim of Grand Canyon and a documentary DVD.

    • 14 Nov 2018
    • 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: November 14th – Deni Seymour

    Lecture Opportunity:

    Dr. Deni Seymour, an Arizona Humanities speaker, presents The Earliest Apache in Arizona: Evidence and Arguments.  Recent research provides evidence of ancestral Apaches in the southern Southwest at least as early as the A.D. 1300s.  Some of this evidence comes from chronometric dates obtained from a feature type that comparative ethnographic information (including rarely used land claims documents) indicates were used for storage.  These features, called platform caches, provide rare and ideal material for accurate dating because they are often covered with grass or leaves.  Dates from these features, on Apache pottery, and from roasting pits, all in direct association with Apache material culture of other types (including rock art), provide a continuous sequence of use from at least as early as the A.D. 1300s through the late 1700s.  New information about a western route south to this region is combined with other evidence regarding the presence of the earliest ancestral Apache three centuries earlier than many have argued, even in areas where Coronado did not see them.

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

    • 12 Dec 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • TBA



    TBD - Holiday Party details coming soon and replaces regular monthly meeting this month!

    • 09 Jan 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)




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

    • 13 Feb 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)




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

    • 13 Mar 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)




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

    • 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)




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

    • 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)




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

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