Arizona Archaeological Society




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: or go the webpage for the Yavapai Chapter on this website.

    • 20 Jan 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Smoki Museum

    The first speaker for 2018 at our Membership Meeting will be Dave Dove who is well known to our members.


    Our usual meeting day and time is the third Thursday of each month. In January, we will meet on a Saturday (January 20) at the Pueblo at 2:00 for a talk by Dave Dove. Following Dove's talk on "Tracking Pottery Sources," Cindy Gresser will conduct a tour of the pottery on exhibit at the Smoki for our January field trip. If you would like to join some of your YCAAS comrades for lunch before Dove's talk, we will meet at Augie's on HWY 69 at 11:30 and we expect that Dave Dove will be our luncheon guest.

    • 27 Jan 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Community Building (Maitland Hall) at The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331



    Saturday, January 27, 2018, 10:00AM to 1:00PM

    Cost: is $35.00 per member.  This class is open to AAS/DFC members with priority given to DFC members.  Class size limitation is 12 preregistered members.

    Location:  Community Building (Maitland Hall) at The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331.

    SIGN UP:  by January 10, 2018 at

    No refunds after this date.

    Join experimental archaeologist Zack Curcija to transform a Yucca leaf into cordage. In this workshop, you learn how to process a whole Yucca leaf (Yucca bacata) to extract the fibers and spin 2-ply cordage using the "hand and thigh" spinning techniques. Yucca fiber cordage provided the foundation for many Sinagua sandal and textile forms in addition to being used for ropes, nets, snares, looped and twined bags, bowstrings, jewelry suspension cords, sewing thread, and anything else that required a durable cord.

    • 05 Feb 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Pueblo

    February BOARD MEETING:  Monday, February 5, 2018 at 11:30.

    • 10 Feb 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 23 Feb 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Trip = Gila Bend; Workshops = 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 February Expanded Field Trip & Workshops

    The Desert Foothills Chapter has some great events planned for February.  Take a look below and see if you would like to sign up.  This is just an overview of the trip and classes, for more details about time, location and cost.  Contact and the events are open to AAS/DFC members only with a priority given to DFC members.

    Ø  Saturday February 10th - Argillite pendant making class with Zack Curcija

    Ø  Tuesday February 20th - A botany class Can’t Compete with Mesquite with Tammy Teegardin

    Ø  Thursday-Friday February 22-23 - A two-day trip to the Gila Bend Area with Dr. Aaron Wright (suggest arrival by evening of February 21).

    For more information and to sign up contact

    Classes, Workshops, and Expanded Field Trips: Mary Kearney is the primary contact for classes, workshops, or trips at and the only place to sign up or get more information.  Please remember classes, workshops, and trips are open to AAS members only with DFC members having priority.  There is “no” registration on the day of the activity.  There is “no” preregistration for any activity prior to its formal announcement.

    • 14 Feb 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Foothill Community Foundation - Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Bldg. B, Scottsdale, AZ 85266 (480-488-1090)

    PLEASE NOTE:  New location for this meeting and seminar because of Ash Wednesday conflict at regular facility.

    DFC-AAS: February 14– James Snead

    PhD James Snead presents Obliterated Itineraries: The Archaeology of Roads, Paths, and Trails.  Movement is an essential aspect of human lives, yet one that leaves ambiguous traces in the archaeological record.  In recent years, archaeologists have begun to systematically explore these faint signatures of travel as important elements of the cultural landscape of the past.  From this evidence, we can better understand not only how movement took place, but who did it, how it was controlled, and what it meant from the perspectives of travelers.  This lecture uses evidence for several related projects to discuss these ideas, and what they mean to our understanding of the past.  Examples include Ancestral Pueblo and Chacoan paths/roads in New Mexico, and stone pathways built by the indigenous inhabitants of Micronesia.  Together, they provide a fascinating look at how archaeologists can “move through time,” often in the literal footsteps of those who went before.

    James E. Snead is Associate Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Northridge.  Awarded the Ph.D. at UCLA in 1994, he has held numerous fellowships and grants, including funding by the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and a postdoctoral appointment at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.  Current research includes the study of roads, paths, and trails in the archaeological record.  His co-edited volume, Landscapes of Movement, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2009.  Initial work on this topic took place at Bandelier National Monument, in northern New Mexico.  More recently, he has conducted fieldwork on the stone pathways of Yap, Micronesia.  Other research interests include historical archaeology of the American West and the history of archaeology.  New publications include a 2017 special issue of the journal Kiva on the archaeology of Chaco Roads (83:1), and The Original Jones Boys: Archaeologies of Race and Place in 19th Century America (World Archaeology, forthcoming).

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

    • 15 Feb 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    February Membership Meeting: February 15, 2018 at 6:30 in the Pueblo. As always, we meet for supper at 4:30 at Augie's on HWY 69 and everyone is welcome. Our February speaker is Kylin Cummings of Sharlot Hall Museum. Her topic will be Mysteries of the Museum.

    • 04 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, Cave Creek

    Spur Cross Archaeology Fair

    The Spur Cross Archaeology Fair Sunday, March 4, 2017 from 9:00am to 3:00pm is taking shape.  The location is Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area: Sponsored by Maricopa County Parks, Cave Creek Museum, Desert Foothills Chapter of Arizona Archaeological Society, and Desert Foothills Land Trust. 

    NOTE:  More details and information as arrangements and confirmations evolve.  Please check back...




    • 14 Mar 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: March 14 – R.E. Burrillo

    R.E. Burrillo presents, Bears Ears National Monument: Past, Present, and Future.  The Bears Ears National Monument encompasses one of the greatest archaeological assemblages in the world, stretching contiguously from the upper Pleistocene to the arrival of Euro-Americans.  The area is largely undeveloped and co-managed by the Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service, and five Native American tribes’ commission.  This significant area borders Canyonlands National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, while surrounding Natural Bridges National Monument, although there is a potential legal battle looming over the boundary of the monument due to commentary regarding scaling back the boundaries by the Secretary of the Interior.  Cedar Mesa (mostly located within the current monument borders) dates back to Clovis people and there are numerous later prehistoric sites (Ancestral Puebloan) on the monument.  Early exploration and investigations, modern research efforts, and the successes and challenges facing its protection all make for intriguing stories.  This talk broadly summarizes some of the biggest elements from all three topics.

    R.E. Burrillo is an author and archaeologist with multiple degrees in anthropology and archaeology.  His technical work has appeared in Kiva, Southwestern Lore, The Archaeological Record, and Blue Mountain Shadows.  His mainstream work appears in Archaeology Southwest, The Salt Lake Tribune, The San Juan County Record, and Cracked.  He currently splits his time between Flagstaff, Salt Lake City, and Cortez, Colorado.

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

    • 11 Apr 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: April 11 – Wayne Ranney

    Arizona Humanities speaker, Wayne Ranney, presents Smitten by Stone: How We Came to Love the Grand Canyon.  In spite of being one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World,” humans have not always seen the Grand Canyon in a positive light.  First seen by Europeans in the year 1540, the canyon was not comprehended easily.  Throughout the entire exploratory era (lasting nearly 320 years) conquistadores, explorers, trappers, and miners viewed the canyon as an obstacle to travel or even useless.  None of these early visitors ever returned a second time.  However, when the first geologist laid eyes on it in 1857, he issued a siren call to humanity that it was something quite special on our planet.  Every geologist who followed returned again, announcing to the world that the Grand Canyon was to be revered.

    Wayne Ranney, an Arizona Humanities speaker for eight years, is a kindred spirit as a geologist, author, river and trail guide on the Colorado Plateau.  A former back country ranger in the Grand Canyon, Wayne earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Northern Arizona University in geology.  Wayne is a geologic lecturer with travels to Antarctica, Africa, the Amazon, Greenland, Siberia, and the North and South Poles to name a few locations among 85 countries.  He is still active as a river and trail guide in the Grand Canyon for the Grand Canyon Association Field Institute and Museum of Northern Arizona.  He leads field trips throughout the American Southwest and is the author of ten books and a contributing writer for various magazines.

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

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