Arizona Archaeological Society




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Upcoming events

    • 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)

    DFC-AAS: February 13 – Stephen Lekson

    Lecture Opportunity:

    Dr. Stephen Lekson presents, Chaco and the Origins of "Pueblo Style."  Archaeology (and Chaco) were present at the creation of the "Pueblo Style," a distinctive contemporary architecture of the Southwest.  It all began in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  At the turn of the 19th century, Santa Fe was small, dusty, and decrepit.  When citizens suggested moving the State Capital from old Santa Fe to modern, progressive Albuquerque, Santa Fe's city fathers – archaeologists at the fore – fought back with culture:  ultimately, with "Pueblo Style."  Old Spanish corner hearths became "kiva fireplaces" and faux vigas bristled from every roofline.  It worked: Santa Fe retained the Capital and became a Pueblo theme park.  Pueblo Style, however, became more than an architectural veneer; indeed, it dominates narratives of regional prehistory, recursively influencing archaeology – once its major inspiration.  This presentation tells the story of people, institutions, and ideas that created "Pueblo Style," and how it now distorts our notions of the region's ancient history.  For example: Chaco Canyon.  Chaco has always been the Great Anomaly of southwestern prehistory; it does not "fit" our notions of how Pueblos work, of "Pueblo Style."  So, archaeology invented odd notions that "normalized" Chaco -- rituality, pilgrimage center, and so forth -- and kept it congruent with (our notions of) "Pueblo Style."  That influence -- or, more accurately, bias -- from popular culture was reinforced by fundamental errors of American anthropology.  If we can get past those biases (our notions of "Pueblo Style" and anthropology's errors), it is quite possible to understand Chaco on its own terms: a key episode in the history of the Pueblo peoples but a place that did not operate in "Pueblo Style."

    Dr. Stephen H. Lekson is Curator of Archaeology and Professor of Anthropology at the Museum of Natural History, University of Colorado, Boulder.  He received his PhD from the University of New Mexico in 1988, and held research, curatorial, or administrative positions with University of Tennessee, Eastern New Mexico University, National Park Service, Arizona State Museum, Museum of New Mexico, and Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.  Lekson directed more than twenty archaeological projects throughout the Southwest.  Recent projects include excavations at Pinnacle Ruin in central New Mexico (2000-2008), excavations at Chimney Rock in southern Colorado (2009), and excavations at Black Mountain and Woodrow ruins in southwestern New Mexico (2010-13).  He was Editor of the journal Kiva (2006-2011) and he is currently Contributing Editor for Archaeology magazine.  Lekson's publications include a dozen books, ninety chapters in edited volumes, and forty-five articles in journals and magazines.  Recent books: A Study of Southwestern Archaeology (2018), Chaco Meridian (2015), A History of the Ancient Southwest (2009), Archaeology of Chaco Canyon (2006); and Archaeology of the Mimbres Region (2006).  He curated a half-dozen exhibits, most recently “A History of the Ancient Southwest” (2013-2014) at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.

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

    • 14 Feb 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Scottsdale, AZ.

    Scottsdale Museum of the West

    Museum Tour for AAS/DFC members with priority given to DFC members

    Date: February 14th, 2019

    Location:  See below for address and directions

    Time for Tour:  10:00 am tour begins (Museum opens at 9:30)

                     First Floor:           10:00 - 11:30

                     Lunch Break:        11:30 - 1:00   (Many nice restaurants in the area.)

                     Upstairs Tour:         1:00 - 2:00

    Sign Up:  Tour is limited to 18 members.  You must be signed up prior to 02/07/19 to attend.  Current status on 01/18/2019 is Wait-list only!

    Cost: $12 per member, if at least 15 sign up.

    Trip General Description:  Jim and Jan Patton (docents at the museum) will lead our group through the Scottsdale Museum of the West.  The tour would cover the five galleries on the first floor, break for lunch, and proceed to the two upstairs galleries right afterwards.

    First floor includes exhibit of 65 Hopi yellow ware pottery pieces with some 500-yr-old pots, and 18 original Nampeyo pieces. In other first floor locations there are a number of Hopi white polychrome wares from Naha and Navasie family artists. Upstairs, one of our two galleries has wonderful 18th and 19th century original western art (Catlin, Bodmer, Miller, Russell, Moran, Remington, Taos Society of America, Dixon), Edward S. Curtis original glass photos of North American Indians, and a good many 19th century Plains Indians ethnographic pieces (including a ceremonial pipe-tomahawk that belonged to Meriwether Lewis).  The other upstairs gallery has numerous original paintings and sculptures of Plains Indian and Mountain Man themes, many by Cowboy Artists of America members.

    Our Location:

    Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
    3830 N. Marshall Way
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251

    The museum is located in downtown Scottsdale, at N. Marshall Way and 1st Street, one block west of Scottsdale Road. It is steps away from numerous art galleries and restaurants.


    There is ample free parking available in a City of Scottsdale underground parking garage, which can be accessed from the driveway located just south of Main Street, on the north side of the museum building. Look for the blue parking sign on Marshall Way.

    • 03 Mar 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Cave Creek, Spur Cross Conservation Area

    Spur Cross Ranch Archaeology Expo 

    Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area

    9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

    Sunday March 03, 2019

    Learn about the archaeology of Cave Creek/Spur Cross area through hikes, booths, guest speaker and live demonstrations.

    There are booths from Desert Foothills Chapter of AAS, Cave Creek Museum, Friends of the Tonto National Forest, Pottery demonstrations and others.  There are opportunities to view and hold prehistoric artifacts from the area.  Come help celebrate Arizona Archaeology Month.  Bring the entire family and have fun while learning about this beautiful state.

    HIKES:  The hikes include First Mesa at 9:00 AM and Rock Art of Spur Cross 10:00 AM.  Our featured speaker at 1:00 PM is retired Tonto National Forest Archaeologist, Scott Wood.  Please check the Arizona Archaeological Society (AAS) website under "Events" for finalized schedule of speakers, hikes, and booth participants or the Desert Foothills Chapter website at 

    HIKERS:  Hikers should be prepared for desert walking with appropriate footwear, hats, snacks, and an adequate supply of bottled water!

    DIRECTIONS:  From Cave Creek Road, turn north on to Spur Cross Road.  Spur Cross Conservation Area is 4.5 miles north.  Although the Expo is free, there is a $3/adult park entrance fee.  Children under 16 and those with Maricopa County Park or Spur Cross passes are free.

    • 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)

    DFC-AAS: March 13 – Jaime Awe

    Lecture Opportunity:

    Dr. Jaime Awe presents, Sleuthing the Past: Unravelling the Political Implications and Significance of Recent Discoveries at Xunantunich through the Application of Cutting Edge Scientific Methodologies and Good Old-Fashion Archaeological Investigations.  In 2016, the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project made several significant discoveries at the site of Xunantunich.  Besides caches of eccentric flints and a large royal tomb with sumptuous grave goods, the new finds included two hieroglyphic panels that implicate four Classic period Maya kingdoms, among them that of the legendary Snake-head kings.  In this presentation, Dr. Awe demonstrates how the combination of cutting-edge scientific approaches along with good old-fashioned archaeological investigations can significantly influence the accuracy of our interpretations, as well as our efforts to unravel past cultural events.  The discoveries also serve to demonstrate that despite being the focus of explorations for more than a century, the site of Xunantunich continues to provide us with intriguing new information on the significant roles played by Belize Valley as the focal point of the socio-political landscape in the Late Classic Maya lowlands.

    Dr. Jaime Awe is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University, Director of the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project, and Emeritus member of the Belize Institute of Archaeology.  He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Anthropology at Trent University in Ontario, Canada, and his Ph.D. from the Institute of Archaeology at University College London.  After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Awe taught in the Anthropology Departments of Trent University, then at the Universities of New Hampshire, Galen, and Montana.  Between 2003 – 2014, he served as the first Director of the Belize Institute of Archaeology where he was responsible for managing the archaeological heritage of the country.  He subsequently joined the faculty at Northern Arizona University in 2014.  During his extensive career in archaeology, Dr. Awe has conducted important research and conservation at most of the major archaeological sites in Belize.  He has published numerous articles in various books, journals, and magazines.  His research has been featured in several national and international television documentaries.  For many years, Dr. Awe also led the Government of Belize’s archaeology outreach and education programs, writing books such as 101 Questions and Answers about the Ancient Maya of Belize and Maya Cities and Sacred Caves: A Guide to the Maya Sites of Belize.  His other publications cover topics that span from the Preceramic period to the time of European contact.  Dr. Awe continues his active program of research in Belize, conducting multi-disciplinary investigations with his colleagues and graduate students at the major Maya cities of Cahal Pech, Baking Pot, Xunantunich, and Lower Dover.

    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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