Arizona Archaeological Society




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

Upcoming events

    • 21 Jan 2017
    • 30 Dec 2017
    • 50 sessions
    • Heritage Park in Prescott

    Every Saturday from 10 am to noon through December 30, 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:

    • 14 May 2017
    • 10 Sep 2017
    • Yavapai Chapter webpage
    May 14 is the start of an extended presentation on the PHOTO GALLERY page. Marilyn McCarthy is showing a two-part series of landscapes, wild flowers, animals, and other treats from the beautiful area where we live. PART ONE will be up through June 11, then PART TWO will be added and both will continue through our summer break in July and August. The photos will come down in early September.

    • 12 Aug 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Hennigan Home

    Annual Fall Picnic. This year, we are returning to the Hennigan Home ..... Bring a dish to share. Black tie and formal attire is optional.

    • 13 Sep 2017
    • 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: September 13– Todd Bostwick

    Todd W. Bostwick, PhD, RPA presents Interpreting the Nazca Lines: Enigmatic Images of the Peruvian Desert.  The mysterious lines and figures sketched onto the desert floor of southern Peru, one of the most arid regions of the world, have long intrigued archaeologists and explorers.  There are various theories proposed concerning the origins and purposes of these geoglyphs, from wild speculation that they served as runways for alien spaceships to more believable but nonetheless controversial ideas that they are related to ancient astronomy.  This talk provides a detailed examination of the culture which created the geoglyphs, shows aerial photographs of the more famous geoglyphs, and discusses the various researchers who worked in Nazca and the results of their studies.  Studies demonstrated that the Nazca people developed an ingenious underground water system that allowed them to survive in the harsh desert environment, and excavations revealed a ceramic tradition that incorporated colorful and bizarre scenes painted on their vessels.

    Dr. Todd Bostwick has conducted archaeological research in the Southwest for 36 years.  He was the Phoenix City Archaeologist for 21 years at Pueblo Grande Museum and is currently the Director of Archaeology at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde.  Dr. Bostwick has an MA in Anthropology and a PhD in History from Arizona State University (ASU).  He taught classes at both ASU and Northern Arizona University for seven years and was a Senior Research Archaeologist for PaleoWest Archaeology.  He published numerous books and articles on Southwest archaeology and history, and he received awards from the National Park Service, the Arizona Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission, the City of Phoenix, and the Arizona Archaeological Society.  Moreover, Dr. Bostwick’s life long expertise and experience far exceed the confinements of the American Southwest with his personal activities and interests.

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

    • 11 Oct 2017
    • 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 11– Aaron Wright

    PhD Aaron Wright presents The Western Range of the Red-on-Buff Culture, Redux.  Prehistoric Southwestern Arizona is the interface between Patayan and Hohokam material culture and settlement patterns.  Presumably, the ways-of-life that are tied to each of those traditions.  Still, the western frontier of the Hohokam World remains little studied and therefore poorly defined.  This presentation reviews the history of research on this topic revisiting the development and eventual demise of primary Hohokam villages along the lower Gila River.  In contemporary perspective, this historical trajectory raises important questions about ethnic diversity, co-residence, and conflict.

    Aaron Wright is a Preservation Archaeologist at Archaeology Southwest, a nonprofit organization in Tucson.  He earned a MA in 2006 and PhD in 2011, both from Washington State University.  He is a co-editor of Leaving Mesa Verde: Peril and Change in the Thirteenth-Century Southwest (University of Arizona Press, 2010) and author of Religion on the Rocks: Hohokam Rock Art, Ritual Practice, and Social Transformation (University of Utah Press, 2014).  This later work won the 2012 Don D. and Catherine S. Fowler Book Prize.  His most recent book is the co-authored The Great Bend of the Gila: Contemporary Native American Connections to an Ancestral Landscape (Archaeology Southwest, 2016).

    Aaron’s research is currently focused on the Hohokam and Patayan traditions in southwestern Arizona.  He is specifically interested in the cultural landscape of the lower Gila River, which is renowned for a unique mixture of Patayan and Hohokam settlements, dense galleries of world-class rock art, and numerous enigmatic geoglyphs.  Aaron is the lead researcher on Archaeology Southwest’s long-term goal of establishing a Great Bend of the Gila National Monument.

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

    • 08 Nov 2017
    • 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 8– Patricia Gilman

    PhD Patricia A. Gilman presents Mimbres Archaeology: Beautiful Pottery, Ordinary Architecture, and Scarlet Macaws.  The Mimbres region of southwestern New Mexico is famous for its stunning black-on-white pottery with human and animal figures as well as fine-line geometric designs.  The presence of scarlet macaws that probably originated in the tropical forests of Mexico, at least 750 miles to the south, and their depiction on the pottery suggest that something out-of-the ordinary may have been occurring, at least in terms of ritual and religion.  In contrast, their pit structure and pueblo architecture is rather ordinary.  Patricia Gilman discusses Mimbres archaeology through time, focusing on the possible relationship between some of the pottery designs and interaction with people on the east coast of Mesoamerica.

    Professor Emerita Patricia A. Gilman earned a PhD at the University of Oklahoma in 1983 and later retired from the University of Oklahoma.  Patricia Gilman has done archaeological field work and research in the Mimbres region of southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona for more than 40 years.  More recently, Dr. Gilman and her colleagues investigated scarlet macaws from Mimbres sites and related new iconography indicating a radical religious transformation in the Mimbres region.  She and other colleagues recently published an analysis of Mimbres chronometric dates, with an eye toward understanding major transitions like the first use of pottery, the earliest painted pottery, and the beginning and end of the Mimbres Classic period.

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

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