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:

    • 20 Apr 2017
    • 14 May 2017
    • Yavapai Chapter webpage

    The April-May PHOTO GALLERY will be an educational presentation by Andy Christenson on Industrial and Historical Archaeology in Prescott. The photo spread coincides with his walking field trip scheduled fpr April 22. (Details of the field trip are posted here under Yavapai: Field Trip.).

    The basic theme of the exhibit is about what remains in an urban area of previous inhabitants and why archaeologists end up recording 20th century structures (i.e., the importance of the National Register of Historic Places).

    • 01 May 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 04 May 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Utah Trip


    MAY 1-4, 2017

     Cost is $180.00 per member

    AAS/DFC members only with priority given to DFC members

    Sign up and Questions at


    Day 1 –We are driving to Springdale, Utah and making stops along the way with Wayne:  Pack a lunch and relax at a nice picnic area.


    Day 2 - We are driving to Bryce with Wayne as our guide for a day trip.  Pack a lunch, snacks, water, etc.

    Day 3- We have a day trip through Zion National Park with Wayne.


    Day 4 – We drive back to Flagstaff with stops along the way.


    On this trip, Wayne Ranney is showing us a little different view of Bryce and Zion through the geology of the area.


    This trip is a combination of driving and hiking.  The hiking is mostly on trails but could be off trail as well.  Wayne Ranney likes us to see the area as much as possible.  Members that are going on this trip should be in “hiking shape” for moderate/difficult hiking that is planned.



    Please stay in the Springdale, Utah area as this is our meeting place for day 2, 3, & 4.

    Current Status:  waitlist only! 

    • 10 May 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: May 10th – Doug Gann

    PhD Doug Gann presents Traveling in Time and Space –The Interpretive Potential of Virtual Reality in Archaeology.  While three-dimensional computer graphics are in use illustrating ancient places of the past for nearly 30 years now, a pair of recent technological innovations developed over the past five years are revolutionizing the practice of archaeology and the possible ways archaeologists may share their findings with the general public.  The first innovation is desktop or “soft” photogrammetry enabling archaeologists to create detailed 3D models of landscapes, individual village spaces, and even specific artifacts of the past from linked sets of digital photographs.  The second innovation concerns the development of head-mounted virtual reality displays such as the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive.  When photogrammetric models are explored in 3D virtual reality, a startling sense of physical presence in ancient places results.  Doug Gann’s presentation discusses the history of these technologies and the software Archaeology Southwest is developing to share places of the past in a unique and immediately intuitive way.

    PhD Doug Gann is a preservation archaeologist and visualization specialist at Archaeology Southwest.  Doug Gann earned his PhD at the University of Arizona in Anthropology.  At not-for-profit corporation Archaeology Southwest, he focuses on archaeological research, land conservation, and public education.  As a student, Doug worked for roughly 15 years with the Arizona State Museum’s Homol’ovi Research Program where he assisted in the excavation of several ancient pueblo villages near Winslow Arizona.  These villages are ancestral to the modern day Hopi Peoples.  As a student and throughout his professional career, PhD Gann has blended archaeological research with three-dimensional digital or virtual models to create conjectural reconstructions of how places of the past might have appeared during the time before these ancient towns were left to the care of the ancestors.  Doug is currently working on developing animations and virtual reality models of Tucson through 4000 years of time.  He hopes to start work on a similar animation of the Phoenix region in 2018.

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

    • 01 Jun 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 05 Jun 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Redmond, Oregon

    Rock Art Researchers to Gather in Redmond, OR

    Where: The Lodge at Eagle Crest, Redmond OR

    When: June 1 – 5, 2017

    Who: American Rock Art Research Association

    Registration and conference information:

    Contacts: Conference Coordinator: Monica Wadsworth-Seibel  


    Redmond, OR—The American Rock Art Research Association (ARARA) will convene its 2017 rock art symposium June 1 – 5 at the Eagle Crest Resort, near Redmond, Oregon.  ARARA is America’s preeminent rock art organization, whose members explore the many facets of rock art – the study of prehistoric markings found on stone in natural landscape settings.  The yearly conference attracts scholars from around the country and internationally, who come together to share research, images and ideas about rock art traditions from the Americas and beyond.

    With a rich abundance and diversity of rock art sites nearby, Redmond is the perfect city for hosting this important annual research conference. Presenters will discuss painted pictographs and pecked petroglyphs, many found on public lands, in several identified styles, such as Columbia Plateau, Columbia River Conventionalized, Great Basin, North Oregon Rectilinear and Yakima Polychrome.  The lovely Deschutes River runs right through the conference property.

    The conference is open to all—professional archaeologists, avocationalists, and the interested public alike. Students in particular are welcome!  Student attendees receive free registration, and student presenters receive a stipend to attend.

    For those who register for the conference, ARARA offers two days of guided field trips on (June 2 and 5) to a variety of intriguing area rock art sites. Attendees discover the richness of the local rock art heritage while enjoying the spectacular Oregon countryside.  Presentations on current rock art research form the centerpiece of the meeting (June 3 and 4). Other special cultural activities are planned throughout the conference, including social events and vendor offerings of rock art related merchandise.

    • 23 Jun 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Grand Canyon

    There are two separate days scheduled for this field trip because the museum limits numbers in each group. June 23 is the first day of the trip.

    Details will be announced at the April 20 meeting.

    Currently, there are too many signed up for the Saturday session (June 24) and Warner is asking that eight people move their reservation from Saturday to Friday.

    • 24 Jun 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Grand Canyon

    This is the second day of the field trip. There are two days scheduled because the museum limits numbers of visitors.

    Details for this tour will be announced at the April 20 general meeting.

    Warner is requesting that 8 people who are currently signed up for Saturday, change their reservation to Friday.

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