Arizona Archaeological Society




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

Upcoming events

    • 15 Jan 2017
    • 12 Feb 2017

    The MEMBERS PHOTO GALLERY on the Yavapai Chapter website changes monthly and is currently hosting photographs by Jim Hays of the recently designated National Monument at Bears Ears. His photos will be on view through January 15.

    From January 15 through February 12, the featured photographer will be Charles Stroh who will present photographs and information about the V bar V Ranch site. The presentation will address the gnomons that are at the basis for Todd Bostwick, Paul Lindberg, and Ken Zoll's assertion that this site is a solar calendar.

    February 12 through March 12 is TBA.

    • 19 Jan 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Smoki Museum Pueblo

    First Meeting of the General Membership for 2017. YCAAS members are invited to join together at 4:30 at Prescott Brewing Company to share a meal before the start of the general meeting at 6:30. Our speaker for the January meeting is Rich Lange whose topic will be "Echoes in the Canyons:Cliff Dwellings of the Sierra Ancha in Central Arizona."  Guests are welcome to attend the general meetings in the Pueblo of the Smoki Museum in Prescott. There is a brief business meeting and the speaker usually gets started around 7:00 and speaks for an hour or so with time after the talk for questions.

    • 20 Jan 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 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)


    Tammy Teegardin - Instructor

    FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017

    9:30AM TO AROUND 12:30PM

    Cost: is $15.00 per member.  This class is open to AAS/DFC members with priority given to DFC members.  Class size limitation is 12 preregistered members.  Contact Mary Kearney: to register.  There is no registration on the day of the class.


    Which foods would you choose to put in your medicine bag?

    The desert is a place of vegetation and abundant flowers throughout the year.  In this workshop, we are learning how the Native Americans knew that the different flowering colors flagged the emergence of new "products" for their "medicine chests."


    You are learning what plants to use and how to use them correctly.


    ·   Plant identification techniques

    ·   Ethical harvesting and safety considerations

    ·   Creating tinctures, salves, infusions, decoctions, etc.


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

    Every Saturday 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:

    • 23 Jan 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Sedona, General Area


    MONDAY JANUARY 23, 2017



    9:30am to around 2:00pm or so...


    Sign up only at

    We are meeting in the Oak Creek Village/Sedona area at 8:45am.  There is plenty of parking at the meeting location and are carpooling from there.  WE ARE LIMITED TO 14 MEMBERS AND MUST CARPOOL WITH A LIMIT OF 4-5 VECHILES.  NOTE: LIMITED PARKING AT SITES, SO THIS IS A MUST REQUIREMENT.  THIS IS AN ALL DAY EVENT SO BRING WATER/SNACKS/LUNCH.

    You will need a red rock pass (available on-line or at the site $5.00).  I believe your senior National Park Pass is good at the sites.

    The roads to the sites are bumpy/dirt/gravel so a little bit of clearance is desirable but it does not have to be a high-clearance vehicle (if your car is new or the love of your life - ride share). We will have time for a picnic lunch at Palatki and then move on to Honanki.

    About Palatki and Honanki sites:  As a World Heritage sites, the ruins are a tangible symbol of the past, the ruins mark an unmistakable native presence in Arizona which continues to the present day.

    The sites are easy walking but are not handicap accessible! 

    You must be signed up at prior to the event.  This is the “only” place to register and get information!  There is “no” registration on the day of the event and no pre-reservations prior to formal announcement.  Thank you...

    • 28 Jan 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Pueblo Pato

    Hike to Pueblo Pato on Perry Mesa in the Agua Fria National Monument starting at A.F.N.M. kiosk located on the east side of the Bloody Basin Road exit from I-17. Meeting time for car pooling is 8:00 am in the parking lot of Sam's Club on Hwy 69 in Prescott Valley. High clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles will be needed to transport members from the Bloody Basin kiosk to the parking lot at Pueblo Pato. If you go directly to Bloody Basin rather than meeting at Sam's Club, your starting time is 8:30. Bring sun protection, lunch, water, and hiking gear. It is a walk of about 1.5 mi round trip. Our host and guide is Pete Reilly.

    • 06 Feb 2017
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Smoki Museum Pueblo

    February Board Meeting .....

    NOTE: New Meeting Time

    • 08 Feb 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: February 8th – Jesse Ballenger

    Jesse Ballenger, Ph.D., presents Mammoth Hunters, Water Tables, and the Demise of the Murray Springs National Historic Landmark as a Record of Human Colonization, Climate Change, and Extinctions in the American Southwest.  The Murray Springs Clovis site was excavated over multiple seasons in the late 1960s and early 1970s under the direction of Dr. C. Vance Haynes, Jr.  At that time, it was a prime example of mass extinction, the human colonization of North America, and the cyclical nature of wetlands and arroyos in the American Southwest.  Years later and despite its importance as a world-class landmark of human and environmental events, it became the receiving end of groundwater injections intended to protect the San Pedro Rover as a viable stream.  This talk reviews the amazing record of the site as well as the trade-off between water conservation and national heritage.  Murray Springs is located in southeastern Arizona near the San Pedro River and the site is unique for the massive quantity of large megafauna (i.e. mastodons, mammoths, giant sloths, bison, and saber-toothed cats) processing and extensive Clovis tool making.

    Dr. Jesse Ballenger is a native of Oklahoma who serves as a Principal Investigator/Project Manager for EcoPlan Associates, Inc. in Tucson, Arizona.  He earned a B.A., University of Oklahoma 1995 and M.A., University of Oklahoma 1999.  He came to Arizona in 2000 in pursuit of his Ph.D. and received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona.  His dissertation was on the topic of mammoth hunters in the San Pedro River Basin in Cochise County, Arizona and he was a recipient of the Emil Haury Dissertation Fellowship.  Jesse Ballenger's primary interests include the study of late Ice Age and early Holocene hunter-gatherers, their archaeological remains, and paleoenvironmental reconstructions.  Since 2004, his research at the Murray Springs site has focused on its remarkable archaeological and paleonotological record, and its continued preservation.  He subsequently conducted an archaeological and paleoenvironmental damage assessment of the Murray Springs National Historic Landmark directly related to a reclaimed water recharge operation upstream from the site.

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

    • 14 Feb 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 15 Feb 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Tucson, General Area



    Dates:  February 14-15, 2017

    Day One is a behind the scenes tour of Arizona State Museum and the Banister Tree Ring Research Center on the U of A campus.  Day Two is a tour with Archaeologist Allen Dart to Los Morteros Village and Picture Rocks Petroglyphs in the AM and a lecture by Allen Dart in the afternoon on Archaeological Investigations in Marana Crossroads at Silverbell District Park.  Both events are located in the Marana area north of Tucson.

    AAS/DFC members only with “priority” given to Desert Foothills Chapter members.  There is a limit of 10 slots on this adventure.

    Cost: $80.00 per member

    Trip General Description:


    This trip has a very limited head count with only 10 slots available.  Details, schedules, and other nuances are through Mary Kearney only at  There is a minimum one night stay in the Tucson area.  Participants are responsible for their own hotel/food/transportation/etc.


    You must be signed up at prior to the event and pay in advance because of limited slot availability.  This is the “only” place to register and get information!  There is “no” registration on the day of the event and no pre-reservations prior to formal announcement.

    • 16 Feb 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Smoki Museum Pueblo

    Guest speaker is Aaron Wright whose topic will be "Archaeology and History of the Painted Rock Petroglyphs along the Lower Gila River."

    Aaron is a Preservation Archaeologist at Archaeology Southwest in Tucson, where he is the research lead on a collaborative initiative to establish a new Great Bend of the Gila National Monument. He is the author of Religion on the Rocks: Hohokam Rock Art, Ritual, Practice, and Social Transformation. He is co-editor of Leaving Mesa Verde: Peril and Change in the Thirteenth Century Southwest. His current research is on Hohokam and Patavan cultural interactions and the Painted Rocks Petroglyph Site is part of that research.

    • 05 Mar 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, Cave Creek

    Spur Cross Archaeology Fair

    The Spur Cross Archaeology Fair Sunday, March 5, 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. 

    Confirmed participants so far are Cave Creek Museum, Desert Foothills Chapter of Arizona Archaeological Society, Desert Awareness Committee, Desert Foothills Land Trust, Glen Dotson pottery, geology, Gold Stamp Mill Team from Cave Creek Museum, and Verde Valley Archaeology Center.

    The various activities available are hikes, pottery and gold panning demonstrations, children's arts and crafts, and geology booth. There is a special talk from Scott Wood, Retired Tonto National Forest Archaeologist at 1:00pm.

    Although the fair is free, there is a $3/adult park entrance fee. Children under 16 and those with Maricopa County Park passes are free.  Please check the Arizona Archaeological Society (AAS) website under "Events” for the finalized schedule of activities and complete listing of activities and participants once confirmations are received or under events heading.

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

    • 08 Mar 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: March 8th – Deborah Slaney

    Deborah Slaney presents The World of Leekya.  Zuni carver Leekya Deyuse (known to as Leekya) emerged in the early 1900s as the preeminent maker of stone figural sculptures, fetishes, mosaic work, and figural jewelry in the 20th century.  A laborer on Frederick Hodge’s excavation of Hawikku Pueblo, Leekya’s excellence in carving reached its pinnacle by the 1930s-1950s.  This talk celebrates his legacy and those of his fellow carvers and descendants.  The presentation is also the basis for the very first comprehensive exhibit on Leekya and his family to be held at the Albuquerque Museum in June 2017, demonstrating how his descendants have adopted innovative and independent marketing strategies in the 21st century.

    Deborah C. Slaney is curator of history for The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History and Casa San Ysidro in Corrales, New Mexico.  Ms. Slaney holds a Master of Liberal Arts with Museum Emphasis from the University of Oklahoma and a B.A. in Anthropology/Southwestern Archaeology from the University of Arizona.  Deb’s research interests include Pueblo and Spanish Colonial archaeology, Hispano material culture, and Southwestern popular culture.  Her professional publications include Jewel of the Railroad Era: Albuquerque’s Alvarado Hotel; Wonders of the Weavers/Maravillas de los tejedores: 19th Century Río Grande Weavings from the Collection of The Albuquerque Museum; and Blue Gem, White Metal: Carvings and Jewelry from the C.G. Wallace Collection.

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

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