Arizona Archaeological Society

 

 
 

Events

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:  charlesstroh@yahoo.com or go the webpage for the Yavapai Chapter on this website.

    • 25 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Community Building (Maitland Hall) at The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331


    WANT TO LEARN HOW TO MAKE A SHELL PENDANT?

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     FOR A WORKSHOP ON THIS TOPIC

    Saturday November 25th, 2017, 10:00AM to 2:00PM

    Cost:  is $40.00 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:  prior to the class (by November 1, 2017) with maryk92@aol.com  

    In this shell pendant workshop the participants would shape and perforate pendants made from Laevicardium shell to make Hohokam-inspired pendants using the same tools and manufacturing processes available to Hohokam artists.


    • 13 Dec 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Community Room (Maitland Hall) at The Good Shepard of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (near the Dairy Queen).

    DFC Holiday Event Info

    Joan Young and her “deer team” are hard at work to make this year’s event as successful as always on Wednesday, December 13th at 6:00 P.M. with the dinner beginning at 7:00 P.M.  The Holiday Party is being catered by the Buffalo Chip Restaurant with a BBQ buffet selection as well as Vegetarian meal availability at a cost of $25 per person for DFC members and not open to the general public or other chapters.  “Please note,” the Vegetarian meal selection must be made in advance (garden salad, veggie burger, or fish type i.e. fried catfish, perch, cod, or walleye).  Formal invitations were available with full details at the October general meeting, look for details at November meeting.  There is a strict limit of 70 available seats, so do not delay the invitations disappeared rapidly.  The cutoff date for Holiday Party reservations and check submission is Monday, December 4th.  Reservations and checks are mailed to: Kathy Queen, 5311 E. Evans Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85254.  Checks are payable to: Desert Foothills Chapter – A.A.S. and are not refundable.  For questions contact Joan Young at joanpyoung@msn.com, 623.551.1085 home, 480.540.0769 cell.  

    There is a silent auction scheduled at this event, also!  Donations are appreciated and donation contacts are Liz Wescott, 480.200.7967, elizabethjulia@gmail.com <or> Tammy Teegardin, 602.999.9153, teegardins@msn.com.  Walk-ins are not accepted due to limited space with the necessary room configuration setup and prior preparation food planning.

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    • 21 Dec 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Pueblo Smoki Museum

    In place of a December membership meeting, we have an annual potluck holiday celebration. This year, it takes place on December 21 at 6:00 in the Pueblo of the Smoki Museum. Bring a dish of your choosing and whatever extra-curricular beverages you may prefer.

    • 10 Jan 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: January 10– Allen Dart

    Allen Dart, an Arizona Humanities speaker, presents Ancient Southwestern Native American Pottery.  In this presentation, Mr. Dart shows and discusses Native American ceramic styles that characterized specific peoples and eras in the U.S. Southwest prior to about 1450, and talks about how archaeologists use pottery for dating archaeological sites and interpreting ancient lifeways.  He discusses the importance of context in archaeology, how the things people make change in style over time, and how different styles are useful for identifying various cultures and dating archaeological sites.  His many illustrations include examples of ancient pottery types made throughout the American Southwest from about 2000 to 500 years ago.  This program is made possible by Arizona Humanities.

    Mr. Dart – who encourages us to call him “Al” – is a Registered Professional Archaeologist who has worked professionally and volunteered in Arizona and New Mexico archaeology since 1975. He is the state cultural resources specialist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Arizona.  Additionally, he volunteers his time as executive director of Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, a Tucson nonprofit organization that he founded in 1993 to provide educational and scientific programs in Southwestern archaeology, history, and cultures.  Al received the Arizona Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission Award in Public Archaeology, the Arizona Archaeological Society’s Professional Archaeologist of the Year Award, the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society’s Victor R. Stoner Award, and other honors for his efforts to bring archaeology and history to the public. 

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


    • 14 Feb 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: 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.



    • 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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