Arizona Archaeological Society

 

 
 

Events

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:  charlesstroh@yahoo.com

    • 10 Sep 2017
    • 15 Oct 2017
    • Yavapai Chapter webpage
    September 10 through October 15, the PHOTO GALLERY will feature photographs by Eileen Chalfoun from Magna Graecia. The images will focus of five sites, Paestum, Reggia di Calabria, Ortigia, Agrigento, and Segesta.



    • 02 Oct 2017
    • 06 Oct 2017

    We have another wonderful trip scheduled for the first week in October to Blanding, Utah where will meet our guide Dave Dove. He will take us to Montezuma Canyon, North Mule Canyon, Butler Wash, and Edge of the Cedars. The trip is fully booked with no vacancies and it promises to be yet another fun fall outing.

    • 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.


    • 14 Oct 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 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 ANCIENT (PREHISTORIC) CULTURES USED FIBER AND MADE CORDAGE

    JOIN INSTRUCTOR ZACK CURCIJA, MA FOR A WORKSHOP ON THIS TOPIC

    Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:00AM to 1:00PM

    Cost: is $35.00 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:  by October 1, 2017 at  maryk92@aol.com

    No refunds after this date.

    Join experimental archaeologist Zack Curcija to transform a Yucca leaf into cordage. In this workshop, you learn how to process a whole Yucca leaf (Yucca bacata) to extract the fibers and spin 2-ply cordage using the "hand and thigh" spinning techniques. Yucca fiber cordage provided the foundation for many Sinagua sandal and textile forms in addition to being used for ropes, nets, snares, looped and twined bags, bowstrings, jewelry suspension cords, sewing thread, and anything else that required a durable cord.


    • 15 Oct 2017
    • 12 Nov 2017

    The Yavapai PHOTO GALLERY, from October 15 through November 12, will be the site of photographs from Debra Comeau. She has assembled a collection of pictographs and petroglyphs from Utah that are quite stunning, Fremont and Barrier Canyon.

    • 19 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 20 Oct 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Winslow - Petrified Forest National Park, AZ

    PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK TRIP

    October 19-20, 2017

    Cost is $60.00 per member

    Money due by October 1, 2017

    No refunds after that date

    This trip is limited to 10 members.  It is open to AAS/DFC members with priority given to DFC members.

    Sign up at  maryk92@aol.com

    Day 1 and 2 - 9:00AM, Meet both days at Petrified Forest National Park Visitor Center.  We are carpooling which is a must for this park.

    We are touring the park with Archaeologist Dr. Aaron Wright.  There are many trails/sites and petroglyphs to see within the park.  This trip is a hiking/walking tour outside, please be in good hiking condition and be prepared for the outdoor conditions (could be hot/cold/rain/??).  Pack a lunch, snacks, water, etc. for both days.

    REMEMBER YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING YOUR OWN HOTEL/CAMPING RESERVATIONS WHICH SHOULD BE MADE FOR WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18TH WITH CHECK OUT FRIDAY OCTOBER 20TH.  WINSLOW OR THE PETRIFIED FOREST PARK ARE SUFFICIENT DISTANCE FROM THE GENERAL PHOENIX AREA TO MAKE COMMUTING ON THURSDAY MORNING NOT PRACTICAL.

    PLEASE BRING YOUR "Golden Age National Park Cards."

    More details/itinerary available after signup.


    • 25 Oct 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cave Creek Museum

    BEGINNING BASKET MAKING CLASS

     JOIN INSTRUCTOR ALBERT ABRIL

       Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, 6:00PM to 9:00PM

    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:  Cave Creek Museum, 6140 E Skyline Drive, Cave Creek AZ 85327

    SIGN UP:  by October 1, 2017 at  maryk92@aol.com

    No refunds after this date.

    Join Albert Abril for a beginning basket making class (this is a BEGINNING CLASS).  Albert will be using a twining method with rattan reed.  It is more of a pioneer type basket to begin with. We hope to have more advance classes in the future.

    Baskets, though often used for decoration today, have for thousands of years served as useful containers, custom-made for the task at hand. 


    • 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.


    • 17 Nov 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Cave Creek Museum

    WANT TO LEARN ABOUT THE WALLACE CERAMIC METHOD?

    Join Archaeologist David Bustoz

    For a Talk ON this topic

    Friday November 17, 2017, 5:30PM to 7:00PM

    This is a no cost event but must be preregistered at maryk92@aol.com

    This class is open to AAS/DFC members with priority given to DFC members.  Event limitation is 15 preregistered members.  

    SIGN UP:  prior to the class (by November 10, 2017) with maryk92@aol.com

    LOCATION:  Cave Creek Museum, Cave Creek, AZ 85331.

    The Wallace Ceramic Method was pioneered by Henry Wallace to temporally characterize Rincon Red-on-Brown, which is a Sacaton Phase Tucson brownware.  Since then, the method has been revamped to apply to Middle Gila Buffware. The method is a systematic way of assigning temporal affiliation to Middle Gila Red-on-buff ceramics by using presence/absence of particular time sensitive motifs. This method is a living system where refinements have been made to the system by various researchers, including Wallace himself, as well as Dr. Dave Abbott, and Dr. Andrew Lack.

    In some instances, when applied correctly to potsherds with multiple motifs, the temporal range for the vessel can be narrowed down to a 50 year time period!


    • 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?

     JOIN INSTRUCTOR ZACK CURCIJA, MA

     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.


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