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:

    • 12 Feb 2017
    • 12 Mar 2017

    February 12 to March 12, the PHOTO GALLERY will present photographs by Linda Young and Neil Schortinghuis from a recent trip to Mexico. Their photos will include Cholula, Tenochtitlan, Mitla, and Monte Alban.

    • 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, Friends of Tonto National Forest, 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.  Hikes include First Mesa and Jewel of the Creek at this time. Hikers should be prepared for desert walking with appropriate footwear, hats, snacks, and an adequate supply of bottled water!

    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.  From Cave Creek Road, turn North on to Spur Cross Road and Spur Cross Conservation Area is 4.5 miles north. 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...


    At 9:00 am join us for a hike to First Mesa along with archaeologist Mark Hackbarth to prehistoric Hohokam dwellings.  This is a moderate 2.5 mile hike with some uphill walking on gravel/rocks.  Allow a minimum of two hours.

    At 10:30 am join the Desert Foothills Land Trust staff and docents as we tour the Jewel of the Creek Preserve, once known as the mining town of Liscum. We will hike through the beautiful riparian habitat that surrounds Cave Creek, and will visit remnants of the past at the Maricopa Mine. This is an easy 1 ½ mile hike but requires a down/up a gravel path and crossing the stream.



    At 1:00pm join Scott Wood, retired Forest Archaeologist /Heritage Program Manager Tonto National Forest, for his talk on the Prehistory of the foothills areas and how it all relates to both the Salt River Valley and Perry Mesa.

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

    Meeting of the Yavapai Chapter Board at 12:30.

    • 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.  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.

    • 10 Mar 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Cave Creek Area
    Join Geologist Ron Kern for a Basic Geology Training Class & Hike 
    Friday, March 10, 2017 from 8:30am to 10:00am (discussion) with hike afterward
    This is a "no charge event"
      Location TBA 
    Ron is going over basic geology in relationship to the local area.  After Ron's presentation, we are going to a location nearby for a hike.   Ron is joining us to describe and explain some of the geology in the hike area (directions for hike given during class).  Larry Morehouse is our hike leader during the field portion of this activity. 
    Bring water/snacks/sunscreen/hat/hiking boots and hiking stick as individually needed, you all know the drill for a safe experience.  Also, be on time for the talk and especially the hike as it is starting to get warm and we want to enjoy the hike with comfortable temperatures.
    The talk and hike is limited to AAS/DFC members with priority given to DFC members.  This experience is limited to 20 members 

    Please sign up at only!  

    Note:  This is one continuous event - not two.  The talk and hike are combined into a single geological workshop experience.

    Current Status:  waitlist only...

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

    Our speaker for the March meeting is Jerry Ehrhardt. The title of his talk is “1864 Expedition to the Verde Valley, a search to find gold and a Capitol for the new Arizona Territory.”   We have a short business meeting from 6:30 to around 7:00 and our speaker usually talks for 45 minutes or so. Chapter members are invited to get together at 4:30 at Prescott Brewing Company and share a meal with our guest speaker. 

    • 21 Mar 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Peaks Alpine Room 3150 N Winding Brook Rd, Flagstaff

    The End of Teotihuacan: Perspectives on Collapse and Regeneration from beyond the Ancient Metropolis

    Sarah C. Clayton, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    The first millennium CE witnessed the growth and decline of Teotihuacan, one of North America’s earliest major cities and the capital of an unprecedentedly powerful state with far-reaching political influence. Teotihuacan flourished for several centuries before collapsing, by the 600s CE, for reasons that remain enigmatic. Although its monumental center has benefited from more than a century of archaeological research, investigations of daily life and politics in surrounding communities across the Basin of Mexico are rare. In this talk I discuss the archaeological reconstruction of the impact of Teotihuacan’s dissolution on a community located beyond the margins of the capital city. Perhaps surprisingly, new evidence from the site of Chicoloapan, 40km south of Teotihuacan, suggests that this settlement prospered in the generations following the breakdown of the state. Its population was augmented by the arrival of immigrants from other areas, perhaps including refugees from the capital. Current research at Chicoloapan is significantly advancing our understanding of both the timing and nature of Teotihuacan’s decline and the impact of these changes on members of its regional population

    • 03 Apr 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Verde Valley Archaeology Center, Camp Verde

    Join us for “Pottery Analysis of the Verde

    Valley” Advanced class

    Monday April 3, 2017, 9:00AM to 2:00PM

    Cost:  is $35.00 per member.

    Location:  Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde

    This class is open to AAS/DFC members with priority given to DFC members.  Class size limitation is 14 preregistered members.

    SIGN UP:  prior to the class with 

    Join Dr. Jim Graceffa and staff as they take you through The Advanced Class touching on the important aspects of prehistoric pottery manufacture and decorating.  This class includes design motif and layouts, pottery shapes and nomenclature.  We are also covering other types of pottery found in the Verde Valley not covered in the Beginning Class.  There is more time for hands on identification of local pottery.

    • 12 Apr 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: April 12 – Matt Peeples

    Matt Peeples presents Archaeological Fakes and Frauds in Arizona and Beyond.  Depictions of archaeology in popular culture are full of dubious tales of ancient extraterrestrials, lost civilizations, giants, and widespread scientific conspiracy.  In this talk, PhD. Matthew Peeples explores such fantastic claims focusing in particular on a few popular claims here in our own Arizona backyard.  Matt Peeples’ presentation goal is not to simply “debunk” these claims (though this is accomplished too) but to further explore how and why pseudoscientific claims take hold in the popular imagination and what we can do about it.  Are such claims just silly fun or do they do have the potential to do real damage to archaeological resources and the scientific process?

    PhD. Matthew Peeples is an assistant professor and archaeologist in the School of Human Evolution & Social Change at Arizona State University, research director for the ASU Center for Archaeology and Society, and a research associate and frequent collaborator with the non-profit preservation organization Archaeology Southwest in Tucson, Arizona.  Matt Peeples received his B.A. in Anthropology from University of Texas at Austin and his graduate M.A. and PhD. studies in Anthropology from Arizona State University.  He conducts field and lab research focused on the greater Cibola region in New Mexico and Arizona and also collaborates on several large projects focused on synthesizing settlement data from across the United States Southwest and Mexican Northwest.  One of his major collaborative projects involves the use of social network analysis to explore how pre-Hispanic indigenous farmers survived and thrived in this unpredictable arid environment and what lessons their successes and failures can offer those of us living here today.

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

    • 18 Apr 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Peaks Alpine Room 3150 N Winding Brook Rd, Flagstaff

    Murals in the Monument: Ancestral Pueblo Archaeology and

    Tree-Ring Dating in the Southern Bears Ears

    By Ben Bellorado

                      Numerous Ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings dot the canyons of the new Bears Ears National Monument in Southeast Utah where arid conditions have fostered the preservation of masonry architecture, wooden roofs, and plaster building murals at many sites. Few archaeologists have studied these sites to date even though recent looting and increased visitation have impacted many of these resources. Working with the BLM, volunteer crews and I documented over 100 examples of building decorations at cliff dwellings in the area, and mapped and tree-ring dated over a dozen sites with the most well preserved examples of intact murals in the region. Analyses of this large sample of mural imagery and the contexts they decorate are helping archaeologists understand many aspects of Ancestral Pueblo community dynamics and social movements just prior to the depopulation of the region. The results of this research are helping federal and native land managers develop management and preservation strategies for the new monument, while also shedding light on importance of this area in the social histories of descendant communities throughout the region.  

    • 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.

    • 24 Jun 2017
    • South Rim Grand Canyon

    Warner Wise announced at the February 16 general meeting, that he has scheduled a one-day trip to the Grand Canyon Museum Collection for June 24, 2017. A sign-up sheet was circulated at the meeting and Warner expects to limit the trip to 20 people. Details are forthcoming.

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