2015 Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Month

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Are you ready for the 2015 Arizona Archaeology Expo? Didn't get to go last year? Watch highlights from the 2014 event and make your plans to attend now.

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Do you want to be part of this exciting annual event?

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Fill out the form and return to the SHPO office if you would like to participate in the 2015 Archaeology Expo at Quartermaster Depot SHP on March 7, 2015. (Registration due by Friday, February 6)

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March 2015 Event Calendar

Archaeology events all month long, all throughout Arizona! To learn more, read our External Link Disclaimer. This Listing of Events is sponsored by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Arizona State Parks, and the Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission. Diligent efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of all information on this calendar; however, there is always the possibility of errors or important changes.

It is advisable to verify event details directly with the venue prior to the event. For more detailed information, call Kris Dobschuetz, Archaeological Compliance Specialist, SHPO, (602) 542-7141 or email kdobschuetz(at)azstateparks.gov.

2015 Archaeology Expo

The Expo provides a special opportunity for visitors to learn more about why it is important to preserve archaeological sites and historic places; what archaeologists, historians, and tribal members do in their jobs; and the prehistory and history of Arizona. Archaeology- and/or history-related, hands-on activities, craft demonstrations, and other fun and educational events will be featured. In addition, Boy Scout and Girl Scout merit badge requirements can be fulfilled at the Expo. Special displays and booths by archaeological and historical organizations, museums, Native American tribes, state and federal agencies, and others will allow you to participate as an archaeologist might in their research today, or make crafts and tools that teach how prehistoric Native Americans and other early inhabitants survived in the Southwest. Demonstrations and interactive activities will help make the past come alive! In addition, information on archaeological sites, museums, and historical period parks in and around the local area will be highlighted.

The Expo will give visitors new insights into Arizona’s many prehistoric, historic, and contemporary cultures, and will help instill a sense of stewardship for our state’s fragile and nonrenewable heritage resources.
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Visiting an Archaeological Site?

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Do you want to be more involved with Arizona Archaeology?

Site StewardsThe Arizona Site Steward Program is sponsored by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and is an organization of volunteers that aid the public land managers of Arizona by visiting prehistoric and historic archaeological and paleontological sites on public land and reporting any destruction or vandalism that they note. In addition to this site monitoring, Site Stewards are also active in public education through outreach activities. Site Stewards are selected, trained, and certified by the SHPO and the Archaeology Advisory Commission. Learn More.

Site StewardsThe Southwest Archaeology Team, Inc. External Link (SWAT) is affiliated with the Arizona Museum of Natural History and is a group of volunteers who have the following goals: to promote stewardship and conservation of our archaeological heritage; to promote the stabilization and preservations of historic and prehistoric sites; to have an emergency archaeological crew to survey or excavate sites that might be lost if volunteers do not assist with the project; to maintain a membership of archaeologists to supervise the documentation and analysis of the archaeological discoveries; and to involve the public and provide educational opportunities for adults and children. Learn more External Link.

Site StewardsThe Arizona Archaeological Society External Link (AAS) was founded in 1964 to promote and increase public awareness regarding our national archaeological and cultural resources. The goal of the AAS is to protect these antiquities by discouraging exploitation of archaeological resources. AAS has a nationally known training program to train and certify avocational archaeologists who can then work with professional archaeologists. AAS also conducts summer field schools with professionals using research, excavations, and rock art recording techniques. Learn more External Link.


Key to abbreviations:

AAS: Arizona Archaeological Society
AzMNH: Arizona Museum of Natural History
ASP: Arizona State Parks
BLM: Bureau of Land Management
CNF: Coconino National Forest
DCWM: Desert Caballeros Western Museum
KNF: Kaibab National Forest
NPS: National Park Service
OPAC: Old Pueblo Archaeology Center
PGM: Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park
SHPO: Arizona State Historic Preservation Office
VVAC: Verde Valley Archaeology Center

^^ Wheelchair accessible
*   Suitable for children


Central Arizona

Cave Creek

MARCH 7:  (9 am – 3 pm)
*6th Annual Spur Cross Archaeology Fair.  Sponsored by Desert Foothills Chapter/AAS, Cave Creek Museum, and the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. Guided hikes to the sites of First Mesa, Jewel of the Creek, and the Metate Trail are scheduled throughout the day. All hikers should know their limits and be prepared for desert walking in appropriate footwear, hats, sunscreen, snacks, and an adequate supply of water.  Booths, guest speaker, live demonstrations, children’s crafts, and other hands-on activities will also be featured.  From Cave Creek Rd., turn north on Spur Cross Rd. to the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, north 4-1/2 miles.  Regular park fees apply ($3).  Please check the AAS website at www.azarchsoc.org under “events” for the finalized schedule of speakers and hikes. CONTACT: MARY KEARNEY, (623) 687-0721 or maryk92@aol.com.

MARCH 21: (1:30 – 2:30 pm)
*Scavenger Hunt: Discover the Hidden Treasures of the Cave Creek Museum.  Sponsored by the Cave Creek Museum. Search the dark corners and bright hallways in a challenging scavenger hunt. Follow the prehistoric and historic clues and unravel the mysteries of several artifacts on exhibit at the Cave Creek Museum. Appropriate for ages 6 to 11. Limited to 30 children.  Adults must accompany the participant. Cave Creek Museum, 6140 E. Skyline Dr.  Free.  CONTACT: EVELYN JOHNSON, (480) 488-2764 or www.cavecreekmuseum.org.


Coolidge

MARCH 14: (10 am – 4 pm)
^^*Cultural Demonstrations: Ancestral Indian Life Skills Day.  Sponsored by OPAC and the NPS, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. Try your hand at throwing a spear using an atlatl, making and decorating pottery, grinding corn using a metate and mano, and using a pump drill to create stone jewelry. There will also be demonstrations of traditional Native American crafts such as making pottery and stone arrowheads. No reservations required. The program will be held in the Park picnic area. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W. Ruins Dr.  Free.  Regular Park entrance fees apply if you want to tour the ruins ($5 per adult [ages 16+]; under 15 free with an adult.) CONTACT: DIANE GARCIA, (520) 723-3172 ext. 112.


Cordes Junction

MARCH 7:  (TBD)
Hike: Badger Springs Ruin and Nearby Petroglyph Sites.  Sponsored by BLM and Friends of the Agua Fria National Monument.  Meet at parking clearing located off Badger Springs Exit off of I-17 on the Agua Fria National Monument. Hike is strenuous through loose, rocky soil in high desert brush.  Reservations are required, as the tour size is limited.  Bring water, lunch, hiking shoes, and sunscreen – weather-permitting.  High clearance vehicle recommended.  Free.  CONTACT: JJ GOLIO, jjgolio@aol.com


Mesa

AzMNH
WEDNESDAYS THROUGH FRIDAYS (10 am – 2 pm)
SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS (10 am – 4 pm):
*Tours: Mesa Grande Cultural Park. Sponsored by the AzMNH. Self-guided tour of Mesa Grande Archaeological Park. Mesa Grande, 10th & Date St., a block west of Country Club Dr. on Brown Rd. (turns into Date St.).  Admissions are $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 3-12.  Groups of 10 or more who would like a guided tour with an archaeologist may call 480-644-3553 to book, or visit mesagranndeculturalparks.org for more information.

MARCH 8: (2 – 3 pm)
^^Lecture Series: “Busting Myths — Raiders, Rogues and Ross: Fantasies and Facts About Archaeology and Paleontology.”  Sponsored by the AzMNH.  Speaker: Dr. Emily Early.  Discover the difference between what archaeologists and paleontologists study. AzMNH, 3 N. Macdonald St.  Regular entrance fees apply.  CONTACT: EMILY EARLY, (480) 644-5907 or emily.early@mesaaz.gov.

MARCH 28: (2 – 3 pm)

^^Lecture Series: “Busting Myths — Archaeology, Pseudoscience and the Media.” Sponsored by the AzMNH.  Dr. Jerry Howard, Curator of Anthropology, will speak about archaeology, pseudoscience and the media.  Archaeology is a favorite topic in the media today, but how much of what you see is accurate?  Come learn how to evaluate claims made in the popular media -- where does the truth lie?  AzMNH, 3 N. Macdonald St.  Regular entrance fees apply.  CONTACT: EMILY EARLY, (480) 644-5907 or emily.early@mesaaz.gov.


Phoenix

MARCH 17: (6 pm)
^^Archaeology Café: Back and Forth.  Sponsored by Archaeology Southwest. Speaker Will Russell will discuss ritual racing and the prehistoric Perry Mesa Tradition. The presentation begins at 6 pm but for those who might want to order off the menu, be there by 5:30 pm.  Reservations are not required, but space is limited.  Share tables and make new friends. Aztec Room of Macayo’s, 4001 N. Central Ave.  Free.  CONTACT: KATHLEEN BADER, (520) 882-6946 ext. 26 or kbader@archaeologysouthwest.org.

MARCH 21:  (10 am – 4 pm)
^^*Program: Archaeology Festival.  Sponsored by the Arizona State University, Center for Archaeology and Society, Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve.  Participate in interactive stations on archaeology and desert ecology, hands-on crafts for kids, ancient spear throwing demonstrations, a mock archaeology dig, and roasted agave tasting.  Special guided tours of the petroglyph trail and musical performances will also be featured. Wear hiking shoes and hats.  Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, 3711 W. Deer Valley Rd.  Free.  CONTACT: ELIZABETH JEROLD, (623) 582-8007 or dvractours@gmail.com.

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park (PGM)
MARCH 4: (7:30 – 9 pm)
^^Lecture: “Arizona Civilian Conservation Corps & Our National Parks and Forests.”
Sponsored by the PGM Auxiliary. This presentation by author, Robin Pinto, provides a brief history of the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps and its tremendous impact on our National Park and Forest Development. The lecture will include information on Relief Archaeology performed during this time. PGM, 4617 E. Washington St.  Free. CONTACT: LAURA ANDREW, (602) 495-0901 or laura.andrew@phoenix.gov.

MARCH 6: (Noon – 1pm)
^^Lecture Series: The Science of Pottery – Archaeological Research and Modern Examples: “Tucson Basin Hohokam Ceramics.”  Sponsored by the PGM Auxiliary.  Speaker William L. Deaver’s photographic review of the Tucson Basin Hohokam pottery tradition reveals the strong influences of the middle Gila River potters and the characteristics that projected a unique identity.  PGM, 4617 E. Washington St.  Free. CONTACT: LAURA ANDREW, (602) 495-0901 or laura.andrew@phoenix.gov.

MARCH 7:  (9:30 am – 12:30 pm)
*Program: Archaeology for Kids.  Sponsored by PGM.  Discover the science of archaeology by doing a simulated excavation of a Hohokam pit house.  Learn about mapping, recording, and other archaeological methods and concepts.  Appropriate for ages 7-12. Bring comfortable shoes, hat, and sunscreen.  PGM, 4619 E. Washington St.  Pre-registration of $15 per child is required.  CONTACT: LAURA ANDREW, (602) 495-0901 or laura.andrew@phoenix.gov.

MARCH 11:  (2 – 2:30 pm)
 ^^*Tour: Behind the Scenes Tour.  Sponsored by PGM. Join Holly Young, Curator of Collections, for a “behind the scenes” tour of the Museum.  This is an opportunity to learn about the artifacts that are not on display and what steps are taken to care for them.  This is a first-come, first-serve tour.  Space is limited.  When you arrive, please sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot. Appropriate for older children.  PGM, 4619 East Washington St.  This tour is free with paid admission.  CONTACT: LAURA ANDREW, (602) 495-0901 or laura.andrew@phoenix.gov.

MARCH 12: (7 ­– 9 pm)
^^Lecture: Middle and Late Archaic Period Archaeology at Luke Air Force Base.  Sponsored by the AAS, Phoenix Chapter. Archaeological investigations during a recent solar construction project shed new light on the Middle and Late Archaic periods in the Phoenix Basin.  PGM, 4619 E. Washington St.  Free.  CONTACT: ELLIE LARGE, (480) 461-0563 or elarge@cox.net.  

MARCH 12: (10 am – 3 pm)
^^*Tour: Plant Tour of Pueblo Grande.  Sponsored by the PGM.  Discover some of the edible and medicinal plants of the Southwest on an abbreviated walk along the trail (wear appropriate walking shoes). Space is limited; please sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot.  PGM, 4619 E. Washington St.  Free with paid admission.  CONTACT: LAURA ANDREW, (602) 495-0901 or laura.andrew@phoenix.gov.

MARCH 13: (Noon – 1 pm)
^^ Lecture Series: The Science of Pottery – Archeological Research and Modern Examples: “The Role of Consumers in the Stylistic Development of Red-on-Buff Pottery.”  Sponsored by the PGM Auxiliary. Speaker Andrew Lack will focus on recent research on the social aspects of stylistic variation in prehistoric Hohokam red-on-buff pottery in the Phoenix Basin between AD 750 and 1300. PGM, 4617 E. Washington St.  Free.  CONTACT: LAURA ANDREW, (602) 495-0901 or laura.andrew@phoenix.gov.

MARCH 14:  (9 am – 3 pm)
^^*Program: Ancient Technology Day.  Sponsored by the PGM.  Join us for a fun day outside! Try your hand at tossing a spear using an atlatl; watch artists as they demonstrate pottery making, basket weaving, rock art, and flint knapping.  Try the fry bread and agave roast, cooked the traditional way. PGM, 4619 East Washington St.  Free.  CONTACT: LAURA ANDREW, (602) 495-0901 or laura.andrew@phoenix.gov.

MARCH 20: (Noon – 1 pm)
^^Lecture Series: The Science of Pottery – Archaeological Research and Modern Examples: “The Development and Evolution of Domestic Pottery in Arizona.” Sponsored by the PGM Auxiliary. Speaker Chris Garraty will discuss the development of ceramic container technology for everyday domestic use in prehistoric southern and central Arizona. PGM, 4617 E. Washington St.  Free.  CONTACT: LAURA ANDREW, (602) 495-0901 or laura.andrew@phoenix.gov.

MARCH 27: (Noon – 1 pm)
^^Lecture Series: The Science of Pottery – Archaeological Research and Modern Examples: “Ceramic Evidence of Prehistoric Long Distance Interactions – Intrusive Ceramics from Pueblo Grande.”  Sponsored by the PGM Auxiliary. Speakers Laurene Montero and Dr. Todd Bostwick will discuss ware distributions of intrusive ceramics identified at PGM during archaeological investigations from the 1930s to the present. PGM, 4617 E. Washington St.  Free.  CONTACT: LAURA ANDREW, (602) 495-0901 or laura.andrew@phoenix.gov.
     
MARCH 27: (10 – 11 am)
Tour: Park of Four Waters.  Sponsored by PGM.  The prehistoric Hohokam were an agricultural society, using irrigation canals to grow corn, beans, squash, and cotton.  The Park of Four Waters tour will take you through undeveloped, natural desert to the ruins of some of these canal systems. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water. Appropriate for ages 13+ years.  This is a first-come, first-serve tour. Space is limited. PGM, 4619 E. Washington St. Regular Park entrance fees apply.  CONTACT: LAURA ANDREW, (602) 495-0901 or laura.andrew@phoenix.gov.


Queen Creek

MARCH 11: (7:30 – 8:30 pm)
^^Lecture: “Archaeology’s Deep Time Perspective on Environment and Social Sustainability.” Sponsored by the AAS, San Tan Chapter and the Arizona Humanities Council. Speaker Allen Dart. San Tan Historical Society Museum, 20435 S. Old Ellsworth Rd.  Free.  CONTACT: MARIE BRITTON, (480) 390-3491 or mbrit@cox.net.


Wickenburg

Desert Caballeros Western Museum (DCWM)
MARCH 1 – 31: (Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm & Sunday, Noon – 4pm)
^^Exhibit: Wickenburg’s West: Adaptation/Reinvention/Transformation.  Sponsored by the DCWM. Ongoing in the Quayle Family Gallery at DCWM, 21 N. Frontier St. Regular admission fees apply. CONTACT: DENISE MAGGS, (928) 684-2272, ext. 100 or www.westernmuseum.org.  

MARCH 2:  (8:45 am)
Tour: Desert Adventure Tour to Peeples and Skull Valleys.  Sponsored by DCWM.  Enjoy a journey to remember with enough history of central Arizona to keep you wanting to learn more. Self-drive or carpool; lunch on your own at the Skull Valley Cafe. Registration required.  Spaces limited.  DCWM, 21 N. Frontier St. Fee $35 for DCWM members/$55 non-members.  CONTACT: DENISE MAGGS, (928) 684-2272 or www.westernmuseum.org.

MARCH 17:  (9 am – 3 pm)
Tour: Desert Adventure Tour to Constellation Road.  Sponsored by DCWM.  Lunch and transportation provided. Enjoy a day of sharing the numerous stories and rich history of the Wickenburg area.  Registration required.  DCWM, 21 N. Frontier St.  Cost: $75 for DCWM members; $100 non-members. CONTACT: DENISE MAGGS, (928) 684-2272, ext. 100 or www.reservations@westernmuseum.org.

Northern Arizona


Camp Verde Area

Camp Verde Historical Society
MARCH 28:  (10 am – 4 pm)
^^*Open House: Camp Verde 1933 Rock Jail.  Sponsored by the Camp Verde Historical Society.  During the Great Depression, federal money started making its way to Yavapai County. One of President Roosevelt’s first major relief efforts under the Civil Works Administration was a new jail for Camp Verde.  The renovation of the 1933 rock jail required over 2000 volunteer hours and was completed in 2010.  Rock jail, 44 Hollamon St.  Free.  CONTACT: NANCY FLOYD, (928) 567-5060 or verdevista@swiftwireless.com.

MARCH 28:  (10 am – 4 pm)
^^*Blacksmithing Demonstration at Camp Verde’s 1933 Rock Jail. Sponsored by the Arizona Artist Blacksmith Association (AASA).  The blacksmith makes and repairs iron objects using a hammer, anvil, forge, tongs, and vise.  For some, blacksmithing is a practical skill that allows the smith to fix things that needed to be fixed, but for members of the AASA, it is an art form that has evolved though the centuries. Rock Jail, 44 Hollamon St.  Free.  CONTACT: NANCY FLOYD, (928) 567-5060 or verdevista@ swiftwireless.com.

MARCH 28: (10 am – 4 pm)
^^*Open House: George Hance House.  Sponsored by Camp Verde Historical Society. The George Hance House, a historic structure built in 1916-17, is located next door to Fort Verde State Historic Park. George W. Hance arrived in the Verde Valley in 1869, and was later appointed the first Postmaster of Camp Verde. George Hance House, 229 Coppinger St.  Free. CONTACT: NANCY FLOYD, (928) 567-5060 or verdevista@swiftwireless.com.

MARCH 28: (10 am – 4 pm)
^^*Open House: Camp Verde Historical Society Museum.  Sponsored by Camp Verde Historical Society. Exhibits on the local history are featured at the Museum. 435 S. Main St. Free. CONTACT: NANCY FLOYD, (928) 567-5060 or verdevista@swiftwireless.com.

Coconino National Forest (CNF)
MARCH 14 & 15: (9:30 am – 3 pm)
^^*Demonstration: Living History Mountain Man Camp and Hide Tanning.  Sponsored by CNF, Red Rock Ranger District. Located at the V Bar V Heritage Site. From I-17, take exit 298 (Hwy. 179) and turn southwest for 2.5 miles; go past the Beaver Creek Work Center and Beaver Creek Day Use Site, over the bridge, and turn right into the V Bar V driveway.  Red Rock Pass or equivalent entrance fee required per vehicle.  CONTACT: TERRILYN GREEN, (928) 203-2909 or tgreen01@fs.fed.us.

MARCH 21 & 22:  (9:30 am – 3 pm)
^^*Program: V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Day.  Sponsored by CNF, Red Rock Ranger District. Demonstrations include making fire by friction, spinning and weaving cotton, firing pottery, throwing spears with atlatls, flint-knapping, and learning about traditional uses of plants. Learn about the spring equinox and petroglyph panels with speaker Ken Zoll. Enjoy watching the Yavapai Apache Nation Dancers and singers and more! Bring walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and snacks. Located at the V Bar V Heritage Site. From I-17, take exit 298 (Hwy. 179) and turn southwest for 2.5 miles; go past the Beaver Creek Work Center and Beaver Creek Day Use Site, over the bridge, and turn right into the V Bar V driveway.  Red Rock Pass or equivalent entrance fee required per vehicle. CONTACT: TERRILYN GREEN, (928) 203-2909 or tgreen01@fs.fed.us.

Fort Verde State Historic Park
MARCH 7 & 21: (10 am & 2 pm)
^^*Presentation: Living History and Guided Tours. Sponsored by ASP, Fort Verde State Historic Park. Take a stroll through history along Officers’ Row with a docent as they lead guided tours through historic homes.  Fort Verde State Historic Park, 125 E. Hollamon St.  Regular Park fees apply. CONTACT: SHEILA STUBLER, (928) 567-3275 or sstubler@azstateparks.gov.

MARCH 14 & 28: (10 am & 2 pm)
^^*Workshop: How to Make Adobe Bricks. Sponsored by ASP, Fort Verde State Historic Park. Learn about the basics of making adobe bricks as well as the history of the Fort.  Fort Verde State Historic Park, 125 E. Hollamon St.  Regular Park fees apply. CONTACT: SHEILA STUBLER, (928) 567-3275 or sstubler@azstateparks.gov or www.azstateparks.com.

Verde Valley Archaeology Center (VVAC)
MARCH 1 — AUGUST 31, 2015
^^*Exhibit: Camp Verde Meteorite.  Sponsored by VVAC.  Learn about the 1915 discovery of a 135 lb. meteorite buried in a room of an ancient ruin east of Camp Verde. VVAC, 385 S. Main St., Camp Verde.  Free.  CONTACT: KEN ZOLL, (928) 567-0066 or center@verdevalleyarchaeology.org.

MARCH 27 & 28: (7 pm)
^^*Film Presentations: International Archaeology Film Fest. Sponsored by VVAC. Different archaeological documentaries will be shown.  Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts, 280 Camp Lincoln Rd., Camp Verde. Tickets are $10 ($8 for members).  CONTACT: KEN ZOLL, (928) 567-0066 or center@verdevalleyarchaeology.org.

MARCH 28 & 29: (10 am – 4 pm)
^^*Program: Verde Valley Archaeology Fair. Sponsored by the VVAC. The Fair will feature displays on a variety of archaeological practices, techniques, lectures, demonstrations, as well as Native American arts and entertainment. Camp Verde Community Center, 395 S. Main St.  Free.  CONTACT: KEN ZOLL, (928) 567-0066 or center@verdevalleyarchaeology.org.

MARCH 28 & 29: (10 am - 4 pm)
^^*Program: Native American Art Show.  Sponsored by the VVAC. View Native American art from selected artists from Hopi, Navajo, Zuni, as well as some from the New Mexico Pueblos. Camp Verde Community Center, 395 S. Main St.  CONTACT: KEN ZOLL, (928) 567-0066 or center@verdevalleyarchaeology.org.   


Flagstaff Area

MARCH 14: (2 pm)
^^*Program: Discovery 2nd Saturday – Archaeology Day.  Sponsored by the Museum of Northern Arizona. Explore prehistoric Southwestern cultures by learning to use prehistoric hunting tools, examining artifacts, creating pictographs, and participating in hands-on demonstrations. Museum of Northern Arizona, 3100 N. Fort Valley Rd. Regular entrance fees apply.  CONTACT: JENNIFER GLENNON, (928) 774-5211 ext. 222 or discovery@mna.mus.az.us.

MARCH 21: (7 pm)
^^*Presentation: Newest Archaeological Discoveries from the Old Kaibab.  Sponsored by APS.  During the past decade, Kaibab National Forest volunteers and partners have helped to bring seemingly trivial discoveries to life causing archaeologists to re-think how people adapted to the rugged landscapes of the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts south of the Grand Canyon. Lecture presented by Kaibab National Forest Archaeologist Neil Weintraub.  Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, 409 W. Riordan Rd. FREE. CONTACT: KATHY FARRETTA, (602) 542-6928 or kfarretta@azstateparks.com.

MARCH 28: (9 am)
*Hike: Tour of New Caves Crater Archaeological Site. Sponsored by the CNF, Flagstaff Ranger District. Forest Service archaeologists will provide an overview of the site and a discussion of pre-contact settlement trends in the Flagstaff area. Travel will be on paved and graded dirt roads, accessible to passenger vehicles. To get to the site, you must take a short, but very steep ½ mile hike. Good footwear, water, and a moderate level of fitness is needed. Reservations required; limited to 15 people.  Flagstaff Ranger Station, 5075 N. Highway 89.  Free.  CONTACT: JEREMY HAINES, (928) 527-8261 or jhaines@fs.fed.us. 

Flagstaff Area National Monuments
March 16: (1 – 3 pm)
*Hike: The Archaeology of a Disaster. Sponsored by NPS, Flagstaff Area National Monuments.  Join an archaeologist at the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument Lava Flow Trail for a discussion about the prehistoric experience of the eruption of Sunset Crater Volcano and how humans adapted to environmental change.  Sunset Crater National Monument, 6082 Sunset Crater Rd.  Regular entrance fees apply.  CONTACT: LISA BALDWIN (928) 526-1157 ext. 233 or lisa_baldwin@nps.gov.

MARCH 24: (Noon – 1 pm)
^^*Demonstration: Prehistoric Animal Use at Flagstaff Area National Monuments. Sponsored by the NPS. Learn about the types of animals that people hunted, domesticated, and traded, and how people used bone, antler, hide, feathers, and shell to produce many objects of daily life. NPS Headquarters, 6400 N. Hwy 89. Regular entrance fees apply.  
CONTACT: LISA BALDWIN, (928) 526-1157 ext. 233 or lisa_baldwin@nps.gov.

Walnut Canyon National Monument
MARCH 5:  (5:30 – 7:00 pm)
*Hike: Lantern Hike at Walnut Canyon National Monument.  Sponsored by the NPS, Walnut Canyon National Monument. Celebrate Walnut Canyon National Monument’s Centennial by joining archaeologists on an evening hike to the historic Ranger Cabin—the Monument’s first Visitor Center. Bring water, comfortable walking shoes, and warm clothes. Walnut Canyon Visitor Center, 3 Walnut Canyon Rd. From Flagstaff, travel east on Interstate 40; take Exit 204 south, and drive another 3 miles.  Regular entrance fees apply.  Reservations required (928) 526-3367.  CONTACT: LISA BALDWIN, (928) 526-1157 ext. 233 or lisa_baldwin@nps.gov.

MARCH 10 & 26: (1 – 3 pm)
*Hike: Ranger Ledge Trail at Walnut Canyon National Monument.  Sponsored by NPS, Walnut Canyon National Monument.  Walk along the popular Ranger Ledge Trail and see how the Sinagua lived at Walnut Canyon National Monument. Please bring water and wear comfortable walking shores. Reservations required. Walnut Canyon Visitor Center, 3 Walnut Canyon Rd. Travel east on Interstate 40; take Exit 204 south and drive another 3 miles. Regular entrance fees apply.  CONTACT:  WALNUT CANYON VISITOR’S CENTER, (928) 526-3367 or lisa_baldwin@nps.gov.

MARCH 18:  (1 – 3 pm)
*Lecture: History of NPS Architecture at Walnut Canyon National Monument. Sponsored by NPS, Walnut Canyon National Monument. Celebrate Walnut Canyon National Monument’s Centennial and learn about its history through its architecture, including that of the Civilian Conservation Corps and Mission 66. Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Reservations required: (928) 526-3367. Walnut Canyon Visitor Center, 3 Walnut Canyon Rd. From Flagstaff, travel east on Interstate 40; take exit 204 south, and drive another 3 miles.  Regular entrance fees apply.  CONTACT: LISA BALDWIN, (928) 526-1157 ext. 233 or lisa_baldwin@nps.gov.

MARCH 21: (11 am – 2 pm)
^^*Demonstrations: Hands-On Craft Day. Sponsored by NPS, Walnut Canyon National Monument. Join NPS archaeologists at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center and learn how early people in northern Arizona processed plant food using manos and metates. Make you own pinch pot, paintbrush, and split-twig figurine. Learn how to throw a spear using an atlatl. Walnut Canyon Visitor Center, 3 Walnut Canyon Rd. From Flagstaff, travel east on Interstate 40; take exit 204 south, and drive another 3 miles.  Regular entrance fees apply.  CONTACT: LISA BALDWIN, (928) 526-1157 ext. 233 or lisa_baldwin@nps.gov.

MARCH 31: (1 – 3pm)
Hike: Historic Ranger Cabin. Sponsored by NPS, Walnut Canyon National Monument.  Celebrate Walnut Canyon National Monument’s Centennial by joining Monument archaeologists on a hike to the Monument’s first Visitor Center. Bring water, comfortable shoes. Walnut Canyon Visitor Center, 3 Walnut Canyon Rd. From Flagstaff, travel east on Interstate 40; take exit 204 south, and drive another 3 miles. Reservations required (928) 526-3367. Regular entrance fees apply. CONTACT: LISA BALDWIN (928) 526-1157 ext. 233 or lisa_baldwin@nps.gov.


Fredonia & Page Area

Pipe Spring National Monument
MARCH 7, 14 & 21 (9 – 11 am)
*Hike: Mu’uputs Canyon – Paiute History and Lifeways. Sponsored by the NPS, Pipe Spring National Monument.  Join a Park Ranger on this two mile, moderate hike into scenic Mu’uputs Canyon on the Kaibab Paiute Reservation to visit two petroglyph sites. The hike will focus on Southern Paiute traditional lifeways and connections to the natural world. This hike takes place in cooperation with the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians on the Kaibab Indian Reservation. Participants should dress in layers, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and carry water and snacks. Pipe Spring National Monument, 406 N. Pipe Spring Rd. (15 miles west of Fredonia on AZ 389, or 60 miles east of St. George, UT, on UT 59 and AZ 389). There will be a $10 per person tribal use fee ($1.00 for 15 years and younger). This fee is in addition to the $7 per person Monument entrance fee (Interagency annual, Senior, and Access passes accepted), if hikers wish to also visit the Monument.  CONTACT: PAULA OGDEN-MUSE, 928-643-7105 or paula_ogden-muse@nps.gov.

MARCH 28 (9 am – noon)
*Hike: Powell Marker.  Sponsored by the NPS, Pipe Spring National Monument. Join a Pipe Spring Park Ranger on a strenuous hike that climbs approximately 800 feet to the top of the Vermillion Cliffs to one of the survey triangulation stations established by the John Wesley Powell topographic survey crew in the early 1870s. This hike takes place largely on the Kaibab Paiute Indian Reservation and is offered in cooperation with the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians. Hike is limited to 20. Participants should dress in layers, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and carry water and snacks. Pipe Spring National Monument, 406 N. Pipe Spring Rd. (15 miles west of Fredonia on AZ 389, or 60 miles east of St. George, UT, on UT 59 and AZ 389). A tribal fee of $10 will apply ($1.00 for 15 years and young) in addition to the Monument entrance fee of $7 per person, or entrance with a Park pass, if hikers wish to also visit the Monument. CONTACT: PAULA OGDEN-MUSE, 928-643-7105 or paula_ogden-muse@nps.gov.


Grand Canyon Area & Page Area

MARCH 28 (All day)
^^*Tours: Ancestral Puebloan Ruins at the Tusayan Museum and the Grand Canyon Village Historic District. Sponsored the NPS, Grand Canyon National Park. Visitor Center, south rim of the park, off Hwy 64. Regular entrance fees apply. CONTACT: BRIAN GATLIN, brian_gatlin@nps.gov.

MARCH 28: (Evening/TBD)
^^Lecture: Presentation on the Cultural Heritage of Grand Canyon National Park. Sponsored by the NPS, Grand Canyon National Park. For time and place of lecture, check at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, south rim, upon arrival for times and additional information. Regular entrance fees apply. CONTACT: BRIAN GATLIN, brian_gatlin@nps.gov.


Holbrook Area

Petrified Forest National Park
Additional Archaeology Awareness Month activities may be offered at Petrified Forest National Park as scheduling allows. For the latest information, see  www.nps.gov/pefro/planyourvisit/index.

DAILY IN MARCH:  (9 am – 4 pm)
^^*Exhibit: “10,000 + Years of Human History on the Petrified National Forest.”  Sponsored by NPS, Petrified Forest National Park. Come enjoy this interesting exhibit located in the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark!  North end of Park. Petrified Forest National Park is located 27 miles east of Holbrook; take exit 311 off I-40 to 1 Park Rd.  If entering at south entrance off Hwy 180, drive through the park 28 miles to Painted Desert Visitor Center.  Entrance fees apply.   CONTACT: BILL REITZE, (928) 524-6228 ext. 268 or william_reitze@nps.gov.

 DAILY THROUGHOUT MARCH:  (10 am – 4 pm)
^^*Cultural Demonstrations.  Sponsored by NPS, Petrified Forest National Park.  A cultural demonstrator with ancestral ties to the area will share engaging skills and traditions. Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark, 27 miles east of Holbrook. Take exit 311 off I-40, drive 2 miles into Petrified Forest National Park (north end of the park).  Entrance fees apply.  CONTACT: KIP WOOLFORD, (928) 524-6228 ext. 273 or kip_woolford@nps.gov.  

 MARCH 6, 7, 13, 14, 21 & 28:  (10 am)
^^*Hike: Puerco Pueblo Walk.  Sponsored by NPS, Petrified Forest National Park.  Join a Park Ranger to explore an ancestral Puebloan village. Appropriate for ages 8+.  Bring appropriate shoes, hat, sunscreen, and lots of water.  Meet the Ranger at the Puerco Pueblo trailhead. This easy hike is 0.3-miles in length on a paved loop.  Immediately following, an additional 0.5-miles walk on a dirt road will occur for those interested in seeing additional park petroglyphs. Allow 45 minutes for the pueblo tour, and another 60 minutes for the petroglyph tour. Petrified Forest National Park is located 27 miles east of Holbrook; take exit 311 off I-40, drive 11 miles into the Park.  If entering the Park at the south entrance off Highway 180 -drive through park 17 miles to Puerco Pueblo. Entrance fees apply.  CONTACT: SARAH HERVE, (928) 524-6228 ext. 264 or sarah_herve@nps.gov.

MARCH 8:  (10 am)
*Hike: Stagecoach Stop. Sponsored by NPS, Petrified Forest National Park.  Join a Park Ranger or archaeologist for a guided hike to a historic stagecoach stop and enjoy petroglyphs associated with the site. Hike is about 2 miles on varied, uneven terrain. Appropriate for ages 8+ if they can comfortably walk the distance. Bring appropriate hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and lots of water.  Reservations required; limited to 15 people.  Meet at Petrified Forest National Park Visitor Center, then caravan via private vehicles to the hike site (about 10 miles that includes some dirt road). Park is located 27 miles east of Holbrook; take exit 311 off I-40, drive 11 miles into the Park.  If entering the Park at the south entrance off Highway 180, drive through park 17 miles to Painted Desert Visitor Center. Entrance fees apply. CONTACT: BILL REITZE, (928) 524-6228 ext. 268 or william_reitze@nps.gov.

MARCH 11: (10 am)
*Hike: Agate Mesa. Sponsored by NPS, Petrified Forest National Park. Hike about 1.6 mile round trip in varied, uneven terrain.  Meet at Agate Bridge in the southern half of the park. Bring appropriate hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and lots of water.  Reservations required; limited to 15 people.  Park is located 27 miles east of Holbrook; take exit 311 off I-40, drive 11 miles into the Park.  If entering the Park at the south entrance off Highway 180, drive through park 17 miles to Painted Desert Visitor Center.  Entrance fee applies.  CONTACT: BILL REITZE, (928) 524-6228 ext. 268 or william_reitze@nps.gov.

MARCH 15: (10 am)
*Hike: McCreery Pueblo.  Sponsored by NPS, Petrified Forest National Park.  Hike to a 800-year-old great kiva, normally closed to the public.  Hike is about 1.6 miles round trip on varied, uneven terrain.  Appropriate for children 8+ if they can comfortably hike the distance. Bring hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and water.  Reservations required; limited to 15 people. Park is located 27 miles east of Holbrook; take exit 311 off I-40, drive 11 miles into the Park.  If entering the Park at the south entrance off Highway 180, drive through park 17 miles to Painted Desert Visitor Center. Entrance fee applies.  CONTACT: BILL REITZE, (928) 524-6228 ext. 268 or william_reitze@nps.gov.

MARCH 25:  (10 am)
*Hike: Historic Route 66.  Sponsored by NPS, Petrified Forest National Park.  This is the only National Park with a portion of Route 66 within its boundaries!  Enjoy a moderate, two mile round trip hike along an old roadbed portion of the Mother Road to learn of its important history.  Allow about 2 hours.  Bring appropriate shoes, hat, sunscreen, and lots of water.  Appropriate for ages 8+ if they can comfortably walk the distances.  Have a full tank of gas to caravan out to the start of the hike.  No reservations required.  Meet at Petrified Forest National Park Visitor Center, 27 miles east of Holbrook; take exit 311 off I-40, drive 11 miles into the Park.  If entering the Park at the south entrance off Highway 180, drive through park 17 miles to Painted Desert Visitor Center. Entrance fees apply.  CONTACT: BILL REITZE, (928) 524-6228 ext. 268 or william_reitze@nps.gov.

MARCH 30:  (10 am)
*Hike: Lacey Point.  Sponsored by NPS, Petrified Forest National Park.  Join a Ranger for this two mile round trip, moderately difficult hike into the Painted Desert to discover some of the well-preserved petroglyphs in the Park.  Bring appropriate shoes, hat, sunscreen, and lots of water.  Appropriate for ages 8+ if they are able to comfortably walk the distances.  Meet at Lacey Point, north end of Park.  Petrified Forest National Park is located 27 miles east of Holbrook; take exit 311 off I-40 to 1 Park Rd.  If entering at south entrance off Hwy 180. Drive through the park 28 miles to Painted Desert Visitor Center.  Reservations required, limited to 15 people.  Entrance fees apply.  CONTACT: BILL REITZE, (928) 524-6228 ext. 268 or william_reitze@nps.gov.


Prescott

MONTH OF MARCH

^^*Exhibit: “An Essential Relationship – Amateurs and Professionals in Central Arizona Archaeology.”  Sponsored by the Smoki Museum. While professional archaeologists bring an essential level of knowledge to the exploration of the past through science-based work, skilled amateurs also offer contributions to understanding of the past that are shown and told at this unique exhibit. Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Ave. Regular admission fees apply. CONTACT: CYNTHIA GRESSER, (928) 445-1230 or http://www.smokimuseum.org/upcoming.htm


Sedona

MARCH 6:  (9 am – 4:30 pm)
^^*Demonstrations: Ancient Technologies.  Sponsored by CNF, Red Rock Ranger District.  Learn how people made fire by friction; you can also make bows and arrows, and gourd art. Visitor Center, Red Rock Ranger Station, 8375 State Route 179, one mile south of the Village of Oak Creek.  Free.  CONTACT: TERRILYN GREEN, (928) 203-2909 or tgreen01@fs.fed.us.


Springerville

Casa Malpais Museum and Archaeological Park
MONDAYS THROUGH SATURDAYS THROUGHOUT MARCH:  (call for times)
^^*Displays: Casa Malpais Museum and Archaeological Park.  Museum features displays of prehistoric artifacts from the Casa Malpais Pueblo archaeological site.  Casa Malpais Museum and Archaeological Park – Springerville Heritage Center, 418 E. Main St.  Free.  CONTACT: CASA MALPAIS MUSEUM, (928) 333-5375 or casa@springervilleaz.gov.

MARCH 14:  (10 am)
*Tours: Prehistoric Casa Malpais Pueblo.  Sponsored by the Casa Malpais Museum and Archaeological Park.  This ancient pueblo contains a great kiva, a solar calendar, prehistoric trails, a prehistoric staircase, and rock art panels. Ages 6 and older. Hiking shoes are recommended as the ¾ mile trail is narrow, steep, and rocky in places. Wear hat, sunscreen, and bring water. Meet at the Casa Malpais Museum and Archaeological Park – Springerville Heritage Center, 418 E. Main St.  Free.  CONTACT:  LYNETTE CROSS, (928) 333-5375 or casa@springervilleaz.gov.

MARCH 28: (2 pm)
^^*Lecture: “Land of the Ancient Ones.”  Sponsored by Casa Malpais Museum and Archaeological Park. Local writer and scholar, Andrew Marshall, will talk about Coronado on his journey to the fabled “Cities of Cibola.”  Casa Malpais Museum and Archaeological Park – Springerville Heritage Center, Udall Johnson Room, 418 East Main St.  Free.  CONTACT:  LYNETTE CROSS, (928) 333-5375 or casa@springervilleaz.gov.


Williams Area

Kaibab National Forest (KNF)
MARCH 5:  (6:30 pm)
^^*Lecture: “Getting Dirty – Williams Youth Conservation Corps Contributions in Protecting and Preserving Kaibab National Forest History.”  Sponsored by the KNF, Williams Ranger District.  This presentation will discuss the history of how the Williams Youth Conservation Corps have helped to protect, enhance, and interpret dozens of prehistoric and historic archaeological sites on the Williams Ranger District.  To order food ahead of time, call (928) 635-0777.  Limited seating; call for reservations.  Mills Café 326, 326 West Route 66.  Free.  CONTACT: WILLIAMS RANGER DISTRICT, (928) 635-5600 or nweintraub@fs.fed.us.

MARCH 14 & 28:  (2 pm)
*Hike: Prehistoric Petroglyphs at Keyhole Sink.  Sponsored by the KNF. KNF archaeologists will lead educational hikes to the Keyhole Sink Petroglyph site.  The hike is approximately 3/4-mile walk each way, and the terrain is rocky and can be muddy.  Wear cold and wet weather apparel, appropriate hiking shoes, hat, and sunscreen; also bring water. Be prepared to get wet as a waterfall often cascades off the lava flow requiring crossing in ankle deep water to access the petroglyphs.  From Flagstaff, take I-40 west to Exit 178, turn right at top of ramp and then left on to Rt. 66.  Drive east on Rt. 66 about 2 miles to the Oak Hill Snow Play Area.  From Williams, drive east on I-10 to Exit 171, and at top of ramp make a right then another right onto Rt. 66.  Drive east on Rt. 66 about 2 miles to the Oak Hill Snow Play Area.  Reservations required.  Free.  CONTACT: WILLIAMS RANGER DISTRICT, (928) 635-5600 or nweintraub@fs.fed.us.

MARCH 19: (6:30 pm)
^^*Lecture: “History of Kaibab National Forest Managed Fires and Cultural Resource Protection Efforts During the Summer of 2014 Sitgreaves Fire.”  Sponsored by the KNF, Williams Ranger District.  For the past decade, when conditions are appropriate during the monsoon season, the KNF staff has managed wild fires across large portions of its fire-adapted landscape. Archaeologists will discuss how the fire staff managed the 2014 Sitgreaves Fire to treat a steep mountain landscape while protecting and reducing fuels on dozens of significant cultural resources. To order food ahead of time, call (928) 635-0777.  Limited seating; call for reservations.  Mills Café 326, 326 West Rt. 66.  Free.   CONTACT: WILLIAMS RANGER DISTRICT, (928) 635-5600 or nweintraub@fs.fed.us.


Winslow

SATURDAYS IN MARCH: (10 am)
^^*Guided Tours: Homolovi II Pueblo.  Sponsored by ASP, Homolovi Ruins State Park and the Hopi Tribe.  Join a Park Ranger and explore a late 14th century Hopi Pueblo. For this tour, dress in layers, and bring water, snacks, and appropriate hiking gear.  Inclement weather may postpone or cancel tour.  Call ahead to make reservations and to be informed about winter driving conditions.  Reservations recommended; limited to 20 people.  Homolovi State Park Visitor Center, HRC 63, 1.35 miles north of Interstate 40, Exit 257; take State Route 87 North to Park. Regular entrance fees apply.  CONTACT: KENN EVANS, (928) 289-4106 or kke2@azstateparks.gov.

SATURDAYS IN MARCH:  (1:30 & 3 pm)
^^*Tours: Historic Sunset Cemetery and Brigham City Fort at Homolovi State Park.  Sponsored by ASP, Homolovi Ruins State Park and the Hopi Tribe.  Join a Ranger for guided tours of a Mormon cemetery (1876-1888) that is all that remains of the five United Order Settlements of the early LDS Church in Homolovi State Park.  All tours will leave from the Visitor Center Museum.  Tours follow a gentle, approximately 1/2-mile trail.  Bring water, hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes and dress for the weather (weather is usually cool and windy); inclement weather may postpone or cancel tour.  Reservations recommended; limited to 15 people.  Call ahead to make reservations and to be informed about winter driving conditions.  Homolovi State Park Visitor Center, HCR 63, 1.35 miles north of Interstate 40, Exit 257, take State Route 87 North to Park. Regular Park entrance fees apply, in addition to a tour fee of $5.00.  CONTACT: KENN EVANS, (928) 289-4106 or kke2@azstateparks.gov.

Southern Arizona


Benson

MARCH 28 (Call for times and topics)
^^* Four Programs on Historical and Cultural Subjects.  Sponsored by ASP, Kartchner  Caverns State Park.  Kartchner Caverns State Park, 2980 S. Highway 90.  Regular Park entrance fees apply.  CONTACT: CHRISTOPHER DeMILLE, (520) 586-4110 or cdemille@azstateparks.gov.


Bisbee

MARCH 17: (5:30 – 6:30 pm)
^^*Lecture: “Arts and Culture of Ancient Southern Arizona Hohokam.”  Sponsored by Copper Queen Library and the Arizona Humanities Council.  Speaker Allen Dart. Copper Queen Library, 6 Main St.  Free. CONTACT: PEG WHITE, (520) 432-4232 or pwhite@bisbeepl.lib.az.us


Bowie

SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS IN MARCH
*Hikes: Fort Bowie National Historic Site.  Sponsored by NPS, Fort Bowie National Historic Site.  Tour the historic site starting at the Fort Bowie Trailhead.  Bring sturdy shoes and water for a 3-mile round trip hike.  Fort Bowie, 3327 S. Old Fort Bowie Rd. Travel south from the Town of Bowie, 13 miles on Apache Pass Rd. Free.  CONTACT: BRANDON CADWELL, (520) 847-2500 or brandon_cadwell@nps.gov.


Oro Valley

MARCH 14: (9 am – 2 pm)
^^*Demonstrations: Second Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch.  Sponsored by Archaeology Southwest.  Come watch demonstrations of flint knapping.  Try your hand at spear throwing using an atlatl and make pendants.  Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Rd.  Free.  CONTACT: KATHLEEN BADER, (520) 882-6949 ext. 26 or kbader@archaeologysouthwest.org.


Sierra Vista

MARCH 3: (1 pm)
Lecture: “Hopi Quilting – Stitched Traditions from an Ancient Community.”  Sponsored by the City of Sierra Vista, Henry F. Hauser Museum, and the Arizona Humanities Council.  Carolyn O’Bagy Davis, a member of the Arizona Quilter’s Hall of Fame, will speak on the unique Hopi quilting traditions and the way quilts have been incorporated into Hopi’s daily life. Henry F. Hauser Museum, 2950 E. Tacoma St.  Free. CONTACT: NANCY KRIESKI, 520-439-2306 or nancy.krieski@sierravistaaz.gov. 


Tucson

FEBUARY 28: (TBD)
Tour: Mammoths of the San Pedro Valley.  Sponsored by the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum.  Guided tour of geological deposits associated with the Clovis Culture within the San Pedro Valley. Meet at Park Place Mall, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd. to vanpool to Sierra Vista.  Registration is required.  CONTACT: SONYA NORMAN (520) 883-3030 or snorman@desertmuseum.org.

EVERY SUNDAY IN MARCH: (9 am)
*Tour: Romero Ruins Adventure Walk.  Sponsored by ASP, Catalina State Park.  Romero Ruins is a multicomponent site that includes a Hohokam village dating approximately from AD 500 to 1450, as well as the remnants of the historic Francisco Romero Ranch.  Catalina State Park, 11570 N. Oracle Rd.  Regular entrance fees apply.  CONTACT: JACK McCABE, (520) 628-5798 or jmccabe@azstateparks.gov.

MARCH 3: (6 pm)

^^Archaeology Café: “When is a Village?”  Sponsored by Archaeology Southwest. Speakers Lisa Young and Sarah Herr will discuss what qualities make a settlement a village. Seating is open and unreserved, but limited.  Share tables and make new friends!  Please support our hosts by ordering refreshments from the menu. Casa Vicente, 375 S. Stone Ave.  Free.  CONTACT: KATHLEEN BADER, (520) 882-6946 ext. 26 or kbader@archaeologysouthwest.org.

MARCH 14: (Noon)
^^*Lecture: “Gathering and Preparation Techniques of Traditional Apache Foods.” Sponsored by ASP, Oracle State Park.  San Carlos Apache Cultural Center Director, Herb Stevens, will discuss acorn powder, sumac berries, mesquite pods, and other useful plant resources.  Oracle State Park, 3820 Wildlife Dr., Oracle.  Regular Park entrance fees apply.  CONTACT: JENNIFER RINIO, (520) 896-2425 or jrinio@azstateparks.gov.

MARCH 16: (7:30 pm)
^^Lecture:Archaeological Excavations at Ironwood Village: A Hohokam Ball Court Site in Marana.”  Sponsored by Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society.  Dr. Todd Bostwick will discuss the recent excavations that uncovered a Hohokam village in Marana located near the Santa Cruz River.  The site contained a previously unknown ball court with pithouses dating to the late Pioneer and Colonial periods, circa AD 650 to 850.  DuVal Auditorium, University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.  Free. CONTACT: KATHERINE CERINO, (520) 907-0884 or kcerino@gmail.com.

MARCH 19: (6 – 8:30 pm)
      ^^Lecture: Third Thursday Food for Thought.  Sponsored by the OPAC.  Featuring a presentation by archaeologist Richard C. Lange on “Arizona State Museum Research at Rock Art Ranch: Filling in Space and Time.”  Guests may select and purchase food from the restaurant’s menu.  Reservations are required by 5 pm on March 15 due to limited space. Dragon’s View Asian Cuisine, 400 N. Bonita Ave.  Free.  CONTACT: ALLEN DART, (520) 798-1201 or adart@oldpueblo.org.

MARCH 20: (8 am – Noon)
*Tour: Spring Equinox Tour of Los Morteros and Picture Rocks Petroglyphs Archaeological Sites.  Sponsored by OPAC.  Visit a Hohokam ball court village and a petroglyph site. Wear sturdy walking shoes, hat, and sunscreen; bring drinking water. Reservations required by Tuesday, March 18.  Departs from Silverbell Rd. and Linda Vista Blvd. in Marana.  Free.  CONTACT: ALLEN DART, (520) 798-1201 or adart@oldpueblo.org.

MARCH 21: (9 am – 3 pm)
^^*Program: Vista Del Rio Archaeology Celebration.  Sponsored by OPAC and Vista del Rio Residents’ Association.  Demonstration and activities related to the skills and life ways of ancient peoples will be offered.  Vista del Rio Cultural Resource Park, 7575 E. Desert Arbors St. (at Dos Hombres Rd).  Free.  CONTACT: ALLEN DART, (520) 798-1201 or  adart@oldpueblo.org.

MARCH 23 – 27:  (1 – 3:30 pm)
^^* Tour:  Museum Collections and Conservation Laboratory at the Western Archeological and Conservation Center.  Sponsored by NPS, Western Archaeological & Conservation Center.  Walking tour is approximately two hours and features collections from more than 70 National Parks and Monuments in the Western US.  Tour size is limited and reservations are required.  No children under the age of 12; children 13-18 must be accompanied by an adult.  Western Archaeological Conservation Center, 255 N. Commerce Park Lp.  Free.  CONTACT: AMANDA SMITH, (520) 791-6412 or amanda_smith@nps.gov.   


Vail

MONTH OF MARCH (9 am ­– 5 pm)
*Hike: Self-Guided Hike on Archaeology Trail.  Sponsored by Colossal Cave Mountain Park.  This hike follows the “Path of the Ancestors” and is less than one mile in length; the terrain and slope are mild.  Includes interpretive signs and recreated archaeology sites.  Water is not available along the trail, but food and water can be purchased at the HQ building at the trailhead.  Wear comfortable walking shoes, and dress appropriately for the cool weather. Colossal Cave Mountain Park, 16721 E. Old Spanish Tr.  Exit 279 off I-10.  A $5 parking fee will apply.  CONTACT: LAUREN HOHL, (520) 647-7275 or lauren@colossalcave.com.

MARCH 21 (10 am ­– 2 pm)
*Archaeology Hike & Primitive Technologies Demonstration.  Sponsored by Colossal Cave Mountain Park.  This is a guided hike with a mild grade that takes approximately 1.5 hours.  Includes a demonstration of primitive technologies, such as making a traditional calendar stick, a traditional paintbrush from local materials, yucca fibers for weaving, and grinding using mutates.  Water is not available along the trail, but food and water can be purchased at the HQ building at the trailhead.  Wear comfortable walking shoes, and dress appropriately for the cool weather.  Please call ahead for tour reservation. Colossal Cave Mountain Park, 16721 E. Old Spanish Tr. Exit 279 off I-10. A $5 parking fee will apply.  CONTACT: LAUREN HOHL, (520) 647-7275 or lauren@colossalcave.com.

Eastern Arizona


Globe

MARCH 14 & 15 (8 am – 4 pm)  
*Program: Tonto National Monument Heritage Days.  Sponsored by the NPS, Tonto National Monument.  Tours of the Lower and Upper cliff dwellings will be offered.  Wear comfortable hiking shoes, a hat, and bring water.  In the afternoon, demonstrations of crafts and primitive skills will be held on both days.  Tonto National Monument, 26260 N. Hwy 188, Roosevelt.  From Phoenix, take Hwy 60 east toward Globe; look for signs approaching Hwy 188, turn left and drive 25 miles to the Monument.  Or, take the Apache Tr., which is a shorter route, but over a gravel road.  From Payson, take Hwy 87 south to Hwy 188 – 17 miles south of Payson; turn left on Hwy 188 and drive 39 miles to the Tonto National Monument.  Free.  CONTACT: LIBBY SCHAAF, (928) 467-2241 or libby_schaaf@nps.gov.

You can also check for changes and/or updates to events on the Arizona State Parks website at www.azstateparks.com/archy 

For more information about Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month, contact the State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona State Parks, at (602) 542-4009.

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