Archy Month poster

The highlighted event for the Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month is the ARIZONA ARCHAEOLOGY EXPO (Expo). The Expo will offer many educational attractions for archaeology and history buffs, and will be held at the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, off I-10 Exit 185 in Coolidge (1100 W. Ruins Drive, Coolidge, AZ 85128). The event is FREE.

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 about 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. 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 and museums 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.


Download 2016 Archaeology Expo Poster ( 1.3 MB PDF)

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March 2016 Event Calendar

Download 2016 Events Calendar ( 345 KB PDF)

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.

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

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.


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
ASU CAS DVPP: Arizona State University, Center for Archaeology and Society, Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve
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

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Central Arizona


Casa Grande

MARCH 12: (2 – 3 pm)
^^*Lecture: “Arts and Culture of the Ancient Southern Arizona Hohokam Indians.” Sponsored by the Museum of Casa Grande and the Arizona Humanities. Archaeologist Allen Dart will present information on the prehistoric Hohokam in southern Arizona. Museum of Casa Grande, 110 W. Florence Blvd.  Free. CONTACT: ASHLEY MOSER, (520) 836-2223 or blackbird6767@yahoo.com.


Cave Creek

MARCH 12:  (9 am – 3 pm)
*7th 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 and sunscreen; bring snacks and an adequate supply of water.  Booths, a 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, and go north 4-1/2 miles. Please check the AAS website at www.azarchsoc.org under “events” for the finalized schedule of speakers and hikes. Regular park fees apply ($3). CONTACT: MARY KEARNEY, (623) 687-0721 or maryk92@aol.com.


Cordes Junction

MARCH 12:  (9 am)
Hike: Badger Springs Ruin.  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. Reservations are required, as the tour size is limited.  Bring water, lunch, hiking shoes, and sunscreen. Weather-permitting. Free. CONTACT: SHELLEY RASMUSSEN, (928) 684-1670 or warbirds34@yahoo.com.


Mesa

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.).  Regular entrance fees apply. Groups of 15 or more who would like a guided tour with an archaeologist may call 480-644-3553 to book, or visit www.mesagrandeculturalpark.org for more information.

MARCH 5: (10 am – Noon)
^^*Walking Tour: “Blast From the Past.”  Sponsored by the AzMNH.  Interact with historic characters important to the discovery, preservation, or excavation of Mesa Grande Cultural Park as you explore the Park.  Mesa Grande Cultural Park, 1000 N. Date St. Regular entrance fees apply. CONTACT: EMILY EARLY, (480) 644-5907 or emily.early@mesaaz.gov.

MARCH 12: (12 – 4 pm)
^^*Program: “Archa-Tech.” Sponsored by the AzMNH.  A series of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on activities focusing on the technology archaeologists use in the field and lab. Activities will be held at Mesa Grande Cultural Park, 1000 N. Date St. and at AzMNH, 53 N. Macdonald St. For more information see our webpages at azmnh.org and mesagrandeculturalpark.org.  Regular entrance fees apply.  CONTACT: EMILY EARLY, (480) 644-5907 or emily.early@mesaaz.gov.


Phoenix

MARCH 15: (5:30 pm)
^^Archaeology Café: “The Relationships Among Social Interaction, Economics, and Culture.”  Sponsored by Archaeology Southwest and the Arizona Humanities. Speaker Dr. Matthew Peeples will discuss initial results of a large and collaborative project focused on using concepts from contemporary social network analysis to study ancient Chacoan communities in the Southwest. 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: LINDA PIERCE, (520) 882-6946, ext. 23 or lpierce@archaeologysouthwest.org.

MARCH 19:  (10 am – 3 pm)
^^*Program: Archaeology and Native Cultures Celebration.  Sponsored by the ASU CAS DVPP.  Activities will include demonstrations, lectures, tours, performances, learning stations, and much more. Wear hiking shoes and hats.  Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, 3711 W. Deer Valley Rd.  Free.  CONTACT: ELIZABETH GEROLD, (623) 582-8007 or elizabeth.gerold@asu.edu.

MARCH 26:  (10 am – 2:30 pm)
^^*Program: Junior Archaeologist Field Day.  Sponsored by the ASU CAS DVPP. Participants will learn about archaeology: what it is, how it is practiced, and what being an archaeologist entails. They will be able to participate in hands-on activities, including a mock field survey and mock archaeological dig. Children ages 8 – 12. Registration required in advance, space is limited. Program fee is $12 for museum members, $15 for non-museum members. Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, 3711 W. Deer Valley Rd. CONTACT: ELIZABETH GEROLD, (623) 582-8007 or elizabeth.gerold@asu.edu.


Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeology Park (PGM)

MARCH 5:  (9:30 am – 12:30 pm)
*Program: Archaeology for Kids.  Sponsored by PGM.  Discover the science of archaeology by participating in 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 by March 3.  CONTACT: LAURA ANDREW, (602) 495-0901 or laura.andrew@phoenix.gov.

MARCH 9 & 23:(10 – 11 am)
^^*Tour: Plant Tour of Pueblo Grande.  Sponsored by the PGM.  Discover some of the edible and medicinal plants of the Southwest on a short 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 9 & 23:  (2 – 2:30 pm)
 ^^*Tour: Behind the Scenes Tour.  Sponsored by PGM. Join staff 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. Free with paid admission.  CONTACT: LAURA ANDREW, (602) 495-0901 or laura.andrew@phoenix.gov.

MARCH 10: (7 pm)
^^Lecture: “The Dyck Rockshelter: A Sinagua Habitation Site Overlooking Beaver Creek in Central Arizona.” Sponsored by the AAS, Phoenix Chapter. Speaker Dr. Todd Bostwick will discuss the Dyck Rockshelter site. PGM, 4619 E. Washington St.  Free. CONTACT: ELLIE LARGE, (480) 461-0563 or elarge@cox.net.

MARCH 12:  (9 am – 3 pm)
^^*Program: 16th Annual Ancient Technology Day.  Sponsored by 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. Enjoy various cultural, historic, and technology performances throughout the day. Tours of the archaeological site, the Park of Four Waters, and artifact show-and-tell will be available throughout the day. PGM, 4619 East Washington St.  Free.  CONTACT: LAURA ANDREW, (602) 495-0901 or laura.andrew@phoenix.gov.

MARCH 25: (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.

Waddell

EVERY DAY IN MARCH: (6 am – 8 pm)
^^*Hike: Self-Guided Hike on Waterfall Trail.  Sponsored by Maricopa County Park and Recreation Department. This 1.8 mile round-trip hike includes numerous petroglyphs and leads to a waterfall area, where rain runoff cascades over 100 feet into a natural “tank” catchment area. Interpretative signs along the trail provide information about the cultural and natural history of the area. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water. Trail is located in Area 6. White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd. Regular Park entrance fees apply. CONTACT: JESSICA BLAND, (623) 935-2505 or whitetankpark@mail.maricopa.gov.

MARCH 4: (9 am)
^^*Hike: Black Rock Archaeology Walk.  Sponsored by Maricopa County Park and Recreation Department. Ranger Jessica Bland will lead this 1.5 mile hike to see petroglyphs and learn about the science of archaeology. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water. Trail is located in Area 4. White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd. Regular Park entrance fees apply. CONTACT: JESSICA BLAND, (623) 935-2505 or whitetankpark@mail.maricopa.gov.

MARCH 5 & 19: (9 am ­– 1 pm)
^^*Trailside Exhibit: The Archaeology of the White Tank Mountains.  Sponsored by Maricopa County Park and Recreation Department. Learn about the cultural history and archaeology of the Park. Staff will be stationed at the Waterfall Trailhead with a display of various artifacts from the area. White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd.  Regular Park entrance fees apply. CONTACT: JESSICA BLAND, (623) 935-2505 or whitetankpark@mail.maricopa.gov.

MARCH 6: (2 pm)
^^*Presentation: Pondering Petroglyphs.  Sponsored by Maricopa County Park and Recreation Department. Join Ranger Jessica Bland for a presentation about rock art that  will include photos of some of the petroglyphs found in the White Tank Mountains. Meet in the Nature Center Classroom at the Park. White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd. Free. CONTACT: JESSICA BLAND, (623) 935-2505 or whitetankpark@mail.maricopa.gov.

MARCH 24: (9 am)
^^*Hike: “Desert General Store.”  Sponsored by Maricopa County Park and Recreation Department. Join Ranger Jessica Blandon a hike along Black Rock Short Loop Trail (1/2 mile) to see and learn about the plants in the Sonoran Desert. Participants will be able to sample some of the food and drink made from the Sonoran Desert plants. Meet at Area 4 in the Park. White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd. Regular Park entrance fees apply. CONTACT: JESSICA BLAND, (623) 935-2505 or whitetankpark@mail.maricopa.gov.

MARCH 28: (10 – 11:30 am)
^^*Lecture: “Southwestern Rock Calendars and Ancient Time Pieces.” Sponsored by Maricopa County Library and the Arizona Humanities. Archaeologist Allen Dart will speak on Southwestern calendarical facts. White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd.  Free. CONTACT: HANNA BOZHKO, (602) 651-2211 or HannaBozhko@mcldaz.org.

MARCH 31: (1 pm)

^^*Presentation: Detectives of the Past: The Science of Archaeology.  Sponsored by Maricopa County Park and Recreation Department. Learn about the science of archaeology with Ranger Jessica Bland. Meet at White Tank Branch Library Class room within the Park. White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd. Free. CONTACT: JESSICA BLAND, (623) 935-2505 or whitetankpark@mail.maricopa.gov


Wickenburg

MARCH 15:  (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.

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Northern Arizona


Clarkdale

MARCH 8 & 22: (1 pm)
*Hike and Presentation: Tuzigoot Pueblo. Sponsored by NPS. Join NPS archaeologists Matt Guebard and Lucas Hoedl will provide a history of Tuzigoot Pueblo and answer frequently asked questions. Participants will walk around Tuzigoot Pueblo, approximately ½ mile. Tuzigoot National Monument Visitor Center, 25 W. Tuzigoot Rd. Free with paid admission to the Park. CONTACT: MATT GUEBARD, (928) 649-6195 or MOCA_Ranger_Activities@nps.gov.


RimRock

MARCH 10 & 24: (1 pm)
^^*Hike and Presentation: Montezuma Castle and Castle A Sites. Sponsored by NPS. Join NPS Archaeologists Matt Guebard and Lucas Hoedl as they provide a history of the Park and answer frequently asked questions. Hike is approximately ¼ of a mile on a paved trail. Bring walking shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Meet at the Visitor Center. Montezuma Castle National Monument, 2800 Montezuma Castle Rd. Free with paid admission to the Park. CONTACT: MATT GUEBARD, (928) 567-3322 or MOCA_Ranger_Activities@nps.gov.

MARCH 25 & 26:  (9:30 am – 3 pm)
^^*Program: V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Day.  Sponsored by CNF. Demonstrations include making fire by friction, dying and weaving cotton, making and firing pottery, throwing spears with atlatls, grinding corn, making pictographs, and a mountain man camp. 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.

MARCH 30: (1 pm)
^^*Hike: Montezuma Well.  Sponsored by the NPS. Join NPS Archaeologist Matt Guebard as he provides a history of the Park and answers frequently asked questions. Hike is approximately 1 mile on paved trails. Bring walking shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Meet at Montezuma Well Contact Station. Montezuma Well, 5525 Beaver Creek Rd. Free. CONTACT: MATT GUEBARD, (928) 567-3322 or MOCA_Ranger_Activities@nps.gov.


Camp Verde

Fort Verde State Historic Park
MARCH 5: (1:30 pm)
^^*Program: Victorian Tea. Sponsored by ASP. Have a cup of Victorian Tea amid the historic structures of Fort Verde State Historic Park, 125 E. Hollamon St.  Regular Park fees apply. CONTACT: SHEILA STUBLER, (928) 567-3275 or sstubler@azstateparks.gov.

MARCH 12 & 26: (10 am)
^^*Workshop: How to Make Adobe Bricks. Sponsored by ASP. 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.

MARCH 12, 19 & 26: (1 pm)
^^*Presentation: Vintage Baseball. Sponsored by ASP. See a vintage baseball game.  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.

MARCH 19: (9 am – 5 pm)

^^*Display: Ancient Indian Technology. Sponsored by ASP. Learn about ancient Indian technology 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

MARCH 19 & 20: (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. Camp Verde Community Center, 395 S. Main St.  Free.  CONTACT: KEN ZOLL, (928) 567-0066 or center@verdevalleyarchaeology.org.


Flagstaff

MARCH 12: (2 ­– 4 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@musnaz.org.

MARCH 14: (12:15 pm)
^^*Lecture: “Bison in the Southwest.”  Sponsored by ASP.  Join NPS archaeologist Donelle Huffer for a talk about the archaeological and historical evidence of bison on the Colorado Plateau, the history of the Grand Canyon bison herd, and how archaeology can be used to inform on modern wildlife management issues. Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, 409 W. Riordan Rd. Free. CONTACT: KATHY FARRETTA, (928) 779-4395 or kfarretta@azstateparks.gov.

MARCH 23: (1 – 3 pm)
^^*Presentation: “100 Years of Photography at Wupatki Pueblo.” Sponsored by NPS. Visit the Pueblo with an archaeologist and observe the ways in which the Pueblo has been captured photographically for over 100 years. Wupatki National Monument Visitor Center, 25137 N. Wupatki Loop Rd. Regular entrance fees apply. CONTACT: IAN HOUGH, (928) 526-1157, ext. 233 or Ian_Hough@nps.gov.

MARCH 26: (9 am)
Hike: Tour of Juniper Terrace Archaeological Site.  Sponsored by CNF. 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 pavement and on unmaintained dirt roads. High clearance vehicles will be needed. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water. A moderate level of fitness is required for this trip. Reservations required; limited to 15 people. Flagstaff Ranger Station, 5075 N. Hwy 89. Free. CONTACT: JEREMY HAINES, (928) 527-8261 or jhaines@fs.fed.us.

MARCH 26: (7 pm)

^^*Presentation: “Capturing the Northern Arizona Archaeological Landscape: Photospheres and Tiny Planets.”  Sponsored by ASP. KNF Archaeologist Neil Weintraub will discuss how he uses Google Camera and Tiny Planet Application to capture archaeological sites and their associated landscapes. Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, 409 W. Riordan Rd. Free. CONTACT: KATHY FARRETTA, (928) 779-4395 or kfarretta@azstateparks.com.


Walnut Canyon National Monument

MARCH 8:  (1 – 3 pm)
*Hike: Ranger Cabin Hike.  Sponsored by the NPS. Join an NPS archaeologist to see 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. Limited to a maximum of 15 people, on a first-come basis. Regular entrance fees apply. CONTACT: IAN HOUGH, (928) 526-1157, ext. 233 or Ian_Hough@nps.gov.

MARCH 19: (12 – 3 pm)
^^*Demonstrations: Craft Day at Walnut Canyon.  Sponsored by NPS. Join NPS archaeologists at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center and learn about ancestral technologies, such as how to throw a spear using an atlatl and how to drill holes in shell. 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 CENTER, (928) 526-1157, ext. 233 or Ian_Hough@nps.gov.


Fredonia Area

MARCH 5, 12 & 19: (9 – Noon)
*Hike: Mu’uputs Canyon – Paiute History and Lifeways. Sponsored by the NPS.  Join a Park Ranger on this two-mile, moderate difficulty hike into scenic Mu’uputs Canyon on the Kaibab Paiute Reservation to visit two petroglyph sites. 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. Reservations strongly recommended as space is limited. CONTACT: PAULA OGDEN-MUSE, 928-643-7105 or paula_ogden-muse@nps.gov.

MARCH 26: (9 am – Noon)
*Hike: Powell Marker.  Sponsored by the NPS. Join a 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. 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 people. 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 NPS Park pass, if hikers wish to also visit the Monument. Reservations strongly recommended as space is limited. CONTACT: PAULA OGDEN-MUSE, 928-643-7105 or paula_ogden-muse@nps.gov.


Holbrook - 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/guidedtours.htm.

DAILY THROUGHOUT MARCH: (9 am – 4 pm)
^^*Exhibit: “10,000 + Years of Human History on the Petrified National Forest.” Sponsored by NPS. Come enjoy this interesting exhibit located at Puerco Pueblo. 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: BILL REITZE, (928) 524-6228, ext. 268 or william.reitze@nps.gov.

DAILY THROUGHOUT MARCH:  (10 am – 4 pm)
^^*Cultural Demonstrations.  Sponsored by NPS.  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 4, 5, 11, 12, 19 & 26:  (10 am)
^^*Hike: Puerco Pueblo Walk.  Sponsored by NPS.  Join a 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 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 6: (10 am)
^^*Hike: Stagecoach Stop. Sponsored by NPS.  Join a 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 13: (10 am)
^^*Hike: McCreery Pueblo.  Sponsored by NPS.  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 23:  (10 am)
^^*Hike: Historic Route 66.  Sponsored by NPS.  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 its important history. 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 27: (10 am)
^^*Hike: Lacey Point.  Sponsored by NPS.  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 distance.  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.


Sedona

MARCH 4: (10 am – 2 pm)
^^*Demonstrations: Ancient Technologies.  Sponsored by CNF, Red Rock Ranger District. Learn how people used pump drills to make holes, and stone abraders to make fishhooks, awls, and bone points. See also how yucca fiber was crafted into sandals and cordage. 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

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 12:  (10 am – 2 pm)
*Open House: 50th Anniversary of the Listing of Casa Malpais Pueblo on the National Register of Historic Places.  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. Docents will be posted along the self-guided tour to answer questions. Additionally, refreshments and interactive demonstrations will also be part of the festivities.  Hiking shoes are recommended as the ¾ mile trail is narrow, steep, and rocky in places. Wear hat, sunscreen, and bring water. Weather permitting. Meet at the Casa Malpais Museum and Archaeological Park – Springerville Heritage Center, 418 E. Main St.  Free.  CONTACT:  LYNETTE CROSS, (928) 333-5375 or lcross@springervilleaz.gov.

MARCH 19: (2 pm)
^^*Lecture: “The Role of the Upper Little Colorado Region in the Development and Spread of the Katsina Religion in the 13th & 14th Centuries.”  Sponsored by Casa Malpais Museum and Archaeological Park. Dr. Charles Adams will speak on the spread of the Katsina religion in the Upper Little Colorado Region. Casa Malpais Museum and Archaeological Park – Springerville Heritage Center, Udall Johnson Room, 418 East Main St.  Free.  CONTACT:  LYNETTE CROSS, (928) 333-5375 or lcross@springervilleaz.gov.

 

Williams

MARCH 3:  (6:30 pm)
^^*Lecture: “Photospheres and Tiny Planets: Digitally Capturing Northern Arizona Archaeological Landscapes.”  Sponsored by the KNF, Williams Ranger District.  Speaker Neil Weintraub, KNF Archaeologist, will discuss new methods that Kaibab archaeologists are using to document and interpret archaeological sites across the Forest. 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 10: (6:30 pm)
^^*Lecture: “The 2015 Kaibab National Forest Heritage Accomplishment Report.”  Sponsored by the KNF.  Speaker Neil Weintraub, KNF Archaeologist, will discuss the projects that South Kaibab archaeologists completed in the past year and their new discoveries. 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 12, 19 & 26:  (2 pm)
*Hike: Prehistoric Petroglyphs at Keyhole Sink.  Sponsored by the KNF. Archaeologists will lead educational hikes to the Keyhole Sink Petroglyph site.  The hike is an 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 17: (6:30 pm)
^^*Lecture: “African American History of Northern Arizona.”  Sponsored by the KNF, Williams Ranger District.  Speaker Margaret Hangan, KNF Archaeologist, will discuss the history of African Americans in Northern Arizona. 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 24: (6:30 pm)

^^*Lecture: “The Rock Fire: Using Fire as a Tool to Help Protect and Preserve Historic Native American Sites.”  Sponsored by the KNF, Williams Ranger District.  Speakers Neil Weintraub and Margaret Hangan, KNF archaeologists, will discuss how KNF fire staff managed the summer 2015 Rock Fire to reduce the threat of a more intense fire in an area with numerous significant fire sensitive, historic Native American sites. In addition, they will show the video “Keeping Fire on the Ground: Resource Specialist Perspectives on the KNF.” 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.

Winslow

MARCH 5 & 19: (10 am)
^^*Guided Tours: Homolovi II Pueblo.  Sponsored by ASP, Homolovi Ruins State Park and the Hopi Tribe.  Join a Ranger and explore a late 14th century Hopi Pueblo. For this tour, dress in layers, and bring water, snacks, and appropriate hiking gear.  Weather permitting. A portion of the tour is accessible via wheelchair. 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.

MARCH 13 & 27:  (10 am & 1 pm)
^^*Tours: Historic Sunset Cemetery (10 am) and Brigham City Fort (1 pm) 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); weather permitting.  Reservations recommended; limited to 15 people.  Call ahead to make reservations and to be informed about winter driving conditions. Regular entrance fees apply. Meet at Fort Parking Lot, North Rd and LaPrade Ln, I-40 Exit 253. CONTACT: KENN EVANS, (928) 289-4106 or kke2@azstateparks.gov.

MARCH 26:  (9:30 am)
*Guided Tours: Homolovi IV West Petroglyph Hike.  Sponsored by ASP, Homolovi Ruins State Park and the Hopi Tribe.  Join a Ranger and explore a remote backcountry site consisting of 10 acres with many petroglyphs. For this tour, dress in layers, and bring water, snacks, and appropriate hiking gear.  This is an easy ½ mile hike with mild climbing. Weather permitting.  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.

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Marana

MARCH 19: (8 am to Noon)

*Hike: 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 with archaeologist Allen Dart. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring drinking water for a 1.5-mile round trip hike. Reservations required by March 18. Departs from Silverbell Rd and Linda Vista Blvd. Free. CONTACT: ALLEN DART, (520) 798-1201 or adart@oldpueblo.org.


Tucson

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

 MARCH 1: (5:30 pm)
^^Archaeology Café: “Fire, Climate, and Society – Past, Present, and Future.”  Sponsored by Archaeology Southwest. Speaker Christopher Roos will discuss human and climatic impacts on Arizona’s fire-prone forests. 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: LINDA PIERCE, (520) 882-6946, ext. 23 or lpierce@archaeologysouthwest.org.

MARCH 14 – 18:  (Noon – 3:30 pm)
^^ Lecture and Tour:  Museum Collections and Conservation Laboratory at the Western Archeological and Conservation Center.  Sponsored by NPS.  A different brown bag talk each day, followed by a walking tour of the facility. 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; call for more information. Western Archaeological Conservation Center, 255 N. Commerce Park Lp.  Free.  CONTACT: MARIA ELENA-MORENO, (520) 791-6416 or MariaElena_Morena@nps.gov.   

MARCH 17: (6 – 8:30 pm)
      ^^Lecture: Third Thursday Food for Thought.  Sponsored by the OPAC.  Featuring a presentation by archaeologist Dr. Aaron Wright on “Hohokam Rock Art, Mountain Ritualism, and Social Transformation in the Salt River Valley.”  Guests may select and purchase food from the restaurant’s menu.  Reservations are required by 5 pm on March 16 due to limited space. ULike Asian Buffet Restaurant, 330 S. Wilmot Rd.  Free.  CONTACT: ALLEN DART, (520) 798-1201 or adart@oldpueblo.org.

MARCH 21: (7:30 pm)
^^Lecture:Hard Times in Dry Lands: Apocalypse in the Ancient Southwest or Business as Usual.”  Sponsored by Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society. Speaker Dr. Debra L. Martin will discuss how documenting human behavior during particularly challenging changes in the ancient Southwest has revealed both unique and patterned responses with respect to the use of warfare and violence, migration and social reorganization. DuVal Auditorium, Banner University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.  Free. CONTACT: KATHERINE CERINO, (520) 907-0884 or kcerino@gmail.com.

MARCH 26: (8 am – 3:30 pm)
*Hike: Baboquivari Peak Sacred Cave and Petroglyphs.  Sponsored by OPAC. Car-caravan educational tour with archaeologist Allen Dart. Bring comfortable hiking shoes, lunch, and drinking water. Hike is moderately difficult. Reservations required by March 23. $40 per person. Departs from Pima Community College, 401 N. Bonita Ave. CONTACT: ALLEN DART, (520) 798-1201 or adart@oldpueblo.org.


Vail

MONTH OF MARCH: (9 am ­– 5 pm)
*Hike: Self-Guided Hike on Archeology 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 lhohl@colossalcave.com.

Eastern Arizona


Payson

MARCH 19: (10 am)
^^Lecture: “House of the Holy: A Perspective on Kivas at the Pigg Site in Colorado.” Sponsored by the AAS, Rim Country Chapter. Dr. Charles Riggs will present information on the Pigg Site. Church of the Holy Nativity, 1414 Easy St. Free. CONTACT: Wayne Walter, leealonzo@aol.com.

Globe/Roosevelt

MARCH 12 & 13: (8 am – 4 pm)
*Program: Tonto National Monument Heritage Days.  Sponsored by the NPS. Tours of the Lower and Upper cliff dwellings will be offered.  Wear comfortable hiking shoes and a hat, and bring water.  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.

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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