2014 Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Month

Header image: Romero Ruins at Catalina SP in Tucson, site of the Archaeology Expo on March 29, 2014.

Downloads

Download 2014 Expo Participant Application Form (PDF Document 244 KB PDF)
Fill out the form and return to the SHPO office if you would like to participate in the 2014 Archaeology Expo at Catalina State Park on March 29, 2014.

Download 2014 Archy Poster (PDF Document 1.2 MB PDF)
Download 2014 Archy Month Event Calendar (PDF Document 1.9 MB PDF)
Download 2014 Archaeology Expo Event Flier (PDF Document 980 KB PDF)


Archy PosterMarch 2014 Event Calendar

Archaeology events all month long, all throughout Arizona! Note that the “External Link” symbol in the calendar below means a link to an external site that opens in a new window. 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.

2013 Archaeology ExpoMarch 29, 2014: Archaeology Expo at Catalina State Park in Tucson

9 am to 4 pm. This year’s Expo will offer many educational attractions for archaeology and history buffs, and will be located at Catalina State Park in Tucson, north of Tucson at the base of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains. The Expo is open to the public and is FREE. Kids will love meeting “Hualapai” the burro.

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. Download Archaeology Expo Event Flier (PDF Document 336 KB PDF)


Visiting an Archaeological Site?

Read the Archaeological Site Etiquette Guide (Guide)

 

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.


Calendar Symbol Key

Wheelchair Accessible = Wheelchair Accessible    Suitable for Children = Suitable for Children

Central Arizona


Cave Creek

March 1 - Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area External Link

Annual Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area Archaeology Expo Suitable for Children

9 am – 3 pm. Sponsored by Desert Foothills Chapter/AAS, Cave Creek Museum, and the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. Featured activities include hikes to sites, booths, crafts, lectures, and children’s activities. Guided hikes of the SCRCA trails are scheduled throughout the day. Hikes require water, sunscreen, and appropriate hiking shoes. Cave Creek Museum, 44000 N. Spur Cross Rd.; take Spur Cross Rd. from Cave Creek Rd. north 4-1/2 miles. Free. CONTACT: MARY KEARNEY or maryk92@aol.com.


Coolidge

March 1, 9, 23, 29 - Casa Grande Ruins National Monument External Link

Ancient Technology Day   Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

10 am – 2 pm. Sponsored by the National Park Service (NPS). Hands-on presentations will give participants the opportunity to try some of the techniques and tools used by the ancient Hohokam. The innovations and problem solving skills of the Hohokam are impressive even by modern standards. Try your hand at some of the life skills that were everyday work in the 1300s. No reservations required. Regular park entrance fees apply. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W. Ruins Dr. CONTACT: DIANE GARCIA, (520) 723-3172, ext. 112.

March 2, 8, 16, 22, 30 - Casa Grande Ruins National Monument External Link

Site Tour: Backcountry Sites at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument  

9 am. Some areas that are normally closed to the public will be available during these tours. Tours will last approximately 1 ½ to two hours. Arrive at the Park Visitor Center by 8:45 am, wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and dress appropriate to the current weather conditions. No one can leave the tour once beyond the picnic area. Reservations are required, as the tours are limited to 10 people. CONTACT: Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W. Ruins Dr. Regular entrance fees apply. (520) 723-3172 (must talk with ranger to confirm tour, not just leave a message on voicemail). Reservations may not be made via email.


Cordes Junction

March 8 - Agua Fria National MonumentExternal Link

Hike: Tour to La Plata Ruin Suitable for Children

9 am. Sponsored by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Friends of the Agua Fria National Monument. Meet at the Kiosk located at Bloody Basin Road exit off of I-17 to drive to the site on the Agua Fria National Monument. It’s an easy-to-medium hike through high desert brush. Reservations are required, as the tour is limited to 15 people. Bring water, lunch, hiking shoes, and sunscreen – weather-permitting. High-clearance vehicle recommended. Free. CONTACT: STEVEN BROWN, (928) 899-6184 or steven@aguafriafriends.org.


Marana

March 20 - Old Pueblo Archaeology Center External Link

Tour: Spring Equinox Tour of Los Morteros and Picture Rocks Petroglyphs Archaeological Sites Suitable for Children

8 am – Noon. Sponsored by Old Pueblo Archaeology Center (OPAC). Tour led by archaeologist Allen Dart. Wear sturdy walking shoes, hat, and sunscreen; bring drinking water. Car pool in high-clearance vehicles to drive to the rock art vicinity. Hike is approximately 4 to 5 miles on mostly brushy, unimproved trails to petroglyph sites. Departs from Silverbell Road and Linda Vista Blvd. Reservations required by Tuesday March 18. Free. CONTACT: ALLEN DART, (520) 798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.


Mesa

Thursdays through Sundays in March - Mesa Grande, 10th & Date St.

Tours of Mesa Grande Mound and Museum  Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

Thursdays & Fridays 10 am – 4 pm; Saturdays 11 am – 4 pm; Sundays noon – 4 pm. Tours of Mesa Grande Mound and Museum. Sponsored by Arizona Museum of Natural History. Mesa Grande is one of two, great, ancient Hohokam platform mounds found in the Salt River Valley. Mesa Grande, 10th & Date St., a block west of Country Club Dr. on Brown Rd (turns into Date St.). Guided tours by an archaeologist are available for groups of 10 or more. Regular entrance fees apply. Must be booked at least one week in advance. CONTACT: Alison Stoltman, (480) 644-3553 or alison.stoltman@mesaaz.gov or www.azmnh.org.


Phoenix

March 1 - Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park External Link

Archaeology for Kids: Pueblo Grande Museum Suitable for Children

9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Archaeology for Kids. Sponsored by Pueblo Grande Museum (PGM) and Archaeology Park. Become a Junior Archaeologist and 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 East Washington St. Pre-registration of $15 per child is required. CONTACT: LAURA ANDREW,
(602) 495-0901 or laura.andrew@phoenix.gov or www.PuebloGrande.com.

March 5 - Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park External Link

Lecture: “Chaco Mystery Solved?” Wheelchair Accessible

9:30 am – 12:30 pm. MARCH 5: (7:30 – 9 pm)
Sponsored by the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary. Join us at the PGM for a lecture by John A. Ware, Executive Director of the Amerind Foundation. In his talk he will argue that the key to understanding eleventh century Chaco may lie in deciphering differences and similarities among the living descendants of the Chaco culture and the historic Pueblo Indians of New Mexico and Arizona. PGM, 4619 E. Washington St. CONTACT: LAURA ANDREW, (602) 495-0901 or laura.andrew@phoenix.gov or www.PuebloGrande.com.

March 5 & 19 - Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park External Link

Behind the Scenes Tour of PGM with Curator Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

2 – 2:30 pm. Sponsored by PGM. Join Curator of Collections, Holly Young, 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-served tour. Space is limited. 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 or www.PuebloGrande.com.

March 8 - Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park External Link

Ancient Technology Day. Sponsored by the PGM Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

10 am – 3 pm. Join us for a fun day! Try your hand at using an atlatl to throw a spear and watch artists as they demonstrate pottery making, basket weaving, rock art reproductions, and flint knapping. Try the fry bread and agave roast, cooked the traditional way. Wear clothing appropriate to the weather. PGM, 4619 East Washington St. Free. CONTACT: LAURA ANDREW, (602) 495-0901 or
laura.andrew@phoenix.gov or www.PuebloGrande.com.

March 13 - Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park External Link

Plant Tour of Pueblo Grande Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

10 am – 3 pm. Sponsored by the PGM. Discover some of the edible and medicinal plants of the southwest on an abbreviated walk along the trail at Pueblo Grande. What desert plant has “gone to the moon?” A knowledgeable guide will identify this plant as well as many other useful desert floras and some of the traditional crops (in season). Space is limited; please sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot. Free with paid museum admission. CONTACT: LAURA ANDREW, (602) 495-0901 or laura.andrew@phoenix.gov or www.PuebloGrande.com.

March 18 - Macayo’s Central at 4001 N. Central Ave

Archaeology Café: “Early Agriculture in the Southwest.” Wheelchair Accessible

5:30 – 7 pm. Sponsored by Archaeology Southwest. The Archaeology Café features an informal lecture by James Vint (Desert Archaeology, Inc.) who will explain what new discoveries from the Santa Cruz River Valley are revealing about early agriculture in the southern Southwest. Held in the Aztec Room of Macayo’s Central at 4001 N. Central Ave. Presentation begins at 6 pm; but for those who might want to order off the menu, order by 5:30 pm. Reservations are not required, but space is limited. Share tables and make new friends. Free. CONTACT: LINDA PIERCE, (520) 882-6946, ext. 23, or lpierce@archaeologysouthwest.org.

March 11- Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park External Link

Lecture: “Introduction to Southwestern Archaeology.” Wheelchair Accessible 

9 am – 4:15 pm. Sponsored by the Arizona Archaeology Society (AAS), Phoenix Chapter and the PGM. This one-day class is on the archaeology of the Southwest and is great for winter visitors and others curious about the indigenous peoples who lived in the Arizona area before the Spanish conquest. Held at the PGM, 4619 E. Washington St. Free. CONTACT: ELLIE LARGE, (480) 461-0563 or elarge@cox.net.

March 22- Pioneers Cemetery/Park is located along W. Jefferson Ave. at 14th Ave External Link

Historical Walk: Pioneers’ Cemetery.” Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

10:30 am registration, 11 am tour. Pioneers Cemetery/Park is located along W. Jefferson Ave. at 14th Ave. The cemetery tour will feature eight pioneers buried in the cemetery who shaped the City of Phoenix. Cost: $15 for adults; $5 for students 12 years old and under; children under 5 are free. Fees go toward growing the Tombstone Restoration Fund. CONTACT: DEBE BRANNING, (602) 534-1262 or nazanaza@aol.com.

March 22- Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park External Link

Petroglyph Discovery Hike  Suitable for Children

7 – 10 am. Sponsored by the PGM. An experienced PGM guide will lead participants on a three-mile, three-hour interpretive hike through South Mountain. Learn about the petroglyphs (rock art) left by the Hohokam people over 1,000 years ago, and why this mountain was so important to their culture. Space is limited. Hike is rated as difficult. Please wear hiking shoes, carry water and sunscreen, and dress appropriately for the weather. Appropriate for ages 12 and up if the child is used to hiking and outdoor activities. Advance registration is required by March 20. Meet at the PGM, 4619 E. Washington St. $8 Per person. CONTACT: LAURA ANDREW, (602) 495-0901 or laura.andrew@phoenix.gov.

Deer Valley Rock Art CenterMarch 22 - Deer Valley Rock Art Center External Link

Rock Art Expo Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

10 am – 4 pm. Visit the Deer Valley Rock Art Center for its biggest event of the year! Participate in interactive stations on archaeology and desert ecology, hands-on crafts for kids, ancient spear throwing demonstrations, a mock archaeology dig, and agave tasting. Special guided tours of the petroglyph trail and musical performances will also be featured. Appropriate for vision and/or hearing impaired. Deer Valley Rock Art Center, 3711 W. Deer Valley Rd. Free. CONTACT: JILLIAN VIAR, (623) 582-8007 or jviar@asu.edu.

March 28 - Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological ParkExternal Link

Tour of the Park of Four Waters 

10 –11 am. Sponsored by the PGM. The Hohokam people lived in the Salt River area from approximately AD 450 to AD 1450. They were an agricultural society, growing corn, beans, squash, and cotton. In order to support their extensive agricultural system, they constructed miles of canals to direct water from the Salt River to their fields. The Park of Four Waters tour will take you through undeveloped, natural desert to the ruins of some of these canal systems. Appropriate for ages 13+ years. This is a first-come, first-served tour. Space is limited. Meet at the PGM, 4619 E. Washington St. Tours are free with paid administration. CONTACT: LAURA ANDREW, (602) 495-0901 or laura.andrew@phoenix.gov or www.PuebloGrande.com.


Tempe

March 2 - Hackett House Plaza

Walk or Bike through History! Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

9 am - Noon. Sponsored by the City of Tempe and the Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation. Tour historic Tempe. Multiple tours available. Must have a working bicycle and helmet for bike tours. Meet at the Hackett House Plaza, 95 W. 4th St. CONTACT: MARK VINSON, (480) 350-8367 or mark_vinson(at)tempe.govExternal Link


Wickenburg

March 4 - Desert Caballeros Western Museum External Link

Desert Adventure Tour: Hassayampa River’s Box Canyon & Boyd Ranch 

9 am – 3 pm. Sponsored by the Desert Caballeros Western Museum (DCWM). Lunch and transportation provided. Cost: $55 DCWM members; $80 non-members. Meet at the DCWM, 21 N. Frontier St. Space limited. Pre-register early. CONTACT BECKY ROVEY, (928) 684-2272, ext. 102, www.westernmuseum.org, for ticket information.

March 21 - 23- Desert Caballeros Western Museum External Link

9th Annual Invitational Exhibition and Sale: Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West  Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children  

10 am – 3 pm. Sponsored by the DCWM. Celebrate the extraordinary talent of women artists from throughout the West. Meet participating artists during the weekend events. DCWM, 21 N. Frontier St. CONTACT BECKY ROVEY, (928) 684-2272, ext. 102, www.westernmuseum.org, for ticket information.

March 25 - Desert Caballeros Western Museum External Link

Desert Adventure Tour: Ghost Towns

9 am – 3 pm. Sponsored by the DCWM, 21 N. Frontier St. Cost: $35 for DCWM members; $55 non-members. CONTACT BECKY ROVEY, (928) 684-2272, ext. 102, www.westernmuseum.org, for ticket information.

Northern Arizona


Camp Verde Area

March 1 & 15 - Fort Verde State Historic Park

Living History Presentation and Guided Tours Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

10 am & 2 pm. Sponsored by Arizona State Parks (ASP) Fort Verde State Historic Park. Take a stroll along Officers’ Row with a docent as they lead guided tours through historic homes. Fort Verde State Historic Park, 125 E. Hollamon St. Regular entrance fees apply. CONTACT: SHEILA STUBLER, (928) 567-3275, or sstubler@azstateparks.gov or www.azstateparks.com

March 5 & 26 - Montezuma Castle National Monument External Link

Lecture: “Environmental Influences for Sinaguan Settlement” Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

10 am. Sponsored by the NPS. Join Melissa Philibeck in learning about the Sinagua, an ancient Native American culture that once inhabited the Park area. Meet at the Montezuma Castle Interpretive Circle located near the main viewing area at 2800 Montezuma Castle Rd. Regular entrance fees apply. CONTACT: MELISSA PHILIBECK, (928) 649-6195, ext. 226, or melissa_philibeck@nps.gov

March 8 & 22 - Fort Verde State Historic Park

Workshop: How to Make Adobe Bricks Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

2 pm. 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 entrance fees apply. CONTACT: SHEILA STUBLER, (928) 567-3275, or sstubler@azstateparks.gov or www.azstateparks.com.

March 12 - Montezuma Castle National Monument External Link

Lecture: “History of Archaeology at Montezuma Castle” Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

2 pm. Lecture: “History of Archaeology at Montezuma Castle.” Sponsored by NPS. Lecture by Matt Guebard, Chief of Resource Management and Lead Archaeologist for Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monument. Meet at the Montezuma Castle Interpretive Circle located near the main viewing area at 2800 Montezuma Castle Rd. Regular entrance fees apply. CONTACT: MATT GUEBARD, (928) 649-6195, ext. 225, or matt_guebard@nps.gov

March 14 & 15 - Verde Valley Archaeology Center External Link

International Archaeology Film Fest Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

March 14 at 7 pm & March 15 at 3 pm & 7 pm. Sponsored by the Verde Valley Archaeology Center (VVAC). A different archaeological documentary will be shown at various locations. CONTACT: KEN ZOLL, (928) 567-0066 or director@verdevalleyarchaeology.org. For film details, see website at www.nafestival.org

March 19 - Montezuma Well National Monument External Link

Lecture and Tour: “Environmental Influences for Sinaguan Settlement at Montezuma Well”

10 am. Sponsored by the NPS. Join Melissa Philibeck in learning about the Sinagua, an Ancient Native American culture that once inhabited the Park area. Meet at the first viewing platform. Program includes interpretive talk and guided hike around the Well. Bring water, wear appropriate shoes, hats, and sunscreen. Montezuma Well, 5525 Beaver Creek Rd. Regular entrance fees apply. CONTACT: MELISSA PHILIBECK, (928) 649-6195, ext. 226, or melissa_philibeck@nps.gov

March 22 & 23 - Located at the V Bar V Heritage Site.

V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Day Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

9:30 am - 3 pm. Sponsored by Coconino National Forest-Red Rock Ranger District. Demonstrations and hands-on activities include making fire by friction, spinning and weaving cotton, making and firing pottery, throwing with atlatls, and learning about traditional uses of plants. Enjoy watching the Yavapai Apache Nation Dancers and an expert flint-knapper! Bring walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and water. 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 29 - George Hance House, 229 Coppinger St.

Open House: George Hance House Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

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

March 29 - Camp Verde Historical Society Museum

Open House: Camp Verde Historical Society Museum Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

10 am - 4 pm. Sponsored by the Camp Verde Historical Society. Camp Verde Historical Society Museum, 435 South Main St. Free, but donations are welcome and benefit the Historical Society. CONTACT: NANCY FLOYD, (928) 567-5060 or verdevista(at)swiftwireless.com

March 29 - Camp Verde Jail, 44 Hollamon St.

Open House: Camp Verde 1933 Rock Jail Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

10 am - 4 pm. Sponsored by the Camp Verde Historical Society. In 1933, 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 rock jail required over 2000 volunteer hours and was completed in 2010. The jail is located at 44 Hollamon St. Free, but donations are welcome and benefit the Society. CONTACT: NANCY FLOYD, (928) 567-5060 or verdevista@swiftwireless.com

March 29 - Camp Verde Jail, 44 Hollamon St.

Blacksmithing Demonstration at Camp Verde’s 1933 Rock Jail Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

10 am – 4 pm. Sponsored by the Arizona Artist Blacksmith Association. 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; for members of the Arizona Artist Blacksmith Association, it is an art form that has evolved through the centuries. 44 Hollamon St. Free. CONTACT: NANCY FLOYD, (928) 567-5060 or verdevista@swiftwireless.com

March 29 & 30 - Verde Valley Archaeology Center External Link

Verde Valley Archaeology Fair Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

10 am – 4 pm. Sponsored by the VVAC. The Fair will feature displays on a variety of archaeological practices, techniques, lectures, and demonstrations. VVAC, 395 S. Main St. Free. CONTACT: KEN ZOLL, (928) 567-0066 or director@verdevalleyarchaeology.org.


Clarkdale

March 26 - Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum

Walking Tour: “History of Archaeology at Tuzigoot National Monument.” Suitable for Children

2 pm. Sponsored by the NPS. Learn about the Sinagua, a Native American culture that inhabited the Verde Valley between the years AD 1100 – AD 1425. Program includes an interpretive talk and a guided hike. Bring water, hiking shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Meet at the visitor center at Tuzigoot National Monument Museum, 25 W. Tuzigoot Rd, Clarkdale. Regular entrance fees apply. CONTACT: MATTHEW GUEBARD, (928) 649-6195, ext. 225, or matt_guebard@nps.gov.


Flagstaff Area

March 7 - Wupatki National Monument External Link

Lantern Hike Suitable for Children

5:30 – 7 pm, Sponsored by NPS – Wupatki Pueblo National Monument. An NPS archaeologist will lead an evening hike back in time around the Wupatki Pueblo. See into the lives of those who lived here 800 years ago. Artifacts from the Monument will be on display. Please bring water, flashlight, and hiking shoes. Meet at the Wupatki National Monument’s Visitor Center, 25137 Wupatki Loop. From Flagstaff, take Hwy 89 north for 12 miles; turn right at sign for Sunset Crater Volcano and travel another 21 miles from this junction to the Wupatki National Monument’s Visitor Center. Regular entrance fees apply. Reservations required. CONTACT: HOLLY RICHARDS, (928) 679-2365 or holly_richards@nps.gov

March 11 - Walnut Canyon National Monument External Link

Tour/Lecture: “History of NPS Architecture at Walnut Canyon National Monument” Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

1 – 3 pm. Sponsored by NPS-Walnut Canyon National Monument. Learn about the history of the NPS and the architecture at Walnut Canyon National Monument, including the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Mission 66. Suitable for older children. Meet at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center at 3 Walnut Canyon Rd. Travel east on Interstate 40; take exit 204 south and drive another 3 miles. Please bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Reservations required. Regular entrance fees apply. CONTACT: LISA BALDWIN, (928) 526-1157, ext. 233, or lisa_baldwin@nps.gov.

March 15 - Wupatki National Monument External Link

Cultural Hands-on Demonstrations Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

11 am – 2 pm. Sponsored by NPS – Wupatki National Monument. Join NPS archaeologists and learn about prehistoric technologies – create your own pinch pot, paintbrush, rock art symbols and split-twig figurine. Artifacts from the Monument will be on display. Meet at the Wupatki National Monument’s Visitor Center, 25137 Wupatki Loop. From Flagstaff, take Hwy 89 north for 12 miles; turn right at sign for Sunset Crater Volcano and travel another 21 miles from this junction to the Wupatki National Monument’s Visitor Center. Regular entrance fees apply. CONTACT: HOLLY RICHARDS, (928) 679-2365 or holly_richards@nps.gov

March 20 - Walnut Canyon National Monument External Link

Cultural Hands-on Demonstration Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

10 am – 1 pm. Sponsored by NPS – Walnut Canyon National Monument. Learn about prehistoric technologies – create your own pinch pot, paintbrush, rock art symbols, and split-twig figurine. Artifacts from the Monument will be on display. Meet at the Walnut Canyon National Monument Visitor Center. 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 26 - Walnut Canyon National Monument External Link

Hike: Prehistoric Resource Use at Walnut Canyon Suitable for Children

1 – 3 pm. Sponsored by NPS – Walnut Canyon National Monument. Learn about the prehistoric use of plants at Walnut Canyon as you travel into Walnut Canyon down the Island Trail through a range of elevations and vegetation zones. The hike is rated strenuous. Bring water, hat, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes. Meet at the Walnut Canyon National Monument’s Visitor Center. 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 29 - Wupatki National Monument External Link

Lecture: “Behind Every Good Monument: An Introduction to Pioneering Women Archaeologists of Wupatki National Monument” Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

3:30 – 4:30 pm. Sponsored by NPS – Wupatki National Monument. Meet at the Wupatki National Monument’s Visitor Center, 25137 Wupatki Loop. From Flagstaff, take Hwy 89 north for 12 miles; turn right at sign for Sunset Crater Volcano and travel another 21 miles from this junction to the Wupatki National Monument’s Visitor Center. Regular entrance fees apply. CONTACT: HOLLY RICHARDS, (928) 679-2365 or holly_richards@nps.gov


Fredonia & Page Area

March 1 & 15 - Pipe Spring National Monument External Link

Demonstration: Blacksmithing and Stone Cutting  Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

9 am – Noon. Sponsored by the NPS – Pipe Spring National Monument (PSNM). Flames-a-roaring, hammer-a-pounding, and sweat-a-pouring: these were common sounds and sights when blacksmiths and stonecutters were at work. Join Park Ranger Evan Cram to see these old methods at work. PSNM, 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). Entrance fee of $5.00 per person, age 15 years and older; Interagency Annual, Senior, and Access passes accepted. CONTACT: ANDREA BORNEMEIER, (928) 643-7105 or andrea_bornemeier@nps.gov

March 9, 13 & 23 - Pipe Spring National Monument External Link

Mu’uputs Canyon Hike – Paiute History and Lifeways  Suitable for Children

9 – 11 am. Sponsored by the NPS – PSNM. 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. PSNM, 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 $10.00 per person tribal use fee ($1.00 for 15 years and younger). This fee is in addition to the $5.00 per person Monument entrance fee (Interagency Annual, Senior, and Access passes accepted), if hikers wish to also visit the Monument. CONTACT: ANDREA BORNEMEIER, (928) 643-7105 or andrea_bornemeier@nps.gov

March 11 - Powell Museum and Page Public Library External Link

Demonstration: Paiute Beading and Basketry  Wheelchair Accessible

7 pm. Glen Canyon Lecture Series: “Rock Art of the Grand Canyon.” Sponsored by the Glen Canyon Natural History Association, Powell Museum and Page Public Library. Speaker: Don Christiansen. Held at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center, Glen Canyon Dam on Hwy 89. Free. CONTACT: KIM KEISLING, (928) 645-9496 or curator@powellmuseum.org. For a complete listing of lectures, visit www.powellmuseum.org.

March 22 - Pipe Spring National Monument External Link

Sandal Making Workshop Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

10 am – 1 pm. Sponsored by the NPS – PSNM. John Olsen, specialist in prehistoric technologies, will lead this hands-on workshop. Participants will learn the techniques that prehistoric people used to create sandals, from gathering and preparing the materials, to the final weaving. PSNM, 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). Entrance fee of $5.00 per person age 15 years and older, Interagency Annual, Senior, and Access passes accepted. CONTACT: ANDREA BORNEMEIER, (928) 643-7105 or andrea_bornemeier@nps.gov

March 28 - Pipe Spring National Monument External Link

Powell Marker Hike  Suitable for Children

9 am – Noon. Sponsored by the NPS-PSNM. Join Pipe Spring Park Ranger Stephen Rudolph on a strenuous hike that climbs approximately 800 feet to the top of the Vermilion Cliffs to one of the survey triangulation stations established by the John Wesley Powell topographical 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. A tribal fee of $10 will apply ($1.00 for 15 years and younger) in addition to the Monument entrance fee of $5 per person, or entrance with a park pass, if hikers wish to also visit the Monument. CONTACT:
ANDREA BORNEMEIER, (928) 643-7105 or andrea_bornemeier@nps.gov


Grand Canyon Area & Peach Springs

March 14 - Hualapai Indian Tribe Department of Cultural Resources, 880 W. Route 66

4th Annual Archaeology Expo and Mock Archaeology Dig Suitable for Children

9 am – 3 pm. Sponsored by the Hualapai Indian Tribe Department of Cultural Resources. Geared to teach students about the field of archaeology and related careers. The Hualapai Indian Tribe Department of Cultural Resources, 880 W. Route 66. Free. CONTACT: MARCIE CRAYNON OR BENNETT JACKSON, (928) 769-2234 or mcraynon@yahoo.com

March 22 - Grand Canyon National Park External Link

Archaeology Day: Hands-on Activities for Kids and Adults Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

10 am – 4 pm. Sponsored by NPS – Grand Canyon. Dress in layers according to weather conditions. Grand Canyon Visitor Center, South Rim. Park entrance fees apply. CONTACT: ELLEN BRENNAN, (928) 638-7742 or ellen_brennan@nps.gov; MARNA BASTIAN, (928) 638-7077 or marna_bastian@nps.gov


Holbrook Area

Petrified Forest National Park External Link

As scheduling allows, activities at Petrified Forest National Park to celebrate Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month may be offered! Please visit www.nps.gov/pefro/planyourvisit/guidedtours.htm on or after February 15, 2014 for additional opportunities.

Daily in March - Petrified Forest National ParkExternal Link

Archaeology Exhibit: “10,000 + Years of Human History on the Petrified National Forest Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

9 am – 4 pm. Sponsored by Petrified National Forest. Come enjoy this interesting exhibit located in the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark! North end of Park. 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. Regular entrance fees apply. CONTACT: BILL REITZE, (928) 524-6228, ext. 268, or william_reitze@nps.gov.

Saturdays in March - Petrified Forest National Park External Link

Cultural Demonstrations: Native American Arts and Crafts Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

10 am – 3 pm. Sponsored by NPS – Petrified Forest National Park. A Native American with ancestral ties to the area will share engaging skills and traditions. Located inside the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark. 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. Regular entrance fees apply. CONTACT: KIP WOOLFORD, (928) 524-6228, ext. 273, or kip_woolford@nps.gov.

Saturdays in March - Petrified Forest National Park External Link

Sandbox Archaeology Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

10 am – Noon. Sponsored by NPS - Petrified Forest National Park. This activity gives children a chance to excavate in a sandbox for artifacts to learn about the long human history of the Park and the stewardship message. Activities are Ranger-led and will be held in the Painted Desert Visitor Center. 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. Free. CONTACT: LAUREN CARTER, (928) 524-6228, ext. 276, or lauren_carter@nps.gov.

Saturdays in March - Petrified Forest National Park External Link

Hike: Puerco Pueblo Walk Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

2 pm. Sponsored by NPS – Petrified Forest National Park. Join a Ranger to explore remains of an ancestral Puebloan Village. This easy hike is 0.3-miles in length. Appropriate for ages 8 and older. 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. Meet at the Petrified Forest National Park, Puerco Pueblo parking lot. Bring appropriate shoes, hat, sunscreen, and lots of water. Regular entrance fees apply. CONTACT: SARAH HERVE, (928) 524-6228, ext. 264, or sarah_herve@nps.gov.

March 5 & 19 - Petrified Forest National Park External Link

Cultural Demonstrations: Native American Arts and Crafts Suitable for Children

10 am. Backcountry Hike to 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 best petroglyphs in the Park. Bring appropriate shoes, hat, sunscreen, and lots of water. Appropriate for ages 8 and older if they are able to comfortably walk the distances associated with the hike. 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. Meet at Lacey Point, north end of Park. Regular entrance fees apply. Reservations required. CONTACT: BILL REITZE, (928) 524-6228, ext. 268, or william_reitze@nps.gov.

March 12 & 26 - Petrified Forest National Park External Link

Backcountry Hike: Historic Route 66 Suitable for Children

10 am. Sponsored by NPS. Petrified Forest is the only National Park with a portion of Route 66 within its boundaries! Enjoy a moderate, two mile – round-trip hike along the “Mother Road” to learn of its important history. Bring appropriate shoes, hat, sunscreen, and lots of water. Appropriate for ages 8 and older if they can comfortably walk the distances associated with the hike. Meet at Petrified Forest National Park Visitor Center. 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. Have a full tank of gas to caravan out to the start of the hike. Regular entrance fees apply. Reservations required. CONTACT: BILL REITZE, (928) 524-6228, ext. 268, or william_reitze@nps.gov.


Prescott

March 6 - Smoki Museum

Lecture: "History of the Smoki" Wheelchair Accessible

1 - 3 pm. Sponsored by Smoki Museum. Cindy Gresser and Wally Warren discuss the history of the Smoki Museum, which was founded by the Smoki People in 1935, and has a unique and interesting history. Learn all the ins and outs, ups and downs of this local treasure. After the classroom instruction, a documentary entitled "Borrowed Dances," will be shown. The film is 62 minutes in length. Meet at the Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Avenue. FREE, but donations welcome. Contact: Cindy Gresser, (928) 445-1230.

March 13 - Smoki Museum

Class: Ceramics. Wheelchair Accessible

1 - 3 pm. Sponsored by the Smoki Museum. Andy Christenson leads the class. Learn about the basic ways in which archaeologists analyze pottery, provide a brief overview of the basic type of prehistoric pottery found in the Prescott Region, and view the range of pots presently on display in the museum. Meet at the Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Avenue. FREE, but donations welcome. Contact: Cindy Gresser, (928) 445-1230.

March 20 - Smoki Museum

Class: Prescott Culture. Wheelchair Accessible

1 - 3 pm. Sponsored by the Smoki Museum. Jim Christopher leads this class. Was there really such a thing as a prehistoric "Prescott Culture?" Who were the Patayans and the Hakatayans? Why is our area probably the least studied part of the state in terms of archaeology? Is Prescott Gray Ware really the ugliest prehistoric pottery in Arizona? This presentation will talk about the archaeology and the prehistory of Prescott and try to look at some of the issues that reveal who lived here before 1500, how they lived and whether or not they still may be here. Meet at the Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Avenue. FREE, but donations welcome. Contact: Cindy Gresser, (928) 445-1230.

March 22 - Smoki Museum

Pottery Workshop. Wheelchair Accessible

1 - 3 pm. Sponsored by the Smoki Museum. Think building a pot would be fun. It is. Come join us as you learn the traditional coil method of pottery making. All materials supplied, a donation of $15 is appreciated. Meet at the Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Avenue. Contact: Cindy Gresser, (928) 445-1230.

March 27 - Smoki Museum

Class: Baskets. Wheelchair Accessible

1 - 3 pm. Sponsored by the Smoki Museum. Bob Seng leads this class. An introductory look at Southwestern Native American basketry, from 19th century utilitarian tools to the fine art forms produced during the fluorescence of the 1920s and 1930s. The seminar will include an explanation of construction techniques, materials, and uses. We will also have many pictures, as well as physical examples for viewing, handling, and discussion. Meet at the Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Avenue. FREE, but donations welcome. Contact: Cindy Gresser, (928) 445-1230.

March 29 - Smoki Museum

Pottery Firing. Wheelchair Accessible

1 - 3 pm. Sponsored by the Smoki Museum. You've built your pot - so now what? Firing of course! Sometimes they come out perfect - sometimes they crack and break apart. What will yours do? An outdoor, ground firing will be conducted. A must see for pottery fans. Meet at the Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Avenue. FREE, but donations welcome. Contact: Cindy Gresser, (928) 445-1230.


Sedona

March 7 - Coconino National Forest External Link

Demonstrations: Ancient Technologies Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

9 am – 4:30 pm. Sponsored by Coconino National Forest – Red Rock Ranger District. This event will feature demonstrations and displays of ancient tools and technologies that helped people thrive in the Southwestern environment for centuries. Demonstrations will be at the visitor center under a covered porch at 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

Throughout March - Casa Malpais Museum External Link

Displays: Casa Malpais Museum and Archaeological Park Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

Call for times. Museum is open Monday through Saturday, and features displays of prehistoric artifacts from the Casa Malpais archaeological site. Casa Malpais Museum and Archaeological Park, 418 E. Main St. Free. CONTACT: CASA MALPAIS MUSEUM, (928) 333-5375 or casa@springervilleaz.gov

Tuesdays through Saturdays in March - Casa Malpais Museum External Link

Guided Tours: Prehistoric Casa Malpais Pueblo Suitable for Children

9 am, 11 am & 2 pm. 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. The tour is 3/4 mile long, with a rise of 150 feet in elevation. Meet at the Museum, 418 E. Main St. Bring hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and water. Regular entry fees apply. CONTACT: CASA MALPAIS MUSEUM, (928) 333-5375 or casa@springervilleaz.gov

March 1 - Casa Malpais Museum External Link

Slide Show of Local Area Petroglyphs Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

1 – 3 pm. Sponsored by Casa Malpais Museum and Archaeological Park. Join Marc Zebel, a long time photographer who uses 35mm film to photograph petroglyph panels and rock art in and around Round Valley. Casa Malpais Museum, 418 East Main St. Free. CONTACT: CASA MALPAIS MUSEUM, (928) 333-5375 or casa@springervilleaz.gov

March 8 - Casa Malpais Museum External Link

Lecture and Virtual Tour: “Exploring Chaco’s Legacy” Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

1 – 3 pm. Sponsored by the Casa Malpais Archaeological Park and Museum. Archaeologist, Doug Gann, will demonstrate Archaeology Southwest’s new chronological virtual reality system that will take the audience on a tour of ancient Chaco Canyon, as well as Salmon and Aztec pueblos, through four time periods, focusing on the migration of Chacoan peoples from AD 800 through AD 1150. Casa Malpais Museum, 418 East Main St. Free. CONTACT: CASA MALPAIS MUSEUM, (928) 333-5375 or casa@springervilleaz.gov.

March 15 - Casa Malpais Museum External Link

Lecture: “The Lost Century” Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

1 – 3 pm. Sponsored by Casa Malpais Museum and Archaeological Park. Dr. Matt Peeples will talk about the period between AD 1450 and the arrival of Coronado in 1540, the time period often depicted as a “lost century” in the Southwest. Dr. Peeples will summarize several lines of archaeological and biological evidence to explore the origins, timing, and consequences of immigration into the Zuni region and the establishment of the communities encountered by de Niza and Coronado. Casa Malpais Museum, 418 East Main St. Free. CONTACT: CASA MALPAIS MUSEUM, (928) 333-5375 or casa@springervilleaz.gov

March 22 - Casa Malpais Museum External Link

Lecture: “Set in Stone But Not in Meaning: Southwest Indian Rock Art” Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

1 – 3 pm. Sponsored by the Casa Malpais Archaeological Park and Museum. Join archaeologist, Allen Dart, who will discuss ancient Indian pictographs (rock paintings) and petroglyphs (symbols carved or pecked on rocks). Allen Dart will discuss the different interpretations of rock art. Casa Malpais Museum, 418 East Main St. Free. CONTACT: CASA MALPAIS MUSEUM, (928) 333-5375 or
casa@springervilleaz.gov


Williams Area

Saturdays in March - Kaibab National Forest Williams Ranger District Office External Link

Interpretive Hike: Prehistoric Petroglyphs at Keyhole Sink Site  Suitable for Children

2 pm. Sponsored by the Kaibab National Forest. The hike is approximately 0.75-mile walk each way, and the terrain is rocky and can be muddy. Be prepared to get wet as a waterfall often cascades off the lava flow requiring crossings in ankle deep water to access the rock art. Wear cold and wet weather apparel, appropriate hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and bring water. Meet at the Oak Hill Snow Play area off of Route 66, four miles west of the town of Parks. Call for reservations. Free. CONTACT: NEIL WEINTRAUB, (928) 635-5600 or nweintraub@fs.fed.us.

March 6- Kaibab National Forest Williams Ranger District Office External Link

Lecture: “Exploring Abandoned Remnants of the 1882 Atlantic and Pacific Railroad” Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

6:30 pm. Sponsored by the Kaibab National Forest-Williams Ranger District. Archaeologist Neil Weintraub will explore the colorful history of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad by discussing abandoned sections of the transcontinental railroad grade on the Williams Ranger District. Café 326, 326 West Route 66. Limited seating, call for reservations. To order food ahead of time, call (928) 635-0777. Free. CONTACT: NEIL WEINTRAUB, (928) 635-5600 or nweintraub@fs.fed.us.

March 13 - Kaibab National Forest Williams Ranger District Office External Link

Lecture: “New and Unusual Discoveries on the Kaibab National Forest” Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

6:30 pm. Sponsored by the Kaibab National Forest-Williams Ranger District. Kaibab National Forest Tribal Liaison Michael Lyndon will discuss some of the recent and rather unusual finds made on the Kaibab National Forest. Café 326, 326 West Route 66. Limited seating, call for reservations. To order food ahead of time, call (928) 635-0777. Free. CONTACT: NEIL WEINTRAUB, (928) 635-5600 or nweintraub@fs.fed.us.

March 20 - Kaibab National Forest Williams Ranger District Office External Link

Lecture: “The Historic Goat Industry in Arizona Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

6:30 pm. Sponsored by the Kaibab National Forest-Williams Ranger District. Kaibab National Forest Heritage Program Manager Margaret Hangan will present on the life and times of the goat herding industry in Arizona. Café 326, 326 West Route 66. Limited seating, call for reservations. To order food ahead of time, call (928) 635-0777. Free. CONTACT: NEIL WEINTRAUB, (928) 635-5600 or
nweintraub@fs.fed.us.

March 7 - Kaibab National Forest Williams Ranger District Office External Link

Lecture: “Re-Visiting the Beale Wagon Road” Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

6:30 pm. Sponsored by the Kaibab National Forest-Williams Ranger District. South Kaibab Assistant Zone Archaeologist Elizabeth Lane will discuss how Kaibab National Forest archaeologists are re-mapping history with the latest technologies so that the public may visit and learn about the Beale Wagon Road through social media. Café 326, 326 West Route 66. Limited seating, call for reservations. To order food ahead of time, call (928) 635-0777. Free. CONTACT: NEIL WEINTRAUB, (928) 635-5600 or nweintraub@fs.fed.us.


Winslow

Saturdays in March - Homolovi State Park

Guided Tours: Homolovi II Pueblo Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

1:15 pm. Sponsored by ASP – Homolovi Ruins State Park and the Hopi Tribe. Join a Park Ranger and explore a late 14th Century Ancestral Hopi Pueblo. For this tour, dress in layers, and bring water, snacks, and appropriate hiking gear. Inclement weather may postpone or cancel tours. Homolovi State Park Visitor Center is 1.35 miles north of Interstate 40, exit 257; take State Route 87 North to the Park. Call ahead to make reservations and be informed for winter driving conditions. Reservations are strongly recommended, as tours are limited to 20. Regular entrance fees apply. CONTACT: KENN EVANS, (928) 289-4106 or kke2@azstateparks.gov.

Saturdays in March - Homolovi State Park

Tours: Historic Sunset Cemetery at Homolovi State Park Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

10 am. Sponsored by ASP – Homolovi Ruins State Park and the Hopi Tribe. Join a Park 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 Park 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). Other tours of nearby LDS pioneer sites are also available; inquire with the Park Ranger for information. Homolovi State Park Visitor Center, 1.35 miles north of Interstate 40, exit 257, take State Route 87 North to the Park. Reservations are recommended, as tours are limited to 15. Call ahead to make reservations and be informed for winter driving conditions. A tour fee of $5.00 and regular entrance fees apply. CONTACT: KENN EVANS, (928) 289-4106 or kke2@azstateparks.gov.

Southern Arizona


Benson

March 8 - Kartchner Caverns State Park

Four Programs on Historical and Cultural Subjects

Call for times and topics: 520-586-4110. Sponsored by ASP – Kartchner Caverns State Park, 2980 S. Highway 90. Call for information on programs. CONTACT: CHRISTOPHER DeMILLE, (520) 586-4110 or cdemille@azstateparks.gov.


Eloy

March 15 & 16 - Picacho Peak State Park

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Vehicle Entrance Fee: $10 (Up To 4 Persons). Each Additional Person: $3; Individual Entrance Fee: $3 (Walk-In/Bike) Gate Hours: 9:30 am - 3 pm. Event Hours: 10 am - 4 pm. Entry during gate hours only. No dogs permitted In event area.

Each year hundreds of spectators descend on Picacho Peak State Park to watch re-enactments of an Arizona Civil War skirmish and the New Mexico battles of Glorieta and Val Verde. Visitors travel from around the country to experience three fascinating historic battle re-enactments complete with lifestyles of the soldiers in the southwest during the 1860s. More than 200 re-enactors come from many states and will camp at the park with their authentic Civil War camping gear. Food and beverage concessions are also available, including the popular Kettle corn vendor. Watch video from the 2012 event below, or look at event photos from 2012, 2011, 2010, or 2008.

Event sponsored by the Arizona State Parks Foundation, External Link Union Pacific Foundation, External Link and, in part, by the Arizona Civil War Council. External Link


Hereford

March 1 - San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area

Hike: Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrentate 

9 am. Sponsored by the Friends of San Pedro River. Join docent-led walks to world renowned sites within the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area and learn about the 18th century Spanish Fort. Meet at Presidio parking area off Highway 82, west of the San Pedro River, one mile north on In Balance Ranch Road. FREE. Contact: Ron Steward, (520) 459-2555, or fspr@sanpedroriver.or

March 8 - San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area

Tour: Murray Springs Clovis Site Suitable for Children 

9 am. Sponsored by the Friends of San Pedro River. Join us at this 12,000 year old mammoth-kill site, which was recently designated a National Historic Landmark. See replicas of Clovis artifacts and hear about the many large animals, most now extinct, that lived in the San Pedro River valley at the time. Meet at the Murray Springs Parking Area about one mile north of Hwy. 90 on Moson Road, near Sierra Vista. FREE. Contact: Ron Steward, (520) 459-2555, or fspr@sanpedroriver.org.

March 15 - San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area

Tour: Fairbank Suitable for Children 

9 am. Sponsored by the Friends of San Pedro River. Join us for a walk through Fairbank, an important transportation hub during the silver boom in and around Tombstone. The tour of the townsite will include the restored schoolhouse, the mercantile building, the town cemetery, and other remnants of this historic railroad town. Fairbank was the longest lasting town along the San Pedro, with occupation spanning from 1881 to 1972. Meet at Fairbank School house on Highway 82, between Whetstone and Tombstone. FREE. Contact: Ron Steward, (520) 459-2555, or fspr@sanpedroriver.org.

March 22 - San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area

Tour: South Fairbank Suitable for Children 

9 am. Sponsored by the Friends of San Pedro River. Join us for a walking tour of South Fairbank, where the old Pacific Depot was located. This was the main part of town in the 1940s and 1950s, and a lot of railroad employees lived there. Meet at Fairbank School house on Highway 82, between Whetstone and Tombstone. FREE. Contact: Ron Steward, (520) 459-2555, or fspr@sanpedroriver.org.

March 29 - San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area

Tour: Clanton Ranch Ruins Suitable for Children 

9 am. Sponsored by the Friends of San Pedro River. Take a one mile easy, docent led walk back in history to the Clanton Ranch Ruins. Learn about the Clanton's family history and life before the infamous gunfight at the OK Corral. Find out how they orchestrated their cattle "business" through a network of ranches and watering holes to move herds from Mexico to slaughterhouses supplying saloons and restaurants in Tombstone and elsewhere. Meet at the Escapule Road parking area. Take Charleston Road one mile east of Moson Road, or 1.5 miles west of the River. Go 1/2 mile south on Escapule Road to the parking lot. FREE. Contact: Ron Steward, (520) 459-2555, or fspr@sanpedroriver.org.


Tucson

Thursdays in March - Arizona State Museum

Lecture Series: “Murder & Mayhem: Archaeological Mysteries and Thrillers.” Wheelchair Accessible 

5:30 – 7 pm. Sponsored by Arizona State Museum. Archaeology equals adventure and mystery in popular culture. We all know that movies about archaeological adventures are box office gold. But did you know that many prominent mystery writers have archaeological training and some even participated in excavations? Join us for a fun-filled lecture series about archaeological adventures in fiction and cinema. Registration and regular entrance fees apply. CONTACT: DARLENE F. LIZARRAGA, (520) 626-8381 or dfl@email.arizona.edu or check www.statemuseum.arizona.edu for specific details on topics.

Fridays in March - Fort Lowell Park, 2900 N. Craycroft Rd, between Fort Lowell Rd. and Glenn on Craycroft Road

Guided Walking Tour of Hardy Site and Fort Lowell Ruins Suitable for Children   

10:30 am. Sponsored by Fort Lowell Museum, Arizona Historical Society. Museum is in the adobe buildings near entrance. Wear comfortable walking shoes, hat and water. $3 adults, $2 seniors/students, children under 12 are free. At Fort Lowell Park, 2900 N. Craycroft Rd, between Ft. Lowell Rd. and Glenn on Craycroft Road. CONTACT: BETTE RICHARDS, (520) 885-3832 or brichards@azhs.gov

March 3 - 7 - Western Archaeological Conservation Center, 255 N. Commerce Park Loop.

Walking Tour: Museum Collections and Conservation Laboratory at the Western Archeological and Conservation Center Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

1 – 3 pm. Sponsored by NPS – Western Archaeological & Conservation Center. Walking tour is 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 Loop. West of 1-10 between St. Mary’s and Congress, off Bonita Avenue. Free. CONTACT: AMANDA SMITH, (520) 791-6412 or amanda_smith@nps.gov

March 4 - Casa Vicente, 375 S. Stone Ave

Archaeology Café: “The Lives of People and Houses—Mimbres and Beyond” Wheelchair Accessible   

5 – 7:30 pm. Sponsored by Archaeology Southwest. Speaker: Dr. Peggy Nelson (ASU). Gather after 5:00 pm; presentation begins at 6:15 pm. 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 Avenue. Free. CONTACT: KATE SARTHER GANN, (520) 882-6946, ext. 16, or kate@archaeologysouthwest.org

March 8 - Empire Ranch Historic Site

Empire Ranch Heritage Discovery Day Suitable for Children

11 am & 1 pm. Sponsored by Empire Ranch Foundation. The Foundation’s “Wild About the Grasslands – Ecology and Western Heritage” youth education and outreach program hosts this free event. Activities include: docent led tours of the historic Main House; self-guided tours of the Heritage Discovery Trail; a guest speaker presentation and educational hands-on activities for children and parents. Bring water, food or snacks, sunscreen, hats, and wear appropriate shoes. From Tucson, take I-10 east to exit 281, Scenic Highway 83, go 18 miles to just past milepost 40, turn left at sign: “Empire Ranch Historic Site.” Follow signs to the Empire Ranch Headquarters, Las Cienegas National Conversation Area (north of Sonoita). Free. CONTACT: GAIL CORKILL, (888) 364-2829 or admin@empireranchfoundation.org

March 9 - NE corner of Oracle Road and Gold Ranch Dr

Tour: Petroglyphs of the Sutherland Wash Rock Art District Suitable for Children

8:30 am – 3 pm. Sponsored by OPAC. Guided tour with Coronado National Forest Archaeologist, Bill Gillespie, and Janine Hernbrode. High-clearance vehicles required; at check-in, we will form carpools in high-clearance vehicles to drive to the rock art vicinity, then hike 4-5 miles in mostly brushy, unimproved trails to the petroglyph sites; wear study hiking shoes, hat and sunscreen; bring lunch and water. Appropriate for hardy, outdoor individuals able to hike long distances. Meet at the NE corner of Oracle Road and Gold Ranch Dr. Reservations required by Wednesday March 15. Free. CONTACT: ALLEN DART, (520) 798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org

March 17 - University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave

Lecture: “Hunting, Farming, and Human Impacts on the Prehistoric Southwestern Environment.” Wheelchair Accessible

7:30 – 9 pm. Sponsored by the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society. Karen Gust Schollmeyer (Arizona State University) will discuss long-term patterns in land use and animal bones from Southwestern archaeological sites. DuVal Auditorium, University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Free. CONTACT: KATHERINE CERINO, (520) 907-0884 or kcerino@gmail.com

March 20 - Golden Corral Restaurant, 4380 E. 22nd St.

Dinner and Presentation: “How Many Archaeological Sites are in Arizona?” Wheelchair Accessible

6 – 8:30 pm. Sponsored by OPAC as part of their “Third Thursday Food for Thought” evening program. Rick Karl, with the Arizona State Museum, will give information about the AZSITE cultural resources database, and will give the latest count of recorded sites in Arizona. Held at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 4380 E. 22nd St. Guests may select and purchase food from the restaurant’s menu. Reservations are required by 5 pm on March 19 due to limited space. Free. CONTACT: ALLEN DART, (520) 798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org

March 30 - Old Pueblo Archaeology Center External Link

Demonstration on Arrowhead-making and Flintknapping Wheelchair Accessible Suitable for Children

1 – 4 pm. Sponsored by OPAC. Expert flaked-stone toolmaker, Sam Greenleaf, will demonstrate how ancient peoples made arrowheads and spear points from obsidian and other stone. Free. OPAC, 2201 W. 44th St. CONTACT: ALLEN DART; (520) 798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org


Vail

Every Day in March - Colossal Cave Mountain Park External Link

Archaeology Trail Self-Guided Hike Suitable for Children

9 am – 5 pm. Archaeology Trail Self-Guided Hike. Sponsored by Colossal Cave Mountain Park. This hike is a self-guided hike known as 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 on 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 is located at 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, exit 279 off I-10. Park fee required. CONTACT: LAUREN HOHL, (520) 647-7275 or lauren@colossalcave.com

March 15 - Colossal Cave Mountain Park External Link

Archaeology Hike & Primitive Technologies Demonstration Suitable for Children

10 am – 2 pm. Sponsored by Colossal Cave Mountain Park. This is a guided hike with a mild grade that takes approximately 1.5 hours. Demonstrations of primitive technologies include making a traditional calendar stick, making a traditional paintbrush from local materials, making yucca fibers for weaving, and grinding plant materials with metates. 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 is located at 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, exit 279 off I-10. A $5 park fee will apply. CONTACT: LAUREN HOHL, (520) 647-7275 or lauren@colossalcave.com.

Eastern Arizona


Globe

March 15 & 16 - Tonto National Monument External Link

Tonto National Monument Heritage Days  Wheelchair Accessible

8 am – 4 pm. Sponsored by the NPS – Tonto National Monument. Tours of the Lower and Upper cliff dwellings. Wear comfortable hiking shoes, a hat, and bring water. In the afternoon, demonstrations of crafts and primitive skills will be held 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 Tonto National Monument). Regular entrance fees apply. CONTACT: LIBBY SCHAAF, (928) 467-2241 or libby_schaaf@nps.gov.

Western Arizona


Lake Havasu

March 4 & 11 - Bureau of Land Management, Swansea, south of Parker

Guided Tours: Historic Swansea Mining Townsite Suitable for Children

10 & 11 am. Sponsored by BLM-Colorado River District, Lake Havasu Field Office. See remnants of a small town that began 100 years ago and became known for its copper mining and smelter. Southeast of Parker, take Highway 95 to Shea Rd. east and follow signs to Swansea (graded dirt roads until last five miles). High-clearance vehicle is helpful, but not required. Bring water and hiking shoes. Free. CONTACT: DR. GEORGE SHANNON, (928) 505-1255 or gshannon@blm.gov

 

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