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30th Annual Archaeology Expo at Horseshoe Ranch on March 16

Expo(Phoenix, AZ - February 11, 2013) - The Archaeology Expo (Expo) is the featured event for the Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month (AAHAM). This year's Expo will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Historic Horseshoe Ranch on the Agua Fria National Monument and is sponsored by the SHPO / ASP and co-hosted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be many hands on family activities suitable for the young or the young at heart. Activities include rabbit stick toss, Atlatl (spear) throwing and roping plastic calves. Numerous booths also provide other hands on activities as well as the results of archaeological research. Lecture opportunities and tours to several historic and prehistoric sites are available throughout the day.

The Historic Horseshoe Ranch is located at 2260 E. Bloody Basin Road in Mayer, AZ. Take I-17 to Bloody Basin Road and then follow the signs. Please note: The road to Horseshoe Ranch is graded gravel road. Some of the tours to prehistoric sites require a high clearance vehicle with 4 x 4 capabilities. The lands around Horseshoe are open camping areas, but recommended for tent camping due to the access road. For more information about road conditions call the BLM Phoenix Field Office at (623) 580-5500.

In addition to the Archaeology Expo, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)/Arizona State Parks (ASP) is coordinating activities throughout the state for the 30th annual celebration of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month (AAHAM).

These events held the entire month of March 2013 focus on current efforts to preserve our past by protecting our fragile and non-renewable cultural resources. AAHAM combines education with entertainment to reach both adults and children in an effort to teach responsible stewardship of our cultural resources. Museums, historical societies, tribes, agencies, parks, and archaeology organizations will be hosting events across the state.

Proclaimed by the Governor each year, this celebration will feature prehistoric and historic site tours, exhibits, hikes, open houses, lectures, demonstrations and other activities throughout Arizona. A free statewide listing of these events and activities is now available by contacting the ASP offices at (602) 542-4174 or by visiting the ASP website at For more information about Archaeology Expo or AAHAM Month, visit or call (602) 542-4174.

For information about all 27 Arizona State Parks, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703), visit the website and online camping reservations at, Twitter/Facebook AZStateParks.


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