34th Annual Archaeology Expo at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument on March 5; Events Scheduled throughout Arizona in March for Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month

February 18, 2016

For the entire month of March 2016, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)/Arizona State Parks (ASP) is coordinating activities throughout the state for the 34th annual celebration of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month (AAHAM).

These events will focus on efforts to preserve our past by protecting our 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 including events planned in Arizona's State Parks.

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 SHPO offices at (602) 542-4009 or visit the website at AZStateParks.com/archy.

The featured event for the month is the ARIZONA ARCHAEOLOGY EXPO (Expo). This year's Expo will offer many educational attractions for archaeology and history buffs, and will be located at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, on Saturday, March 5, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Expo is open to the public and is FREE. The National Park Service is hosting the event in conjunction with the National Park Service's 100th Anniversary and the "Find Your Park" campaign.

The Expo will provide 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. The Expo will feature archaeology-related hands-on activities, craft demonstrations, and other fun and educational events. Cultural and historical demonstrators, talks by archaeologists, and interactive activities will help make the past come alive! In addition, tours of local archaeological sites will be offered.

For more detailed information, contact either Kris Dobschuetz, SHPO Archaeological Compliance Specialist, at (602) 542-4009 or by e-mail at [email protected] or Ann Howard, Deputy SHPO/Archaeology at [email protected] or visit AZStateParks.com/archy.

For information about all 30 Arizona State Parks and Natural Areas, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 or (877)-MYPARKS. Campsite reservations can be made online at AZStateParks.com or by calling the Reservation Call Center at (520) 586-2283. Open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. Follow AZStateParks on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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