Red Rock State Park
Special Programs during Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Month
Celebrate Arizona Archaeology Month with Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona. Visitors to the park will be able to participate in demonstrations about prehistoric compound reed arrows that were used by early Native Americans in Northern Arizona. You will also have the opportunity to see a hand drill fire start, basic flintknapping, and other uses of some of the stone tools created by early civilizations and so much more. Below you will find the Schedule of events for Red Rock State Park’s Special Programs starting in March as found on the Red Rock State Park Website. All the programs listed below are free of charge with a $10 per vehicle entry fee to the Park.
3/4/12 – What It Takes to Make an Arrow
Join Chuck Larue at 2:00 pm for a hands-on program about prehistoric compound reed arrows that were used by early Native Americans in Northern Arizona as well as across the entire Southwest. A surprising variety of tools, raw materials, techniques, and skills were needed to make one of these arrows. Mr. LaRue will have available a completed arrow and the known or possible tools and raw materials that were used to assemble a new one! Components available will be reed for the main shafts and how to straighten it, hard wood for the foreshafts, feathers, a quick demonstration on the extraction, preparation, and use of sinew (so useful it could be called prehistoric paleo duct tape!), and pigments for paint, all of which are included in making an arrow. It should be a fun-filled event as you have the opportunity to also see a hand drill fire start, basic flintknapping, and others uses of some of the stone tools created by early civilizations.
3/11/12 – The Rock Art of Sedona
Red Rock State Park is pleased to present “The Rock Art of Sedona” featuring forest archaeologist for the Coconino National Forest,Peter J. Pilles, Jr. Peter has spent has spent thirty years documenting the rock art of the Verde Valley with volunteers from the Arizona Archaeological Society, the Sierra Club, the Forest Service Partners in Time program and Elderhostel. Pilles is a graduate of Arizona State University and worked at Pueblo Grande in Phoenix and the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA). While at MNA, he worked in collections and spent many seasons as a field archeologist for museum contract projects in Northern Arizona. The first rock art recording field schools began in the early 1980s on the Coconino National Forest. Peter has excavated several Sinagua cultural sites, located near Winona and Angel, Arizona. Awards given to Pilles include the National Trust Historical Preservation Award, Achievement in Historical Preservation, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Award for integrating archeology and public involvement, and the Windows of the Past National Award from the U.S. Forest Service.
3/18/12 – Indian Trails of Trade that Led to Perry Mesa
Join Red Rock State Park in welcoming Jerry Ehrhardt for his presentation “Indian Trails of Trade that Led to Perry Mesa” at 2:00 pm. For many years, Ehrhardt has been a major supporter of the Coconino National Forest and Museum of Northern Arizona research projects. His skills were developed through knowledge he acquired from the Arizona Archaeological Society certification program which he developed as a volunteer working with professional archaeologists, including Peter Pilles and Dr. David Wilcox. As part of his work in the Perry Mesa region, Ehrhardt assisted in the surface collections of sites in the Agua Fria National Monument, including “ground-truthing” hilltop sites that were located from the air by Arizona Site Steward Joe Vogel. In addition, he was instrumental in discovering and documenting the line-of-sight relationships and trails that linked archaeological sites and settlement clusters located in central Arizona. In 2007, Ehrhardt was named the Avocational Archaeologist by the Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission during presentations at the Historic Preservation Conference in Prescott, Arizona.
Along with these great programs in March there will also be a guided Geology Hike on March 18th at 2:00 pm. You will learn why the rocks are red, where they came from, where they are going, and more. This hike includes the Eagle’s Nest Trail for a great view of the Park and surrounding area.It is an interpretive experience for the beginner as well as advanced geologist, lasting two to two-and-a-half hours, with a 250 feet elevation climb. Bring water and wear suitable shoes or boots. You can also take part in a guided “Bird Walk” and a daily guided “Nature Walk”. Please visit Red Rock State Park for more information on all the events and hikes taking place.