2015 Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month
Events all Month Long,Throughout Arizona!
For those of you interested in Archaeology, the month of March is the perfect time for you to visit Arizona. There will be events taking place all over the state during Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month, at Arizona State Parks, National Monuments, Historical sites and Arizona Museums. The popular V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Days, Verde Valley Archaeology Fair, American Indian Art Show and Archaeology Film Festival also take place during this statewide event!
You can find a full listing of events taking place during Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month by clicking here. Below you will find some highlighted events taking place in the Sedona area including Flagstaff and Camp Verde. Events and times could change so please click on the site link for each event. We will update this page as more events are know.
- Living History Presentation and Guided Tours
March 7th and 21st, 2015 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
Explore the history of Fort Verde State Historic Park! Take a stroll along Officers’ Row with a docent as they lead guided tours through historic homes. This event is sponsored by Arizona State Parks. Regular entrance fees will apply. For more information please contact Sheila Stubler,(928.567.3275 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop: How to Make Adobe Bricks at Fort Verde
March 14th & 28th, 2015 (10:00 am and 2:00 pm)
Want to learn how to make Adobe Bricks? Don’t miss this workshop sponsored by Arizona State Parks at Fort Verde State Historic Park. You will learn the basics of making adobe bricks as well as the history of the Fort. For more information please contact Sheila Stubler,(928) 567-3275 or email@example.com
- Living History Mountain Man Camp
March 14th – 15th, 2015 (9:30 am – 3:00 pm)
Visit a living history Mountain Man Camp at the V Bar V Heritage Site. Learn about the early 1800’s history of this region from the point of view of mountain men who were exploring, fur trapping and trading. See demonstrations of natural hide tanning and learn about native plants and wildlife. See and learn about petroglyphs that were made by over 700 years ago. Red Rock Pass or equivalent required for parking. Passes are $ 5.00 per vehicle and are available at the V Bar V visitor center. For more information please visit the V Bar V Heritage Site.
- V Bar V Ancient Technology Discovery Days
March 21st – 22nd, 2015
Demonstrations and hands on activities of Ancient Technology including making and firing pottery, throwing rabbit sticks and atl-atls, ancient technology tool demonstrations, flint knapping, making fire by friction, grinding corn on a metate, making pinch pots, and tasting traditional foods. Archaeologists will be on site. Author Ken Zoll will talk about the solar calendar spring equinox effect at the petroglyph panel from 1-2 p.m., Sat.-Sun. Enjoy watching the Yavapai Apache Nation dancers and singers and more! Bring walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and water. Red Rock Pass or equivalent required for parking. Passes are $5 per vehicle and are available at the V Bar V visitor center. Red Rock Pass or equivalent entrance fee required per vehicle. For more information please visit the V Bar V Heritage Site.
Verde Valley Archaeology Fair & American Indian Art Show
March 28th – 29th, 2015
The 2015 International Archaeology Film Festival
March 27th & 28th, 2015
The Verde Valley Archaeology Fair and International Archaeology Film Festival are held during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month on the last weekend in March. Enjoy two exciting days of archaeological adventures, and take a trip back in time to explore the past through hands-on activities and presentations.
Experience the excitement of archaeology with dozens of hands-on activities, live presentations, and special programs. The Fair includes the annual American Indian Art Show with artists from Hopi, Navajoland, Zuni and several New Mexico pueblo communities. Artists will demonstrate their medium and have their work available for sale. The Art Show is in the Community Center with the archaeology exhibits.
The 2015 International Archaeology Film Festival will have film showings March 27th and 28th at 7:00 pm at the Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts, 210 Camp Lincoln Road, Camp Verde. Tickets will be $10 per film (Members $8). For more information please visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Fair.
Open House: George Hance House & Camp Verde Historical Society Museum
March 28th, 2015 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
The Camp Verde Historical Society is pleased to sponsor the George Hance Open House. The George Hance House is located near Fort Verde State Historic Park at 229 Coppinger Street and was built in 1916. George W. Hance arrived in the Verde Valley in 1869, and was later appointed first Postmaster of Camp Verde. The Camp Verde Historical Society Museum is located at 435 South Main Street. For more information please contact Nancy Floyd at 928.567.5060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blacksmiths Demonstration at Camp Verde’s 1933 Rock Jail
March 28th, 2015 (10:00 am – 4:00 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. This Demonstration will take place during the Open house at the Camp Verde Rock Jail located at 44 Hollamon Street. For more information please contact Nancy Floyd at 928.567.5060 or email@example.com.
Sunset Crater National Monument
Sunset Crater Hike: The Archaeology of a Disaster
March 16th, 2015 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
Join an archaeologist at the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument Lava Flow Trail for a discussion about the prehistoric experience of the eruption of Sunset Crater Volcano and how humans adapted to environmental change. Regular entrance fees apply.For more information please call Lisa Baldwin at 928.526.1157, ext. 233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- “Lantern Hike at Walnut Canyon National Monument.”
March 5th, 2015 (5:30 pm – 7:00 pm)
Celebrate Walnut Canyon National Monument’s Centennial by joining archaeologists on an evening hike to the historic Ranger Cabin—the monument’s first visitor center. Bring water, comfortable walking shoes and warm clothes. Reservations required:928.526-3367. For more information please contact Lisa Baldwin at email@example.com.
- Hike: Ranger Ledge Trail at Walnut Canyon National Monument.
March 10th and 26th, 2015 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
Walk along the popular Ranger Ledge Trail and see how the Sinagua lived at Walnut Canyon National Monument. Please bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Regular entrance fees apply, reservations required:928.526-3367 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- History of NPS Architecture at Walnut Canyon National Monument
March 18th, 2015 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
Celebrate Walnut Canyon National Monument’s Centennial and learn about its history through its architecture, including that of the Civilian Conservation Corps and Mission 66. Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Regular entrance fees apply, reservations required:928.526-3367 or email@example.com.
- Demonstrations: Hands-On Craft Day
March 21st, 2015 (11:00 am – 2:00 pm)
Join NPS archaeologists at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center and learn how early people in northern Arizona processed plant food using manos and metates. Make your own pinch pot, paintbrush and split-twig figurine. Learn how to throw a spear using an atlatl. Regular entrance fees apply.
Ancient Indian Cultures of Northern Arizona
Every Monday – Saturday in March
Throughout the month of March Red Rock State Park will be playing the Ancient Indian Cultures of Northern Arizona program at 2:00 pm (Monday-Saturday in the park’s theatre). The program will cover the fascinating prehistory of the people who first settled in the area over 1,500 years ago. Learn about the settlements they built, how the culture flourished, their structures, and artifacts. View breathtaking shots of Sunset Crater, the sprawling settlements of Wupatki, and amazing dwellings including Montezuma Castle, Walnut Canyon, and Tuzigoot. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.
Lecture Series: Native American Astronomical Practices
March 1st, 2015 (2:00 pm)
Join Red Rock State Park in welcoming Kenneth Zoll, who will be speaking about the Native American astronomical practices throughout history. The ability to predict seasons was essential for Native Americans in order manage environmental changes, which was vital for survival. learn about how the early sky watchers developed systems to synchronize their calendars around celestial events. Kenneth will describe the diverse ways in which prehistoric Native American cultures integrated the stars and their annual events. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park. Please call ahead for reserve your space 928.282.6907. The program is included within the Park’s admission fees.
Demonstrations: Ancient Technologies at Red Rock Visitor Center
March 6th, 2015 (9:30 am – 4:30 pm)
This event will feature demonstrations of ancient technology including Fire by Friction with Michael Campbell, Bow and Arrow fabrication with Sam Palais, and Gourd Arts with Dean Campbell. 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. This event is free, for more information please contact Terrilyn Green at 928.203.2909 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Archeology Day-Saturday
March 14th, 2015 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
Looking for something to do with the whole family that’s not just educational, but fun? Red Rock State Park’s Connections Program will be hosting a Family Archeology Program. The program will consist of two different educational activities. One activity will focus on the science of archeology with a hands on excavation experience in the park’s interpretive ‘dig site’, while the other group will hit the trails for an anthropologically focused educational hike. The Connection Program has been developed for students from first through twelfth grade in order to provide field activities in a natural environment. There is an age limit of 7 years old with an adult for this program. Please call ahead for reserve your space 928.282.6907. The program is included within the Park’s admission fees. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.