2016 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 and American Indian Art Show 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, Rimrock, 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 known.
- Workshop: How to Make Adobe Bricks at Fort Verde
March 12th & 26th, 2016 (10:00 am)
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
- Display: Ancient Indian Technology
March 19, 2016 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Learn about ancient Indian technology as well as the history of the fort. 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
Verde Valley Archaeology Fair & American Indian Art Show
March 19th – 20th, 2016
Experience the excitement of archaeology with dozens of hands-on activities, several films throughout the two days of the show, presentations about the American West and especially Arizona, and special programs. The Fair includes the annual American Indian Art Show with artists from Hopi, Navajo land, 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 Verde Valley Archaeology Fair and International Archaeology Film Festival are held during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month in March. their events have been recognized as a “Premier Signature Event” of the Arizona SciTech Festival. These events are part of the Camp Verde’s Spring Heritage, Pecan and Wine Festival held next to our events. For more information please visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Fair.
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Tuzigoot National Monument
Hike and Presentation: Tuzigoot Pueblo
March 8th and 22nd (1:00 pm)
Join NPS archaeologists Matt Guebard and Lucas Hoedl at Tuzigoot. They will provide a history of Tuzigoot Pueblo and answer frequently asked questions. Participants will walk around Tuzigoot Pueblo, approximately ½ mile. Meet up at the Tuzigoot National Monument Visitor Center, loacated at 25 W. Tuzigoot Rd. This program is free with paid admission to the Park. For more information please contact Matt Guebard at 928.649-6195 or MOCA_Ranger_Activities@nps.gov.
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Flagstaff Ranger Station
Hike: Tour of Juniper Terrace Archaeological Site
March 26th, 2016 (9:00 am)
Forest Service archaeologists will provide an overview of the site and a discussion of pre-contact settlement trends in the Flagstaff area. Travel will be on pavement and on unmaintained dirt roads. High clearance vehicles will be needed. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water. A moderate level of fitness is required for this trip. Reservations required; limited to 15 people. The Flagstaff Ranger Station is located at 5075 N. Hwy 89. For more infomration please contact Jeremy Haines at 928.527.8261 or email@example.com
Discovery Second Saturday – Archaeology Day
March 12th, 2016 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
It is Archaeology Month and the Museum of Northern Arizona wants to celebrate with you! Join our Discovery educators and guest educators from Elden Pueblo to learn about prehistoric technologies, ancient food systems, and the art in archaeology. Free with museum admission. For more information please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona or contact Jennnifer Glennon at 928.774.5211, ext. 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lecture: “Bison in the Southwest.”
March 14th, 2016 (12:15 pm)
Join NPS archaeologist Donelle Huffer for a talk about the archaeological and historical evidence of bison on the Colorado Plateau, the history of the Grand Canyon bison herd, and how archaeology can be used to inform on modern wildlife management issues. Riordan Mansion State Historic Park is located at 409 W. Riordan Rd. For more information pleasecontact Kathy Farretta at 928.779.4395 or email@example.com.
Presentation: “Capturing the Northern Arizona Archaeological Landscape: Photospheres and Tiny Planets”
March 26th, 2016 (7:00 pm)
KNF Archaeologist Neil Weintraub will discuss how he uses Google Camera and Tiny Planet Application to capture archaeological sites and their associated landscapes. Riordan Mansion State Historic Park is located at 409 W. Riordan Rd. For more information please contact Kathy Farretta at 928.779.4395 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Hike: “Ranger Cabin Hike”
March 8th, 2016 (1:00 pm – 300 pm)
Join an NPS archaeologist to see the monument’s first visitor center. Bring water, comfortable walking shoes and warm clothes. Meet up at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center. This hike is Limited to a maximum of 15 people on a first come, first-served basis. Regular entrance fees apply. For more information please contact Ian Hough 928. 526.1157, ext. 233, or Ian_Hough@nps.gov.
- Demonstrations: Hands-On Craft Day
March 19th , 2016 (12:00 ppm – 3:00 pm)
Join NPS archaeologists at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center and learn about ancestral technologies, such as how to throw a spear using an atlatl and how to drill holes in shell. Meet up at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center. Regular entrance fees apply. For more information please contact Ian Hough 928. 526.1157, ext. 233, or Ian_Hough@nps.gov.
Wupatki National Monument
“100 Years of Photography at Wupatki Pueblo”
March 23rd, 2016 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
Visit the Pueblo with an archaeologist and observe the ways in which the Pueblo have been captured photographically for over 100 years. Meet at the Wupatki National Monument Visitor Center, located at 25137 N. Wupatki Loop Rd. Regular entrance fees apply. For more information please contact Ian Hough 928. 526.1157, ext. 233, or Ian_Hough@nps.gov.
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Hike and Presentation: Montezuma Castle and Castle A Sites
March 10th and 24th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
Join NPS Archaeologists Matt Guebard and Lucas Hoedl as they provide a history of the Park and answer frequently asked questions. Hike is approximately ¼ of a mile on a paved trail. Bring walking shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Meet at the Visitor Center. Montezuma Castle National Monument,located at 2800 Montezuma Castle Rd. Free with paid admission to the Park. For more information please contact Matt Guebard at 928.649-6195 or MOCA_Ranger_Activities@nps.gov.
Hike: Montezuma Well
March 30th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
Join NPS Archaeologist Matt Guebard as he provides a history of the Park and answers frequently asked questions. Hike is approximately 1 mile on paved trails. Bring walking shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Meet at Montezuma Well Contact Station. Located at Montezuma Well, 5525 Beaver Creek Rd. For more information please contact Matt Guebard at 928.649-6195 or MOCA_Ranger_Activities@nps.gov.
V Bar V Ancient Technology Discovery Days
March 25th – 26th, 2016
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 entrance fee required per vehicle. For more information please contact Terrilyn Green 928.203.2909 or email@example.com or visit V Bar V Heritage Site.
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Demonstrations: Ancient Technologies at Red Rock Visitor Center
March 4th, 2016 (10:00 am – 2:00 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.
Red Rock State Park
Lecture Series: When Romans Visited Tucson
The Lead Cross Controversy, with Dr. Todd Bostwick
March 6th, 2016 (2:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission fee
Red Rock State Park is pleased to present When Romans Visited Tucson: The Lead Cross Controversy, with Dr. Todd Bostwick. In 1924 – 1925, a collection of unusual lead artifacts, which contained mysterious inscriptions, were discovered deeply buried near Silverbell Road in Tucson. These artifacts – crosses, crescents, batons, swords, and spears – generated considerable interest around the world when it was learned that the inscriptions contained Christian, Muslim, Hebraic, and Freemasonry symbols. The artifacts were initially interpreted as evidence that Europeans had come to America hundreds of years before Columbus, but some scholars questioned their authenticity. This talk tells the story of their discovery and the controversies that continue to surround them. Seating is limited so call ahead to reserve your seat 928.282.6907.
For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.
Red Rock State Park Sunday Lecture:Plants Inspiring the People
Reflections on Hualapai Ethno Botany of the Grand Canyon
March 20th, 2016 (2:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State Park is pleased to present Plants Inspiring the People: Reflections on Hualapai Ethno Botany of the Grand Canyon featuring Speaker Carrie Cannon! Carrie has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology, an M.S. in Recourse Management and is of Lakota descent. She currently works for the Hualapai Department of Cultural Resources. The information presented will examine the crucial role plant resource acquisition has played in Hualapai culture; knowledge that has been fine-tuned and perfected over millennia. Seating is limited so call ahead to reserve your seat 928.282.6907. Sponsored by Arizona Humanities a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.
Guided Archaeology Hike at Red Rock State Park
March 20th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennium. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Now for the first time, filling a gap in the natural and cultural interpretation programs, an archaeology hike will add this experience for park visitors. Come and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park! The hike will identify the various archaeological features and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. And we will explore ideas of other cultures who may likely have made use of the park’s resources. The hike will last about two hours, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.
Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
March 27th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Learning more about the native plants and trees here in the Sedona area is a great way to enhance any hike! Join Jim Charest as he explains how plants were used for various reasons by local indigenous cultures and by people in our contemporary times. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours with an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.