Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Month

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2017 Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month

Events all Month Long,Throughout Arizona!

2017 Archaeology Month 1

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.

Camp Verde

Fort Verde State Historic Park

  • Display: Mountain Men – Tools of the Trade
    March 4th, 2017 (10 am – 4 pm)
    Rediscover Arizona’s history and heritage with a display and presentation of the tools used by Mountain Men, early high country settlers who braved the mountain climate to carve a life for themselves. Learn about how Mountain Men were important in opening up new territories. A must-visit for fans of “Jeremiah Johnson,” The History Channel’s “Mountain Men,” or Discovery’s “Alaska: The Last Frontier.”
  • Display: Military Medics during the Indian Wars Period
    March 11th, 2017 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
    Learn about early Frontier Army medical tools and equipment used by medics.
  • Display: Ancient Indian Technology
    March 18th, 2017 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
    Native Americans fashioned a variety of tools to help them survive the great American wilderness. Learn about ancient Indian technology they used, as well as the history of the Fort.

For more information on the events listed above please visit Fort Verde State Historical Park

Verde Valley Archaeology Fair & American Indian Art Show
March 18th – 19th, 2017

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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Clarkdale

Tuzigoot National Monument

Hike and Presentation: Tuzigoot Pueblo
March 20th (1:00 pm)
Join NPS archaeologists who will provide a history of Tuzigoot Pueblo and answer frequently asked questions. Participants will walk around Tuzigoot Pueblo, approximately ½ mile. Tuzigoot National Monument Visitor Center, 25 W. Tuzigoot Rd. Free with paid admission to the Park. For more information please contact Matt Guebard at 928.554.5086 or matt_guebard@nps.gov.

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Flagstaff Area

Flagstaff Ranger Station

  • Hike: Tour of New Caves Crater Archaeological Site
    March 11th, 2017 (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
    Join CNF archaeologists on a visit to New Caves Crater archaeological site, one of the latest Sinagua settlements in the Flagstaff region. CNF archaeologists will provide an overview of the site and a discussion of Pre-Contact settlement trends in and around Flagstaff. Travel will be on pavement for approximately 6 miles, followed by 1 mile of maintained dirt road. High clearance vehicles are not required, but highly recommended. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water. The hike is short, less than 1 mile, but very steep. 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 information please contact Jeremy Haines at 928.527.8261 or jhaines@fs.fed.us
  • Hike: Tour of Turkey Tanks Archaeological District
    March 25th, 2017 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
    Explore the prehistoric and historic archaeology at Turkey Tanks. Join CNF archaeologists on a field visit to a place pivotal to both the prehistoric Sinagua and early Euro-American explorers and settlers of the Flagstaff area. The tour will require driving approximately 15 miles on pavement, followed by 1 mile of unmaintained dirt road. High clearance vehicles are recommended. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water. A moderate level of fitness is required for this trip. Reservations required; limited to 15 people. For more information please contact Jeremy Haines at 928.527.8261 or jhaines@fs.fed.us

Museum of Northern Arizona

Program: Archaeology Day
March 11th, 2017 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Explore prehistoric Southwestern cultures by learning to use prehistoric hunting tools, examining artifacts, creating pictographs, and participating in hands-on demonstrations. 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 discovery@musnaz.org.

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Lecture: “Forest Changes Through Time
A Photographic Journey, by Neil Weintraub

March 25th, 2017 (7:00 pm)
Join KNF archaeologist Neil Weintraub as he discusses a series of historic photographs that were recently rephotographed to demonstrate the changes that have taken place in the forests in northern Arizona. Riordan Mansion State Historic Park is located at 409 W. Riordan Rd. For more information please contact ASP Staff at 928.779.4395.

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Hike: Sunset Crater Historic Sites
March 14th, 2017 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
oin a Ranger for a fascinating discovery hike of historic archaeological sites in Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. Bring water, comfortable walking shoes, and warm clothes. Meet up at the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument Visitor Cente. Regular entrance fees apply. For more information please contact Ian Hough 928. 526.1157, ext. 233, or Ian_Hough@nps.gov.

Walnut Canyon National Monument

  • Hike: “Ranger Cabin Hike”
    March 8th, 2017 (6:00 pm – 7:30 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. Meet up at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center. For more information please contact Ian Hough 928. 526.1157, ext. 233, or Ian_Hough@nps.gov.
  • Demonstrations: Stabilization of Archaeological Buildings
    March 25th, 2017 (12:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
    Join NPS archaeologists at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center and experience how archaeologists protect archaeological buildings through preservation. Archaeologists will demonstrate how and why we stabilize archaeological buildings. Hands-on activities will include mixing and working with mortar, building demonstration walls, and a stabilization simulation. Regular entrance fees apply. Meet up at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center. For more information please contact Ian Hough 928. 526.1157, ext. 233, or Ian_Hough@nps.gov.

Wupatki National Monument

  • Demonstrations: Archaeology Day at Wupatki Pueblo
    March 18th, 2017 (12:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
    Join NPS staff for a fun-filled day of archaeology. Come experience what it is like to be an archaeologist and learn how they survey and use photography to understand and record the past. Hands-on activities will include a simulated archaeological survey to look for artifacts, a view of Wupatki Pueblo through time, a photograph scavenger hunt, and throwing a spear with an atlatl. Meet up at the Wupatki National Monument Visitor Center, regular entrance fees apply. For more information please contact Ian Hough 928. 526.1157, ext. 233, or Ian_Hough@nps.gov.
  • Hike: Backcountry Tour of Wupatki National Monument
    March 30th, 2017 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
    Join an archaeologist for a guided hike into the backcountry of Wupatki National Monument to view ancestral pueblos, agricultural fields, and other agricultural features. The Park archaeologist will describe the agricultural practices used in the northern Southwest, and engage visitors in a discussion about the ways in which people were able to thrive in this arid environment. Meet up at the Wupatki National Monument Visitor Center, 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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RimRock

Montezuma Castle National Monument

  • Hike: Montezuma Well
    March 15tth, 2017 (1:00 pm)
    Join an NPS Ranger as they 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 Krystina Issac at 928.567.3322 or krystina_isaac@nps.gov.
  • Hike and Presentation: Montezuma Castle and Castle A Sites
    March 27th, 2017 (1:00 pm)
    Join NPS Archaeologists 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. Please meet at the Visitor Center. Montezuma Castle National Monument is located at 2800 Montezuma Castle Rd. Free with paid admission to the Park. For more information please contact Matt Guebard at 928.554-5086 or matt_guebard@nps.gov.

V Bar V Heritage Site

V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Days
March 25th – 26th, 2017
Demonstrations include making fire by friction, weaving yucca, agave, and cotton fibers, making and firing pottery, throwing spears with atlatls, grinding corn, and a mountain man camp. 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 tgreen01@fs.fed.us or visit V Bar V Heritage Site.

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Sedona

Demonstrations: Ancient Technologies at Red Rock Visitor Center
March 3rd, 2017 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
  Learn how people made fire by friction and a wide array of prehistoric jewelry- making techniques. Demonstrations will be outside on the front porch, so wear a warm jacket depending on the weather. The Red Rock Ranger Station is located at 8375 State Route 179, one mile south of the Village of Oak Creek. This event is free, for more information please contact Candace Mark at 928.203.2902 or clmark@fs.fed.us.

Red Rock State Park

  • Lecture: The World of the Permian Period
    Presented by Dr. Kennard B. Bork
    March 5th, 2017 (2:00 pm)
    Program is included with the park admission
    Join Red Rock State Park in welcoming Dr. Kennard B. Bork! The world of the PERMIAN Period (300 to 250 million years ago) would look quite alien to a modern observer. Most of the continents were together in a great landmass called Pangea. Reptiles and amphibians were the dominant land vertebrates, because dinosaurs and mammals would not appear for tens of millions of years. The young Appalachian Mountains had recently been created by continental collisions, but the birth events of the Rockies, Alps, and Himalayas were far in the future. Sedona sat near the equator as our famous Red Rocks were being formed. This session will look, in brief overview, at the Earth during that fascinating time. Please call the park ahead at 928.282.6907 to reserve your space.
  • Guided Archaeology Hike at Red Rock State Park
    March 19th, 2017 (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.
  • Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
    March 26th, 2017 (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.

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