Early People of the Colorado Plateau

Petroglyphs at Rock Art Ranch photo by Janine Hernbrode

Join us as we journey to northern Arizona to learn about the early populations who inhabited portions of the Colorado Plateau country. We begin our journey on Friday afternoon, April 27, 2011, meeting at the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) at 1:00 p.m., where we will join one of the curators for a “behind the scenes” tour of some of the special artifacts that are not typically exhibited.  Thank you David McLean for arranging this for us!  Participants can then spend the night in Flagstaff or journey onward to Winslow for the evening.  On Saturday, we will meet at 9 a.m. at the Rock Art Ranch located just south east of Winslow and owned by Brantley Baird; it is also the location of the UA Anthropology Field School for 2011 – 2013 which is being conducted by Rich Lange and Dr. Chuck Adams. We will go into Chevlon Canyon (depending on water level of Chevlon Creek) to look at the amazing petroglyphs left by the early populations of the area, dating from the Archaic period through the Ancestral Puebloan period.  Our tour will be led by Darlene Brinkerhoff, one of the individuals who recorded the site several years ago. We then will travel around the ranch to view some of the other sites that are being investigated and recorded. This portion of the trip will take most of the day, so bring lunch, snacks and water.  Sunday morning, we will meet at the visitor center at Homo’lovi State Park at 9:00 a. m., where we then will join Rich Lange for a tour of some of the Homo’lovi pueblos.  We should finish by noon for those folks that need to drive back to Tucson. If you cannot meet us Friday for the MNA tour, you can still meet up with us Saturday morning in Winslow for the rest of the field trip. Once you have signed up for the trip, more detailed information will be furnished.  Inclement weather will cancel the trip, as the road to the ranch is a dirt road.  To register contact  Chris Lange  home phone 520 – 792-1303.

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