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February 2018

Cerro Prieto Trincheras Site

February 10, 2018

TRIP FULL - WAITING LIST ONLY This trip requires an Arizona State Land permit. The application has been submitted and is pending approval. If you are interested in being on the list to be notified when the trips have been approved please contact the Trip Organizer listed. Archaeologist Doug Craig will lead a tour of the Cerro Prieto Site north of Tucson. Cerro Prieto, meaning “Black Hill,” is a large Hohokam village site occupied sometime between A.D. 1150 and 1300. The…

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March 2018

Classic Period Village and Astronomical Site in the Eastern Tortolitas

March 17, 2018

WAITING LIST ONLY This trip requires an Arizona State Land permit. The application has been submitted and is pending approval. If you are interested in being on the list to be notified when the trips have been approved please contact the Trip Organizer listed. The aboriginal flora of the eastern Tortolitas consisted of a dense diversity of wild plants including a thriving grassland which fed directly and indirectly a great variety of animal species. The local washes especially the Indian Town…

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April 2018

Honey Bee Village

April 7, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Honey Bee Village is a prehistoric Hohokam Ballcourt Village on the southeastern flank of the Tortolita Mountains in the middle of the Canada del Oro Valley. In anticipation of private development within the site, Pima County acquired 13 acres of the core site area that includes an array of trash mounds, the ballcourt, as well as several residential and other ancillary cultural features. Several hundred domestic houses have been documented at the site along with many other cultural features. There…

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May 2018

University of Arizona Special Collections Talk and Tour

May 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Special Collections at the University of Arizona holds some fascinating and unique material and over the years many historians and archaeologists have relied on the staff’s expertise in ferreting out the documentary evidence they need for research and reports.  The Director of Special Collections, Stephen Hussman, has a personal interest in archaeology and would love to give us an overview of those collections we might be interested in and take us underground to see the storage areas.  Among the…

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September 2018

Tour of the University of Arizona Tree Ring Laboratory

September 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bannister Tree Ring Laboratory, 1215 E Lowell St
Tucson, Arizona 85721
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Join us for a tour of the world's first laboratory dedicated to dendrochronology, or tree-ring science. Learn how dendrochronology solved the secrets of the southwest by dating pueblo sites in 1929. What can trees tell us about fire history? What can we learn about past societies from trees? Can trees help us develop strategies for dealing with climate change? Join us as we share the science stories behind these questions and more will be found when you explore the exciting world…

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October 2018

Rock Art of the Silver Creek Area of Arizona

October 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - October 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

Trip full - waiting list only A distinctive and intriguing style of rock art, known as Palavayu Linear Style, is found around Silver Creek in northeast Arizona between Snowflake and Woodruff. Palavayu, a Hopi term meaning “red river,” is a name applied to several style designations of a kind of rock art that is only found in the middle portion of the lower Little Colorado River area. Ghostly figures of beings with rabbit sticks, reptiles, deer, birds, snakes, owls, a…

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November 2018

Casa Grande Ruins Back Country Tour

November 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Casa Grande National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge, AZ United States
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TRIP FULL - WAITING LIST ONLY November is the perfect time to visit the iconic Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, the nation’s first archaeological preserve. On Saturday, November 10, we will take in the four story “Great House”, built by Hohokam in the 14th century, and then walk into the park’s backcountry area that is normally closed to the visiting public. Highlights include the prehistoric Ballcourt, Compound B, and an ancient roasting pit or “horno.”  If AAHS can get a…

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December 2018

The CCC and Saguaro National Park West

December 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saguaro National Park Red Hills Visitor Center, 2700 N Kinney Road
Tucuson, 85743 United States
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From 1933 to 1941 the Civilian Conservation Corps was extremely active in what was to become Saguaro National Park. Their work provided the opportunity to develop a usable public park at a time when the economy wouldn't have supported it. The CCC workers built roads, trails and five picnic areas with ramadas, fire pits, tables and restrooms at the park. They also constructed check dams, four windmills and water catchments for wildlife. NPS Archaeologist Ron Beckwith has been documenting and recording…

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January 2019

Pictographs, Caves and Sandstone Ranch Houses

January 19

TRIP FULL - WAITING LIST ONLY   North of Wilcox, a series of 11 alcoves on a rhyolite butte (ten of which contain rock art) contain interesting painted rock art (pictographs) in a west facing aspect. While faded, there are a variety of images in several colors that can be enhanced by the use of D-Stretch technology (available for smart phones in the app store). Most elements are abstract but there are anthropomorphs as well. In addition, cultural material, primarily…

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February 2019

The Salado in Tonto Basin

February 9 - February 10

TRIP FULL - WAITING LIST ONLY During this trip we will explore four major Salado archaeological sites in the Tonto Basin (outside of Globe).  Eric Schreiner from Tonto National Monument will be our guide. He will present short programs at some of the stops to help reveal some of the fascinating details of the Salado culture and archaeology in Tonto Basin. On the first day, February 9th, we will hike up to the Upper Cliff Dwelling. This is a three…

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