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October 2019

Field Trip to Mesa Grande Cultural Park

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us Saturday October 19 at 10 AM for an exclusive tour of Mesa Grande Cultural Park with archaeologist Carla Booker. Located in Mesa, Arizona, this is the site of a group of Hohokam structures constructed during the Classic period. The ruins were occupied between AD 1100 and 1400 and were a product of the Hohokam civilization that inhabited the Salt River Valley. This is one of only two Hohokam mounds remaining in the metro Phoenix area, with the other…

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November 2019

Chihuahua Adventure – Paquime, Cueva de la Olla and more

November 1 @ 8:00 am - November 4 @ 5:00 pm

Trip Full - Waiting List Only Paquimé, previously known as Casas Grandes, was one of the largest and most influential communities in the ancient U.S. Southwest and northwestern Mexico and is UNESCO World Heritage Site. Excavations by the Amerind Foundation and Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia reveal a thriving community with many multi-storied room blocks, ballcourts, ritual mounds, and enormous amount of exotic goods, like macaw parrots, copper, and marine shell. We will visit Paquimé and its world-class…

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December 2019

The Late pre-Hispanic Era in the San Pedro Valley

December 7

We will be visiting several sites in the northern (lower) San Pedro Valley between the Gila confluence at Winkelman and Benson (where I-10 crosses the river) which date between 700 and 1700 CE. The focus will be on the late pre-Hispanic period (1200-1450 CE). During this interval small groups of Kayenta from northeastern Arizona immigrated to the area and lived alongside local groups who built a number of platform mound villages. The multi-generational interaction between this immigrant minority and the…

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