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January 2019

Pictographs, Caves and Sandstone Ranch Houses

January 19, 2019

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, 2019 - February 10, 2019

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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March 2019

Reprise – Casa Grande Ruins Backcountry Tour

March 9, 2019
Casa Grande National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge, AZ United States
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TRIP FULL - WAITING LIST ONLY Due to the tremendous demand for the November 2018 field trip to visit the iconic Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, the nation’s first archaeological preserve, AAHS has arranged with Dr. Douglas Craig and the Monument to repeat the tour in March.  Participants on the first tour raved about the level of interpretation Doug provided and the breadth of access that the Monument allowed. On Saturday,  March 9,  we will again take in the four…

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April 2019

Mission Gardens and Tumamoc Hill

April 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mission Gardens Tucson, 946 W Mission Lane
Tucson, AZ United States
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Join us for an in-depth visit at the Tucson MIssion Gardens, where we journey back in time to see what this area along the Santa Cruz looked like over the past 4,000 years, using information from archaeological excavations. We will learn how produce ​was used differently in the past, particularly the need to preserve much of a harvest for later consumption, and the need to save seeds to plant the following year. The Mission Gardens are l​ocated in the exact…

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June 2019

Field Trips are on Summer Hiatus

June 30, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The AAHS field trip season has ended for this year but our 2019-20 field trip committee (Pamela Pelletier, Katherine Cerino, Chris Sugnet, Paul Minnis and Ric Storrock) is busy planning next year’s adventures. A fall highlight is a planned 4 day trip to Chihuahua led by Casas Grandes scholar Paul Minnis which will include visits to Paquime and Valley of the Caves. Information will be published on our website and in Glyphs as it becomes available. If you have ideas…

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October 2019

Field Trip to Mesa Grande Cultural Park

October 19, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 8:00 am - November 4, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

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 museum. The trip will be led…

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December 2019

The Late pre-Hispanic Era in the San Pedro Valley

December 7, 2019

TOUR FULL - WAITING LIST ONLY 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…

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January 2020

University Indian Ruins

January 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The University Indian Ruin Archaeological Research District is located in the eastern Tucson Basin at the confluence of the Tanque Verde and Pantano washes where their combined flow forms the Rillito River. The 13-acre District is an archaeological preserve owned by the University of Arizona School of Anthropology.  It includes a central portion of a large Hohokam Classic period village and an adjacent complex of archaeological research facilities that was constructed in the 1930s.  The archaeological site was occupied primarily…

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February 2020

Northern Sonora: Cerro de Trincheras, La Playa, and Magdalena

February 8 @ 8:00 am - February 9 @ 8:00 pm

On February 8 and 9, 2020, AAHS is offering a unique opportunity to visit and learn about the entire cultural sequence of human occupation in northern Sonora, from Paleoindian to Padre Kino.  Making our way across the international border we will visit the mission of San Ignacio before exploring the central plaza in Magdalena de Kino and see the final resting place of Father Eusebio Kino.  After spending a peaceful night in Magdalena, we will visit the archaeological landscape of…

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