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September 2018

Tour of the University of Arizona Tree Ring Laboratory

September 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm MST
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 MST

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 MST
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 MST
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, 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 MST
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 MST

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 MST

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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