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Trip to Zuni

13 October, 2017 at all day

Image of Hawikku taken by Edward Curtis in 1925 A two-day tour of Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, and other nearby sites is being planned for Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14, 2017. On Friday, October 13, we will visit the Village of the Great Kivas (a Chacoan outlier), where you can view some very nice [...] » Read more

Amerind Museum Back and Front Room Tour

16 September, 2017 at 10:00 am

September can be hot in Southern Arizona, why not join us for a guided tour of the acclaimed Amerind Museum ( on Saturday, September 16 at 10 am. Executive Director Christine Szuter and Curator/Deputy Director Eric Kaldahl have graciously offered us small group tours of the back room and larger group tours of the “front-of-the-house.” [...] » Read more

Wupatki, MNA and Petroglyphs

23 June, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Join us for a cool weekend in Flagstaff. On Friday afternoon June 23rd we will tour the amazing repository at the Museum of Northern Arizona. ($5.00 fee). On Saturday archaeologists Dana Brown and Alex Neumann will lead us on a front-country tour of Wupatki National Monument visiting four different Ancestral Puebloan sites while learning about the areas rich [...] » Read more

 Bones and more Bones - Arizona State Museum

16 May, 2017 at 10:00 am

Jim Watson in the Field Jim Watson, Associate Curator of Bioarchaeology and Nicole Mathwich, Zooarchaeology Curatorial Assistant, will host an engaging two-hour combination seminar and lab experience on methods and what we can learn from human and animal remains recovered from archaeological contexts.  Participants will learn some hands-on anatomy basics with favorite desert animals, how bones are [...] » Read more

Valencia Site

22 April, 2017 at 8:00 am

Join Pima County archaeologist Ian Milliken for a tour of the Valencia site. The Valencia Site is a large, very well preserved Hohokam village with Late Archaic pithouses and the first reported Clovis Paleoindian point from the Tucson Basin having been documented within the boundaries of the site. It is comprised of two archaeological sites, AZ [...] » Read more

Oatman Point Petroglyph and Habitation Site

18 March, 2017 at all day

Aaron Wright of Archaeology Southwest, who has been doing extensive studies, particularly of the rock art, in the Gila Bend area, has offered to lead us on a day tour to the Oatman Point Petroglyph Site and adjacent habitation area. The Oatman Point petroglyphs are of a unique regional style that fuses design attributes of [...] » Read more

Ventana Cave and Santa Rosa

28 January, 2017 at all day

Al Dart, of Old Pueblo Archaeology, will lead a trip to Ventana Cave, the Santa Rosa historic Spanish Colonial mission revival-style church and village plaza, one of that village’s historic cemeteries, and a petroglyph site near Santa Rosa. All are located on the Tohono O’odham reservation. Ventana Cave is a National Historic Landmark site. During the [...] » Read more

Coyote Mountains Archaeological District Tour - TRIP FULL Waiting List Only

17 December, 2016 at 9:00 am

Please join archaeologists Amelia Natoli and Avi Buckles of a tour of prehistoric sites in the Coyote Mountains west of Tucson near Three Points. The Coyote Mountains archaeological district was documented by Allen Dart and James Holmlund during the late 1980s and includes an extensive complex of early-to-late Classic period (A.D. 1150-1450) sites. The walking [...] » Read more

The Archaeology of the Petrified Forest - Trip full. Waiting list only.

5 November, 2016 at all day

Explore the archaeology of the Petrified Forest National Park with Park Archaeologists Bill Reitze, Amy Schott, and Erina Gruner. Petrified Forest hosts 13,000 years of human history, including hundreds of petroglyphs sites, an amazingly dense prehistoric occupation, and a rich historic record. Saturday will include a mix of pueblo, historic, and rock art site [...] » Read more

Nuvakwewtaqa Ruins (Chavez Pass)

8 October, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Computer generated image of Nuvakwewtaqa Ruins Nuvakwewtaqa Ruins, otherwise known as Chavez Pass Ruins, are the remains of a substantial Sinagua pueblo occupied between A.D. 1050-1425. The site served as a trade center and was integral to ancestral Hopi migrations to the east. Please join trip leader Jeff Charest for a tour of the ruins. Located half way between [...] » Read more

Field Trip to Arizona State University’s Whole Vessel Collection and the Huhugam Heritage Center

23 September, 2016 at 10:00 am

From 10 am to 11:30 we will visit the Arizona State University Whole Vessel Collection in Tempe. This collection, not normally open to the public, includes more than 1,500 whole pots representing the spectrum of prehistoric Arizona ceramics. After lunch at the Ko’sin Restaurant at the Sheraton at Wild Horse Pass we will visit the Huhugam Heritage [...] » Read more

Homolov'i Villages and Rock Art Ranch Tour

25 June, 2016 at 1:00 pm

TRIP IS FULL Seven ancestral Hopi villages dating to the late 1200s and through the 1300s are clustered along this section of the Little Colorado River. The Homol’ovi Research Program, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona has been conducting research in these pueblos since the mid-1980s, led by Chuck Adams and Rich Lange. We will try [...] » Read more

Backroom Tour of the Arizona Historical Society Museum and Archive

21 May, 2016 at 10:00 am

Join us for a backroom tour of the AHS collections with curators Laraine Daly Jones and Laura Hoff. The tour will start at 10 a.m. at the Arizona Historical Society and last approximately 2 hours. There are plenty of great lunch places in the immediate vicinity. The group is limited to 20 members. To register [...] » Read more

Fort Lowell/Hardy Site Tours During the AAHS 100th Anniversary Picnic

16 April, 2016 at 2:00 pm

The remnants of Officer’s Quarters 1 and 2, prior to the stabilization work (photo by Henry Wallace) Hohokam Figurine from the 1970s excavations                         As part of the AAHS centennial celebration at Fort Lowell Park, archaeologists Homer Thiel and Linda Gregonis will offer tours of portions of the Hardy Site. Originally excavated in part, by University of Arizona students [...] » Read more

Sears-Kay Ruin/Sycamore Canyon Pueblo - Carefree, AZ

2 April, 2016 at 10:00 am

Steve Swanson providing scale at Sycamore Canyon Pueblo   Led by archaeologist Steve Swanson we will visit two sites located near Carefree Arizona. Sycamore Canyon Pueblo and Sears-Kay Ruin are nearby sites dating to the Hohokam Classic in a region that has been referred to as the “northern periphery of the Phoenix basin, and is understood by [...] » Read more

Old Yuma Mine Tour - Tucson Mountains

26 March, 2016 at 9:00 am

Wulfenite Learn about Arizona’s mining history with archaeologist Avi Buckles. From Antonio de Espejo to Charles Poston, the quest for metallic resources has played a large role in the development of Arizona. Hard rock mines and mining camps dot the region with numerous mineral districts located in the hills near Tucson. The Old Yuma mine was [...] » Read more

Terrenate and Fairbank

16 January, 2016 at all day

Dozens of footprints from a Spanish soldier found in the floor of the Lieutenant’s quarters in an area soaked by a roof leak and repaired Please join us for a trip to the short-lived Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate. Constructed in 1775 as a series of adobe buildings in a walled compound, the presidio was subject [...] » Read more

Los Morteros

5 December, 2015 at 10:00 am

Los Morteros, translated to the mortars, was a large Hohokam village occupied between A.D. 850 and 1300. Located along the Santa Cruz River near the northern end of the Tucson Mountains, the site is names for the many bedrock mortars that are ground into natural outcrops characterizing the site’s topography.  Our visit to the site [...] » Read more

Visit to Fort Huachuca: Buffalo Soldiers and Apache Occupations

14 November, 2015 at 9:00 am

10th Calvary at Fort Huachuca ca. 1910s The varied history of Fort Huachuca begins long before its inception in 1877. Established as a garrison to guard against raids by the Chiricahua Apaches and their leader Geronimo in the 1880s, the fort has been continuously used for nearly 150 years—perhaps most notably in the 1910s by the [...] » Read more

Pima Canyon, South Mountain Petroglyph Tour

24 October, 2015 at 8:00 am

The South Mountains of Phoenix contain an enormous amount of rock art. Join Hohokam petroglyph scholar, Aaron Wright, for an off-trail tour of the Pima Canyon area in the South Mountains of Phoenix. Given time and energy we may take in a second canyon in the afternoon. The tour is limited to 20 people and [...] » Read more

UA Tree-Ring Laboratory Tour

12 September, 2015 at 9:00 am

Bryant Bannister Tree-Ring Building Join us for a tour of the world-famous Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona. This tour, led by Dr. Ron Towner, will showcase the new Bryant Bannister Tree-Ring Building—a state-of-the-art facility containing outstanding laboratories for exploring all aspects of dendrochronology, as well as the only federally recognized archive for [...] » Read more

Perishable Collections at ASM - Waiting List Only

15 May, 2015 at 10:00 am

Join conservators, museum staff, and archaeologists at the Arizona State Museum this May for a behind the scenes tour. On the agenda is a visit to the Basketry Vault where we will observe textiles found in various archaeological contexts including dry caves. We will then focus our tour on the material culture of the Apache, [...] » Read more

Tour the Architecture of Downtown Tucson

25 April, 2015 at 9:00 am

Tour guide Dr. R. Brooks Jeffery, Director of the Drachman Institute at the University of Arizona, will lead us on a walking tour of Downtown Tucson’s varied and distinctive architectural landscapes. Understand the history of the Old Barrio as we explore its many storied streetscapes. Details concerning tour stops are being developed but the route [...] » Read more

Visit the ASM Field School at Mission Guevavi

21 March, 2015 at 9:00 pm

As a follow up to the November AAHS lecture Homer Thiel will lead a tour to Mission Guevavi south of Tumacacori where University of Arizona field school excavations will be in progress. Details of the trip are still being developed. To register for the trip contact Leslie Aragon. Excavations within Feature 18, an area of stained [...] » Read more

Ruby - Arizona's Best Ghost Town

28 February, 2015 at all day

Ruby Mercantile TRIP FULL – WAITING LIST ONLY Join AAHS for a day trip to Ruby, Arizona with guide Tallia Cahoon. Mrs. Cahoon’s family lived in Ruby when she was born her family’s house is still partially standing. Tallia also co-wrote a book about the town of Ruby, called Ruby, Arizona: Mining, Mayhem, and Murder.  In addition to her connections [...] » Read more

The Rehabilitation of Historic Canoa Ranch

9 January, 2015 at 9:00 am

TRIP FULL WAITING LIST ONLY Join us for a walking tour of the historic headquarters at Canoa Ranch. Located in the upper Santa Cruz River Valley, Canoa Ranch is a listed Rural Historic Landscape in the National Register of Historic Places. The ranch is perhaps most notably associated with one of Southern Arizona’s pioneering families, the Mannings. [...] » Read more

Tumamoc Hill

13 December, 2014 at 9:00 am

Remains of Prehistoric Walls atop Tumamoc Hill WAITING LIST ONLY Tumamoc Hill just west of the Santa Cruz river in downtown Tucson is a trincheras site with occupations going back to 500 BC. There are also a large number of Hohokam petroglyphs. Our leaders will be Hohokam scholars Paul and Suzanne Fish and Peter Boyle and Gayle [...] » Read more

Desperation Ranch Site Tour and BBQ

19 October, 2014 at 11:00 am

Dense bison bone, ground stone, flaked stone, and fire-cracked rock located near the bottom of a thick sequence of cienega soils. Desperation Ranch Excavation. Desperation Ranch Revisit Excavation OCT 19, 11 a.m – 1p.m. 999 Portal Road, Portal, Arizona Please RSVP by Saturday, October 11th to Jesse Ballenger. AAHS members and guests are invited to attend a site tour and [...] » Read more

Amerind Museum Back Room Tour

26 July, 2014 at 9:00 am

  Come beat the summer heat by touring the Amerind Museum on Saturday July 26 at 10 am. As part of the trip Director John Ware will give the group a “behind the scenes” tour of the storage vault. Located in Cochise County one mile south of Interstate 10, the drive there includes stunning views of rolling desert [...] » Read more

Behind the Scenes at ASM

16 May, 2014 at 10:00 am

You will be treated to a curator-hosted, behind-the-scenes peek into storerooms and see examples of the museum’s incomparable collections, some of which are the largest and most comprehensive of their kind in the world! Meet preservation scientists who will tour you through their state-of-the-art conservation laboratory and explain their work and current projects. Visit a [...] » Read more

Mission Garden Field Trip

5 April, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Cocoraque Butte Petroglyph Site

15 March, 2014 at all day

This site, west of Saguaro National Park West, contains a marvelous collection of petroglyphs as well as some interesting features. Visiting the site requires walking of about two miles and rock scrambling to view some of the rock art. The tour is limited to 20 people and will last for several hours. To register contact [...] » Read more

Charlie Bell Well Site

22 February, 2014 at all day

THERE ARE A FEW SPACES LEFT FOR THIS TRIP A field trip to Charlie Bell Well site is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 2014. Led by Rick and Sandi Martynec, the Charlie Bell Well site has over 3000 petroglyphs, many of which are Archaic. There are artifacts, features and trails in the canyon as well. The [...] » Read more

Highlights of Sutherland Wash Rock Art District

25 January, 2014 at all day

Tour the Sutherland Wash Rock Art District with Janine Hernbrode, the leader of a multi-year recording and analysis of this huge site on the west face of the Catalina Mountains. Much of the 5 to 6 mile round trip walk is on unimproved trail with little elevation gain. It is necessary to occasionally scramble over boulders [...] » Read more

Murray Springs and other Mammoth Kill Sites

7 December, 2013 at all day

THIS TRIP IS PRESENTLY FULL. WAITING LIST ONLY.  Dr. Jesse Ballenger will lead this field trip starting at the Murray Springs site outside of Sierra Vista. Murray Springs was recently designated a National Historic Landmark. Dr. Ballenger will guide us through the site covering the history of investigations there from 1966 to the present, and describing [...] » Read more

Pueblo Grande/Mesa Grande Mound Sites

16 November, 2013 at all day

  Led by Laurene Montero, Phoenix City Archaeologist and Jerry Howard, Director, Mesa Grande Archaeological Project Pueblo Grande features a large platform mound with retaining walls, which was once surmounted by walled structures. There were also many houses and at least three ball courts, probably constructed starting 750 CE. We’ll also visit irrigation canals at the Park of Four [...] » Read more

Prehistoric Sites on the Barry M. Goldwater Range, East

9 November, 2013 at all day

THE FIELD TRIP IS BACK ON due to the Government’s Reopening This field trip is jointly sponsored with the San Tan Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society and will be led by Dr. David Doyel and Adrianne Rankin, archaeologists with the BMGR-E.  This is a rare opportunity to see sites on the Air Force training range, [...] » Read more

Safford Hanging Canals and Pottery of the Mills Collection

19 October, 2013 at all day

We will meet in Safford at 10:30 am, about 135 miles from Tucson. With our guide, Don Lancaster, we will view a few of the more accessible of the 27 canals (over 40 miles in total length!).  These unique prehistoric canals, which have recently be rediscovered, are spectacular engineered and a stunningly efficient water carrying [...] » Read more

Kinishba and Fort Apache Tour

18 May, 2013 at all day

Kinishba Ruins   Join us for a tour of Kinishba, a Western Pueblo site located on the White Mountain Apache Reservation in East Central Arizona on Saturday, May 18, 2013. We will meet Dr. John Welch, our guide, Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the Ft Apache Museum where we will pay a fee to visit the [...] » Read more

Honey Bee Village with Henry Wallace

27 April, 2013 at 9:00 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. While only traces of this village are now visible the site included a cluster of 19 large mounds surrounding a plaza, a ballcourt and a special-use walled enclosure. As many [...] » Read more

Verde Valley Ruins Field Trip

23 March, 2013 at all day

Clear Creek Cavates Sacred Mountain                       On March 23 and 24th Ken Zoll will led us to several spectacular ruins in the Verde Valley. Saturday, March 23, Clear Creek Ruin Hike (six miles east of Camp Verde) Meet at 8:30 am at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, 385 S. Main St., Camp Verde.  Park in the rear and enter through the [...] » Read more

University Indian Ruins Tour

23 February, 2013 at 9:30 am

University Indian Ruin Bison Room Drs Paul and Suzanne Fish will lead a tour of University Indian Ruins, the site of the current University of Arizona Field School. This 13-acre property located in Indian Ridge Estates was a gift to the School of Anthropology in the 1930s and includes one of the last remaining Hohokam Classic [...] » Read more

Webb Petroglyph Site - Saguaro East

19 January, 2013 at 10:00 am

An exploratory, partial bush-whacking expedition to the Webb Petroglyph Site in Saguaro East National Park. Robin Rutherfoord with the Arizona Site Stewards and Ron Beckwith, Archaeologist with the Park will lead the group. This site is not well-known and part of the fun will be finding what we find. Tour limited to 20 people and [...] » Read more

Amerind Back Room Tour

15 December, 2012 at 9:00 am

There will be a half-day trip to visit the Amerind Foundation, located east of Tucson on Saturday, December 15, 2012. We will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Houghton Road exit off I-10 East (northwest side) to car pool. We then will drive to the Amerind Foundation where we will meet Dr. Eric Kaldahl at [...] » Read more

Tour of Prison Camp Historic Site - Mt. Lemon

8 December, 2012 at 9:00 am

IF YOU PREVIOUSLY SIGNED UP FOR THIS TOUR PLEASE SEND EMAIL to Katherine Cerino. The sign up sheet has gone missing. There is still some space available on this trip for new sign ups. Discover the historic structures of Prison camp in a tour by Arizona Site Steward, Ralph Mersiowsky and Coronado National Forest Archaeologist, Bill [...] » Read more

Petroglyphs and Ruins of the Gila Bend

3 November, 2012 at all day

The arkosic sandstone outcrop and arroyo known locally as Red Rock Canyon can be seen for miles. The Patayan glyphs are located in three slot canyons below the large sandstone outcrop seen here. Photo by Roy Pierpoint.   Long time avocational archaeologists Roy and Ella Pierpoint will lead a two day tour of the less well-known and [...] » Read more

Basketry Treasured with Diane Dittemore and Mike Jacobs

21 September, 2012 at 10:00 am

ASM curators, Diane Dittemore and Mike Jacobs will give a detailed guided tour of the current Basketry Treasured exhibit at The Arizona State Museum. The tour is limited to 20 people. To register contact David McLean. Meet in the ASM lobby at 9:50. The tour should last about 2 hours. » Read more

Flintknapping Workshop

23 June, 2012 at 8:30 am

Come learn the ancient art of flintknapping. Join Jon Boyd, avocational archaeologist and flintknapper for a morning lecture, demonstration and student hands-on session at the Arizona State Museum.  Jon will cover subjects such as the history of flintknapping and various types of flaking techniques and strategies for bifacial reduction, leading up to students trying it [...] » Read more

University of Arizona's Tree Ring Lab

5 May, 2012 at 9:00 am

Established in 1937, the UA Laboratory of Tree Ring Research is the world’s premier and largest center devoted to dendrochronology – the study of environments and cultures using tree rings. Beyond the use of dendrochronology in archaeology with which AAHS members are most familiar, the lab pursues multi-disciplinary applications of dendrochronology in climatology, ecology, geology, [...] » Read more

Early People of the Colorado Plateau

28 April, 2012 at all day

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 [...] » Read more

Sears Point Weekend

18 February, 2012 at 11:00 am

Evelyn Billo and Robert Mark have been leading a multi-year effort to document the extensive rock art along the Gila River between Gila Bend and Yuma. President’s Weekend they will lead a trip for AAHS to see some of sites. We will meet in Gila Bend at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 18th and proceed [...] » Read more

Fort Huachuca Archaeology

21 January, 2012 at all day

Pictographs at Garden Canyon The third Saturday of the New Year will find us visiting archaeological sites in the vicinity of Ft. Huachuca, led by archaeologist Martyn Tagg. We will leave at 8:30 a.m. from the northwest corner of the Houghton Road exit and I-10 East in order to carpool as parking is an issue at [...] » Read more

Tumacácori, Guevavi and Calabazas Missions

10 December, 2011 at all day

San Cayetano de Calabazas Three Tumacácori Missions, guided by Jeremy Moss, Archaeologist, Chief of Resource Management, Tumacácori NHP Tumacácori National Historic Park protects three Spanish colonial mission ruins in southern Arizona: Tumacácori, Guevavi, and Calabazas. The adobe structures are on three sites, with a visitor center at Tumacácori. These missions are among more than twenty established in the Pimería Alta [...] » Read more

Hohokam Painted Pottery Workshop with Patrick Lyons and Mike Jacobs

7 October, 2011 at 10:00 am

Santa Cruz Red-on-buff jar, burden-carrier motifs Hohokam, Gila Bend Province, ca. 850-950 CE Four Mile Site, Painted Rock Reservoir, Maricopa Co., AZ Gift of Norton Allen & Ethel Crane Allen, 1994 – Allen Collection (94-134-442) Join Dr. Patrick Lyons, ASM Acting Associate Director and Head of Collections, and Mike Jacobs, Archaeological Collections Curator, for a two-hour [...] » Read more

Ancestral Hopi Painted Pottery Seminar with Patrick Lyons

20 May, 2011 at 10:00 am

photo courtesy of Janelle Weakly, ASM ANCESTRAL HOPI PAINTED POTTERY SEMINAR Join Dr. Patrick Lyons, ASM Acting Associate Director and Head of Collections, for a two-hour seminar focused on ancestral Hopi painted pottery. Dr. Lyons will teach about the typology and chronology of Jeddito Yellow Ware, Jeddito Orange Ware, Winslow Orange Ware, and Hopi White Ware, [...] » Read more

University Indian Ruins

4 March, 2011 at 9:00 am

Drs Paul and Suzanne Fish will lead a tour of University Indian Ruins, the site of the current University of Arizona Field School. This 13-acre property located in Indian Ridge Estates was a gift to the School of Anthropology in the 1930s and includes one of the last remaining Hohokam Classic Period platform mound sites [...] » Read more

Romero Ruins - Beyond the Path

22 January, 2011 at 9:00 am

THIS FIELD TRIP IS FULL.  There is a waiting list. Romero Ruin in Catalina State Park is one of the largest and most significant archaeological sites within the northern Tucson Basin. The ruins are the remains of a Hohokam village that was occupied between A.D. 500 and A.D. 1450. Also visible at the site are [...] » Read more

Neon Lights, Tourists Courts and By-gone Gas Stations

11 December, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Join us for a van tour led by Demion Clinco, President of the Tucson Historic Preservation Society. We will see what remains of 1950’s tourist Tucson. Neon lights, tourist courts, old gas stations. There is a $10 charge and non-AAHS members are welcome. To register contact Katherine Cerino. » Read more

Fort Bowie National Mounument: The Apache Wars and the Butterfield Trail

16 October, 2010 at all day

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A Taste of the ASM Basket Collection

24 September, 2010 at 10:00 am

Ethnography curators Diane Dittemore and Andrew Higgins will share baskets from the extensive Arizona State Museum collection. Since the Museum presently does not have display space for these materials this is a rare chance to see some of these items. Materials and technology of this craft will be a focus of the talk. The tour [...] » Read more