Welcome to the Arizona Archaeological Society
The Arizona Archaeological Society (AAS) welcomes you to our web site where you can learn more about archaeology around the state and how to actively participate in learning about and preserving our Arizona heritage.
Who Will Receive the 2013 AAS Professional Archaeologist Award?
The Award Committee Chair Sylvia Lesko has announced the nomination period for the 2013 AAS Professional Archaeologist Award. Nominations will be accepted Mar. 1 – May 15, 2013.
The Professional Archaeologist Award was developed as a way for AAS to recognize the Professional community for the aid and assistance that they have given to the Society over the years. Chapters are asked to submit nominations by using the criteria that was developed to show how and what the archaeologist has provided to the Society.
If you have someone you would like to see nominated complete the required paperwork and submit to your Chapter Board for consideration. One nomination, which must be accompanied by the required paperwork is accepted from each chapter.
The final day for submission of nominations is May 15, 2013. The award will be presented at the Fall State Meeting, which is held in October of each year. Dates to be announced.
New Arizona Archaeologist Publication
The latest edition of the Arizona Archaeologist has been published. Number 38 in the series is entitled "A Cultural Astronomy Study of the Casa Malpais National Historic Landmark Site in Springerville, Arizona" by Ken Zoll of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center. This monograph describes Ken's three-year study of the site at the request of the Casa Malpais Museum. The site had been alleged to have an "astronomical observatory" as part of this complex. The study concludes that it is a sun calendar site but for reasons other than what had been purported. While studying the site, several other sun markers were observed and documented.
The Arizona Archaeologist is a benefit of membership and is available to members free of charge. They can also download a free PDF copy from the "Members Only" page. The publication is also available for sale through Amazon.
The Society is currently in the process of converting all of its past publications for sale on Amazon.
AAS Supports The Arizona Site Stewards Program
The Arizona Site Stewards Program is an organization of volunteers, sponsored by the public land managers of Arizona, whose members are selected, trained and certified by the State Historic Preservation Office
and the Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission. The chief objective of the Stewards Program is to report to the land managers destruction or vandalism of prehistoric and historic archaeological and paleontological sites in Arizona through site monitoring. Many members of the AAS are site stewards and we support their efforts to preserve these sites. See the video on the Arizona Site Steward Program
, narrated by actor Harrison Ford on YouTube.