Arizona Archaeological Society



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.Annual Meeting Cake

The 50th Anniversary State Meeting was on October 24, 25 and 26, 2014 in Phoenix Click Here.

We need some assistance and it requires little labor, a little thinking, and an excellent memory; especially for AAS past history.  Old timers are welcome.  We are trying to find missing (not lost) information from prior AAS website, paper records, and general consolidation of information to create a full an accurate picture of AAS history for all of our enjoyment and just recognition for those preceding us or maybe even those of you reading this sentence.  The following is an overview of accomplishments for the first 50 years of AAS.  Please click the following link for this overview and advise of any corrections or additional information you may be aware of, AAS 1st 50-Years.

Note:  "Members" a complete listing of historical links added to this website are shown on Members-Only page.  "Non members," there are a total of 10 Historical Links on the website that you can peruse, not counting the one above.  They are highlighted by blue text with the link for easy identification.  Can you find all of them?    



AAS 50-Year History 

AAS History 1964-2014 PowerPoint Presentation:  

A brief look at AAS 50-year history and some of its founders with philosophies through the years, as well as thoughts concerning the future and next 50-years.  The original was distributed at an AAS Annual State Meeting in preparation for the 50th anniversary celebration.

The contents are modified to an MP4 format to work with the media player on your computer.  Click the link to engaged your media player and the file should play automatically.  Once the presentation concludes, simply close the media player on your computer.  The Microsoft media player that comes with Windows should be sufficient to enjoy the material and get a sense of AAS history.

Click Here  to enjoy the video.


NOTE:  If you have not used your Windows media player before, just select the "recommended settings" when the screen asks you for a decision.  Testing with three Vista level computers running Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and Windows Vista yields a wide variety of performance levels before the program runs.  The newer the operating system, the faster the loading time.  Newer computer equipment should simply perform well.  Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP, so we did not performance check this environment.


Interested in Arizona Archaeology?

Honaki, Sedona AZ

     Mesa Grande, Mesa, AZInterest in Archaeology is often sparked by site visitations that are protected and preserved or in various states of preservation such as these at Honaki and Mesa Grande, AZ. 

     For the retired adults volunteering, adults seeking a second career or volunteering, or those seeking a higher education and a career with appeal and opportunity to explain the unexplained archaeology has an overwhelming draw as well as prehistoric preservation.  Job experience is often achieved by volunteering.


Perry Mesa, Evidence of GrindingCordes Junction Hwy Project, AZ     Sometimes our first exposure to the archaeology of an area is through building projects, such as the expansion of the highway and ramps of I-17 through the Cordes Junction area in Arizona.   These remains of a Hohokam structure were on the northern periphery of their known cultural influence uncovered with preservation excavation for knowledge before highway expansion.
     Other times, evidence of prehistoric activity may be more permanent and found on a large boulder surface such as this evidence of grinding activity under Federal protection on Perry Mesa in Arizona.           
V Bar V Petroglyphs, AZ
Anasazi Bowl from Steve Lekson 
     The draw for many people to archaeology consists of a certain appeal for the more artistic endeavors of prehistoric people.  While many artifacts are strictly mono color objects that are utilitarian, other objects are decorated with wonderful pictures  and/or mosaic designs.
     The wonderment and interest in "rock art" which might be engraved or painted often seeks to find meaning where no meaning may be obtainable.  Other times, the meaning might indicate clans, solar calendars, hunting stories, or ??????
Moved Pottery Sherds, NM.
Ancient Point, Cave Creek, AZ
     Most people recognize malicious damage to archaeological sites and do not condone it.  Those truly involved with the study of archaeology observe more subtle damage to the prehistoric artifact record. 
     Sherds picked up and collected in small or large treasure piles destroy an archaeological context forever.  In a similar way, points, tools, or other goods surviving hundreds or thousands of years undisturbed are often in collections, drawers, backyards, and garages today.  These archaeological records are lost and a person's heirs often takes items to garage sales or the trash.
Chapter Membership Contacts:  You can join the Archaeology Society today or attend a meeting and see if you enjoy developing your knowledge of this subject.  Archaeology is unique because you can study and work inside or enjoy activities outdoors.  Many members develop additional interests in geology, botany, osteology, preservation work, surveying, etc.  Select "Chapters" from the menu bar at the top of the screen to find one near you or click the link at the beginning of this paragraph for a contact listing.  If you are an out of state visitor, you can become an "At Large" member.  Go to the "About Us" section of the menu bar and select membership to investigate further and use PayPal, or use this link for an application download the application.  Members can use Paypal
to renew their memberships.  Click Here, for instructions how to renew membership online from AAS website.
FUTURE LINK HERE:  Those studying archaeology for a profession or avocational interest often have difficulty finding classic or older studies and reference material.  This "future" link provides a source for such materials for as long as the inventory lasts.  

The Member-Only Section

Member-Only Access:  Click this link for instructions regarding access to the members only section.  Not a member?  No access is possible without joining the Arizona Archaeology Society.  See Chapter Membership Contacts: or become an "At Large" member to access the member-only section on this website.
There is a new page, Planning Committee, in the Member-Only section.  Check this page to see the approved minutes of the Planning Committee meetings, as well as State and Chapter Director meeting minutes.  
Visit the "Archaeological Opportunities" page for listings of current archaeological projects needing assistance or project status.
New: Arizona Archaeologist Number 21 downloadable pdf file is now available in the Members-Only section (also 4, 19, 29, 38, & 39).

Bulletin/Notice Section
AZ Archaeologists available for purchase on Amazon are 21, 29, 38, and 39.  See publications tab at top of screen or Click Here.
The Petroglyph is now electronic distribution only, except for very special circumstances.


It with great pleasure that the AAS State Board announces that Dr. Todd Bostwick is the winner of the 2015 AAS Professional Archaeologist Award. Dr. Bostwick has served our Society at both the State and Chapter levels for many years.  Just to name a few of his accomplishments, Dr. Bostwick has spoken at four State Meetings, been the tour leader to numerous sites and has worked extensively with the Certification Program. At the Chapter level he has been the Phoenix Chapter advisor for 16 years, assisted with their workshops, led field trips and been available to respond for issues with projects, state, federal laws and other concerns. At the Certification Level, Dr. Bostwick has taught several classes, redesigned a class on Paleo Indian/Archaic, and created and added Hohokam Archaeoastronomy to the program.  He has also taught Southwest Archaeology, Hohokam Prehistory and Historical Archaeology.

Arrangements are being made to present Dr. Bostwick with his award - the date, time and place to be announced as soon as possible.

A new award was created this year, the AAS Avocational Archaeologist Award.  The first winner of this is Joan Clark.  Joan has been an advisor to AAS for many years and continues to do so. Joan currently provides advice and recommendations on a monthly basis to the State Board and has worked within the Certification Department for a very long time.  She is a prime example of an AAS member and we could not have had a better candidate for the very first time we award this honor.

As with Dr. Bostwick, arrangements are being made to present Joan with her award, date, time and place also to be announced as soon as possible.

Our congratulations today go to Dr. Bostwick and to Ms. Joan Clark.  In addition, we sincerely thank them for their participation and committment to the Arizona Archaeological Society.

Glenda A. Simmons, 2014/2015 AAS State Chair

Links add to the "Links Page" for Friends of the Agua Fria NM and Friends of the Tonto NF.
PLEASE NOTE:  Some small changes coming to Home Page and other pages over the next few months, eventually creating a newer look/feel and function to our first page that visitors see and the overall pages too....  Thank you for your continued patience, some changes involve several dedicated volunteers completing activities before implementation.  Many pages now contain historical information relevant to the information on that page.  There is blue writing highlighting the link.



 Help Us to Help the Environment:  Still take a paper copy of The Petroglyph? Help our society go green and switch from postal delivery to email. The email version is in color, available earlier than the printed version, and reduces costs to AAS. Did you know for example, that in addition to the printing and paper costs, AAS volunteers have to drive to the printers (Tempe) to pick up the printed copies, seal and label each newsletter, bundle and place in the appropriate trays to meet postal regulations and then deliver to the Central Phoenix post office? This task involves 6 hours of labor plus driving time each month. Without this volunteer help, the Petroglyph would cost even more to produce and deliver. To convert to the electronic version, you may use the form on this website ( to sign up, or email Sylvia Lesko at with the words “email my Petroglyph” in the subject line and indicating your name and chapter.  Members may also edit their own email selection from within the profile found in the "members-only" area after logon with a password.  Please help!!!  Note: as of June 2015, all distribution is electronic unless by chapters for special case distribution.







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