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 held October 24, 25 and 26 in Phoenix click here.

Do you have some pictures of the event or speaker you would like to share?  Please send to rogerk92@aol.com and thank you.

PLEASE NOTE:  Some small changes coming to Home Page in the next few weeks, which eventually will create a newer look and function to our first page that visitors see and other pages too....

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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. 

 

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 others are decorated with wonderful objects and 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 or 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.
 
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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
 
 
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 sources for such materials for as long as the inventory lasts.  
       
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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 with out 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.  This page also contains a "Draft" version of the proposed Bylaw changes.    
     
Visit the "Archaeological Opportunities" page for listing of current archaeological projects needing assistance.
 
New: Arizona Archaeologist Number 21 downloadable pdf file is now available in the Members-Only section (also 4, 19, 29, 38, & 39).

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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.

 

 

 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 (www.azarchsoc.org) to sign up, or email Sylvia Lesko at slesko4@cox.net with the words “email my Petroglyph” in the subject line and indicating your name and chapter.  Please help!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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