March is Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month
There is a huge number of activities in the Verde Valley to mark Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. We have prepared a one-sheet guide to all of these activities. Click HERE to download this impressive schedule of events.
Camp Verde Spring Heritage, Pecan and Wine Festival
The 2014 Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival will take place in downtown Camp Verde on Saturday March 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday March 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Festival is a actually a combination of at least four formerly separate events, 1) Camp Verde Pecan and Wine Festival, 2) Verde Valley Archaeology Fair, 3) the Verde River Runoff, canoe and kayak race, along with a host of activities surrounding Arizona State Parks’ annual Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. It is also a celebration of Camp Verde’s rich tradition as the agricultural hub of Central Arizona, its divergent archaeological and historical heritage and the river that has defined its past as well as its future.
Admission to all events is free. Charges will apply to wine tasting and race participants. Check out our Archaeology Fair page for more details.
Glimpses of Big Island Hawaii Archaeology
The next archaeology lecture will be Tuesday, March 18, at 7:00 pm at the Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Road. Archaeologist Don Keller will present a talk on his recent trip to the Big Island of Hawaii to study the archaeology of the island. Fifteen hundred years of human history and adaptation on the Big Island of Hawai’i have left a unique archaeological record on the island’s landscape. An informal photographic tour and commentary will present aspects and contexts of this adaptation that are visible throughout the island. On one of the youngest landscapes on the planet, the range of environments from volcano tops to ocean depths is remarkable in its diversity and variety of characteristics. The distribution of resources was reflected in the development of strong and complex chiefdoms organizing the people of the islands and, after European and American contact, integration into a global economy.
Don Keller spent 15 years with the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Archaeology Department and continues to consult on a variety of projects. His fascination with the Southwest began during his graduate studies in the 1970s, when he spent several summers with the Cedar Mesa Project in southeastern Utah.
Tickets Now Available for Archaeology Film Festival
Our 2014 International Archaeology Film Festival kicks off this month in the Phillip England Performing Arts Center in Camp Verde (formerly known as the Camp Verde Muli-Use Complex Auditorium). Click HERE for full details. Tickets are now available for these two evenings of film. We are very proud to be the U.S. premiere showing of the four-part BBC series "The Flying Archaeologist."
How Ancient Cultures Used Pigments and Dyes
Al Cornell will present this class on April 5 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in our Archaeology Learning Center. This class will include:
How to collect and make high quality pigments and dyes
How to make and use binders/vehicles and how these will vary depending upon the surface (wood, stone, skin, bone etc).
Fabrication of support tools and items for the painting efforts.
There will be demos relating to the above, followed with a hands-on component, wherein the participants will have an opportunity to experiment painting on various surface.
Color discovered in ancient textiles, basket, pottery, and rock art give visual testimony that the application of dyes and pigments was an integral part of early human culture.
Class size is limited to 14 so early registration is strongly suggested. The cost for this one-day class is $25 ($20 for members).