The Sherman Loy Memorial Award is given annually to an avocational archaeologist for their outstanding efforts in the protection and promotion of the archaeological heritage of the Verde Valley. The recipient is chosen based on their contribution to our knowledge of archaeology, active participation in the preservation or protection of archaeological sites, presentation of educational lectures or discussions, published books or articles, or who has worked closely with organizations that contribute to the science of Anthropology.
The Sherman Loy Memorial Award will be inaugurated in 2014 at a presentation on September 30 at 7:00 pm in the Cliff Castle Casino Sedona Ballroom. The first recipient of this award will beJoe Vogel. Joe Vogel moved to Prescott, Arizona in 1987. Following his retirement from Eastman Kodak he spent his days patrolling known archaeological sites -- and discovering new ones -- from the cockpit of his 1967 Citabria airplane. Joe has photographed more than 900 sites from 1,000 feet in the air. His more-significant finds include landscape anomalies that led to the identification of prehistoric sites in the Agua Fria National Monument 40 miles north of Phoenix. He also used his flights to look for vandalism. “If I see some vandalism, I try to photograph the site again,” he says, “to see if there has been new damage to it.”
The evening will include a presentation by Joe of some of his aerial photography as well as remarks by Dr. David Wilcox.
This event is FREE and open to the public.
Our distinguished speaker for this event will be Marshall Trimble is an American author, singer, community college professor, and Arizona's official state historian. He was inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame in February 2011. In March, Marshall was the Grand Marshal in the Phoenix St. Patrick's Day Parade. That same year the Arizona Historical Society presented him their distinguished Al Merito Award in recognition of his lifetime service in promoting Arizona history. The Arizona Centennial Commission honored him in December 2011 as "One of Arizona's Most Inspiring Leaders."
Forensic anthropology is presented in the popular media as a dramatic and exciting scientific discipline that is central to solving high-profile crimes. As is often the case, reality is more measured but no less interesting. Using real-world case studies, this presentation will focus on methods developed and used by forensic anthropology, what information can be derived from the study of human remains, and why the public is fascinated.
Kimberly Spurr has been a professional archaeologist for nearly three decades, working in the American Southwest, the Rocky Mountains, and the Great Plains. She specializes in bioarchaeology—the study of human remains and mortuary features—which focuses on innovative ways to understand and reconstruct the past and the lives of people. Ms. Spurr currently supervises the Archaeology division at the Museum of Northern Arizona and is director of Past Peoples Consulting, LLC. She also consults as a forensic anthropologist.
This is an open lecture. Reservations not required.
This Trail is one of the largest exhibits of its kind dedicated to understanding the cultural relationships between people and plants in our region. The trail winds through five habitats that have provided people with useful plants for food, fiber, medicine and cultural purposes for 2,000 years: Desert, Desert Oasis, Mesquite Bosque, Semi-desert Grassland, and Chaparral. Please note this trail is on a dirt path and requires a large amount of walking. Special talk by Wendy Hodgson, Research Botanist, on her study of agave of the Verde Valley.
We travel via US Coachways air-conditioned mini-bus with two rows of two with an isle down the middle; all seats are high-back bucket reclining seats.
Lunch is on your own but we will make reservations at a nearby restaurant before the return trip.
Cost: $125 per person.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY OCTOBER 6. LIMITED TO 24.
THIS IS A MEMBERS ONLY EVENT although members can bring guests. Cost: $105 per person. Registration will be available soon.
LIMITED TO 24.
The Annual Members Meeting will include reports by the President, Executive Director and Treasurer and election of Directors for 2015.
Following the business meeting will be a presentation by Director of Archaeology on the Dyck Ranch Collection.
Tonto National Forest Archaeologist Scott Woods will conduct a class on the pottery types found in the Tonto National Forest. Salado knew and used their surroundings well. They learned to cultivate crops in small patches of fertile land on the craggy hillsides. They collected rain water for later use. Some group members wove textiles from native plants, including cotton; others made pottery from local red clay and decorated the vessels with intricate black and white designs. The unique style of black and white designs on red pottery is associated with the Salado culture. However, archaeologists found that not all ceramics were decorated. They believe that plain pottery was used for daily use and decorated ware was probably reserved for ceremonies. Because Salado pottery was found throughout the Southwest, decorated ware may also have been used for trade with other American Indian groups.
Class size is limited to 24.