In 1915 an "Indian artifact hunter" made an unusual discovery -- a 135 lb. meteorite buried in a room of an ancient ruin east of Camp Verde. The meteorite eventually made its way into the collection of the Arizona State University's Center for Meteorite Studies. The Center will have this meteorite on loan for a six-month exhibit starting on March 1, 2015. An exhibit guide will be available and the Center will present monthly talks on the meteorite and others found at other ancient Native American locations. Watch the Calendar of Events for the dates and times of these monthly talks.
We are very fortunate to host Dr. Jaime Awe for a talk on the Archaeology of Belize on Friday, March 13, at 6:30 pm in the meeting rooms of the Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, 555 West Middle Verde Road, Camp Verde. This presentation is free and open to the public.
Dr. Awe was born in San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize. He was educated at Trent University, Canada, the State University of New York in Albany, and the University of London, England. Dr. Awe conducted research at Caracol, Caledonia, Pacbitun, Cahal Pech, and the Valley of Peace. After completing his studies, Dr. Awe was employed as a Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Trent University. In 1997 he took an appointment as Professor at the University of New Hampshire and launched the Western Belize Regional Cave Project. In June, 2000 he returned to Belize to take the position of Deputy Commissioner of Archaeology with the Department of Archaeology (now the Institute of Archaeology). He conducted excavations and conservation work at Caracol, Lamanai, Xunantunich, and Altun Ha. He is Belize's technical representative to the Mundo Maya Organization and Director of the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project. In Sept, 2003 Dr. Awe became the first Director of the Institute of Archaeology and served in that position until 2014 when he decided to focus on his passion for teaching and mentoring students. He is now at Northern Arizona University. He has published articles on Cahal Pech, Baking Pot, the caves of Western Belize and completed several documentaries.
Instructor Louie Garcia, Tiwa/Piro Pueblo
This two-day workshop explores ancient Pueblo fiber preparation and spinning techniques from the ancestral period to the present with expert Pueblo fiber artist Louie Garcia. Louie will share textiles from his own collection to examine the spinning techniques used in the Pueblo weaving tradition. Learn the difference between "Z" and "S," worsted and woolen spinning as well as how to tell the difference between Pueblo, Hopi, & Navajo spindles or malacates. Students will also learn how to set the spin of their newly spun yarn. Participants will spin their own yarn on two types of Puebloan hand spindles.
CLASS LIMITED TO 10 STUDENTS
BIO: Louie García is a Tiwa/Piro Pueblo weaver whose family originates from southern New Mexico in the Las Cruces/El Pas o areas. He is primarily a self-taught weaver as many other Pueblo weavers before him. Louie learned the basic concepts of Pueblo weaving from his grandfather. From a young age, García learned the importance of maintaining Pueblo tradition and cultural values. These teachings have inspired him to offer these workshops in the hopes of cultivating an appreciation for Pueblo textiles in the general public as well as revitalizing the art of Pueblo weaving within Pueblo communities and encouraging a new generation of Pueblo weavers.
In 2014, the Center held its first benefit picnic at the ranch of Larry Watkins. His generosity led to a very successful event with calls to make it an annual event. With our growing membership and donor base, we will be holding our 2015 Benefit Picnic at Jackpot Ranch.
Jackpot Ranch, established in 1998, is a privately owned ranch. Prior to becoming Jackpot Ranch, the property was used as a horse boarding facility called Medicine Man Ranch. With it’s abundant water sources and Verde River access, Jackpot Ranch is truly an oasis in the high desert! The ranch has many attractions that will be available.
The ticket price has not as yet been established, so watch this space or for a member announcement in the coming weeks.
Mark your calendar now for this very special event!!
The Center holds a series of excavation field schools near Cortez, Colorado at Mitchell Springs site. The 2015 dates of the sessions are July 31-August 3, August 14-17 and September 11-14. The cost to attend one session for a non-member is $175, which includes a one-year membership. The cost for one session for members is $125.
If attending two sessions, the cost of the second session is $125, and you must register for the second session separately.
No experience is necessary. You will be paired with someone with experience. All materials will be supplied, unless you have your own that you would like to bring. You should be in good health as the activity is mildly strenuous. The weather can be hot, in the high 80's, so appropriate clothing, sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water is a must.
Lodging can be had at Cortez, CO. Those who would like to dry camp, you can camp for free at the site. We will set up porta-potties and bring in potable water.
This can be a great experience for those who have never had the experience to excavate. You will learn that there is more to it then just digging.
If you plan to attend all three sessions, the cost is $300, and registration must be made by selecting the "All 2015 Field Schools" event.
The Center holds a series of excavation field schools near Cortez, Colorado at Mitchell Springs site. The 2015 dates of the sessions are July 31-August 3, August 14-17 and September 11-14. The member cost to attend all three sessions is $300. The non-member cost is $350 which includes a one-year membership.
If you plan to attend only one or two sessions, the member cost is $125 each. Non-member cost is $175 for the first session and $125 for a second session. Registration for one or two sessions must be made by selecting the sessions you plan to attend.
The Center holds a series of excavation field schools near Cortez, Colorado at Mitchell Springs site. The remaining 2015 dates of the sessions are August 14-17 and September 11-14.
The cost to attend this one session for a non-member is $175, which includes a one-year membership. The cost for this one session for members is $125.
The Center holds a series of excavation field schools near Cortez, Colorado at Mitchell Springs site. The dates of this session September 11-14. The cost to attend this session for a non-member is $175, which includes a one-year membership. The cost for this one session for members is $125.