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    • 07 Jan 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 28 Jan 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Verde Valley Archaeology Center
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    Do you wonder what types of pottery is found in the Verde Valley?  Would you like to be able to identify what you see in the field?  Center President James Graceffa will present this class on how to identify the various types of pottery.  Also, learn how it was made and decorated. 

    This class is four consecutive Mondays from 9 am to Noon.  Dates of the Class are January 7, 14, 21 and 28 and an optional field trip, date to be determined. The class is open to members and the public. The cost is $80 which includes the course book. Participants will need to bring or purchase an eye loupe (available in the Center bookstore).

    • 14 Feb 2019
    • 6:00 AM
    • 17 Feb 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Catalina Inn - Catalina, AZ
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    Join the Center on a guided excursion to Northwest Chihuahua, Mexico .  This four-day trip includes the United Nations World Heritage site of Paquimé, the most important archaeological site in northwest Mexico and the American Southwest., the pottery village of Mata Ortiz, the Mormon settlements of Colonia Juarez and Colonia Dublan, and a side excursion  to the cliff dwelling of Olla Cave in the Sierra Madre Occidental.  This non-tourist part of Mexico offers a rich cultural mix of Mexicans, Mormons, and Mennonites and the spectacular landscape of the Chihuahuan Desert.  

    Trip Dates:   February 14-17, 2019

    Cost per person: $650 double occupancy; $720 single occupancy ($300 nonrefundable if cancelled) includes all transportation, tours, hotel in Mexico, entrance fees, and tips.

    Limited to 10 participants. Click HERE for a trip flyer.

    Day 01—Depart Catalina Inn, Catalina, Arizona at 6:00 a.m., to the great  archaeological site of Paquimé.  After touring the museum and ruins, check into the Nuevo Casas Grandes hotel and have dinner.

    Day 02—Breakfast in the Hotel Hacienda followed by a tour of the Mormon community of Colonia Juarez, and a discussion of Mormon settlement patterns and the agricultural economy of this part of Chihuahua.  The rest of the day will be spent in the pottery village of Mata Ortiz, visiting the homes of many artists to learn how the pots are made, painted, and fired.  

    Day 03—After breakfast in the Hotel Hacienda drive to Olla Cave, one of dozens of cliff  dwellings in this part of the Sierra Madre.  This site is particularly unique because of the large adobe structure used by the prehistoric inhabitants to store grain.  T

    Day 04—After breakfast and check-out, tour one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Colonia Dublan and then begin the return journey to the Catalina Inn arriving about 5:00 p.m.  

    Rooms at the Catalina Inn on February 13 and February 17 are NOT included if desired.

    • 05 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Camp Verde Public Library

    This is an Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month Lecture

    It has been thought that the Apache do not become Apache until the adoption of the horse, which triggered the raiding adaptation. Dr. Deni Seymour will present an Arizona Humanities AZ Speaks talk to explain that while horses played a central role in the Apachean world, the horse divide is not as pronounced as thought. Horses changed the ancestral Apache lifeway and horses survived and thrived without European horse culture. Horses shaped warfare and intercultural relations, were intertwined with family and inter-band relations, and were integrated into Apachean lives through use of horse power and in ceremonies. The horse is maintained in contemporary culture and archaeological traces document the historical role of horses in rock art, bones, landscape use, and artifacts.

    Dr. Seymour is an internationally recognized authority on protohistoric, Native American, and Spanish colonial archaeology and ethno-history. For 30 years, she has studied the Apache, Sobaipuri O’odham, and lesser-known mobile groups. She has excavated Spanish presidios, numerous Kino-period missions, and several indigenous sites. She works with indigenous groups, tackles the Coronado and Niza expeditions, and is reworking the history of the pre-Spanish and colonial period of the Southwest.

    All lectures are free to the public.

    • 12 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Camp Verde Public Library

    This is an Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month Lecture

    Dr. Todd Bostwick will present "A New View on the Ancient Sinagua: Analysis of the Dyck Cliff Dwelling Collection." 

    Excavated  between 1962 and 1972, the large quantity of archaeological materials recovered from the Dyck Cliff Dwelling, located northeast of Montezuma Castle, were kept in storage for more than 40 years until they were donated to the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in 2014. Detailed analysis of the well-preserved wooden artifacts, colorful textiles, diverse ceramics, and remarkable food remains has provided new information about the prehistoric cliff dwellers who lived in the Verde Valley.

    Dr. Todd Bostwick is the Director of Archaeology for the Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Museum. 

    This is a free lecture open to the public.

    • 19 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Camp Verde Public Library

    This is an Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Lecture

    National Park Service staff, Matt Guebard, Lucas Hoedl and Wendel Navenma, will talk about recent attempts to study the architecture at Montezuma Castle. This includes investigations of the building techniques and materials used to construct the cliff dwelling. Additionally, the presentation will discuss attempts to build a "replicate room" using local materials and traditional construction methods similar to those used at Montezuma Castle. By replicating these ancient building styles, the park has acquired valuable insight into the labor required to build a cliff dwelling and the potential environmental impact caused by collecting local building materials. This presentation will highlight how the in-depth study of ancient architecture can produce important information about the lives and experiences of past people. 

    This is a free lecture open to the public. 

    • 26 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Camp Verde Public Library

    This is an Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Lecture

    Dating the Construction and Use of the Montezuma Castle cliff dwelling by Dr. Greg Hodgins and Nicholas Kessler (University of Arizona)

    Dr. Hodgins and Mr. Kessler will discuss a recent cooperative research project between the National Park Service and the University of Arizona Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Laboratory. This project has utilized radiocarbon dating to better understand when the cliff dwelling was built and how its architecture changed over time. The presenters will discuss the methods used and preliminary results from the project. This presentation will highlight the use of cutting edge science to develop an interpretation of past events at Montezuma Castle. 

    This is a free lecture open to the public.