Old Pueblo Archaeology Center

June 2006

[Cancelled, to be offered again next year:] Wednesday June 7-Saturday June 10, 2006: “ZuZi Pueblo, Rock Art, and Ruins” fundraising tour with Marc Severson, departing from Tucson International Airport Park & Save lot (near TIA entrance, SE corner of Tucson Blvd. & Corona Dr.). 8 a.m. Wednesday-5 p.m. Saturday. Fee $795 ($770 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members). On June 7-10, 2006, archaeologist, teacher, and cultural interpretation specialist Marc Severson, and ZuZi Pueblo’s painters of the world famous ZuZi Mission Church murals, Alex and Kenneth Seowtewa, guide Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s unique tour to ZuZi Pueblo and other important Native American cultural and archaeological sites in northwestern New Mexico. Tour includes Halona-Wa, the modern Pueblo Indian village of ZuZi, including its Mission Church (built in 1629) with interior murals that meld native traditions and devotional zeal. The tour will also visit the ruins of Hawikuh where history says Esteban the Moor was killed and Coronado introduced the ZuZi people to Spanish conquistadors; Village of the Great Kivas, an outlying community of the great prehistoric Chaco Canyon cultural efflorescence, and its nearby petroglyphs and pictograph murals; and El Morro National Monument where the National Park Service protects over 2,000 prehistoric and historic inscriptions and petroglyphs as well as the prehistoric ZuZi village ruins of Atsinna. Transportation is by passenger van. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org

[Cancelled] Saturday June 10, 2006: “Tombstone: A Historian-Guided Walking Tour” guided fundraising tour with Dr. Stephen H. Buck, departing from Tucson International Airport Park & Save lot (near TIA entrance, SE corner of Tucson Blvd. & Corona Dr.). 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Fee $89 ($71.20 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center members & Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members). Visit historic and infamous Tombstone, the Old West’s “town too tough to die,” accompanied by southern Arizona author-historian John Rose who will provide true stories of events that happened here and the people involved. We’ll lunch at one of the famous Tombstone saloons (cost not included in tour fee) then drop in at Rattlesnake Ranch and Museum near Tombstone and at the eclectic Singing Wind Book Shop in Benson (features one of the largest collections of publications on the southwestern U.S.). Transportation is by passenger van. Limited to 10 registrants. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org

Thursday June 15, 2006: Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursdays” program: Archaeologist Dr. Jenny L. Adams, “Set in Stone but Not in Meaning: Advances in Ground Stone Research” at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 8, in the Marana Town Limits, Arizona. 7:30 to 9 p.m Free. Building upon decades of archaeological and ethnographic research, Jenny Adams has developed a technological approach to ground stone analysis that bridges between cold hard data analysis and inferences about human behavior. Why were holes intentionally broken into the bottoms of metates? Were all palettes used in rituals? Why are some manos longer than others? Do different groups design their tools distinctively? These questions and others have been evaluated with ground stone evidence from dozens of sites throughout Arizona. This presentation will expand on why ground stone artifacts are not always what they appear to be. The key to a technological approach to ground stone analysis is the recognition that every item has a life history. Each step in the life-history process leaves evidence such as manufacture traces, use-wear traces, and clues from recovery context. Experimental exploration with replicated ground stone tools and discussions with Native Americans provide the background for learning about technological traditions. A Powerpoint presentation coupled with real stone tools that can be handled and used by participants illustrate the techniques of discovering the people behind the prehistoric tools. No reservations needed. 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

August 10, 2006 Posted by | Schedule | Leave a comment

July 2006

[Cancelled, to be offered again next year:] Thursday July 13-Sunday July 16, 2006: “Wupatki National Monument and the Sinagua Culture” fundraising tour with Marc Severson, departing from Tucson International Airport Park & Save lot (near TIA entrance, SE corner of Tucson Blvd. & Corona Dr.) 8 a.m. Thursday-6 p.m. Sunday. Fee $795 ($770 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members). On this tour we will visit the numerous ruins of four National Monuments: Wupatki, Tuzigoot, Montezuma’s Castle, and Montezuma’s Well (which includes a prehistoric irrigation system and excavated pithouses). These ruins were once occupied by the ancient Sinagua people, who flourished in the western and northern parts of prehistoric Arizona and are considered ancestral to modern Hopi and Yavapai Indians. We will also visit the historic Museum of Northern Arizona (“MNA”), and will stay three nights in Flagstaff, Arizona (cool in July!). Guide Marc Severson worked for the National Park Service in Wupatki and with MNA. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Thursday July 20, 2006: Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursdays” program: Archaeologist Douglas B. Craig, “Casa Grande Ruins: The Early Years” at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 8, in the Marana Town Limits, Arizona. 7:30 to 9 p.m Free. At the end of the 20th century a large excavation project was conducted at the Grewe archaeological site, immediately east of the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, by archaeological consultants Northland Research, Inc., for the Arizona Department of Transportation. Grewe was the original site of the Hohokam community that between A.D. 550 and 1450 grew and shifted westward into what we now recognize as the Casa Grande Ruins. In this program archaeologist Doug Craig, who directed the Grewe Archaeological Research Project (GARP), will discuss the more than 1,300 archaeological features that were identified and investigated during the GARP including 271 structures, 3 or 4 adobe compounds, hundreds of pits, and other features such as Hohokam canals, burials, and a ballcourt. Come and hear about the Hohokam world according to GARP, which provided a whole new slant on the overall picture of Hohokam cultural development. No reservations needed. 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org. 

Saturday July 29-Sunday July 30, 2006: White Mountains Overnighter – Springerville Area Archaeological Sites” guided tour with Dr. Stephen H. Buck via passenger van departing from Tucson International Airport Park & Save lot (near TIA entrance, SE corner of Tucson Blvd. & Corona Dr.). Saturday 7:30 a.m.-Sunday 6 p.m.  $199 ($174 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members). On this Old Pueblo Archaeology Center summer fundraising adventure, we’ll base overnight in COOLER Springerville, Arizona, at 7200 feet elevation at 60-year-old Reed’s Lodge mountain hotel. We’ll travel to the impressive Casa Malpaís Archaeological Park museum for a visit and a docent-guided tour of the park’s Mogollon pueblo ruins site and also walk the petroglyph trail at Lyman Lake State Park. We will also visit the Archaeological Conservancy-owned ruins sites at Hooper Ranch, Danson Pueblo, and Sherwood Ranch (formerly known as the Raven Site). We’ll do en-route stops at Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park in Globe and the Salado culture cliff dwellings at Tonto National Monument. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org

March 17, 2006 Posted by | Schedule | Leave a comment

August 2006

Thursday, August 17, 2006: Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursdays” program: Archaeologist Arthur W. Vokes (Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona) discusses “Southwestern Archaeological Shell Use in Time & Space” at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 8, in the Marana Town Limits, Arizona. 7:30 to 9 p.m Free. No reservations needed. 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org. Our speaker, Arthur Vokes, earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Arizona Department of Anthropology with an emphasis on Southwest and Mesoamerican archaeology and Museum Collections Management. He first started researching the use marine and freshwater mollusk shells by native populations in the early 1970s when he analyzed shell assemblages from the island of Cozumel, off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. His first work on shell from the Southwest was on an assemblage from a small site impacted by the reconstruction of Tucson’s Craycroft Bridge after the floods of 1983. Since then he has worked on the shell assemblages produced by over 90 different archaeology research projects and has examined numerous other shell assemblages in his capacity as the curator in charge of the archaeological repository at the Arizona State Museum. Currently he is reanalyzing the Snaketown archaeological site’s shell assemblage prior to its transfer to the Huhugam Cultural Center and is working on material from Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s Yuma Wash and Silverbell-Coachline projects in Marana.As enticement for you to attend his August 17 talk, Arthur informed Old Pueblo that the earliest occurrence of shell in sites within the American Southwest occurs in the lower levels of Ventana Cave, on the Tohono O’odham Reservation. However, these are unmodified fragments of large bivalve shells that seem to have been used as cups to hold water from the spring located at the back of the cave. “It is not until the beginning in the San Pedro phase of the Early Agricultural period (ca 1200 B.C.) that there develops a well-defined tradition of using shell as a medium for the creation of personal ornaments,” Art said, and he noted that this tradition “is linked through trade and ornamental forms with populations in southern California and western Mexico. Although quite distinct, these assemblages are certainly antecedent to the later traditions associated with the ceramic producing cultures that populated the region. The culture best known for working with shell, Art says, is the Hohokam, who developed their own ornamental tradition, and who also served as intermediaries to other groups further to the interior. In his presentation he plans to summarize the central features of these related shell working traditions and discuss the reconstructed trade networks and economic roles associated with shell ornaments in the Southwest.

Saturday, August 19-Sunday, August 20, 2006: “Silver City Summer Overnighter – Glenwood Catwalk and History of the Middle Gila Area” tour with Dr. Stephen H. Buck, departing from Tucson International Airport Park & Save lot (near TIA entrance, SE corner of Tucson Blvd. & Corona Dr.). 7:30 a.m. Saturday-6 p.m. Sunday. $199 per person double occupancy, $274 per person single occupancy; $25 discount for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center & Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – Sign up by June 16, 2006, to save $25 per person. Stay overnight in COOL Silver City, NM, and visit the spectacular Whitewater Catwalk National Recreation Trail in Glenwood, the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, and the interesting Silver City Museum (which includes temporary display of remarkable Mimbres and Casas Grandes pottery collection on loan from the Western New Mexico University Museum), the Singing Winds Book Shop in Benson and some surprise stops at en-route points of interest. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org

March 16, 2006 Posted by | Schedule | Leave a comment

Sept 2006

[POSTPONED UNTIL MAY 2007 – CALL OR EMAIL OLD PUEBLO FOR DETAILS]   Wednesday September 6-Sunday September 10, 2006: “Traditional and Modern Hopi Culture” fundraising tour of Hopi villages with Emory Sekaquaptewa departing from Hopi Cultural Center, Second Mesa, Arizona. 6 p.m. Wednesday-9 a.m Sunday. $795. Tribal elder Emory Sekaquaptewa leads tour to traditional and modern Hopi culture sites, sharing his exceptional personal insights on how modernization is affecting a Native American culture with a rich traditional history. The tour normally offers one traditional Hopi dinner at a private home, and viewing of traditional Hopi community dances if dances are scheduled and open to outsiders on any of the tour dates. Visited places include traditional huge petroglyph site and villages of Walpi, Hano, Sichomovi, Sipaulovi, Oraibi, and Hotevilla; and modern Hopi High School, Health Center, tribal court, and administrative complex. Participants provide their own transportation; carpools are encouraged. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org 

Saturday September 16-Sunday September 17, 2006: “Verde Valley Summer Overnighter – Archaeology and History of the Cottonwood-Jerome, Arizona Area” tour with Dr. Stephen H. Buck, departing from Tucson International Airport Park & Save lot (near TIA entrance, SE corner of Tucson Blvd. & Corona Dr.). 7:30 a.m. Saturday-6 p.m. Sunday. Fee $199 per person double occupancy, $274 per person single occupancy; $25 discount for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center & Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – Sign up by August 4, 2006, to save $25 per person. Tour includes walking tour of the historic Jerome mountainside town, a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad through the Verde Valley, the amazing rock art site at V Bar V Ranch, overnight in Cottonwood, and surprise stops at en-route points of interest. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org

Thursday September 21, 2006: Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursdays” program: “The Cerro de Moctezuma Project: From a Mule to Unknown Architecture” with archaeologist Todd Pitezel, at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 8, in the Marana Town Limits, Arizona. 7:30 to 9 p.m Free. University of Arizona archaeologist Todd Pitezel will discuss his research on his archaeology dissertation work at Cerro de Moctezuma, “Moctezuma Hill,” the only northwestern Chihuahua, Mexico, village site that was situated on a hill between about A.D. 1200 and 1500. Todd has said this project “began as an offhand-suggested topic, evolved to a mule hauling equipment to the site, and now hovers with archaeological data waiting for exposition in dissertation form.” No reservations needed. 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org

Wednesday September 27-Sunday October 1, 2006: “Southeast Utah Ruins, Rock Art, and Rivers” fundraising tour with Dr. Stephen H. Buck, departing from Tucson International Airport Park & Save lot (near TIA entrance, SE corner of Tucson Blvd. & Corona Dr.). 7:30 a.m. Wednesday-6 p.m. Sunday. Fee $695 ($670 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members). On this multiday van tour we’ll stop at the historic Hubbell Trading Post near Ganado en route to our base at the quaint and rustic Recapture Lodge along the San Juan River in Bluff, Utah. Bluff (population 350) has about a dozen restaurants and probably boasts the highest per capita concentration of archaeologists, geologists, naturalists, writers, and artists of any small town in the country. The Recapture offers a cash continental breakfast each morning but has no telephones or televisions in the rooms, so bring your favorite Tony Hillerman mystery novel. Trip includes an unforgettable all-day, back-road tour to remote petroglyph sites, cliff dwellings, and some of the most awesome geology in the United States, plus visits to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Natural Bridges National Monument, the Muley Point overlook high above the San Juan River goosenecks, Newspaper Rock State Historical Monument, and museums in Blanding and Moab. On the return trip we’ll visit the spectacular Meteor Crater near Flagstaff. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org

March 15, 2006 Posted by | Schedule | Leave a comment

Oct 2006

Tuesday October 17, 2006: “Tucson-Marana Hohokam Villages and Rock Art” Pima Community College study tour ST149, CRN 70563, via passenger van departing from Pima Community College, 401 N. Bonita Ave., Tucson. 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $69. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s director Allen Dart leads van tour to Hohokam petroglyph, agricultural, and village sites (one with a “ballcourt” and bedrock mortars), and to historic Mexican-American ranch ruins. Bring a lunch and water. Advance reservations required: 520-206-6468 (Pima Community College, Tucson).

Thursday, October 19, 2006: Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursdays” program: “Protohistoric Period Archaeology of Southern Arizona” with archaeologist Dr. Deni J. Seymour at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 8, in the Marana Town Limits, Arizona. 7:30 to 9 p.m Free. ****[Description to be provided later.] No reservations needed. 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Thursday October 19, 2006: (Fall 2006 Old Pueblo members-only dig dates are Oct 19-22) “Dig for a Day” at the Yuma Wash ruins site, 7548 N. Silverbell Road, for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center members only. 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $40 annual membership fee. WITH ADVANCE RESERVATIONS Old Pueblo members ages 14 and up can learn about southern Arizona’s ancient cultures by excavating with Old Pueblo’s professional archaeologists at the Yuma Wash ruin (in the planned Marana District Park alongside Silverbell Road, about ½-mile north of Ina Road and ½-mile south of Cortaro Road) from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participants must bring their own lunch, water, hats, and sunscreen. Only 15 volunteers per day can be accommodated in excavations. Advance reservations required at least a day ahead: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Friday October 20, 2006: (Fall 2006 Old Pueblo members-only dig dates are Oct 19-22) “Dig for a Day” at the Yuma Wash ruins site, 7548 N. Silverbell Road, for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center members only. 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $40 annual membership fee. WITH ADVANCE RESERVATIONS Old Pueblo members ages 14 and up can learn about southern Arizona’s ancient cultures by excavating with Old Pueblo’s professional archaeologists at the Yuma Wash ruin (in the planned Marana District Park alongside Silverbell Road, about ½-mile north of Ina Road and ½-mile south of Cortaro Road) from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participants must bring their own lunch, water, hats, and sunscreen. Only 15 volunteers per day can be accommodated in excavations. Advance reservations required at least a day ahead: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Saturday October 21, 2006: (Fall 2006 Old Pueblo members-only dig dates are Oct 19-22) “Dig for a Day” at the Yuma Wash ruins site, 7548 N. Silverbell Road, for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center members only. 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $40 annual membership fee. WITH ADVANCE RESERVATIONS Old Pueblo members ages 14 and up can learn about southern Arizona’s ancient cultures by excavating with Old Pueblo’s professional archaeologists at the Yuma Wash ruin (in the planned Marana District Park alongside Silverbell Road, about ½-mile north of Ina Road and ½-mile south of Cortaro Road) from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participants must bring their own lunch, water, hats, and sunscreen. Only 15 volunteers per day can be accommodated in excavations. Advance reservations required at least a day ahead: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Sunday October 22, 2006: (Fall 2006 Old Pueblo members-only dig dates are Oct 19-22) “Dig for a Day” at the Yuma Wash ruins site, 7548 N. Silverbell Road, for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center members only. 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $40 annual membership fee. WITH ADVANCE RESERVATIONS Old Pueblo members ages 14 and up can learn about southern Arizona’s ancient cultures by excavating with Old Pueblo’s professional archaeologists at the Yuma Wash ruin (in the planned Marana District Park alongside Silverbell Road, about ½-mile north of Ina Road and ½-mile south of Cortaro Road) from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participants must bring their own lunch, water, hats, and sunscreen. Only 15 volunteers per day can be accommodated in excavations. Advance reservations required at least a day ahead: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Saturday October 28, 2006: “The Hohokam Culture: Romero Ruins and the Baby Jesus Ridge Petroglyphs” tour with Dr. Stephen H. Buck, departing from at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 7, Tucson-Marana, with carpools to sites. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Fee $69 ($55.20 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members). Carpool tour to Catalina State Park’s Romero Ruin and the Baby Jesus Ridge petroglyphs site near Catalina, Arizona. Romero Ruin includes a prehistoric Hohokam village with two ballcourts, huge middens, and remnants of the historic Romero Ranch that suffered Apache depredations in the late 1800s. Baby Jesus Ridge contains many thousand-year-old Hohokam petroglyphs including the notable “marker petroglyph” rock that may have been manually moved in ancient times to its now prominent location. High clearance vehicles required, plus hiking a flat, 3 to 4-mile, round-trip trail to the petroglyphs through occasional thick scratchy brush. Early dinner/late lunch after tour at a Central American-style restaurant in Catalina (not included in tour fee). ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

March 14, 2006 Posted by | Schedule | Leave a comment

Nov 2006

Thursday November 2, 2006: “What Do We Do with Our Ancestors?” free multimedia presentation at Copper Queen Library, 6 Main St., Bisbee, Arizona. Cosponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. To help the library celebrate los Dias de los Muertos, Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s director, archaeologist Allen Dart, discusses how human remains are treated by people of different cultures, what is done when human remains and grave objects come to light in archaeological excavations, and laws that specify what must be done when human remains are discovered. Funding for program provided by the Arizona Humanities Council For meeting details contact Lauren G. Roberts at 520-432-4232 or laureng_roberts@yahoo.com (or fax 520-432-7061) in Bisbee; for information about the presentation subject matter contact Allen Dart at Tucson telephone 520-798-1201 or adart@oldpueblo.org.

Friday November 3, 2006: (Fall 2006 public program dates are Friday thru Sunday Nov. 3-5 and Thursday thru Sunday Nov. 9-12) Free archaeological site tours or cost “Dig for a Day” at the Yuma Wash ruins site, 7548 N. Silverbell Road. Tours: any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., no reservations needed. Free (tours do not include participation in the dig). Digs: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ages 14 and up, reservations required at least a day ahead. $38 instructional fee or $40 annual membership fee. Free guided tours are offered to the public any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with no advance reservations needed. Or, for an instructional or membership fee and WITH ADVANCE RESERVATIONS persons ages 14 and up can learn about southern Arizona’s ancient cultures by actually digging with archaeologists at the Yuma Wash ruin (in the planned Marana District Park alongside Silverbell Road, about ½-mile north of Ina Road and ½-mile south of Cortaro Road) starting at 8 a.m. and continuing to 2:30 p.m. Participants must bring their own lunch, water, hats, and sunscreen. Only 15 volunteers per day can be accommodated in excavations so call 520-798-1201 at least a day ahead to register for a dig. Advance reservations for dig are required at least a day ahead: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org. 

Saturday November 4, 2006: (Fall 2006 public program dates are Friday thru Sunday Nov. 3-5 and Thursday thru Sunday Nov. 9-12) Free archaeological site tours or cost “Dig for a Day” at the Yuma Wash ruins site, 7548 N. Silverbell Road. Tours: any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., no reservations needed. Free (tours do not include participation in the dig). Digs: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ages 14 and up, reservations required at least a day ahead. $38 instructional fee or $40 annual membership fee. Free guided tours are offered to the public any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with no advance reservations needed. Or, for an instructional or membership fee and WITH ADVANCE RESERVATIONS persons ages 14 and up can learn about southern Arizona’s ancient cultures by actually digging with archaeologists at the Yuma Wash ruin (in the planned Marana District Park alongside Silverbell Road, about ½-mile north of Ina Road and ½-mile south of Cortaro Road) starting at 8 a.m. and continuing to 2:30 p.m. Participants must bring their own lunch, water, hats, and sunscreen. Only 15 volunteers per day can be accommodated in excavations so call 520-798-1201 at least a day ahead to register for a dig. Advance reservations for dig are required at least a day ahead: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Saturday November 4, 2006: “Bountiful Bisbee” fundraising tour with Dr. Stephen H. Buck, departing from Tucson International Airport Park & Save lot, SE corner of Tucson Blvd. & Corona Dr. 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Fee $89 ($71.20 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members). Experienced guide Stephen H. Buck, Ph.D., leads this van tour to Bisbee, Arizona, one of the early 20th Century West’s most significant cities. By 1910 it had one of the most sophisticated electric trolley systems in the world plus mercantile stores, hotels, restaurants, bars, and an extensive red-light district. Bisbee is now an artist and craftsperson colony, and visitor and retirement mecca. Tour includes a docent-guided tour of the Bisbee Historical and Mining Museum, the Queen Mine underground mine tour, a visit to the Bisbee Restoration Association history and antiques museum that houses an amazing collection of old photographs of the area, and lunch at the historic Copper Queen Hotel (lunch not included in tour fee). Advance reservations required: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Sunday November 5, 2006: (Fall 2006 public program dates are Friday thru Sunday Nov. 3-5 and Thursday thru Sunday Nov. 9-12) Free archaeological site tours or cost “Dig for a Day” at the Yuma Wash ruins site, 7548 N. Silverbell Road. Tours: any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., no reservations needed. Free (tours do not include participation in the dig). Digs: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ages 14 and up, reservations required at least a day ahead. $38 instructional fee or $40 annual membership fee. Free guided tours are offered to the public any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with no advance reservations needed. Or, for an instructional or membership fee and WITH ADVANCE RESERVATIONS persons ages 14 and up can learn about southern Arizona’s ancient cultures by actually digging with archaeologists at the Yuma Wash ruin (in the planned Marana District Park alongside Silverbell Road, about ½-mile north of Ina Road and ½-mile south of Cortaro Road) starting at 8 a.m. and continuing to 2:30 p.m. Participants must bring their own lunch, water, hats, and sunscreen. Only 15 volunteers per day can be accommodated in excavations so call 520-798-1201 at least a day ahead to register for a dig. Advance reservations for dig are required at least a day ahead: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Tuesday November 7, 2006: “Central Tohono O’odham Nation: People and Archaeology” Pima Community College study tour ST146, CRN 70555, via passenger van departing from Pima Community College, 401 N. Bonita Ave., Tucson 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. $69. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s director Allen Dart leads van tour to Ventana Cave archaeological site and rock art, villages in the Santa Rosa, Kaka, and Quijotoa valleys, Tohono O’odham government complex in Sells, and a reservation trading post. Bring a lunch and water. Advance reservations required: 520-206-6468 (Pima Community College, Tucson).

Thursday November 9, 2006: (Fall 2006 public program dates are Friday thru Sunday Nov. 3-5 and Thursday thru Sunday Nov. 9-12) Free archaeological site tours or cost “Dig for a Day” at the Yuma Wash ruins site, 7548 N. Silverbell Road. Tours: any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., no reservations needed. Free (tours do not include participation in the dig). Digs: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ages 14 and up, reservations required at least a day ahead. $38 instructional fee or $40 annual membership fee. Free guided tours are offered to the public any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with no advance reservations needed. Or, for an instructional or membership fee and WITH ADVANCE RESERVATIONS persons ages 14 and up can learn about southern Arizona’s ancient cultures by actually digging with archaeologists at the Yuma Wash ruin (in the planned Marana District Park alongside Silverbell Road, about ½-mile north of Ina Road and ½-mile south of Cortaro Road) starting at 8 a.m. and continuing to 2:30 p.m. Participants must bring their own lunch, water, hats, and sunscreen. Only 15 volunteers per day can be accommodated in excavations so call 520-798-1201 at least a day ahead to register for a dig. Advance reservations for dig are required at least a day ahead: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org. Friday November 10, 2006: (Fall 2006 public program dates are Friday thru Sunday Nov. 3-5 and Thursday thru Sunday Nov. 9-12) Free archaeological site tours or cost “Dig for a Day” at the Yuma Wash ruins site, 7548 N. Silverbell Road. Tours: any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., no reservations needed. Free (tours do not include participation in the dig). Digs: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ages 14 and up, reservations required at least a day ahead. $38 instructional fee or $40 annual membership fee. Free guided tours are offered to the public any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with no advance reservations needed. Or, for an instructional or membership fee and WITH ADVANCE RESERVATIONS persons ages 14 and up can learn about southern Arizona’s ancient cultures by actually digging with archaeologists at the Yuma Wash ruin (in the planned Marana District Park alongside Silverbell Road, about ½-mile north of Ina Road and ½-mile south of Cortaro Road) starting at 8 a.m. and continuing to 2:30 p.m. Participants must bring their own lunch, water, hats, and sunscreen. Only 15 volunteers per day can be accommodated in excavations so call 520-798-1201 at least a day ahead to register for a dig. Advance reservations for dig are required at least a day ahead: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Saturday November 11, 2006: (Fall 2006 public program dates are Friday thru Sunday Nov. 3-5 and Thursday thru Sunday Nov. 9-12) Free archaeological site tours or cost “Dig for a Day” at the Yuma Wash ruins site, 7548 N. Silverbell Road. Tours: any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., no reservations needed. Free (tours do not include participation in the dig). Digs: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ages 14 and up, reservations required at least a day ahead. $38 instructional fee or $40 annual membership fee. Free guided tours are offered to the public any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with no advance reservations needed. Or, for an instructional or membership fee and WITH ADVANCE RESERVATIONS persons ages 14 and up can learn about southern Arizona’s ancient cultures by actually digging with archaeologists at the Yuma Wash ruin (in the planned Marana District Park alongside Silverbell Road, about ½-mile north of Ina Road and ½-mile south of Cortaro Road) starting at 8 a.m. and continuing to 2:30 p.m. Participants must bring their own lunch, water, hats, and sunscreen. Only 15 volunteers per day can be accommodated in excavations so call 520-798-1201 at least a day ahead to register for a dig. Advance reservations for dig are required at least a day ahead: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Sunday November 12, 2006: (Fall 2006 public program dates are Friday thru Sunday Nov. 3-5 and Thursday thru Sunday Nov. 9-12) Free archaeological site tours or cost “Dig for a Day” at the Yuma Wash ruins site, 7548 N. Silverbell Road. Tours: any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., no reservations needed. Free (tours do not include participation in the dig). Digs: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ages 14 and up, reservations required at least a day ahead. $38 instructional fee or $40 annual membership fee. Free guided tours are offered to the public any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with no advance reservations needed. Or, for an instructional or membership fee and WITH ADVANCE RESERVATIONS persons ages 14 and up can learn about southern Arizona’s ancient cultures by actually digging with archaeologists at the Yuma Wash ruin (in the planned Marana District Park alongside Silverbell Road, about ½-mile north of Ina Road and ½-mile south of Cortaro Road) starting at 8 a.m. and continuing to 2:30 p.m. Participants must bring their own lunch, water, hats, and sunscreen. Only 15 volunteers per day can be accommodated in excavations so call 520-798-1201 at least a day ahead to register for a dig. Advance reservations for dig are required at least a day ahead: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org. Thursday November 16, 2006: Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursdays” program: Archaeologist James E. Ayres presents “Chinese Contributions to Archaeology and History in Tucson” at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 8, in the Marana Town Limits, Arizona. 7:30 to 9 p.m Free. ****[Description to be provided later.] No reservations needed. 520-798-1201 or  info@oldpueblo.org.

Tuesday November 21, 2006: “Ancient History of the Middle Gila Valley” Pima Community College study tour ST147, CRN 70565, study tour via passenger van departing from Pima Community College, 401 N. Bonita Ave., Tucson. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. $69. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s director, archaeologist Allen Dart, leads van tour to Coolidge-Florence area: visit backcountry area of Casa Grande Ruins, other early and late Hohokam villages, historic Adamsville Cemetery, Pinal County Historical Society Museum. Bring a lunch and water. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 520-206-6468 (Pima Community College, Tucson). 

Friday November 24-Sunday November 26, 2006: “Prescott, Arizona: One of the Dozen Distinctive Destinations of the National Trust for Historic Preservation” fundraising tour with Dr. Stephen H. Buck, departing from Tucson International Airport Park & Save lot (near TIA entrance, SE corner of Tucson Blvd. & Corona Dr.). 8 a.m. Friday-5 p.m. Sunday. Fee $399 per person double occupancy, $599 per person single occupancy; $25 discount for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center & Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – Sign up by September 15, 2006, to save $25 per person. With its historic downtown Courthouse Plaza, more than 700 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, and colorful fame as a two-time Arizona territorial capital, Prescott has now earned a top national historical honor. In March 2006, Prescott was named one of the Dozen Distinctive Destinations of the prestigious private National Trust for Historic Preservation. On this unique Old Pueblo Archaeology Center fundraising tour, we’ll stay at a modern motel near the historic district and visit several museums, do a walking tour of the district, and spend some time roaming the shops and galleries. On Saturday, we will travel to Clarkdale for the half-day Verde Canyon Railroad trip and a visit to Tuzigoot National Monument. On Friday night, it’s dinner at a 139-year-old saloon/steakhouse; for Saturday dinner, it will be a very good Thai restaurant (meals not included in tour fee). ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org

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Dec 2006

Saturday December 2-Sunday December 3, 2006: “Sierra Vista Overnighter: Fort Huachuca Historic Homes Open House, Coronado National Memorial, and Beatty’s Birds in Miller Canyon” tour with Dr. Stephen H. Buck, departing from Tucson International Airport Park & Save lot (near TIA entrance, SE corner of Tucson Blvd. & Corona Dr.). 9 a.m. Saturday-5 p.m. Sunday. Fee ****TBA**** ($ **** for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members). Sign up by September 1 to save $25 per person. Visit the museums at the National Historic Landmark site of Fort Huachuca plus the Coronado National Memorial, Our Lady of the Sierras Shrine, the San Pedro House, and scenic Ramsey Canyon, and look for feathered winter visitors at Beatty’s Orchard, Apiary, and Leopard Frog Preserve at the top of Miller Canyon. This tour’s gem will be the annual Fort Huachuca Historic Homes Open House on Sunday, and there will be en-route stops at the Amerind Foundation Museum, the eclectic Singing Wind Book Shop in Benson, the Dragoon Springs Butterfield Stage Stop ruins in Dragoon, and Fairbank ghost town. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Tuesday December 12, 2006: “Central Tohono O’odham Nation: People and Archaeology” Pima Community College study tour ST146, CRN 70567, via passenger van departing from Pima Community College, 401 N. Bonita Ave., Tucson. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. $69. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s director, archaeologist Allen Dart, leads van tour to Ventana Cave archaeological site and rock art, villages in the Santa Rosa, Kaka, and Quijotoa valleys, Tohono O’odham government complex in Sells, and a reservation trading post. Bring a lunch and water. Advance reservations required: 520-206-6468 (Pima Community College, Tucson).

Thursday December 21, 2006: Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursdays” program: Archaeology student Theodore “Ted” Pressler presents “Archaeology and Winter Solstice in a South American Culture” at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 8, in the Marana Town Limits, Arizona. 7:30 to 9 p.m Free. ****[Description to be provided later.] No reservations needed. 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

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Jan 2007

Tuesday January 9, 2007: “Tucson-Marana Hohokam Villages and Rock Art” Pima Community College study tour ST149, CRN 70564, via passenger van departing from Pima Community College, 401 N. Bonita Ave., Tucson. 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $69. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s director, archaeologist Allen Dart, leads van tour to Hohokam petroglyph, agricultural, and village sites (one with a “ballcourt” and bedrock mortars), and to historic Mexican-American ranch ruins. Bring a lunch and water Advance reservations required: 520-206-6468 (Pima Community College, Tucson).

Thursday January 18, 2007:  Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursdays” program: ****[Speaker & topic to be arranged] at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 8, in the Marana Town Limits, Arizona. 7:30 to 9 p.m Free. ****[Description to be provided later.] No reservations needed. 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org

Tuesday January 23, 2007: “Central Tohono O’odham Nation: People and Archaeology” Pima Community College study tour ST146, CRN 70574, via passenger van departing from Pima Community College, 401 N. Bonita Ave., Tucson. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. $69. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s director, archaeologist Allen Dart, leads van tour to Ventana Cave archaeological site and rock art, villages in the Santa Rosa, Kaka, and Quijotoa valleys, Tohono O’odham government complex in Sells, and a reservation trading post. Bring a lunch and water. Advance reservations required: 520-206-6468 (Pima Community College, Tucson).

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Feb 2007

Saturday February 3, 2007: “The Hohokam Culture: Romero Ruins and the Baby Jesus Ridge Petroglyphs” tour with Dr. Stephen H. Buck, departing from at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 7, Tucson-Marana, with carpools to sites. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Fee $69 ($55.20 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members). Carpool tour to Catalina State Park’s Romero Ruin and the Baby Jesus Ridge petroglyphs site near Catalina, Arizona. Romero Ruin includes a prehistoric Hohokam village with two ballcourts, huge middens, and remnants of the historic Romero Ranch that suffered Apache depredations in the late 1800s. Baby Jesus Ridge contains many thousand-year-old Hohokam petroglyphs including the notable “marker petroglyph” rock that may have been manually moved in ancient times to its now prominent location. High clearance vehicles required, plus hiking a flat, 3 to 4-mile, round-trip trail to the petroglyphs through occasional thick scratchy brush. Early dinner/late lunch after tour at a Central American-style restaurant in Catalina (not included in tour fee). ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Saturday February 10-Sunday February 11, 2007: “Bountiful Bisbee with an Overnight at the Historic School House Inn” tour with Dr. Stephen H. Buck, departing from Tucson International Airport Park & Save lot (near TIA entrance, SE corner of Tucson Blvd. & Corona Dr.). 8:30 a.m. Saturday-5 p.m. Sunday. Registration deadline Dectember 21, 2006. Fee $199 per person double occupancy, $274 per person single occupancy; $25 discount for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center & Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – Sign up by November 3, 2006, to save $25 per person. Visit the Smithsonian Affiliate Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum, roam the shops, galleries, and historic sections of Bisbee’s Main Street, Tombstone Canyon, and the nearby Warren mining community, take the Queen Mine underground tour, and see the Bisbee Restoration Association Museum’s amazing collection of the area’s old photographs. Includes overnight stay at the charming 1918 School House Inn B&B (features home-cooked breakfast, a lunch at the Copper Queen Hotel, a dinner at the elegant Cafe Roka., en-route visits to the Amerind Foundation Museum in Dragoon and the eclectic Singing Wind Book Shop in Benson. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.  

Tuesday February 13, 2007: “Ancient History of the Middle Gila Valley” Pima Community College study tour ST147, CRN 70654, study tour via passenger van departing from Pima Community College, 401 N. Bonita Ave., Tucson. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. $69. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s director, archaeologist Allen Dart, leads van tour to Coolidge-Florence area: visit backcountry area of Casa Grande Ruins, other early and late Hohokam villages, historic Adamsville Cemetery, Pinal County Historical Society Museum. Bring a lunch and water. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 520-206-6468 (Pima Community College, Tucson).

Thursday February 15, 2007:  Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursdays” program: ****[Speaker & topic to be arranged] at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 8, in the Marana Town Limits, Arizona. 7:30 to 9 p.m Free. ****[Description to be provided later.] No reservations needed. 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Monday February 19, 2007: “Arts and Culture of Ancient Southern Arizona Hohokam Indians” free slide-illustrated presentation at the Heard Museum, 22 E. Monte Vista Rd., Phoenix. Cosponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council. 1-2 p.m. Free. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s director, archaeologist Allen Dart, illustrates artifacts, architecture, and other material culture of the ancient Hohokam Indians and items, and discusses archaeological interpretations of how these people tamed the Sonoran Desert for centuries before their culture mysteriously disappeared. Funding for program provided by the Arizona Humanities Council For meeting details contact Dean Morford at 480-471-2518 or wymorford@aol.com in Phoenix; for information about the presentation subject matter contact Allen Dart at Tucson telephone 520-798-1201 or adart@oldpueblo.org.

 Friday February 23, 2007: [Winter 2007 public program dates include Friday Feb. 23 thru Sunday Feb. 25 and Thursday March 1 thru Sunday March 4.] Free archaeological site tours or cost “Dig for a Day” at the Yuma Wash ruins site, 7548 N. Silverbell Road. Tours: any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., no reservations needed. Free (tours do not include participation in the dig). Digs: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ages 14 and up, reservations required at least a day ahead. $38 instructional fee or $40 annual membership fee. Free guided tours are offered to the public any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with no advance reservations needed. Or, for an instructional or membership fee and WITH ADVANCE RESERVATIONS persons ages 14 and up can learn about southern Arizona’s ancient cultures by actually digging with archaeologists at the Yuma Wash ruin (in the planned Marana District Park alongside Silverbell Road, about ½-mile north of Ina Road and ½-mile south of Cortaro Road) starting at 8 a.m. and continuing to 2:30 p.m. Participants must bring their own lunch, water, hats, and sunscreen. Only 15 volunteers per day can be accommodated in excavations so call 520-798-1201 at least a day ahead to register for a dig. Advance reservations for dig are required at least a day ahead: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

 Saturday February 24, 2007: [Winter 2007 public program dates include Friday Feb. 23 thru Sunday Feb. 25 and Thursday March 1 thru Sunday March 4.] Free archaeological site tours or cost “Dig for a Day” at the Yuma Wash ruins site, 7548 N. Silverbell Road. Tours: any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., no reservations needed. Free (tours do not include participation in the dig). Digs: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ages 14 and up, reservations required at least a day ahead. $38 instructional fee or $40 annual membership fee. Free guided tours are offered to the public any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with no advance reservations needed. Or, for an instructional or membership fee and WITH ADVANCE RESERVATIONS persons ages 14 and up can learn about southern Arizona’s ancient cultures by actually digging with archaeologists at the Yuma Wash ruin (in the planned Marana District Park alongside Silverbell Road, about ½-mile north of Ina Road and ½-mile south of Cortaro Road) starting at 8 a.m. and continuing to 2:30 p.m. Participants must bring their own lunch, water, hats, and sunscreen. Only 15 volunteers per day can be accommodated in excavations so call 520-798-1201 at least a day ahead to register for a dig. Advance reservations for dig are required at least a day ahead: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org. 

Sunday February 25, 2007: [Winter 2007 public program dates also include Thursday March 1 thru Sunday March 4.] Free archaeological site tours or cost “Dig for a Day” at the Yuma Wash ruins site, 7548 N. Silverbell Road. Tours: any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., no reservations needed. Free (tours do not include participation in the dig). Digs: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ages 14 and up, reservations required at least a day ahead. $38 instructional fee or $40 annual membership fee. Free guided tours are offered to the public any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with no advance reservations needed. Or, for an instructional or membership fee and WITH ADVANCE RESERVATIONS persons ages 14 and up can learn about southern Arizona’s ancient cultures by actually digging with archaeologists at the Yuma Wash ruin (in the planned Marana District Park alongside Silverbell Road, about ½-mile north of Ina Road and ½-mile south of Cortaro Road) starting at 8 a.m. and continuing to 2:30 p.m. Participants must bring their own lunch, water, hats, and sunscreen. Only 15 volunteers per day can be accommodated in excavations so call 520-798-1201 at least a day ahead to register for a dig. Advance reservations for dig are required at least a day ahead: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

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March 2007

Thursday March 1, 2007: [Winter 2007 public program dates include Thursday March 1 thru Sunday March 4.] Free archaeological site tours or cost “Dig for a Day” at the Yuma Wash ruins site, 7548 N. Silverbell Road. Tours: any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., no reservations needed. Free (tours do not include participation in the dig). Digs: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ages 14 and up, reservations required at least a day ahead. $38 instructional fee or $40 annual membership fee. Free guided tours are offered to the public any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with no advance reservations needed. Or, for an instructional or membership fee and WITH ADVANCE RESERVATIONS persons ages 14 and up can learn about southern Arizona’s ancient cultures by actually digging with archaeologists at the Yuma Wash ruin (in the planned Marana District Park alongside Silverbell Road, about ½-mile north of Ina Road and ½-mile south of Cortaro Road) starting at 8 a.m. and continuing to 2:30 p.m. Participants must bring their own lunch, water, hats, and sunscreen. Only 15 volunteers per day can be accommodated in excavations so call 520-798-1201 at least a day ahead to register for a dig. Advance reservations for dig are required at least a day ahead: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Friday March 2, 2007: [Winter 2007 public program dates include Thursday March 1 thru Sunday March 4.]  Free archaeological site tours or cost “Dig for a Day” at the Yuma Wash ruins site, 7548 N. Silverbell Road.  Tours: any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., no reservations needed. Free (tours do not include participation in the dig).  Digs: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ages 14 and up, reservations required at least a day ahead. $38 instructional fee or $40 annual membership fee.  Free guided tours are offered to the public any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with no advance reservations needed. Or, for an instructional or membership fee and WITH ADVANCE RESERVATIONS persons ages 14 and up can learn about southern Arizona’s ancient cultures by actually digging with archaeologists at the Yuma Wash ruin (in the planned Marana District Park alongside Silverbell Road, about ½-mile north of Ina Road and ½-mile south of Cortaro Road) starting at 8 a.m. and continuing to 2:30 p.m. Participants must bring their own lunch, water, hats, and sunscreen. Only 15 volunteers per day can be accommodated in excavations so call 520-798-1201 at least a day ahead to register for a dig.  Advance reservations for dig are required at least a day ahead: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Saturday March 3, 2007:  [Winter 2007 public program dates include Thursday March 1 thru Sunday March 4.]  Free archaeological site tours or cost “Dig for a Day” at the Yuma Wash ruins site, 7548 N. Silverbell Road.  Tours: any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., no reservations needed. Free (tours do not include participation in the dig).  Digs: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ages 14 and up, reservations required at least a day ahead. $38 instructional fee or $40 annual membership fee.  Free guided tours are offered to the public any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with no advance reservations needed. Or, for an instructional or membership fee and WITH ADVANCE RESERVATIONS persons ages 14 and up can learn about southern Arizona’s ancient cultures by actually digging with archaeologists at the Yuma Wash ruin (in the planned Marana District Park alongside Silverbell Road, about ½-mile north of Ina Road and ½-mile south of Cortaro Road) starting at 8 a.m. and continuing to 2:30 p.m. Participants must bring their own lunch, water, hats, and sunscreen. Only 15 volunteers per day can be accommodated in excavations so call 520-798-1201 at least a day ahead to register for a dig.  Advance reservations for dig are required at least a day ahead: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Sunday March 4, 2007:  Free archaeological site tours or cost “Dig for a Day” at the Yuma Wash ruins site, 7548 N. Silverbell Road.  Tours: any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., no reservations needed. Free (tours do not include participation in the dig).  Digs: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ages 14 and up, reservations required at least a day ahead. $38 instructional fee or $40 annual membership fee.  Free guided tours are offered to the public any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with no advance reservations needed. Or, for an instructional or membership fee and WITH ADVANCE RESERVATIONS persons ages 14 and up can learn about southern Arizona’s ancient cultures by actually digging with archaeologists at the Yuma Wash ruin (in the planned Marana District Park alongside Silverbell Road, about ½-mile north of Ina Road and ½-mile south of Cortaro Road) starting at 8 a.m. and continuing to 2:30 p.m. Participants must bring their own lunch, water, hats, and sunscreen. Only 15 volunteers per day can be accommodated in excavations so call 520-798-1201 at least a day ahead to register for a dig.  Advance reservations for dig are required at least a day ahead: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Sunday March 4, 2007: “Arts and Culture of Ancient Southern Arizona Hohokam Indians” free slide-illustrated presentation for Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month in the theatre at Red Rock State Park, 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona. Cosponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council. 2-3 p.m. Free. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s director, archaeologist Allen Dart, illustrates artifacts, architecture, and other material culture of the ancient Hohokam Indians and items, and discusses archaeological interpretations of how these people tamed the Sonoran Desert for centuries before their culture mysteriously disappeared. Funding for program provided by the Arizona Humanities Council For meeting details contact State Park Ranger Pamela Lane at 928-282-6907 or plane@pr.state.az.us in Sedona; for information about the presentation subject matter contact Allen Dart at Tucson telephone 520-798-1201 or adart@oldpueblo.org.

Wednesday March 7, 2007:  “Tumamoc Hill Archaeology and History” Pima Community College study tour ST143, CRN 70611, study tour via passenger van departing from Pima Community College, 401 N. Bonita Ave., Tucson.  8 a.m. to 3 p.m. $59.  Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s director, archaeologist Allen Dart, leads van tour to ancient Native American trincheras, petroglyphs and agricultural features, and the historic Desert Laboratory on Tucson’s Tumamoc Hill, and nearby to the historic Mission Gardens convento site and lime-burning kilns. Bring a lunch and water.  ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 520-206-6468 (Pima Community College, Tucson).

Friday March 9, 2007:  “Tumamoc Hill Archaeology and History” departing from southeast parking lot corner of Pima Community College Community Campus, 401 N. Bonita Ave., Tucson.  8 a.m. to 3 p.m. $89 (71.20 for Old Pueblo members).  On this Old Pueblo Archaeology Center-sponsored tour, archaeologist Allen Dart leads this van tour to visit 2,000-year-old Native American trincheras, 1,000-year-old Hohokam petroglyphs and agricultural features, the historic Tucson Desert Laboratory (established by the Carnegie Institution in 1903) on the peak and sides of Tumamoc Hill, plus nearby significant historic sites including the Spanish-Mexican period convento site in Mission Gardens and lime-burning kilns along the Santa Cruz River. Bring a lunch and water.  ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Thursday March 15, 2007:  Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursdays” program: ****[Speaker & topic to be arranged] at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 8, in the Marana Town Limits, Arizona. 7:30 to 9 p.m Free. ****[Description to be provided later.] No reservations needed. 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

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April 2007

Friday April 6-Sunday April 8, 2007: “New Mexico Grand Loop – Geronimo Springs Museum, Trinity Site, the Very Large Array, and the Glenwood Catwalk” fundraising tour with Dr. Stephen H. Buck, departing from Tucson International Airport Park & Save lot (near TIA entrance, SE corner of Tucson Blvd. & Corona Dr.). 7:30 a.m. Friday-6:00 p.m. Sunday. Fee $299 Per Person DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, $499 per person single occupancy; $25 discount for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center & Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – Sign up by February 2, 2007, to save $25 per person. This Old Pueblo Archaeology fundraising tour will take us to some of the most significant natural and man-made venues in southwestern New Mexico. On the way to Socorro for the first night, we’ll visit the impressive Geronimo Springs Museum in Truth or Consequences. On Saturday, we will join an amazing caravan to Trinity Site on the White Sands Missile Range on one of only two days a year that the location is open to the public. Trinity is the site of the first atomic bomb detonation on Earth – on July 16, 1945. Then, it’s on to the biannual open house at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory Very Large Array (VLA) on the Plains of San Augustin for an astronomer-guided tour of some off-limits research facilities on the compound. We’ll overnight at the charming High Country Lodge in the nearby village of Magdalena. En route home on Sunday, we will spend a couple unforgettable hours on the spectacular 1-mile Catwalk National Recreation Trail in Glenwood, NM. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Thursday April 19, 2007:  Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursdays” program: ****[Speaker & topic to be arranged] at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 8, in the Marana Town Limits, Arizona.  7:30 to 9 p.m Free.  ****[Description to be provided later.]  No reservations needed. 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

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May 2007

Thursday May 10-Sunday May 13, 2007: “All Aboard for Durango!” fundraising tour with Dr. Stephen H. Buck, departing from Tucson International Airport Park & Save lot (near TIA entrance, SE corner of Tucson Blvd. & Corona Dr.). 7:30 a.m. Thursday-6:00 p.m. Sunday. Fee $899 per person double occupancy; $1,199 per person single occupancy; $25 discount for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center & Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members; Early Bird Special – Sign up by February 9, 2007 and save $50 per person. In Durango, Colorado, we’ll stay three nights at the historic Victorian General Palmer Hotel in the heart of town that offers a continental breakfast (with muffins made from scratch!) each morning. On one day, we’ll take picnic lunches and travel to Mesa Verde National Park with visits also to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, the Anasazi Heritage Center, and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center campus. On another day, we will do the all-day Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad trip for lunch and visits to the shops and mining museum in Silverton. Other time will be devoted to a driving tour of the area, a visit to the Fort Lewis College campus, plus several hours to roam the shops and galleries of Durango. We’ll also do an en-route stop at the impressive Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff and a return-trip visit to Aztec Ruins National Monument in New Mexico that features one of the largest ancient kivas ever discovered in the Southwest. Advance reservations required: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Thursday May 17, 2007:  Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursdays” program: ****[Speaker & topic to be arranged] at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 8, in the Marana Town Limits, Arizona. 7:30 to 9 p.m Free.  ****[Description to be provided later.] No reservations needed. 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

February 22, 2006 Posted by | Schedule | Leave a comment

June 2007

Thursday June 7-Sunday June 10, 2007:  “Mesa Verde-Crow Canyon Children and Parents Archaeology Expedition,” a children’s cultural learning trip to Mesa Verde National Park & Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Colorado, departing from Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 8, in the Marana Town Limits, Arizona. 8 a.m. Thursday -6 p.m. Sunday. Fee $499. This is a “parent-and-child” learning expedition in which each participating child (primarily grades 3-7) must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. This archaeologist-guided learning expedition is designed to allow a child and parent to learn about the Southwest’s Ancestral Puebloan and Sinagua peoples together. Expedition will visit Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, and the Anasazi Heritage Center, plus major archaeological monuments in Arizona. Park rangers and knowledgeable local guides will take us to see Mesa Verde’s major cliff dwellings and pueblo ruins. Crow Canyon Archaeological Center will present its renowned “Discovering the Past” children’s learning program about Four Corners-area archaeology and take us to visit its archaeological excavations at Goodman Point Pueblo. Trip includes visits to Arizona’s Montezuma Well, Wupatki, and Sunset Crater National Monuments, the Betatakin Ruin overlook and museum at Navajo National Monument, Arizona, and the Four Corners Monument where you can stand in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah all at once! Each child must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult who pays the full program fee. Coach transportation and some meals provided. Participants supply own bedding and towels for 1-night stay at Crow Canyon’s dormitory-style common sleeping rooms, spend the other two nights in hotel in Cortez, Colorado. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Thursday June 21, 2007:  Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursdays” program: ****[Speaker & topic to be arranged] at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 8, in the Marana Town Limits, Arizona.  7:30 to 9 p.m Free.  ****[Description to be provided later.]  No reservations needed. 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

February 20, 2006 Posted by | Schedule | Leave a comment