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2/26/2013 8:05:00 AM
Archaeology Expo
Events at Horseshoe Ranch only part of many activities on hand for Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month
The Historic Horseshoe Ranch in the Agua Fria National Monument is host to this year’s Archaeology Expo on March 16.
The Historic Horseshoe Ranch in the Agua Fria National Monument is host to this year’s Archaeology Expo on March 16.
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The Horseshoe Ranch is about 15 minutes off Interstate 17 from the Bloody Basin exit.
Verde Valley Archaeology Events
CAMP VERDE/BEAVER CREEK

MARCH 2 & 16: (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.)

Workshop: How to Make Adobe Bricks. Sponsored by Arizona State Parks - Fort Verde State Historic Park. Learn about the basics of making adobe bricks as well as the history of the Fort. This event is wheelchair accessible and suitable for children. Fort Verde State Historic Park, 125 E. Hollamon St. Regular fees apply. Contact: Sheila Stubler, (928) 567-3275 or sstubler@azstateparks.gov or www.azstateparks.com.

MARCH 2, 9, 16 & 23: (7 p.m.)

International Archaeology Film Fest. Sponsored by the Verde Valley Archaeology Center. A different archaeological documentary will be shown on four consecutive Saturdays. This event is wheelchair accessible and suitable for children. Camp Verde Auditorium Theater, 370 Camp Lincoln Rd. Fee applies. Contact: Ken Zoll, (928) 567-0066 or center@verdevalleyarchaeology.org. For film details, see website at www.nafestival.org.

MARCH 9 & 16: (9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.)

V Bar V Ancient Technology Demonstrations. Sponsored by Coconino National Forest-Red Rock Ranger District. See more than 1,000 beautiful petroglyphs and find out how cultures of the past made cordage, stone tools, and fire by friction. This event is wheelchair accessible and suitable for children. V Bar V Heritage Site, from I-17 north, take exit 298 and turn right; go 2 miles on Forest Rd 618, past the Beaver Creek Campground to Heritage site on right. Bring walking shoes and a hat. Red Rock Pass or equivalent entrance fee required per vehicle. Contact: Terrilyn Green, (928) 592-0998 or (928) 203-2909 or tgreen01@fs.fed.us.

MARCH 9 & 23: (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.)

Living History Presentations and Guided Tours. Sponsored by Arizona State Parks - Fort Verde State Historic Park. Take a stroll along Officer’s Row with a docent as they lead guided tours through historic homes. This event is wheelchair accessible and suitable for children. Fort Verde State Historic Park, 125 E. Hollamon St. Regular fees apply. Contact: Sheila Stubler, (928) 567-3275 or sstubler@azstateparks.gov.

MARCH 14: (10 a.m.)

Lecture and Tour: “Environmental Influences on Sinagua Settlement Program at Montezuma Well.” Sponsored by the National Park Service. Learn about the Sinagua, a Native American culture that inhabited this interesting natural feature. Meet at the first viewing platform. Program includes: interpretive talk and guided hike around the Well. Bring water, wear appropriate shoes, hats, and sunscreen. This event is suitable for children. Montezuma Well, 5525 Beaver Creek Road, Rimrock. Free. Contact: Melissa Philibeck, (928) 649-6195, ext. 226 or melissa_philibeck@nps.gov.

MARCH 16 & 23: (9:30 a.m.)

Hike: “History of the Back Ranch at Montezuma Well.” Sponsored by Montezuma Well National Monument. Join Bill Cowen as you visit this historic farming and settlement location before it became a National Park. It is a 2-mile walk. Bring water, hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes, folding chair, and a snack. Meet at the Montezuma Well Picnic area. Montezuma Well, 5525 Beaver Creek Road, Rimrock. Free. Contact: Bill Cowan, (928) 300-7466 or verdehisory@yahoo.com

MARCH 21: (2 p.m.)

Walking Tour: “History of Archaeology at Montezuma Castle.” Sponsored by the National Park Service. Learn about the Sinagua, a Native American culture that inhabited the park. Meet at the Interpretive Circle located near the main viewing area within the Montezuma Castle Park. Program includes an interpretive talk and guided hike. This event is wheelchair accessible and suitable for children. Montezuma Castle Visitor Center, 2800 Montezuma Castle Road, Camp Verde. Regular entrance fees apply. Contact: Matthew Guebard, (928) 649-6195, ext. 225 or matt_guebard@nps.gov.

MARCH 23 & 24: (9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.)

V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Days Fair. Sponsored by Coconino National Forest-Red Rock Ranger District. Learn about ancient Indian cultures of the Southwest by watching demonstrations of, and getting hands-on experience with, ancient technologies, including making fire by friction, weaving cotton on a loom, firing pottery, throwing with atlatls, and flint-knapping. Enjoy watching the Yavapai Apache Nation Dancers. Bring walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and snacks. This event is wheelchair accessible and suitable for children. V Bar V Heritage Site, from I-17 north, take exit 298 and turn right; go 2 miles on Forest Road 618, past the Beaver Creek Campground to Heritage site on right. Red Rock Pass or equivalent entrance fee required per vehicle. Contact: Terrilyn Green, (928) 592-0998 or (928) 203-2909 or tgreen01@fs.fed.us.

MARCH 28: (10 a.m.)

Lecture and Tour: “Environmental Influences on Sinagua Settlement Program at Montezuma Castle.” Sponsored by the National Park Service. Learn about the Sinagua, a Native American culture that inhabited the Park. Meet at the Interpretive Circle located near the main viewing area within the Castle Park. Program includes an interpretive talk and guided hike. Montezuma Castle Park, 2800 Montezuma Castle Road, Camp Verde. Regular entrance fees apply. Contact: Melissa Philibeck, (928) 649-6195 ext. 226 or melissa_philibeck@nps.gov.

MARCH 30: (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Open House: George Hance House. Sponsored by Camp Verde Historical Society. The George Hance House is located near Fort Verde State Historic Park and was built in 1916. George W. Hance arrived in the Verde Valley in 1869, and was later appointed first Postmaster of Camp Verde. More information on the history of George Hance and the house will be available, along with a historical interpretation. This event is wheelchair accessible and suitable for children. George Hance House, 229 Coppinger St. Free. Contact: Nancy Floyd, (928)567-5060 or verdevista@swiftwireless.com.

MARCH 30: (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Open House: Camp Verde Historical Society Museum. Sponsored by the Camp Verde Historical Society. In addition to exhibits on the local history and artifacts, contemporary Native American artists are featured at the Museum. This event is wheelchair accessible and suitable for children. Camp Verde Historical Society Museum, 435 South Main St. Free, but donations are welcome and benefit the Historical Society. Contact: Nancy Floyd, (928) 567-5060 or verdevista@swiftwireless.com.

MARCH 30: (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Open House: Camp Verde 1933 Stone Jail and Arizona Artist Blacksmith Association Demonstrations. Sponsored by the Camp Verde Historical Society. In 1933, one of President Roosevelt’s first major relief efforts was a new jail for Camp Verde. Members of the Arizona Artist Blacksmith Association will demonstrate using basic blacksmithing and forging objects from iron. Come join in the activities and see how this practical skill has evolved into an art form over the centuries. This event is wheelchair accessible and suitable for children. Jail is located at 44 Hollamon St. Free, donations are welcome and benefit the Society. Contact: Nancy Floyd, (928) 567-5060 or verdevista@swiftwireless.com.

MARCH 30 & 31: (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Verde Valley Archaeology Fair. Sponsored by the Verde Valley Archaeology Center. The Fair will feature displays on a variety of archaeological practices, techniques, lectures, demonstrations, as well as Native American arts and entertainment. This event is wheelchair accessible and suitable for children. Camp Verde Community Center, Main & Holloman St. Camp Verde. Free. Contact: Ken Zoll, (928) 567-0066 or center@verdevalleyarchaeology.org.



CLARKDALE

SATURDAYS IN MARCH: (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Open House: Clarkdale Cultural Exhibit, “Yavapai-Apache Nation.” Sponsored by the Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum. Items in exhibit include: historic photos, basketry, and pottery. This event is wheelchair accessible and suitable for children. Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum, 900 First North St. Museum is at the end of the street in the Town Complex. Free. Contact: Marylu Estlick or Isabel Erickson, (928) 649-1198 (Wed or Sat, leave message) or 9thT@commspeed.net.

MARCH 7: (2 p.m.)

Walking Tour: “History of Archaeology at Tuzigoot National Monument.” Sponsored by the National Park Service. Learn about the Sinagua, a Native American culture that inhabited the Verde Valley between the years AD 1100 - AD 1425. Program includes an interpretive talk and a guided hike. Bring water, hiking shoes, hat, and sunscreen. This event is suitable for children. Tuzigoot National Monument Museum, 25 W. Tuzigoot Road, Clarkdale. Regular entrance fees apply. Contact: Matthewguebard, (928) 649-6195, ext. 225 or matt_guebard@nps.gov.



SEDONA

MARCH 2: (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Demonstrations: Ancient Technologies. Sponsored by Coconino National Forest - Red Rock Ranger District. This event will feature demonstrations and displays including: a flute concert, gourd display, ancient tools, projectile points, pottery and lots of children activities. This event is wheelchair accessible and suitable for children. Red Rock Ranger Station, 8375 SR 179, one mile south of the Village of Oak Creek. Free. Contact: Candice Mark, (928) 203-2900 or clmark@fs.fed.us.

MARCH 3: (2 p.m.)

Demonstration: “How to Build a Bow and Arrow,” by Chuck LaRue. Sponsored by Red Rock State Park. This event is wheelchair accessible and suitable for children. Meet at Red Rock State Park Visitor Center, 4050 Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona. Regular fees apply. Contact: Patty Denison, (928) 282-6907 or pdenison@azstateparks.gov.

MARCH 17: (2 p.m.)

Lecture: “King S. Woolsey and Governor Goodwin’s 1864 Expedition with 80 Miners to Verde Valley, and Down the River to Casa Blanca,” by Jerry Ehrhart. Sponsored by Red Rock State Park. This event is wheelchair accessible and suitable for children. Meet at Red Rock State Park Visitor Center Theater, 4050 Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona. Regular fees apply. Contact: Patty Denison, (928) 282-6907 or pdenison@azstateparks.gov.


The Archaeology Expo (Expo) is the featured event for the Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month (AAHAM). This year’s Expo will be held on Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Historic Horseshoe Ranch on the Agua Fria National Monument and is sponsored by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and Arizona State Parks (ASP) and co-hosted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be many hands-on family activities suitable for the young or the young at heart. Activities include rabbit stick toss, Atlatl (spear) throwing and roping plastic calves. Numerous booths also provide other hands on activities as well as the results of archaeological research. Lecture opportunities and tours to several historic and prehistoric sites are available throughout the day.

“We’re excited to have it at the ranch because even though it is a private holding it’s still within Agua Fria National Monument,” said Amanda James, manager of AFNM. “It’s right in the middle where everyone can see and has good amenities.”

AFNM itself has had several events at the Horseshoe Ranch over the years including the Antiquities Act celebration and the 10-year anniversary of Agua Fria.

“I think one of the reasons they wanted to have it here is because there are cultural sites on the property with petroglymphs and designated cultural resources,” James said.

The Historic Horseshoe Ranch is located at 2260 E. Bloody Basin Road in Mayer. Take I-17 to Bloody Basin Road and then follow the signs. Please note: The road to Horseshoe Ranch is graded gravel road. Some of the tours to prehistoric sites require a high clearance vehicle with 4 x 4 capabilities.

The lands around Horseshoe are open camping areas, but recommended for tent camping due to the access road. For more information about road conditions call the BLM Phoenix Field Office at (623) 580-5500.

In addition to the Archaeology Expo, the SHPO/ASP is coordinating activities throughout the state for the 30th annual celebration of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month (AAHAM).

These events held the entire month of March 2013 focus on current efforts to preserve our past by protecting our fragile and non-renewable cultural resources. AAHAM combines education with entertainment to reach both adults and children in an effort to teach responsible stewardship of our cultural resources. Museums, historical societies, tribes, agencies, parks, and archaeology organizations will be hosting events across the state.

Proclaimed by the Governor each year, this celebration will feature prehistoric and historic site tours, exhibits, hikes, open houses, lectures, demonstrations and other activities throughout Arizona. A free statewide listing of these events and activities is now available by contacting the ASP offices at (602) 542-4174, by visiting the ASP website at www.azstateparks.com or see the schedule below. For more information about Archaeology Expo or AAHAM Month, visit AZStateParks.com or call (602) 542-4174.

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