Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Stewart Deats Pt.1 -- Archaeological Excavations in Camp Verde & Clarkdale AZ

Stewart Deats, Archaeologist, Enviro Systems Management, Inc. presents his remarks on archaeology excavation in Clarkdale and Camp Verde. This presentation is from the Arizona Archaeological Society Verde Valley Chapter's May 2010 meeting at Sedona Public Library.

DID YOU KNOW of the recent discovery of a near perfect Clovis Point in the Verde Valley? This gives evidence that Paleo-Indians were living in our area. The Arizona Archaeological Society presents opportunities to reach back as far as the earliest history of the Southwest and catch a glimpse of the daily lives of these ancient peoples.

Members of the Archaeological Society enjoy unique visits to archaeological sites in the Verde Valley and beyond. Monthly meetings feature a speaker on topics of local, state or national archaeological interest.

Professional archaeologists serve as advisors and offer laboratory and field classes to advance the knowledge and skills of avocational archaeologists. The Verde Valley Chapter is backed by excellent resources. We work hand-in-hand with the U.S. Forest Service, as well as the National Park Service, the Museum of Northern Arizona and Northern Arizona University.

Members of the Verde Valley Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, enjoy many benefits.

* Receive the Petroglyph newsletter of the Arizona Archaeological Society.
* Attend monthly local chapter meetings and quarterly State meetings. All meetings include speakers in the field of archaeology.
* Participate in day or overnight chapter guided field trips to archaeology digs sites in Arizona or surrounding states. These are fee-based.
* Participate in professionally supervised field surveys and archaeology excavations conducted at the direction of the archaeologists of the Museum of Northern Arizona or the Coconino National Forest. (Some of these require special training.)
* Volunteer for archaeological projects at the Research Center of the Museum of Northern Arizona or for the Forest Archaeologist of the Coconino National Forest.
* Participate in Arizona Archaeological Society certification courses in pre-history of the Southwest, rock art recording, archaeology excavation techniques, field survey procedures and mapping, site restoration and stabilization, ceramic identification and others. These are fee-based.
* Participate in programs to educate the public and children on the etiquette of prehistoric site visitation and the need for preservation of these sites.

* Become trained as a docent for the V-Bar-V, Palatki and Honanki heritage sites in the Coconino National Forest.

Whether you are a novice or professional, the Verde Valley Chapter welcomes everyone with an interest in archaeology and anthropology

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