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The Arizona Archaeological Council is a non-profit voluntary association that promotes the goals of professional archaeology in Arizona.

Dedicated to preserving cultural resources through education and advocacy, the Council embraces a diverse membership drawing from avocationalists, academics, private business, local communities and federal, state and tribal agencies.

All members of the Arizona Archaeological Council are cordially invited to attend our 2016 annual conference this Friday November 18th.

This year the conference will be once again be held at the Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa. For those who haven’t visited, this is a fantastic venue for the conference, and we have an interesting variety of papers this year. The morning session focuses on the archaeology of the Queen Creek drainage in the Phoenix Basin, while the afternoon papers cover a variety of current topics in Arizona archaeology.

Those AAC members who wish to attend should enter through the door on the north side of the museum. There is free parking in the lot on the northwest corner of North Macdonald and West 1st street, and the museum is on the southeast corner of this intersection.

The conference schedule and paper abstracts are available at the link below.

Members-only documents

I hope all active members will be able to attend, and I hope to see you there!


Chris Loendorf

Online Survey, Online Archaeological Databases

On behalf of Robert Bischoff, MA student at BYU, the AAC Board-of-Directors has agreed to provide a link to an online survey regarding professional archaeologists' opinions on the use of online archaeological databases (such as tDAR). This survey is for Mr. Bischoff's MA thesis research. If you would like to participate, please click the link below. Thanks!

Digital Data Questionnaire

AAC Newsletter October 2016

Volume 40(2) of the AAC newsletter is now available to our members! Check at the Member Access Only link to the left to get to current (and all back issues) of the newsletter!

2016 AAC Fall Conference 

The Arizona Archaeological Council (AAC) is pleased to announce the 2016 AAC Fall Conference. The symposium will be held at the Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa on Friday November 18, with a reception to follow afterwards on the rooftop.

Hoski Schaafsma will chair the morning session, and the theme is “The Archaeology of Queen Creek Drainage from the Phoenix Basin to Top of the World". Although extensive prehistoric and historic period settlements are present in this area, until recently comparatively little archaeological research had been focused on Queen Creek. Most of what is known about prehistoric and historic populations in south-central Arizona is based on work along the lower Salt and middle Gila Rivers, and papers presented in this session will compare and contrast the archaeology of the Queen Creek drainage from Top of the World on the east, to its confluence with the Gila River at Gila Crossing on the west. Despite the obscurity of the archaeology in this region, recent investigations have shown that Queen Creek was occupied consistently from the Archaic through the Historic Periods.

The theme of the afternoon session is “New Advances in Arizona Archaeology”. We invite archaeologists who have recent research they would like to share with the Arizona archaeological community to participate. The session will include reports on current excavation projects, as well as papers on recent developments in archaeological method and theory. The session will also include a panel discussion on site naming conventions that will be lead by Glenn Darrington.  

The AAC is inviting speakers to present papers for either session, and selected conference papers will be published in the peer reviewed AAC journal. Specific details for the conference agenda are forthcoming. Please direct any questions to

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The 2016 Spring issue of the Journal of Arizona Archaeology is out! Guest editor Glenn Rice, PhD, presents a series of scholarly papers centered on the current work in the Verde Valley.

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