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  • 10/17/2017 16:00 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Dear Friends of Arizona Archaeology,

    The Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission (fondly known as GAAC or the Commission) is currently in need of new members. This statutory board advises the State Historic Preservation Officer and the Governor on issues important to Arizona archaeology. The Commission is composed of 11 members with expertise in prehistoric or historic archaeology, anthropology, heritage tourism, Native American cultural heritage, public education, and economic development.

    Established by the State Legislature in 1985, the Commission’s enabling legislation also directed it to promote archaeology and the development of a broad base of public support for historic preservation. GAAC has assisted the SHPO in developing and sustaining highly successful efforts including the nationally recognized Arizona Site Steward Program and the popular Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month activities, such as the annual Archaeology Expo. The Commission has also advised the SHPO on developing public education guidelines, a statement of principles regarding cooperation between archaeologists and American Indian tribes, guidelines for archaeological excavations on private property, a report on the archaeological curation crisis in Arizona, a letter to the Governor regarding protection and management of archaeological resources along the international border, and a report on cultural resources protection in Arizona State Parks during the Great Recession.

    Detailed information on this advisory board, along with their plans and reports, can be found on the GAAC sections of the SHPO webpages on the Arizona State Parks and Trails website at If you are interested in applying to be a member, you must fill out the Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions’ application at: for consideration by the Governor (all members are appointed by the Governor). For more information, or for other questions regarding GAAC, feel free to contact me.

    Thank you!

    Sincerely, Ann

  • 09/29/2017 15:28 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Arizona Archaeology Expo

    2018 Archaeology Expo Planning Meeting – October 17, 2017 at 10 am at the Forestry Conference Room in the ADEQ building (behind SHPO). We will continue to work on planning activities for the Archaeology Expo. The 2018 Archaeology Expo will be hosted by the Arizona Museum of Natural History on March 10, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm. We have teleconference options for this meeting, for those who cannot attend in person. For more information about the meeting, please email Kris Powell at or 602-542-7141.

    We have just begun our planning efforts – so we still have many opportunities for those who are interested to participate in the Archaeology Expo. At this year’s Expo, we will be experimenting with a few different ideas. For our presentations/lectures series, we are looking to shorten the presentation time to 15 minutes, allowing for more presentations. These shorten lectures present opportunities for brief summaries of ongoing research or excavation projects. If anyone has some interesting research that they would be willing to discuss in a brief format for the Expo – please let me know. Lectures will be presented in the Conference room at the Museum. In addition, we are also looking for individuals with skills in ancient technology that are willing to demonstrate their talents. Please contact Kris Powell or 602-542-7141 if you would like to volunteer.

    Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month

    Each March, we celebrate the rich cultural and heritage resources that are in Arizona. As part of that celebration, the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office compiles a listing of events that federal and state agencies, non-profit organizations, and Tribes host for the month. This information is compiled and organized according to location and date. Due to funding constraints, this year’s brochure will be electronic and available via our website. If you are interested in being listed on the website – please fill out the Listing of Events Form (available for download on our website – and submit to Kris Powell by no later than 11/15/17. If you are having trouble downloading this form, please feel free to contact me (see info above) and I will provide you with a copy. This is a wonderful resource for the public to learn about archaeology and history in Arizona. We appreciate everyone’s contribution in providing educational opportunities for the public.

  • 09/28/2017 10:27 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Archaeological Consulting Services, Ltd. (ACS) is seeking to hire up to three experienced field archaeologists with a B.A. degree in Anthropology (or closely related field) for fieldwork on the Gila River Indian Community. The project is slated to last approximately a month or more. Please see our website: for more details.

  • 09/26/2017 19:15 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The Arizona Department of Transportation is seeking a full-time Environmental Project Manager, Sr. in its Phoenix office to serve as the Historic Preservation Team Leader. Candidates must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Qualification Standards for Archaeology and must have supervisory experience. For a full job description and application procedures, please visit

  • 09/14/2017 17:55 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The 2017 AAC election polls are now open. Sign in and vote under the "Member Access Only" section. The polls will close on Thursday, October 19th. Good luck to all of the candidates!

  • 09/09/2017 10:49 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The Fall issue of the AAC newsletter is now posted under the "Member Access Only" section on the AAC website. Sign in and download the newsletter today!

  • 09/08/2017 14:06 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The Arizona SHPO invites you to a one-day workshop to help develop guidance for the documentation and reporting of historical in-use structures on State, county, municipal, and private land during archaeological survey. The workshop is limited to two people per firm. 

    Tentative Agenda

    1. Review of ASM policy on Historical In-use Sites and Features 

    2. Use / Modification of Historic Property Inventory Forms

    3. Professional Standards

    4. Database Management and Research

    5. Draft Guidance Document

    WHEN: Wednesday Oct 11

    WHERE: 1110 E. Washington St (behind the Evans House) - Room 250

    TIME: 9:00 to 4:00

    PARKING - visitor’s garage on Washington, just west of 10th Ave; OR parking garage on 10th Ave between Adams and Washington (4th level or higher); OR street in front of Carnegie Library

    Cafe next door for breakfast, coffee, snacks, and lunch. 1 hour lunch break.

    Call in number and final agenda will be provided at a later date. 

    Please RSVP to Mary-Ellen Walsh ( by September 21, 2017, and let her know if you will be calling in or attending in person.

  • 09/01/2017 16:04 | AAC Admin (Administrator)
    The AAC Board-of-Directors is seeking to fill four seats for Board Members whose terms expire at the end of 2017. Open positions for 2018-2019 include President-elect, Treasurer, and two at-large members. The Treasurer and at-large members hold office for two years; the President-elect holds office for three years. If interested, please submit a candidate statement by September 11th, 2017 to The online election will begin on September 12th and close on October 16th. Good luck!
  • 08/18/2017 15:19 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    March is Arizona’s Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month (AAHAM). Throughout Arizona, many organizations contribute to celebrating Arizona’s diverse and exciting prehistory and history through lectures, tours, and demonstrations. We have scheduled the kickoff meeting for August 29 at 10 am in room 250 of the ADEQ building at 1110 W. Washington Street in Phoenix. Please join us as we will be selecting a new theme for this year’s AAHAM and will be brainstorming on possible poster ideas. All are invited to attend. For those who cannot make the meeting in person, we will have teleconferencing options - please contact Kris Powell, SHPO Archaeological Compliance Specialist at  602-542-7141 or for more information.

  • 08/14/2017 18:01 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    All members of the Arizona Archaeological Council are cordially invited to attend our 2017 annual conference on Friday October 6th at the Moose Lodge in beautiful Star Valley, AZ. The theme of this year's conference is Occupation of the Hinterlands. We purposely selected a broad topic to encourage a more diverse group of presenters, so please consider submitting an abstract. Abstracts are due by September 8th. Please send abstracts to  with AAC Conference Abstract in the subject line.

    We are excited to host this year's conference at a new location. And what self-respecting archaeologist can say no to pine trees, crisp fall air, and a venue with a bar attached? We encourage folks to stay the night; designated drivers will be available to transport people back to their hotels if needed.

    Following Friday's conference, Scott Wood has graciously offered to give a tour of ongoing investigations at Goat Camp Ruin, a 25+ room pueblo located at the northern end of Payson. The tour will begin at 9:00am and likely last an hour.

    Directions, conference schedule, and details regarding Saturday's site tour will be made available in the near future. We hope to see you all there!

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