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  • 01/06/2020 07:16 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Hi all,


    We are excited to announce that the program for the upcoming Southwest Symposium Conference (January 30th -February 1st 2020) in Tempe, Arizona is available online here: 


    We have an exciting program lined up with three organized sessions, a forum, and posters covering a diverse range of topics, time periods, and regions across the U.S. Southwest and Mexican Northwest. Please help us spread the word. It would be especially helpful for those of you who have networks that include avocational archaeologists or volunteers to reach out to them. Reduced rate early registration is open until December 30th. Thank you to those of you who have already registered. Early registration helps us cut costs by allowing us to better estimate numbers for printing/bags/coffee/etc.


    We hope to see you there in January. Have a great week and a great New Year!




    Matt Peeples, President of the Southwest Symposium Organization

  • 01/06/2020 07:14 | AAC Admin (Administrator)
    Please vote for the positions of President and Member-at-Large for the upcoming 2020 year in the Members Access Only area.
  • 12/04/2019 10:25 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    ADOT has several positions available for qualified archaeologists in our Phoenix office - Historic Preservation Team Specialist - Environmental Project Manager and Historic Preservation Team Lead - Environmental Project Manager Senior. For more information see the - search JOB ID 51323 (HPT Lead) and JOB ID 51796 (HPT Specialist) for specific details.   

  • 11/21/2019 09:29 | AAC Admin (Administrator)


      The Arizona Archaeological Council is soliciting nominations for five Board positions for the 2020 calendar year. The following positions are open:


      President - Elect


      The following are the responsibilities of the President-Elect:


      • The President-Elect serves as a member of the Board and has the same duties and responsibilities of the other members
      • Understand the AAC by-laws
      • Follow Robert Rules of Order during each meeting
      • At the outset of their term the President Elect should review all duties of the President and be prepared to complete them.
      • Vote on resolutions of the AAC
      • Introduce or second motions of the board
      • Responsible with other Board members for approving all expenditures of the AAC. The President can authorize expenditures of up to $1,000 per year without Board approval if the expenditure(s) is (are) consistent with the mission and Bylaws of the AAC.
      • Can be asked to assist other board members on specific tasks or to serve on committees, as needed.
      • Attend and support AAC annual conference



      The following are the responsibilities of the Treasurer:


      • Follow Robert’s Rules of Order during each meeting.
      • Understand the AAC bylaws
      • Keep accurate records of the AAC finances
      • Maintain membership rolls.
      • Coordinate adding President to credit union account. Be sure to bring the minutes that show the vote of the board.
      • Maintain and file the tax records for the AAC.
      • Provide full financial reports at each Board meeting and whenever requested.
      • In coordination with the President and Secretary insure that the AAC mailbox at the US Post Office is checked once a week.
      • Attend Board meetings and introduce and vote on motions.
      • Can be asked to assist other board members on specific tasks or to serve on committees, as needed.
      • Attend and support AAC annual conference.


      At-Large Board Members (2 positions):


      The following are the responsibilities of the At-Large Board Members:


      • Understand the AAC bylaws
      • Follow Robert’s Rules of Order during each meeting
      • The primary responsibility is voting on resolutions of the AAC
      • Introduce or second motions of the Board
      • Responsible for approving expenditures of the AAC. The President can authorize expenditures of up to $1,000 per year without Board approval if the expenditure(s) is (are) consistent with the mission and Bylaws of the AAC.
      • The Member-at-Large shall hold office for two years, maintain good standing and must attend AAC meetings to ensure a quorum.
      • Can be asked to assist other board members on specific tasks or to serve on committees, as needed.
      • Attend and support the AAC annual conference.


    The Treasurer and At-Large Board Members each serve for a two-year period. The President-Elect  will serve for one year in that position, one year as President, and one year as immediate Past President.


    Members in good standing interested in running for any of these positions can apply via email to We will solicit requests to run until December 6th – and voting will take place in mid to late December.


    If you are interested, please provide a short bio blurb indicating why you are a good candidate for the AAC Board. Please send information to


  • 10/08/2019 14:30 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Archaeological Consulting Services, Ltd. (ACS) of Tempe is seeking to hire a field archaeologist for 8-10 weeks of work in Phoenix (so no per diem or lodging) on the Light Rail project starting October 21 with a mandatory meeting sometime the week prior. For more information, please click on the Employment tab in the second row of tabs on the ACS website: If you’re interested in applying, please send your current resume with a cover letter and the names and phone numbers/e-mail addresses for three references who can comment on your archaeological experience to: acs_jobs’at’acstempe’dot’com (type it as a normal email address with an @ sign in place of ‘at’ and a period in place of ‘dot’). Please include Field Archaeologist in the subject line. No phone calls please. The position is open until October 31, 2019, or until filled, whichever is sooner.

  • 10/04/2019 17:39 | AAC Admin (Administrator)


    Archaeologist – Phoenix

    HDR is seeking applications for an Archaeologist in our Phoenix office in Arizona. This is a fulltime staff position

    within our cultural resources group, which is part of a dynamic, interdisciplinary environmental team which works on

    a variety of infrastructure projects across Arizona and the Southwest.

    The job posting can be found at

    Cultural Resources Specialist 1

    Job #155765

    Primary Responsibilities

     Perform archaeological construction monitoring, survey, testing, data recovery, report preparation, record

    checks, research

     Assist with laboratory processing of artifacts and samples

     Take field photography

     Performing site recording and survey using GPS equipment and digital applications

     Record information on site survey forms and digital survey equipment

     Perform record checks and assist with obtaining permits as well as preparing project close out documents

     Maintain field equipment and supplies

     Perform other duties as needed

    Required Qualifications

     Bachelor's degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, Architectural History or closely related field

     At least 2 years of field experience in archaeological survey and excavation

     Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and GPS equipment

     Self-starter with excellent writing and communication skills

     Willingness to work under varied weather conditions

     Ability to travel out of town for extended periods

     Ability to work independently and as part of a team

     Ability to walk for prolonged periods of time in rugged terrain, stand for prolonged periods of time while


     Good organizational skills, a positive attitude, strong work ethic and willingness to learn

     Demonstrated experience with Arizona archaeology and familiarly with the Southwest

     Must have a valid driver's license

     An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must

    Preferred Qualifications

    • GIS software experience
    • Familiarity with FileMaker and Collector

    About Us

    At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most

    well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart

    infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our

    multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That's why we believe

    diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action


    Why HDR

    At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for; it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the

    strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each

    other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you

    license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the


  • 10/04/2019 17:38 | AAC Admin (Administrator)




    Some Thank-Yous


    Upcoming Activities


    Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s Youth Education Programs


    Our Mission and Support


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          Old Pueblo Archaeology Center is recognized as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization under the U.S. tax code, so donations and membership fees are tax-deductible up to amounts specified by law. Please visit to make a contribution – Your donations help us continue to provide hands-on education programs in archaeology, history, and cultures for children and adults!

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          This month we thank the following folks (in somewhat alphabetical order) who have joined or rejoined Old Pueblo Archaeology Center as members or who have made donations to support our general education programs since our last email broadcast on August 31st:  Jeffrey Allen & Barbara Bergman, Connie Allen-Bacon, Roger Ames, Michael Bencic, Allan Brockway, Kathleen Burnett, Madelyn and Alex Cook, Allen Dart, Carolyn O’Bagy Davis, Jane Delaney, Sue Durling, Jeffrey & Catherine Eighmy, Bill Enríquez, Benjamin Everitt, Butch Farabee, Barbara Harper, Steve Foley & Judith Henderson,  Armando Lazarte, Eddie Leon, Melissa Loeschen, Laura Mackin, Marianna & Steve Marenfeld, Douglas Meriwether, Sharon Miller, Janet Prinz, Daniel Pyevich, Tom & Irma Robinson, Deni Seymour, Carol Swinney, Peggie Jo Vincent, AJ Vonarx, Robin Wakeland, Mary Wood, Robert Wood, and our anonymous "Third Thursday Food for Thought" donors!

          Thank you all so much!





    NOW AVAILABLE!:  “This Picture Rocks” petroglyphs T-shirts to benefit Old Pueblo Archaeology Center!

          Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s brand-new 100% cotton T-shirt features a photograph of a splendid array of ancient petroglyphs at the Picture Rocks archaeological site near Tucson. The glyphs shown on the featured rock art panel appear to represent humans interacting with whimsical animals, a possible bow-and-arrow, and other rock symbols made by Hohokam Indians between A.D. 650 and 1450. Printed on a sky-blue shirt, the design hints at what this magnificent panel looks like against the background of a clear blue southern Arizona sky. Your purchase of this beautiful shirt will benefit Tucson’s Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, allowing Old Pueblo to provide more archaeology and culture education programs for children and adults.

          Available in medium, large, and extra large sizes. $25 per shirt (add $8 for shipping anywhere in the U.S.). Supply is limited! The shirts will be available at Old Pueblo’s “Third Thursday Food for Thought” dinner programs and its guided tours to the Picture Rocks petroglyphs site; or can be purchased at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center (by appointment only: 2201 W. 44th Street in Tucson), or we can ship them for an added shipping charge. To purchase your shirts you can mail a check payable to Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, PO Box 40577, Tucson AZ 85717; or call 520-798-1201 to provide your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card payment authorization; or make your purchase using the PayPal “Donate” button on Old Pueblo’s home page (and be sure to specify in the online form what your payment is for). Once payment is received, Old Pueblo will make arrangements to deliver your shirts to you.

    LOOKING AHEAD: Monday December 2, 2019
          December 2nd is the deadline to purchase tickets for “The Jim Click Millions for Tucson Raffle
    of a 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit, Two First-Class Round-Trip Airline Tickets to Anywhere in the World, and $5,000 Cash” sponsored by Tucson’s Jim Click Automotive Team to benefit Old Pueblo Archaeology Center & other Tucson charities.

          See full announcement for this event below.




    Tuesday October 1, 2019: Clarkdale, AZ

        “Ancient Southwestern Native American Pottery” free presentation by archaeologist Allen Dart for Clarkdale Historical Society at Yavapai College Verde Campus “M” building’s room M-137, 601 Black Hills Dr., Clarkdale, Arizona; cosponsored by Arizona Humanities*

          2-4 p.m. Free

          In this presentation Mr. Dart shows and discusses Native American ceramic styles that characterized specific peoples and eras in the U.S. Southwest prior to about 1450, and talks about how archaeologists use pottery for dating archaeological sites and interpreting ancient lifeways. He discusses the importance of context in archaeology, how the things people make change in style over time, and how different styles are useful for identifying different cultures and for dating archaeological sites. His many illustrations include examples of ancient pottery types made throughout the American Southwest from about 2000 to 500 years ago. This program is made possible by Arizona Humanities.

          * This is not an Old Pueblo Archaeology Center event. For more information contact Isabel Erickson at 970-203-4340

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