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2023 AAC Fall Conference 

Central Arizona Archaeology

Friday, September 15 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday, September 16, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Cliff Castle Casino Lodge, Camp Verde, Arizona and simulcast on ZOOM

This year’s conference theme is Central Arizona Archaeology with a focus on recent projects conducted in the Tonto Basin and Verde Valley. The abstract submission period is now closed!

AAC strives to ensure that all presentations are developed and presented in an appropriate and respectful way. Presentations with drawings, photographs, or other visual depictions of human remains or funerary objects will not be allowed.

AAC will host five additional events for students and recent graduates on Saturday, September 16 at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center . Saturday events were developed to provide students with mentoring, training, and skills that would be useful resume builders for cultural resource management jobs. Spaces for Saturday's events are limited. Contact for details and availability.

In-person attendance has been sold out. Only tickets to view the virtual live-stream are still available.


The conference is free to attend for AAC members; however, donations from the professional archaeological community help underwrite conference expenses.  Thank you to our conference sponsors and vendors! (interested in becoming a sponsor? Visit our store or contact us at Click on the logos below to view company websites. We very much appreciate your support of AAC! 







The conference will be held at the Cliff Castle Casino Lodge, Jerome Room (333 Middle Verde Road, Camp Verde AZ 86322). The Conference proceedings will run on Friday from 9:30-5:00. Free lunch will be provided by the Verde Valley Archaeology Center from 12:00-2:00. On Saturday, student events will be held at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center.

A room block is available at The Lodge for participants wishing to stay overnight on Friday, September 15. Special rates for the room block are $119/night. Reservations can be made by calling 800-524-6343 and referencing GROUP CODE: 230914AZAL. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, August 15.

Nearby Lodging

Other nearby lodging options include:

Comfort Inn Camp Verde Days Inn by Wyndham Camp Verde
The Copper Hotel Fort Verde Suites

Travel Assistance

The AAC will offer a limited number of free hotel rooms on Friday night for students and recent graduates. Hotel rooms are available for a limited number of participants. Travel assistance requests will be considered and filled as they are received. Please contact soon!

Nearby Dining

Cliff Castle Casino and Hotel offers many dining options for buffet, intimate dining, made-to-order, grab-and-go, cofee, beer, cocktails, and light snacks. Other nearby restaurants in the area include:

La Fonda Mexican Restaurant El Patio Bar and Grill
Babe's Round Up Crusty's Pizza

Verde Brewing Company

Thai Garden
Low Places Bar and Grill Moscato Italian Restaurant

Conference Program

Conference Abstracts.docx

Friday, September 15, 2023 (Cliff Castle Casino, Jerome Room)

9:30-9:50am Welcome and Apache History Talk

Vincent Randall (Yavapai-Apache Nation)

9:50-10:10am Welcome and Yavapai History Talk

Gertrude Smith (Yavapai-Apache Nation)

10:10-10:30am Geography and Settlement Patterns of the Verde Valley

Josh Edwards (Cornerstone Environmental) and Bruce Phillips (BGP Consulting)

10:30-10:50am Sycamore Canyon Cliff Dwelling Stabilization, Then and Now

Matt Guebard (NPS), John Rose (Prescott National Forest), and Denise Ryan (frmr NPS)

10:50-11:00am BREAK

11:00-11:20am The Benefits of Collaboration, Synergy, Technology, and Volunteer Expertise in the Verde Valley and Beyond

Spence Gustav (Friends of the Forest)

11:20-11:40am Applying Radiocarbon Dating to Meteoritic Material Found at the Red Creek Ruin

Kenneth Zoll (VVAC)

11:40am-12:00pm Rock Art of the Red Rocks

Peter Pilles, Jr. (Coconino National Forest)

12:00-2:00pm VVAC Networking Lunch Event 

Free Lunch provided by the Verde Valley Archaeology Center 

2:00-2:20pm Hunters, Farmers and Weavers from Beaver Creek: What the Dyck Cliff Dwellings Perishable Collection Tells Us About the Southern Sinagua

Todd Bostwick (VVAC)

2:20-2:40pm Are Grinding Tools Sentient?: The View from Fitzmaurice Pueblo

Andrew Christenson (Museum of Indigenous Peoples)

2:40-3:00pm Below and Beyond Perry Mesa: The Archaeology of Greater West Verde

R.E. Burillo (Chronicle Heritage) and Angela Huster (Chronicle Heritage)

3:40-3:20pm Red Dawn: A Late 11th-Century Sinagua Migration in Central Arizona

Joseph Creary (independent),  Thatcher Seltzer-Rogers (UNM), and Stephen Germick (retired)

3:20-3:40pm A Preliminary Assessment of Hohokam Identity in the Lower Tonto Basin

Chris Caseldine (ASU) and Alexis Malone (ASU)

3:40-3:50pm BREAK

3:50-4:10pm From Snaketown to Schoolhouse Point: Examining Variability among Platform Mounds

Chris Loendorf (GRIC), Glen Rice (ASU), and Arleyn Simon (ASU)

4:10-4:30pm Recent Work in the Northern Periphery: The I-17 New River to Anthem Project

Erina Gruner (Desert Archaeology) and John Marshall (Desert Archaeology)

4:30-4:50pm Working Together to Refine the Typologies in order to Distinguish Between Similar Technological Ceramic Traits Between the Hohokam/Akimel O'odham and Patayan Cultural Groups

Linda Morgan (Gila River Indian Community)

Saturday, September 16, 2023 (Verde Valley Archaeology Center)

9:00am-12:00pm Central Arizona Ceramic Identification Workshop

  Learn about identifying central Arizona ceramics with NAU/MNA archaeologist and ceramicist Dr. Kelley Hays-Gilpin

12:30-1:00pm    Grant Writing Training

Learn about successful grant writing strategies with University of Toronto Archaeologist Dr. Lindsay Montgomery.

1:00-1:30pm    AAC Student Listening Session and Discussion on Student Mentorship

Meet with the AAC Board-of-Directors and provide your perspective on the development of an AAC sponsored student mentorship program.

1:30-4:00pm    Optional V Bar V Field Trip

Join the Verde Valley Archaeology Center for a tour of the V-Bar-V Heritage Site.

Conference Recording

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