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  • 05/04/2021 11:03 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Please Join the AAC for a Zoom-based virtual happy hour on Friday May 21st at 4:00pm MST. We will have an open discussion on how people are currently doing and what they are working on, and we will throw in some fun 90s trivia. BYOB.

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  • 04/19/2021 13:55 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The Arizona Archaeological Council is holding its next board meeting on April 23rd, 2021. The meeting agenda can be accessed by AAC members and can be found here: 

    2021 April AAC Meeting Agenda.pdf

    Current members of the AAC are invited to attend this ZOOM virtual meeting.

    Meeting details can be found at the top of the Agenda. 

  • 04/14/2021 09:44 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society welcomes nominations for three annual awards (see descriptions).  Nomination letters, and Curriculum Vitae (if appropriate), should be emailed to Ron Towner ( no later than May 1, 2021.  Awardees will be selected by the Awards Committee and approved by the AAHS Board of Directors. Awards will be presented at the Pecos Conference in August.  

    Byron Cummings Award  

    The Byron Cummings Award is given in honor of Byron Cummings, the principal professional founder of the Society, the first head of the University of Arizona’s Department of Archaeology (later Anthropology) and the first Director of the Arizona State Museum. The Byron Cummings Award is given annually for outstanding research and contributions to knowledge in anthropology, history, or a related field of study or research pertaining to the southwestern United States or northwest Mexico.  

    Victor R. Stoner Award  

    The Victor R. Stoner Award is given in honor of Reverend Stoner, a strong avocational historian, supporter of the Society and one of the founders of Kiva. The Victor R. Stoner Award is given annually for outstanding contributions in leadership or participation in the Society; fostering historic preservation; or bringing anthropology, history or a related discipline to the public.   

    Alexander J. Lindsay, Jr. Unsung Heroes Award  

    The newly designated Alexander J. Lindsay, Jr. Award is given in honor of Dr. Lindsay, a long-time southwestern archaeologist, AAHS member and Officer. The LUHA is given annually as a lifetime service award to those individuals whose tireless work behind-the-scenes has often gone unrecognized, but which is often critical to the success of others’ research, projects, and publications. These may be field personnel, lab managers, archivists, cooks, analysts, and others.   

  • 03/19/2021 20:53 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Want to support research at PGM? They are offering discounted publications - proceeds benefit the City Archaeology Office and their research publications. This week's special - Beneath the Runways: Archaeology of Sky Harbor for $15. Email to purchase your copy.

  • 02/26/2021 10:18 | AAC Admin (Administrator) 

    To support researchers around the world, we are hosting a photo competition, in which three winners will receive vouchers valid for any of Beta Analytic’s radiocarbon dating, hydrology, and stable isotope services. Please submit original images related to archaeological or geological research and field work.

    Contest Details

    Contest Dates: February 1, 2021 – March 1, 2021
    Allowed number of entries: 1 per person
    Allowed number of votes: 1 per person
    Selection Process:. Most votes on a photo submission
    File Types: PNG, JPG, JPEG, and GIF
    Maximum File Size: 50 Megabytes

    About the Prize

    Number of Winners: 3 (1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place)
    Prize: USD $1,500 Voucher for 1st place, USD $1,000 for 2nd place, USD $650 for 3rd place (Valid until December 31, 2021)
    Vouchers are only valid for services provided by Beta Analytic

  • 01/27/2021 17:26 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Senate Bill 1338, which would transfer permitting responsibility from the Arizona State Museum to the State Historic Preservation Office, is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Government Committee on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. The Senate Government Committee Agenda is here: The bill text is here:


    Please join members of the AAC Political Action Committee for a Zoom-based virtual happy hour on Friday January 29 at 4 PM: (Meeting ID: 881 2756 8505 Passcode: 180341). We will discuss the bill and some of its implications and hear your concerns. We will also give an overview of the Arizona legislature’s Request to Speak (RTS) system and how you can support or oppose this and other legislation. 

    The AAC has also created a members-only forum, where we can debate and discuss sensitive issues together, in a more private online space. The general forum rules topic is at the top, and a new topic has been created if people want to weigh-in on this bill: 

    You may also call or email the committee members (information below).





    Sonny Borrelli

    Member (Majority Whip)

    (602) 926-5051

    Juan Mendez


    (602) 926-4124

    J.D. Mesnard


    (602) 926-4481

    Jamescita Peshlakai


    (602) 926-5160

    Warren Petersen


    (602) 926-4136

    Martin Quezada

    Member (Minority Whip)

    (602) 926-5911

    Kelly Townsend


    (602) 926-4467

    Michelle Ugenti-Rita


    (602) 926-4480

  • 01/23/2021 12:17 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    AZ Senator David Gowan (R, LD-14 Sierra Vista/Safford) has just introduced 2021 Senate Bill 1338 (historic preservation; state museum; transfer) which has the potential to impact Arizona Archeology. A copy of the bill’s introduced language can be found at This bill is similar to a smaller bill introduced in 2020 (SB 1241), which was not enacted. AAC previously adopted a neutral position on this bill. An initial analysis of the new bill finds it would amend multiple state statutes to shift authority, powers, duties and responsibilities from the Arizona State Museum (ASM) to the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

    The bill would require the Board of Regents to consult SHPO on matters relating to the ASM. The bill would remove ASM’s ability to adopt Arizona Antiquities Act fees for anything other than fees related to the Arizona Burial Laws on non-state lands (note SHPO is not given authority to propose fees). The bill shifts Antiquities Act permitting and reports of discoveries to be the responsibility of SHPO. The bill also adds SHPO as the point of contact when human remains are discovered on non-state lands – SHPO would then contact ASM for determination of affiliation, which adds an extra step adds an extra step and more bureaucracy when human remains are encountered. Finally, the bill transfers an acquisition and preservation fund from ASM to SHPO. Note that no appropriations or ability to generate fees by SHPO are included in the current version of the bill. Because the bill is an unfunded mandate for an already underfunded state agency, and because the bill would complicate the process of notification and repatriation of human remains, we feel the bill would potentially have a negative impact on Arizona Archaeology.

    The AAC Political Action Committee will be meeting with administrators, legislators, and liaisons in the coming days to discuss the legislation and its potential impacts to Arizona Archaeology. Following those meetings, AAC will schedule an afternoon zoom-based information sharing session for the membership and others interested in the bill and communicate how you can help shape the legislation as it goes through the committee process. AAC media will continue to share updates on this and other bills affecting Arizona Archaeology.

  • 01/13/2021 09:28 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The Arizona Archaeological Council is holding its first board meeting of the year, on January 22nd, 2021. The meeting agenda can be accessed by AAC members and can be found here: 

    2021_Jan AAC Meeting Agenda.pdf

    Current members of the AAC are invited to attend this ZOOM virtual meeting.

    Meeting details can be found at the top of the Agenda. 

  • 01/08/2021 11:50 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The Archaeological and Historical Society is holding our 6th Annual Research Slam and Winter Party by Zoom next Monday, January 11 beginning at 6:30 p.m.  We have 9 presenters from throughout the southwest presenting 3 minute “research slams” that should be entertaining and enlightening.  

    More information including the presenter names and their titles is on our facebook page— 

    And in the attached flyer AAHS_2021_Slam Flyer Jan.pdf

  • 01/07/2021 10:19 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Earlier this year, the Southwest Symposium Archaeological Conference board met to prepare for the upcoming 18th biennial meeting. In light of the ongoing pandemic and in consultation with the meeting's hosts, we have decided to hold the next Southwest Symposium at the beginning of 2023. We are excited to have Judith Habicht-Mauche and Maxine McBrinn host that meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The website has been updated with this information, and as plans are made throughout the next two years, we will be adding more to the site ( Please stay tuned, safe, and well.

    Mike Searcy

    President, Southwest Symposium Board

    Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

    Director, New World Archaeological Foundation

    Brigham Young University

    800 KMBL, Provo, UT  84602


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