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This year’s Pecos Conference will be held in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Image of Hawikku taken by Edward Curtis in 1925

A two-day tour of Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, and other nearby sites is being planned for Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14, 2017. On Friday, October 13, we will visit the Village of the Great Kivas (a Chacoan outlier), where you can view some very nice pictographs and petroglyphs. Heading back to Zuni pueblo, in the afternoon we will take a tour of the Middle Village, the historic original Pueblo which is the center of the Zuni world and Culture. This will be followed by a traditional Zuni meal. On Saturday, October 14, we will visit the pueblo of Hawikku, an archaeological site and place of the first European contact. We then will return to Zuni Pueblo for lunch on your own. Also on this day, you will have the opportunity to join in the Zuni Pueblo Fall Festival, which will have traditional crafts, food and dancing. If you are interested, you can visit the Ashiwi Awan Museum and Heritage Center on your own to learn more about the Zuni. The cost of the tours, led by Zuni guides, and the traditional Zuni dinner will be $75.00, a discount on their usual fees. Transportation and lodging is on your own. This trip is limited to 20 people, and you must be an AAHS member in good standing to participate. Once you have signed up, further details for payment, lodging, etc. will be forthcoming. Contact person for this event is Chris Lange.

Come Celebrate Research!

Monday, December 18th

6:00 pm

Petroglyphs, 228 S. Park Ave in the Lost Barrio

Bring a dish to share. The drinks are on us.

The AAHS Holiday Party and Research Slam is being revived and will be hosted again at Petroglyphs in the Lost Barrio just south of Broadway on Park Ave. It’s a potluck so bring a dish to share. Wine, beer and soft drinks will be provided by AAHS.

Aside from the great time and celebrating the AAHS community, why do we do this? To raise money for the AAHS Research and Travel fund!

We’ll be raising money to support original research in the Southwest with the following:


Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00 and will be available at the November meeting as well as the night of the party.

We’ve got some great prizes this year!

  • A private tour of the ASM Pottery Vault
  • A private tour of the ASM Basketry Vault
  • Tango Lesson for two
  • A private tour of Cocoraque Butte Rock Art site
  • A piece of ancient technology crafted by Allen Denoyer
Research Slam!

  • Research presentations in only 3 minutes!
  • Winners will be determined by popular vote (donations). Monies raised will go to the AAHS Research Fund.
  • First Prize is a 10-year Kiva level AAHS membership (a $500 value)

If you are interested in participating in the Research Slam please contact Sharlot Hart.

September can be hot in Southern Arizona, why not join us for a guided tour of the acclaimed Amerind Museum ( on Saturday, September 16 at 10 am. Executive Director Christine Szuter and Curator/Deputy Director Eric Kaldahl have graciously offered us small group tours of the back room and larger group tours of the “front-of-the-house.” Dr. Kaldahl will lead tours of six participants through the storage vault.

Located in Cochise County one mile south of Interstate 10, the drive there includes stunning views of rolling desert hills and Texas Canyon’s spectacular walls of naturally stacked granitic boulders. The facility is prized not only for the antiquity and significance of what is held inside but also for its architectural merit. Constructed in the 1930’s in the Spanish Colonial Revival Style, the buildings of the Amerind are a testament to Arizona’s heritage resources and another sight to see on your visit.

The tour is open to 18 people. The drive is a little over an hour from Tucson and, if there is interest, we will arrange a car pool meeting place before departing for the tour. Participants will be asked to bring their own lunches and there is a very nice picnic area on the grounds surrounded by the Texas Canyon boulders. There will be an $8.00 per person group-tour entrance fee charged at the door.

For additional questions or if you would like to register please contact Chris Sugnet.

Join us for a cool weekend in Flagstaff. On Friday afternoon June 23rd we will tour the amazing repository at the Museum of Northern Arizona. ($5.00 fee).

On Saturday archaeologists Dana Brown and Alex Neumann will lead us on a front-country tour of Wupatki National Monument visiting four different Ancestral Puebloan sites while learning about the areas rich prehistoric history combined with a look into how cultures such as the Sinagua, Cohonina, and the Kayenta survived and thrived on the semi-arid Colorado Plateau. The tour will start off at the Lomaki-Box Canyon Pueblos, swing around the corner to walk thru Nalakihu and up to Citadel Pueblo. Here we will discuss how ancestral Puebloan would have incorporated the surrounding landscape for agricultural purposes while overlooking Antelope Prairie, Citadel Sink and the Painted Desert.  From there, we will travel to Wupatki Visitor Center and  break for lunch. Afterwards we will take a Wupatki Pueblo tour, detailing why it was an regionally important ceremonial center and trading hub, evident by key architectural features (Chacoan influence rooms) and significant trade goods (Pacific Ocean shells, Macaw burials, ceramic sherds). Closing out the tour, the group will take a hop and skip across the road to Wukoki. Here we will view Wukoki’s splendid architectural construction accentuated by its 3-story tower while NPS staff incorporates the importance of the National Park Service mission into the discussion.

On Sunday morning rock art researchers Evelyn Billo and Robert Mark will take us on a 2-3 hour hike through Picture Canyon, a petroglyph site and Natural and Cultural Preserve on the east side of Flagstaff. It is on the National Register of Historic Places, in part due to the early archaeological work in 1919 by Harold and Mary-Russel Colton, founders of the Museum of Northern Arizona. In addition to 123 panels of petroglyphs, over 170 bird species and over 200 botanical species, many of which are known to be used by Native Americans, are found in the preserve.

The trip is limited to 20 people. To register email Katherine Cerino.

SANTA FE, N.M.–May 8, 2017–Attendee registration for the 2017 Pecos Conference has opened on the Attendee Registration page on our web site. We know many of you are eager to sign up for this year’s conference, taking place August 10-13, 2017 just outside Santa Fe on Rowe Mesa.
Registration for presenters and vendors is not open yet, but will be available soon.
This year there are two ways to register and to pay:
–You can register online starting at the Attendee Registration page
–Or you can register by downloading a PDF to fill out and email or mail in
To pay, you can:
–Pay online with PayPal
–Or mail in a check
This year we also have four dinner choices from Whole Hog Barbeque, a Santa Fe favorite. And, for souvenirs, we have six choices of t-shirts, 2017 logo hats and something new, 2017 logo USB drives.
All the details are on the Attendee Registration page.
Sign up as soon as possible, so we can see you in August on Rowe Mesa!

Gary Newgent
2017 Pecos Conference

There will be no AAHS August lecture in Tucson.

Jim Watson in the Field

Jim Watson, Associate Curator of Bioarchaeology and Nicole Mathwich, Zooarchaeology Curatorial Assistant, will host an engaging two-hour combination seminar and lab experience on methods and what we can learn from human and animal remains recovered from archaeological contexts.  Participants will learn some hands-on anatomy basics with favorite desert animals, how bones are deposited, found, and recovered from archaeological sites, and how the sub-disciplines of bioarchaeology and zooarchaeology can contribute to answering archaeological research questions.

Registration is limited to 12 people. To register contact Katherine Cerino.