Message #271 Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 21:16:53 Subject: Old Pueblo Archaeology Center Upcoming Events [ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] : From: Allen Dart email@example.com OLD PUEBLO ARCHAEOLOGY CENTER'S UPCOMING ACTIVITIES Outdoor Archaeology Session for Kids on January 23 Kids 7 and older can participate in a mock archaeological dig to learn how ancient cultures are discovered and interpreted. In this program kids discover and interpret pottery and other artifacts buried in a realistic, full-size replica of an Arizona Indian ruin. The event is Saturday, January 23, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 1000 E. Fort Lowell Road. Fee is $6. For reservations call 798-1201 before 5 p.m. on January 21. Old Pueblo's "OPEN1" mock dig site has been constructed by archaeologists to resemble a southern Arizona Hohokam Indian village ruin. It has full-size replicas of prehistoric pit-houses and outdoor features that the Hohokam used for homes, cooking, storing things, and other (sometimes surprising) purposes. Most of the artifacts buried in the OPEN1 site are authentic prehistoric items, some of which are on loan to Old Pueblo from the Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona. Just as real archaeologists don't collect ancient artifacts for themselves, OPEN1 dig participants do not get to keep any of the artifacts they dig up, but the 1½-hour session includes a Native American craft project to take home in addition to archaeological dig time. Arrowhead-making Workshops on January 23 & 24 Archaeologist Allen Denoyer will again offer his reservations-only "Arrowhead-Making and Flintknapping" workshop on Saturday January 23 and Sunday January 24 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Each course will be held at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 1000 E. Fort Lowell Rd. (at Park Ave.). Fee is $16 per person per day. Minimum age is 9 years old, and each class is limited to 11 participants. Call 798-1201 to register. As he teaches you how to make an arrowhead out of obsidian and other stone just like prehistoric Arizonans did, Mr. Denoyer helps you understand more about prehistoric people by studying how they made and used their artifacts. All equipment is provided. Participants can bring a lunch if they wish to continue working with Mr. Denoyer in the afternoon, to practice what they have learned in the morning workshop. Public Tour and Dig at the Sabino Canyon Ruin on January 2 & 16 Old Pueblo Archaeology Center will offer guided tours and archaeological digs open to the public at the Sabino Canyon Ruin on two Saturdays, January 2 and January 16. The 2-hour tours start at 9 a.m. each day and cost $10 per adult or $2 for kids 12 and under. The dig sessions are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and cost $35 per person for one day or $50 for both Saturdays, with lunch provided each day. For reservations and directions to the ruin call 798-1201 no later than 5 p.m. on the day before the event you wish to attend. Archaeologists directing the tours and the digs will show and describe models of reconstructed Hohokam houses and samples of artifacts they have recovered, and will offer interpretations of ancient Hohokam life in the Sabino Canyon area. The tour is a fundraiser for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center's nonprofit research and education programs. The closing two hours of the first Saturday dig session is spent learning how to clean and label recovered artifacts. The last two hours of the second session is reserved for discussion. Minimum age to participate in the excavation is 8 years old. The Sabino Canyon Ruin, located on private land a mile away from the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center, was a vibrant village of the Hohokam Indians, ancestors of the modern Pima and Tohono O'odham peoples, between A.D. 1000 and 1350. Old Pueblo's excavations there have recovered pottery, stone, bone, and seashell artifacts and have revealed prehistoric "pit houses," apartment-like housing compounds with adobe and rock walls, ancient canals, and a dog burial. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center publishes a quarterly bulletin entitled Old Pueblo Archaeology and offers opportunities for people who have little or no formal archaeological training to participate directly in archaeological excavations and other research projects through its Archaeology Opportunities membership program. For more information contact Allen Dart, Old Pueblo's Executive Director, by phone at (520) 798-1201, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by regular mail at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, PO Box 40577, Tucson AZ 85717-0577.