Message #271

Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 21:16:53
Subject: Old Pueblo Archaeology Center Upcoming Events

[ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] :

From: Allen Dart


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 1-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

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

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,
or by regular mail at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, PO Box 40577,
Tucson AZ 85717-0577.