Message #262

Date: Wed, 11 Nov 1998 19:57:37
Subject: Public Can Tour Or Dig At Sabino Canyon Ruin On December 5

[ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] :

From: Allen Dart aldart@azstarnet.com

PUBLIC CAN TOUR OR DIG AT THE SABINO CANYON RUIN ON DECEMBER 5

Old Pueblo Archaeology Center offers a guided tour and an
archaeological dig open to the public at the Sabino Canyon
Ruin on Saturday, December 5. The 2-hour tour starts at
9 a.m. and costs $10 per adult or $2 for kids 12 and under.
The dig session, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is $35 per person
with lunch provided, or $50 for a two-day program on
December 5 and 19. Call 798-1201 by 5 p.m. Friday,
December 4, for reservations and directions to the ruin.

Archaeologists directing the tour and the dig 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 archaeological dig session
are spent learning how to clean and label recovered
artifacts. 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.

OUTDOOR ARCHAEOLOGY SESSION FOR KIDS ON DECEMBER 12

Kids age 7 and older can learn how archaeologists discover
and interpret ancient cultures by digging to discover
pottery and other artifacts buried in a realistic,
full-size replica of a prehistoric Arizona Indian village
ruin on Saturday, December 12, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. The
mock archaeological dig is at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center,
1000 E. Fort Lowell Road. Fee is $6. For reservations
call 798-1201 before 5 p.m. December 10.

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 AND FLINTKNAPPING WORKSHOP ON DECEMBER 13

In this hands-on instruction class for ages 9 & up,
archaeologist Allen Denoyer teaches you how to make
arrowheads and other tools out of stone just like
prehistoric southwestern Native Americans did. By taking
this class you can learn how prehistoric lifeways are
better understood through the study and practice of ancient
people's techniques for making and using artifacts. All
equipment is provided. 

Our next scheduled flintknapping workshop is scheduled
for Sunday, December 13, 1998, from 9:00 a.m. until noon
at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 1000 E. Fort Lowell Road
in Tucson (at the southeast corner of Park Avenue and Ft.
Lowell). Fee is $16 per person.

Registration deadline is Thursday, December 10. Advance
payment is required, Visa and Mastercard are accepted. 

To register call (520) 798-1201 in Tucson or contact Old
Pueblo by e-mail at aldart@azstarnet.com.