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 email@example.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 1½-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 firstname.lastname@example.org.