Message #239

Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 19:50:32
Subject: Old Pueblo Archaeology Hands-On Archaeology Programs

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From: Al Dart  aldart@azstarnet.com 


OLD PUEBLO ARCHAEOLOGY CENTER HANDS-ON ARCHAEOLOGY PROGRAMS

Archaeology at the Sabino Canyon Ruin.
Location: On private property just northeast of Tucson.
Saturdays October 10 and 24; November 7 & 21; December
5 & 19.  8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day. $35 for single
day or $50 for two days, lunch included.  Ages 8 to
adult.  Registration deadline three days before the
class date.  Call 798-1201 for reservations and meeting
place directions.

Professional archaeologists give hands-on instruction
in recognizing, excavating, and interpreting
archaeological artifacts and architectural features in
a 700- to 1000-year-old Hohokam Indian village.   First
class session of the month starts with pre-dig lesson
on artifact identification, the Hohokam culture, and
archaeological dating methods, followed by 4-5 hours
excavating, then 2 hours cleaning, cataloging, and
labeling artifacts after the dig.  Second session in each
month starts with 6-hour excavation session and concludes
with a question-and-answer period that includes discussion
of how archaeologists interpret their finds scientifically.
Available for teacher salary credit in some school districts.

Archaeology for All!   Location: Old Pueblo Archaeology
Center, 1000 E. Fort Lowell Road, Tucson.  Saturdays
October 3 & 17, November 14, December 12.  9:00 to
10:30 a.m. each day. $6 per day.  Ages 7 and up.
Registration deadline three days before the class date.
Call 798-1201 for reservations.

Kids and adults can dig to discover pottery and other
artifacts buried in a realistic full-size replica of
a prehistoric Arizona Indian village ruin.  Sessions
include outdoor archaeological excavation and making
your own Native American crafts.

Stone Arrowhead Making. Location: Old Pueblo
Archaeology Center, 1000 E. Fort Lowell Road, Tucson.
 Saturdays October 3, November 14, or December 12, 
9:00 a.m. to noon each day.  $16 per person.  Ages 7
and up.  Registration deadline two days before the
class date.  Call 798-1201 for reservations.

In this "flintknapping" (flaked stone tool making) 
workshop, archaeologist Allen Denoyer teaches you how
to make arrowheads out of stone just like prehistoric
Arizonans did, and discusses how prehistoric lifeways
can be better understood by studying how ancient
peoples made and used artifacts.  All equipment is 
rovided.  Bring a lunch if you wish to get in some
extra practice time under the instructor's supervision
at no extra charge in the afternoon.


OLD PUEBLO ARCHAEOLOGY CENTER ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE TOURS

Archaeology Trip to Picture Rock & Baboquivari Park.
Location: Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation.  Saturday
November 28. Meet at Baboquivari Park, east of Topawa,
Arizona, at 10:00 a.m. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center
members free; $20 fee per nonmember will support Old
Pueblo's education programs and help the Tohono O'odham
Nation's Baboquivari District maintain and improve
Baboquivari Park. No age limit.  Call 798-1201 for
reservations and meeting place directions.

Old Pueblo Archaeology Center has received permission
to offer a guided tour to Picture Rock, one of the most
interesting and intriguing rock art sites in southern
Arizona, -on Thanksgiving weekend. A small butte in the
foothills west of Baboquivari Peak, Picture Rock 
ontains both petroglyphs and pictographs plus bedrock 
mortars and occasional artifacts. Tour participants may
also get to observe modern Tohono O'odham devotional
offerings at the butte.  If so, they should not be
touched or photographed.

Following the visit to the rock art site we will picnic
in Baboquivari Park, a campground in the oak woodland
just below Baboquivari Peak.  Those who wish to stay
after lunch may join us in a hike up one of the trails
halfway up the mountain to see a spectacular view of
the Baboquivari Valley  -- home-land of the Tohono
O'odham deity I'itoi. Participants have the option of
camping in Baboquivari Park the night before the tour.
Campers should bring their own food and water -- there
aren't any convenience stores or fast food nearby!

Sabino Canyon Ruin Tours.  Location: On private
property owned by the Fenster School of Southern Arizona,
northeast of Tucson.    Saturdays Nov. 21, Dec. 5 & 19,
Jan. 2 & 16, Feb. 6 & 20, and Mar. 6 & 20.   9 a.m. to at
least 11 a.m. each date.  Donation of $10 adults, $2
children 12 and under.  LIMITED TO 32 PERSONS PER TOUR.
Registration deadline one day before tour date.  Call
798-1201 for reservations and meeting place directions.

A professional archaeologist leads a tour of the Sabino
Canyon Ruin, shows examples of artifacts and architecture
found in the excavations, and offers a scientific
interpretation of ancient Hohokam Indian life in the
Tucson area. Private 2-hour tours of the Sabino Canyon
Ruin can be scheduled on other dates for a minimum of
$69.  Call for details.

Visit Old Pueblo Archaeology Center's website: OPAC