Archaeology Day: Sat. March 22, 2014

Grand Canyon National Park Visitor Center
Grand Canyon Visitor Center.
Main Location: Grand Canyon Visitor Center
Activities for Kids: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Special Evening Ethnobotany Program
by Park Ranger AJ Lapre
Shrine of Ages Auditorium: 7:30 p.m.

All activities and programs are free of charge.
Kid's sifting activity at Archaeology Day.
"Sifting for artifacts."

Activities for Kids at Visitor Center (View Map)

Join the rangers at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center to learn more about people who lived here long ago. Family friendly hands-on activities take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Outdoor activities weather permitting.)

  • Making clay pinch pots
  • Making split-twig figurines
  • "Sifting for artifacts"
  • Creating rock art on scratch art paper
  • Planting corn, bean and squash seeds

Regularly Scheduled Ranger Programs - Saturday March 22
(With a focus on Archaeology)

1:30 pm History Walk, Ethnobotany
with Ranger Ty Karlovetz, meet at Verkamp's Visitor Center. 60 minutes.

1:30 pm, Tusayan Ruin Tour,
meet at Tusayan Ruin and Museum, 30 minutes.

2:30 pm, Mather Point Talk, "Talking Trash with Archaeology"
with Ranger Jennifer Onufer, meet at Mather Point View Point, 30 minutes.

7:30 p.m. Evening Program, We're Not Just Surviving, We're Thriving: Native American Ethnobotany
with Ranger AJ Lapre, Shrine of Ages Auditorium, 60 minutes.

rock art on Bright Angel Trail
Rock art on Bright Angel Trail

Special Archaeology Programs
on Saturday, March 22, 2014

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Grand Canyon Visitor Center Theater
Women's Role in Hopi Culture by Jessica Lomatewama, Hopi Tribal Member.

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Grand Canyon Visitor Center
Cultural demonstrations: by the Lomatewama family, including Hopi basket making and Kachina carving.


Evening Program Saturday, March 22, 2012

We're Not Just Surviving, We're Thriving: Native American Ethnobotany
AJ Lapre, Park Ranger

Shrine of the Ages is located at Parking Lot A near Park Headquarters.

Additional Special Evening Programs During March (Arizona Archaeology Month)
Shrine of Ages Auditorium: 7:30 p.m.

Saturday March 8
"Havasupai and Southern Paiute Cultural Geographies."
The talk will focus on the traditional lands used by the Havasupai and Southern Paiute people, their traditional lifeways. The talk will also explore changes to those ranges and lifestyles as a result of contact with EuroAmerican people and the advent of the reservation system. By Ellen Brennan, Cultural Resource Manager.

Saturday, March 15
"River of Dramatic Change: Lessons from a 2009 Archaeology River Trip"
Jennifer Onufer, Park Ranger

Saturday, March 22
"We're Not Just Surviving, We're Thriving: Native American Ethnobotany"
by AJ Lapre

Saturday March 29
"Bridging the Gap: Finding the Intersection of Park Management and Tribal Values"
by Jan Balsom, Deputy Chief of Science and Resource Management and Janet Cohen, Tribal Liaison


Why do we celebrate Archaeology Day at Grand Canyon National Park ?

Native people have lived in the Grand Canyon area for thousands of years and have left behind clues about their lives. The oldest artifacts are from the Paleo-Indian period and are nearly 12,000 years old.

Did you know that Grand Canyon has over 4300 archaeological resources with nearly 5% of the park surveyed? This gives us just a glimpse into the vast human history of the area.

What hands-on activities will be happening at Grand Canyon National Park during Archaeology Day?

Hands-on activities for all ages will take place at Grand Canyon Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 .

Join a ranger to make a split-twig figurine, similar to artifacts that have been found in remote caves of the Grand Canyon. These split twig figurines may resemble a deer, or perhaps a bighorn sheep, and are thought to be a hunting talisman.

You could also make a pinch pot out of clay and compare your work to thousand year old pots which were used for cooking, serving or storing food. Obtaining and preparing food used to take a lot more time for people of the past than it does for us today.

If you want to pretend to be a modern archaeologist, you can participate in the artifact sifting activity. When you find bits of evidence, perhaps you can discover what they are and what they were used for.

Archeology Virtual Tour Console

Take a virtual tour

Grand Canyon Archaeology Virtual Tour

Discover ancient places within the canyon where people lived long ago.

What did the archaeologists find
during the first major excavation to occur along the Colorado River corridor in nearly 40 years? Interactive 360° photos show archeologists at work.

Last updated: March 20, 2015

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