Archaeology Month

Archaeology Month Events
Ranger Bart helps kids make take-home plant pots out of newspaper.

NPS Photo

 

Every March, the archaeologists of the Flagstaff Area National Monuments celebrate Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness month with events, lectures, walks, and activities for kids. Archaeologists have recorded over 3,000 sites in the Flagstaff Area National Monuments - Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano, and Wupatki - some with artifacts more than 10,000 years old. Archaeology Month offers archaeologists a rare opportunity to share their knowledge and experience directly with the public, and inspire the next generation of park stewards.

Arizona Archaeology And Heritage Awareness Month is sponsored by the Arizona State Parks. State, local, federal, and private groups all take part in hosting events around the state.

 
 

Flagstaff Area National Monuments
Listing of Events


To make reservations contact Ian Hough by calling 928-526-1157 x233 or by sending an e-mail with this link.

Public information at https://azstateparks.com/archy

Ranger Cabin Lantern Hike at Walnut Canyon

March 8, 2017, 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Join a ranger and archeologist for an educational evening lantern hike to the historic Ranger Cabin—the monument’s first visitor center. Walk through old growth ponderosa pine forest and experience the beauty and solitude that greeted early monument visitors. Reservations required, limit 15. This program is suitable for children and families; not wheelchair accessible. Meet at Walnut Canyon Visitor Center, 3 Walnut Canyon Rd. From Flagstaff, travel east on Interstate 40; take Exit 204 south, and drive another 3 miles. Free entrance.

Sunset Crater Volcano Historic Archaeology Discovery Hike

March 14, 2017, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Join a Ranger for a fascinating discovery hike of the Apollo astronaut training sites around Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. Bring water, comfortable walking shoes, and warm clothes. Reservations required, limit 15. This program is suitable for children and families; not wheelchair accessible. Meet at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument Visitor Center, 6082 Sunset Crater Road. Regular entrance fees apply.

Archaeology Day at Wupatki

March 18, 2017, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Come experience what it is like to be an archeologist, and learn how they survey and use photography to understand and record the past. Hands-on activities will include a simulated archeological survey to look for artifacts, a view of Wupatki Pueblo through time, a photograph scavenger hunt, and throwing a spear with an atl-atl. This program is suitable for children and families; not wheelchair accessible. Meet at Wupatki National Monument Visitor Center, 25137 N. Wupatki Loop Rd. Regular entrance fees apply.

Ancient Architecture Stabilization Demonstration at Walnut Canyon

March 25, 2017, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Join NPS archeologists at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center, and experience how archeologists preserve and protect ancient architectural remains. Archeologists will demonstrate stabilization and have hands-on activities including mixing mortar, stabilizing wall stones, and building a demonstration wall. This program is suitable for children and families and is wheelchair accessible. Meet at Walnut Canyon Visitor Center, 3 Walnut Canyon Rd. Travel east on Interstate 40; take Exit 204 south and drive another 3 miles. Regular entrance fees apply.

Backcountry Tour of Wupatki National Monument Agriculture Sites

March 30, 2017, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Join an archeologist for a guided hike into the backcountry of Wupatki National Monument to view ancestral pueblos, agricultural fields, and other agricultural features. The park archeologist will describe the agricultural practices used in the northern Southwest and engage visitors in a discussion about the ways in which people were able to thrive in this arid environment. Reservations required, limit 15. This program is suitable for children and families; not wheelchair accessible. Meet at Wupatki National Monument Visitor Center, 25137 N. Wupatki Loop Rd. Regular entrance fees apply.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6400 U.S. 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Phone:

(928) 526-3367
Phones are answered during regular visitor center hours.

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