"Truth must be dug up from the past and presented to the circle of scholastics in scientific form and then through stories and dramatizations that will permeate our educational system." ~Carter G. Woodson
March is Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month!
The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office invites you to "Reconnect with Places of the Past" for the entire month of March. Events hosted by museums, government agencies, Native American tribes and archaeological groups throughout the state of Arizona will focus on efforts to preserve and protect our fragile cultural resources.
This listing will guide you to the many hikes, field trips, lectures, workshops and other archaeology-related activities in your area throughout the month of March.
The highlight of the month's activities is the Arizona Archaeology Expo. The Expo will offer many educational attractions for archaeology and history enthusiasts and will be held at Yuma Crossing State Historic Park, Yuma, on March 16 and 17, 2007. Both days are open to the public and the event is free. (Directions: Take I-8 to Yuma/ Winterhaven 4th. Avenue exit: go south on 4th. Avenue for .5 mile. Park is located on east side of 4th Ave.)
The Expo provides a special opportunity for visitors to learn more about the importance of preserving archaeological sites and historic places. Both days will feature workshops, archaeology-related hands-on activities, craft demonstrations, and other fun and educational events. Displays and booths hosted by archaeological and historical organizations, museums, Native American tribes, Hispanic groups, state and federal agencies, will provide information on current archaeological research and preservation. Living history re-enactors, storytellers, Native American demonstrators and entertainers, and hands-on activities will help make the past come alive! In addition, tours of prehistoric and historic archaeological sites in the Colorado River Valley area will be featured; some of these sites are not normally open to the public.
Free raffles featuring prizes of archaeology education-related items will occur throughout both days and local ethnic foods will be available for purchase. The Expo will give new insights into Arizona's many prehistoric, historic, and contemporary cultures, and will help instill a sense of stewardship for our state's nonrenewable heritage resources.
Important Note: Dates, times, and activities are always subject to change. Before attending events, please be sure to confirm fees, days and times.