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  • 04/12/2022 21:19 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

    The AAC Board voted in January 2022 to establish a standing Arizona Heritage Policy Committee to assume some of the functions of the former Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Committee (GAAC), which was sunseted by the Arizona Legislature on July 1, 2020, as well as replace the AAC Ad Hoc Political Action Committee. The purpose of the standing committee is to offer recommendations to interested organizations such as local, state, and federal agencies, the Arizona Legislature, or any other body whose decisions could impact Arizona’s Cultural Heritage, with the goal of fostering a conservation and stewardship ethic among land managers, developers, utilities, and agricultural and livestock producers while collaborating to preserve significant historical and archaeological resources for the befit of future generations of Arizonans. Specific areas of focus would include public policy and planning outreach, public education and outreach, and professional development for Heritage Resource professionals. The first meeting of the committee will be held on April 14, 2022 at 2 PM via Microsoft Teams. Agenda is attached.

    Click here to join the meeting

    AHPC April 2022 Draft Agenda.pdf

  • 03/27/2022 16:34 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

    The Arizona Archaeological Council is holding its next board meeting on April 6th, 2022 at noon. The meeting agenda can be accessed by AAC members and can be found here: 

    2022 April AAC Meeting Agenda.pdf

  • 02/21/2022 17:51 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

    2023 Southwest Symposium Archaeological Conference

    January 5-7, 2023

    Santa Fe, NM

    Call for Sessions

    Due April 11, 2022

    As the organizers of the 2023 Southwest Symposium Archaeological Conference, we look forward to welcoming our colleagues to the beautifully restored La Fonda Hotel, located on the historic Santa Fe Plaza, next January.

    In order to make this conference as inclusive as possible, we are initiating an open call for organized sessions related to the conference theme:

    Attributes to Networks: Multi-scalar Perspectives on

    Understanding the Past in the Southwest US and Northwest Mexico

    The 2023 symposium will highlight alternate approaches to interpreting the archaeological record of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico at multiple scales. Potential session themes could include such topics as material analyses of technology and production; the materiality of belief; households and communities; place, space, and landscapes; trade and exchange; inter-regional social networks; or interpretations of big data. We strongly encourage session proposals that include presentations that engage descendant community consultation and collaboration.

    We will follow the traditional format of the Southwest Symposium, with four non-concurrent sessions held over two days. Each session will be approximately three hours in length, which can accommodate eight 20-minute individual presentations with a question-and-answer session or panel discussion at the end. Sessions slightly shorter than three hours will also be considered. Alternative presentation formats may be considered, so long as they fit roughly within the nominal three-hour session schedule.

    Given this conference structure, it is possible that not all session proposals will be accommodated. Therefore, we strongly encourage anyone considering organizing a session to contact either Maxine McBrinn ( or Judith Habicht-Mauche ( to discuss their plan before submitting a formal proposal.

    Session proposals should include Title, Session Abstract (200 words), Names of Session Organizers (with professional affiliation and contact information (phone and email)), and a list of the names of session participants (with professional affiliation, if any, and email), along with a brief descriptive title for their presentation and short abstract (100 words) for each. Session organizers should also include a paragraph describing how the session fits with the symposium theme. If the session is proposed to have a non-traditional format (something other than 20-minute individual presentations), please explain the format and how it will proceed within the 3-hour limit.

    Session proposals should be sent as Word document attachments via email to Judith Habicht Mauche ( The deadline for submitting session proposals is April 11, 2022.

  • 01/23/2022 17:31 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

    AAHS Research and Travel Grants - Call for Proposals!
    Deadline February 15, 2022

    *Membership in AAHS is required and all members are eligible to apply*


    AAHS Research Grants up to the amount of $1,000 are awarded annually. Travel grants are also available in amounts up to $500 to support or present research. Research in archaeology, anthropology, history or ethnology in the US Southwest and Northwest Mexico are considered. Further information on criteria and application is on our website at


    A single award of $5,000 is given annually to a high-quality archaeological or historical research project that focuses on significant questions in the archaeology of the Southwest United States or Northwest Mexico. In the spirit of Carryl Martin projects that allow opportunities for participation by avocational AAHS members will receive special consideration. For more information 

    (The Martin proposals are normally due in the fall but we are extending the deadline this year to February 15th.)

  • 01/18/2022 21:44 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

    The Arizona Archaeological Council is holding its next board meeting on January 26th, 2022. The meeting agenda can be accessed by AAC members and can be found here: 

    2022 January AAC Meeting Agenda.pdf

  • 12/10/2021 13:00 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

    On December 10th, the AAC sent a letter in support of the current archaeology programs at Pima Community College:

    Dear Chancellor Lambert,

    Attached, please find a letter from the Arizona Archaeological Council expressing its support for the Centre for Archaeological Field Training and Field Archaeology Certificate Program at Pima Community College. We understand that the College is considering termination of the program, and we feel its loss will be a decisive blow to the growing and understaffed private sector archaeological consulting industry in Arizona. Please consider continuation of this vital program. You are welcome to contact me by telephone or email to discuss the AAC’s request.


    Dan Garcia

    2021 President, Arizona Archaeological Council

    AAC Letter in support of Pima CC Archaeology Programs 12102021.pdf

  • 12/05/2021 17:53 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

    The Arizona Archaeological Council is holding its next board meeting on December 10th, 2021. The meeting agenda can be accessed by AAC members and can be found here: 

    2021 December AAC Meeting Agenda.pdf

    Current members of the AAC are invited to attend this ZOOM virtual meeting.

    Meeting details can be found at the top of the Agenda. 

  • 12/03/2021 20:54 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

    Last year, the AZSITE Board appointed an Ad Hoc Advisory Committee to serve in place of the AZSITE Advisory Council until the Council becomes active and its seats are filled. The Ad Hoc Advisory Committee is comprised of a cross-section of AZSITE stakeholders. The purpose of the Committee is to advise the Board on matters of concern to AZSITE users and to assist with the improvement and development of the AZSITE platform as requested. There are currently three openings on the committee, for individuals representing:

    1.  State Agency (1 position)
    2. Federal Agency (1 position)
    3. Private Archaeological Consulting Firm – Small Business (1 position)

    The Committee meets roughly once per quarter, but this can vary. If you are interested in one of the above positions, please complete the attached application and email to Dan Garcia. This application will also be made available on the Advisory Council area of our website.

    Please follow up with Dan or myself with any questions. We appreciate your assistance in improving AZSITE.


    Gabe McGowan, M.S.

    Specialist, AZSITE Database

  • 11/07/2021 13:13 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

    Elizabeth Hora is the public archaeologist at the Utah State Historic Preservation Office. She runs the Utah Public Archaeologist Network, which brings together people and organizations to work together on projects to protect and preserve Utah's archaeology.  She recently wrote an article for a partnership with the Utah Office of Tourism called How to Visit Rock Imagery Sites Like an Archaeologist. The article gives people practical tips for how they can use "Visit with Respect" principles to not just protect archaeological sites for future generations, but really dive deep into experiencing the site for themselves.

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