[Source: John Stanley, Arizona Republic] — March is Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. Can you dig it? The month kicks off with an Archaeology Expo this weekend at the Arizona State Museum in Tucson and continues with open houses, interpretive hikes and programs for kids. Nearly three dozen Native American, archaeological and historical organizations, as well as several state and federal agencies, will have booths and displays at the Archaeology Expo, sponsored by the State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona State Parks and the Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission.
Programs at the two-day expo will demonstrate the techniques prehistoric Native Americans used to thrive in the harsh environment of the desert Southwest. Between demonstrations, visitors can enjoy Native American entertainers, tour prehistoric and historic sites, watch living-history re-enactors, play games, take part in interactive activities and sample ethnic foods. Visitors receive free raffle tickets for archaeology-related prizes. The free expo is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 1013 E. University Blvd., Tucson. Click here for more information, or call 520-621-6302. For a list of more Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month events, click here.
[Source: Doug Kreutz, Daily Star] — We live in a state with deep, dramatic human roots — and Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month offers an opportunity to connect with people of the distant past. Events throughout March range from a two-day Archaeology Expo in Tucson to lectures and tours of historic sites around the state. “The Archaeology Expo provides an opportunity for the public to interact with archaeologists, learn about the archaeology of Arizona and help promote the preservation of Arizona’s past,” said Carol Griffith, deputy state historic preservation officer. “There will be numerous exhibits, hands-on activities for adults and children, and tours of local prehistoric and historic archaeological sites.” Look for detailed information on the Expo and two other events in the Tucson area on the Arizona State Parks website.
[Source: Arizona State Parks] — For the entire month of March 2008, the Arizona State Parks State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is coordinating activities throughout the state for its annual celebration of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. The highlight of Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month is the Archaeology Expo at the Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona in Tucson on March 1-2, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 4 pm. Both days are open to the public and admission to the Expo is free. The Expo offers many attractions for those interested in archaeology and history. More than 35 special displays and booths by archaeological and historical organizations, museums, Native American tribes, state and federal agencies, and others will allow you to participate as an archaeologist might in their research today, or make crafts that teach how prehistoric Native Americans survived in the Southwest, or play games like the historic settlers did. Living history re-enactors, Native American demonstrators and entertainers, interactive activities, and tours of archaeology laboratories and museum collection areas and exhibits will help make the past come alive! In addition, tours of local prehistoric and historic archaeological sites will be featured.
Free raffles featuring prizes of archaeology-related items will occur throughout both days. Ethnic foods will be available for purchase. The Expo will give visitors new insights into Arizona’s many prehistoric, historic, and contemporary cultures. Arizona State Museum is located on the University of Arizona campus at 1013 E. University Blvd. in Tucson. Click here for directions and parking information. For a detailed listing of all the events for the 2008 Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month, call (602) 542-4174 or click here. The Archaeology Expo is sponsored by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Arizona State Parks, and the Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission. Many other partners will be joining together to present a varied Expo format offering two days of educational, hands-on archaeology programs to the public.