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  • 11/06/2018 16:05 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The Arizona Archaeological Council is pleased to announce the results of the 2018 AAC election.

    President-elect- Christopher Rayle

    Information Officer- Caitlin Stewart

    Secretary- Kris Powell

    Member-at-large- Caroline Klebacha

    Member-at-large- Andrew Vorsanger

    We look forward to having them on the board.


    The AAC Board

  • 11/02/2018 10:32 | AAC Admin (Administrator)



    Recent Reports on the Destruction of Arizona's Heritage

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA November 2, 2018 – Arizona's public  land is home to thousands of archaeological sites that are subject to state and federal laws enacted to ensure that places significant to Arizona's heritage are afforded consideration during planned development and, when feasible, preservation for the benefit of the people of Arizona. Recent media reports suggest that the Director of Arizona State Parks and Trails (ASPT) may have willfully circumvented these laws, which may have resulted in the careless destruction of irreplaceable and potentially significant archaeological sites. The Arizona Archaeological Council (AAC) is deeply concerned by these allegations and requests that ASPT release documentation supporting the Director’s claim that recent development work was accomplished in compliance with State and Federal law. If such documentation cannot be produced, it is the opinion of the AAC that a thorough and meaningful investigation by the office of the Governor of Arizona into the matter is required. The AAC acknowledges Governor Ducey’s stance in support of Arizona’s heritage and hopes his office will act with due diligence in this matter.

    The AAC is a non-profit voluntary organization of more than 200 cultural heritage professionals dedicated to protection and preservation of Arizona’s heritage through education and advocacy. The AAC embraces a diverse membership drawing from academics, private business, local communities and federal, state and tribal agencies. Our mission is to promote and coordinate communication and cooperation within the archaeological community, encourage the development and implementation of professional quality in research and reports, work for the preservation and conservation of the prehistoric and historic heritage of Arizona, uphold State and Federal laws, rules, and regulations that protect cultural resources, advocate and publicize these objectives in the state of Arizona, and promote greater understanding between archaeological organizations and Native American communities.

    For media inquiries, contact the AAC President Dave Hart at aacboard@gmail.com or 928.266.6651.


  • 10/17/2018 16:44 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    There have been recent changes to the AAC Fall Conference Program. The newest program can be downloaded here. 


  • 10/12/2018 17:03 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The AAC Fall Conference program is now available for download. 


  • 09/24/2018 16:50 | AAC Admin (Administrator)



    Applications are now being accepted.

    Deadline: December 17, 2018

    Applications available at


    The Native American Scholarships Fund is an endowment established to foster a sense of shared purpose and positive interaction between archaeologists and Native Americans. Scholarships are open to all Native peoples from anywhere in the Americas, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Indigenous Pacific Islanders.

    The following competitive scholarships are currently offered:

    SAA Arthur C. Parker Scholarship and NSF Scholarship for Archaeological Training: To support archaeological training or a research program for Native American students or employees of tribal cultural preservation programs (up to $5,000).

    SAA Native American Undergraduate Archaeology Scholarship: To support undergraduate studies for Native American students, including but not limited to tuition, travel, food, housing, books, supplies, equipment, and child care (up to $5,000).

    SAA Native American Graduate Archaeology Scholarship: To support graduate studies for Native American students, including but not limited to tuition, travel, food, housing, books, supplies, equipment, and child care (up to $10,000).

  • 09/17/2018 19:09 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The 2018 AAC polls are open. Log in and vote under the members access section on the AAC website by October 17th. Results will be announced at the AAC conference on October 19th.


    The AAC Board

  • 08/25/2018 14:25 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Pueblo Grande Museum has nearly 40 reports available for sale in the Museum book store. These reports include technical monographs on Phoenix area archaeological investigations as well as more synthetic studies. The Museum encourages you to visit the link below to see if there are books that might enhance your, or your company’s, libraries.


  • 08/14/2018 17:24 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The AAC wishes to identify a new Editor for the JAzArch. Glen Rice’s term ends 1 January 2019, and he has informed the Editorial Panel that he will not seek a second term. The Editor’s duties include (but are not limited to):

    ·         Promoting the publication of scholarly research relating to Arizona’s archaeological record;

    ·         Working with guest editors and peer reviewers to ensure the clarity and accuracy of published articles;

    ·         Maintaining effective and timely communication with authors and peer reviewers;

    ·         Working with the Managing Editor to organize the distribution of electronic and printed copies of the journal to subscribers.

    The JAzArch Editorial Panel is responsible for selecting the prospective new Editor, after which the candidate must be ratified by the AAC Board. To facilitate the transition between incoming and outgoing editors, an overlap in terms is desired. Thus, the Editorial Panel hopes to identify a new editor well before January. Individuals interested in taking on this challenging position are encouraged to submit a resume and statement of interest to: chris.loendorf@gric.nsn.us by September 28th, 2018.  

    JAzArch Editor's Duties.pdf

  • 08/08/2018 16:33 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Ann Howard, retired Arizona Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and SHPO compliance reviewer for 29 years, is available for hire to assist with the generation and/or review of compliance agreement documents, or to provide advice on consultation processes. She can be reached at  socmom1988@aol.com.

  • 07/31/2018 18:09 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The AAC is requesting position statements for the 2019 AAC board. Positions include President Elect, Information Officer, Secretary, and two (2) Members at large. With recent and future challenges to Arizona historic preservation laws, the AAC board is more relevant than ever. Please consider running for any of the above positions to ensure that the AAC continues to support the cultural resources community and keep our profession viable for the future. Candidate statements can be e-mailed to Dave Hart at darchside@gmail.com. Please submit candidate statements by August 13th. The election will open on September 10th and close on October 12th. New board members will be announced at the AAC Fall Conference on October 19, 2018 at the Arizona History Museum in Tucson.