Explore Your Desert Home During ‘Discover Day’

Photos by Patrick O’Brien

Join Desert Foothills Land Trust to discover the wonder and beauty of our Sonoran Desert home with a day of outdoor experiences and hands-on education at the Jewel of the Creek Preserve. Desert Discover Day takes place Saturday, Nov. 17, 10am–2pm.

Follow a discovery map for a personal adventure along the Harry Dalton Trail. Explore the desert, learn about all its dwellers, past and present, and interact with native wildlife. This free and fun day is for the whole family.

Other participants include Arizona Archaeological Society, Cave Creek Museum, Desert Awareness Committee, Desert Foothills Family YMCA, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation, Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center and Wild At Heart.

Jewel of the Creek Preserve is located in Cave Creek on Spur Cross Road, 4 miles north of Cave Creek Road. Parking is available at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.

For additional information visit www.dflt.org or call 480.488.6131.

Archaeological Society Chapter Meets

CAVE CREEK – The Desert Foothills Chapter (DFC) of the Arizona Archaeological Society (AAS) presents Dr. Barbara Roth as the keynote speaker at its monthly chapter meeting held at the Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 8 at 7pm. Dr. Roth is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.  The title of her talk is, Current Investigations at the Harris Site.  This presentation is free and open to the public.

Pithouse excavation at the Harris Site

Pithouse excavation at the Harris Site - photo courtesy of http://www.archaeological.org

The talk will focus on the Harris Site, an archaeological ruin inSouthwestern New Mexico that was made famous by the 1930’s excavations of archaeologist Emil Haury.  Haury’s work resulted in the classification of a new and distinct cultural group known as the Mogollon.

The Mimbres are a subclass of the Mogollon and are readily identified because of their unique and proliferate use of animal designs in their ceramics.

For the past 10 years, Dr. Roth has researched pithouse sites in the Mimbres Mogollon region, and in 2008, began new fieldwork at the Harris Site.  The goals of this new project were to investigate how households were organized, to ascertain the degree of dependence on agriculture and to find out what social strategies were in place during the Pithouse period, AD 550-1,000.  According to Dr. Roth, “Preliminary results point to some intriguing finds concerning household organization at Harris and the role that differences in social power played in village life.”  These results will be the highlight of her presentation.

Overview of the Harris Site excavation

Overview of the Harris Site excavation - courtesy of Arizona Archaeological Society Desert Foothills Chapter

The AAS is an independent, non-profit and statewide organization with over 600 professional and avocational members.  Its goals are to foster public awareness, interest, research and conservation of Arizona’s rich archaeological heritage.  Please check the AAS website, www.azarchsoc.org for a chapter near you, or contact DFC President Glenda Simmons at glendaann@hughes.net.

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