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CANCELLED – “Central Arizona Tradition Archaeological Sites Tour”

October 16, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CANCELLED  On Sunday, October 16, 2022, join Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Central Arizona Tradition Archaeological Sites Tour” guided by archaeologist J. Scott Wood, starting at Goat Camp Ruin in Payson, Arizona. This tour will be held from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., with a requested donation of $40 ($32 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Friends of Pueblo Grande Museum members) includes Old Pueblo’s expenses and access to sites but no transportation, lodging, or meals.

Scott Wood leads Old Pueblo’s car-caravan tour to archaeological sites of the Central Arizona Tradition (CAT). What is that? It’s a name that archaeologists Peter Pilles and Scott Wood gave to a cultural lifeway that developed around 300 CE in central Arizona just north of the Salt River valley. The CAT was characterized by small wickiup-like pithouses, some larger bean-shaped houses, and plain brown paddle-and-anvil-made pottery, without any locally made decorated ceramics. The CAT lasted until about 500 CE when people in most parts of the area began to be assimilated into the Hohokam, Mogollon-Pueblo, and Sinagua cultures that developed all around central Arizona. Scott will show us two CAT archaeological sites: Goat Camp Ruin, where he has been leading excavations since 2008, and Shoofly Village, where Arizona State University conducted excavations in the mid-1980s. Payson offers numerous restaurant and lodging options. Participants provide their own lodging, meals, and transportation. Directions to the meeting place will be provided to persons who have made reservations.

Donations are due 10 days after reservation request or by 5 p.m. Monday October 13, whichever is earlier: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

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Caption: Some archaeology scenes at Goat Camp Ruin (Scott Wood photos) and Shoofly Village (Al Dart photo)


October 16, 2022
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Allen Dart


Goat Camp Ruin
Payson, AZ United States + Google Map

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