5th Annual Spur Cross Archaeology Expo, sponsored by Desert Foothills Chapter of AAS and the Cave Creek Museum
Saturday, March 1, 2014, from 9:00am until 3:00pm at the Spur Cross Conservation Area, Cave Creek, AZ
Learn about the archaeology of the Cave Creek/Spur Cross area through hikes, booths, gold panning, guest speakers and live demonstrations.
Booths from Desert Foothills Chapter of AAS, the Cave Creek Museum, Desert Awareness Group, Desert Foothills Land Trust, Verde Valley Archaeology Center, and Animal Health Services. Tonto National Forest archaeologist, J.Scott Wood wil speak at 1:00pm. Childrens activities and crafts, plus the opportunity of view and hold prehistoric artifacts from the area. Come help celebrate Arizona Archaeology Month.
Bring the whole family and have fun while learning about this beautiful state.
9:30am, FIRST MESA HIKE: Join Spur Cross Ranger, Kevin Smith hiking to prehistoric Hohokam dwellings on First Mesa. This is a moderate 2.5 mile hike with some uphill walking. Allow a minimum of 2 hours.
11:00am, JEWEL OF THE CREEK HIKE: Join the Desert Foothills Land Trust staff and docents on a journey through history at the Jewel and its unique geological formations. This is 1.0 mile hike with a steep rocky trail down to the creek and requires crossing the creek twice with another rocky steep climb back to the top. Allow a minimum of 1.5 hours.
1:00pm SPEAKER: J. Scott Wood, Forest Archaeologist/Heritage Program Manager of the Tonto National Forest, for his talk on the prehistory of the foothills area and how it relates to both the Salt River Valley and Perry Mesa.
2:00pm, METATE TRAIL HIKE: this is a fun and easy hike. Some walking on loose gravel and traversing over the creek is necessary. Hike to see to desert scenery and some of Spur Cross’s petrogylphs. Allow a minimum of 1.5 hours.