On March 14 & 15, 2009, nearly 1,500 people attended the Arizona Archaeology Expo which was held at the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park in Phoenix. The Archaeology Expo is sponsored by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Arizona State Parks, the Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission, and the City of Phoenix. Many other partners joined together to present a varied format offering two days of educational, hands-on archaeology programs to the public. Admission to the Museum and the Expo was free.
The Expo provided a special opportunity for visitors to learn more about why it is important to preserve archaeological sites and historic places, what archaeologists, historians, and tribal members do in their jobs, and about the prehistory and history of Arizona. Both days featured archaeology hands-on activities, craft demonstrations, and other fun and educational events. Special displays and booths by over 45 archaeological and historical organizations, museums, Native American tribes, state and federal agencies, and others allowed a person to participate as an archaeologist might in their research today, or make crafts that teach how prehistoric Native Americans and other early inhabitants survived in the Southwest. A simulated archaeological excavation, tours of the prehistoric platform mound, ruins stabilization demonstrations, “behind the scene” tours of archaeology labs and artifact collection rooms, and talks by local archaeologists were special attractions at this year’s Expo. Living history re-enactors, storytellers, Native American demonstrators and entertainers, and interactive activities helped make the past come alive! In addition, tours of archaeological sites in and around the local area were highlighted.
Free prize raffles occured throughout both days, and ethnic foods were available for purchase. The Expo gave visitors new insights into Arizona's many prehistoric, historic, and contemporary cultures, and helped instill a sense of stewardship for our state’s fragile and nonrenewable heritage resources.
Thanks to all the participating groups and agencies for sharing your knowledge and fun activities at this event.
In the last photo, James Garrison, State Historic Preservation Officer, talks with Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon who attended the event.