Elden Pueblo Program Schedule

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The Elden Pueblo Project is a cooperative endeavor between the Coconino National Forest, the Arizona Natural History Association, and the Arizona Archaeological Society to provide educational opportunities in archaeology. Elden Pueblo is a 60-80 room pueblo of the prehistoric Sinagua culture and a Hopi ancestral site. The site of Elden Pueblo is open to the public and is located one mile north of the Flagstaff Mall on U.S. Highway 89.  The following archaeological programs provide hands-on mapping, excavation, laboratory, and analytical experiences for participants under professional supervision.  Through these personal experiences, participants are made aware of archaeological concepts, values, laws and practices.  Join us in our quest to learn about past and present Pueblo cultures by investigating the clues people left behind.


Museum Of Northern Arizona Programs

Discovery Programs

To register for any MNA Discovery program, call (928) 774-5211, ext. 222.


People of the Earth

Date: TBA

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Ages: 6 to 8 years

An introduction of how ancient people lived in relation to the earth.  A hands-on exploration of how they built their homes, tools, foods and hunting methods. Explore ruins, study artifacts, make prehistoric foods and tools to unlock the secrets of the past. 


Adventures in Archaeology

Dates: TBA

Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily

Ages: 9 to 13 years

Join us for a week of archaeological adventure. Learn about the Sinagua people, ancient inhabitants of the Flagstaff area, by exploring the "pieces of the past" they left behind. Participate in excavations, learn to make maps, analyze artifacts and explore other nearby sites. Students will learn about native foods, rock art, stone tools, plus many other activities, field trips and demonstrations.


2016 Cultural Resource Workshop Series

The Cultural Resource Workshop series is designed to introduce the public and interested AAS members to field opportunities on public lands. It encourages stewardship goals and engaging the public in being involved in the care of cultural resources on public lands while having FUN outdoors. Winter (ceramics) workshops are at CNF Supervisor’s Office or Verde Valley Archaeology Center. AAS membership is required for field work. Contact Lisa Deem at Elden Pueblo/ Coconino National Forest (928) 699-5421 for registration and information CNF/ Elden Pueblo websites. Bring water, hat & sunscreen. We will carpool with high clearance for field sessions. Participants must register to attend these field days.


Ceramics Identification Workshops

Sundays, 9 am to 3 pm. Carpool available

  • January 10 Verde Valley Archaeology Center
  • January 24 Verde Valley Archaeology Center
  • February  7 Verde Valley Archaeology Center
  • February 21 Verde Valley Archaeology Center
  • April 3 Verde Valley Archaeology Center


Field Site Assessment Work Sessions

Work with site records, maps, and GPS to strategically search for and verify site locations; then provide updated site datum and boundary data .

2016 Winter Work Sessions
  • Project Leader: Lisa Deem (928) 699-5421, eldenpueblo@npgcable.com
  • Project area is Sacred Mountain in Verde Valley
  • Meet at  south end of Walmart lot westside @ 8 am. We’ll carpool from there.
  • Session dates:  Sundays - January 31, February 28
2016 Spring Work Sessions
  • Project Leader: Lisa Deem (928) 699-5421, kochworks@npgcable.com 
  • Project area is San Francisco Wash
  • Meet at McDonalds/Safeway lot on Hwy 89 at 9 am. We’ll carpool from there.
  • Session dates, 2016: Sundays - April 10, May 15, June 12, July 10, August 7, Sept 11

Rock Art Recording Workshop

  • Project Leader: Peter Pilles, CNF Archaeologist 
  • Alternative Contact: Walter Gosart , 928-707-1469, wwwally2@yahoo.com
  • A one-day FS activity, open to trained and untrained recorders
  • Project area is San Francisco Wash
  • Meet at McDonalds/Safeway on Hwy 89at 8 am to carpool
  • Session date: Thursday, April 14, 2016

Picture Canyon Rock Art Recording

  • Project Leader: Evelyn Billo (928)526-3625, ebillo@aol.com
  • Meet at Picture Canyon parking area at 8 am – 12 noon
  • 3rd Saturdays, 2016: April 16, May 21, June 18, August 20, September 17


Flagstaff Festival of Science

Science in the Park

Date: TBA, September 2016

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Find the Elden Pueblo booth to discover the science of archaeology.


Festival of Science Public Field Day

Date: TBA, September 2016

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Come experience the science of archaeology by participating in activities that include site tours, excavation, artifact cleaning, atlatl & rabbit stick throwing. Tours held at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. An adult must accompany children up to the age of 15. No fee. Field days are designed for families and individuals.


Discover Archaeology Scout Workshop

Dates: Saturday, September 11, 2016 with optional Sunday, September 12, 2016 service project.

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Ages: 4th grade and up (Advance registration required)

Program Fee: $15 per Scout.

First two chaperones are free. Register early! This one-day workshop covers most of the outside assistance badge work required for the Archaeology Merit Badge. Troop leaders/chaperones must accompany Scouts at all times. New this year: Do the weekend workshop, including on-site camping and field service work for an additional $10 fee.


Arizona Archaeology Month Activities

SHPO State Archaeology Festival at Casa Grande Heritage Site: March 5, 2016

V-V Heritage Site Cultural Festival: March 25-26, 2016

Verde Valley Archaeology Fair: March 19-20, 2016

Museum of Northern Arizona Archaeology Day: TBA, March 2016


For More Information

For more information about any programs listed, custom programs, or to schedule a program for your group, contact:

Lisa Deem, Elden Pueblo Program Manager

The Elden Pueblo Archaeology Project

1824 S Thompson St

Flagstaff, AZ 86001

(928) 699-5421

e-mail: eldenpueblo@npgcable.com




The Elden Pueblo Archaeology Project is supported in part by a grant from the following sponsors.

Flagstaff 365 logo Flagstaff Arts Council logo Flagstaff BBB Revenues logo

Flagstaff P-12 Education Resources Fund of the Arizona Community Foundation