Elden Pueblo 2012 Programs


   The Elden Pueblo

Archaeological Project

  circle with archaeological artifact with Elden Pueblo above and below  

2012 Programs   

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.

The information on this page is available here in a "tri-fold brochure" suitable for printing. 2012 Program Schedule (86kb .pdf)

2012 Cultural Resource Workshops Series flyer (105kb .pdf)

2012 Cultural Resource Workshop Series and Registration Form (61kb .pdf)


E-mail address: eldenpueblo@npgcable.com



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Flagstaff Festival of Science


Science in the Park

Date:   Saturday, September 22,2012

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:  Sunday, Sept 23, 2012

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 & 2 p.m. An adult must accompany children up to the age of 15. No fee. Field days are designed for families and individuals. 



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Discover Archaeology Scout Workshop



  • Saturday, Sept 8, 2012  w/ optional
  • Sunday, Sept 9, 2012 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.



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Museum Of Northern Arizona Programs


Discovery Programs

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

People of the Earth

Date:  TBA

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

Ages:  6-8 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: July 25-29, 2012

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.


Field Archaeologist

Date: July 23-27, 2012

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.daily

Ages: 9 to 13 years

This program focuses on field work to locate, document, and complete assessments of archaeological sites on the Coconino National Forest.  Many of these sites have not been revisited by archaeologists since they were first recorded by Dr. Colton in the early years of the Museum's Archaeological Survey. This is an active, outdoor week in the field. Field techniques of survey, mapping, and photography will be covered.


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Arizona Archaeological Society Activities


2011 Archaeology Month Events

SHPO State Archaeology Festival at AZ State Capitol grounds - March 3, 2012

V-V Cultural Festival at V-V Heritage Site - March 24 & 25, 2012

Archaeology Day at Museum of Northern Arizona - TBA -March , 2012 


Site Assessment Field Work


  • April 1, 2012
  • May 20, 2012
  • June 10, 2012
  • Aug 19, 2012
  • Sept 9, 2012
  • Oct 7, 2011

Time:  9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Assist the US Forest Service in field site assessment on the Coconino Forest. We will locate and evaluate site conditions on the National Historic Register.  Bring water, hat & sunscreen. We will carpool with high clearance vehicles into the field. Participants must register to attend these field days.



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Arizona Archaeology Society Field Schools


Field schools are only open to members of the Arizona Archaeological Society (AAS).  Non- members will need to join AAS to participate. See the AAS website at www.azarchsoc.org for details.     

Lab Techniques

Dates: June 18-22, 2012

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily

This class deals with the methods and materials used in processing, preserving, cataloging, and storing of artifacts, with particular attention paid to ceramics and lithics. We will be working on cataloguing work done over the years at Elden Pueblo.

Program Fee:  $100/week


Ruins Stabilization Field School

This field school provides one week of a two week certification program.

Dates:  consecutive weekends July 28-29, 2011

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.    August 3-5, 2011

Stabilization field school covers the basic information and field skills needed to stabilize and reconstruct stone walls.  Maintaining authentic architectural design, preservation challenges and site interpretation issues relating to stabilization are covered.

Program fee: $150/ 5 day session


Mapping Field School

Date:  July 13–15, & Aug 11 & 12, 2012

Time:  8:00 am to 5:00 pm

The purpose of this course is to provide the basic academic and field skill to permit the avocational archaeologist the ability to undertake most mapping programs used in survey and excavation projects .More time is spent in the field for this course so that students can gain experience using such equipment as Electronic Distance Measurement (EDM), compass, tape, transit, and theodolite. The object is to produce a map of a site using other maps, aerial photographs, and measurements made in the field.

Program fee: $150/week


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On-Site Educational Programs



DATES: By  reservation 

TIME: 1 hour tours, half day & full day programs

Programs for school and other groups include a hands-on experience at Elden Pueblo.  Your group will explore the site, participate in actual excavations, examine artifacts, and be a part of the on-going research into the lives of the Sinagua people. Specialized programs to meet your curriculum and educational needs can be designed. 

Fee Schedule

One-Hour Tour and Activity

1-15 People  -  $100

16-30 People - $150

Four-Hour Archaeological Education Program

1-15 People  -  $250

16-30 People - $325

Eight-Hour Archaeological Education Program

1-15 People  -  $350

16-30 People - $450


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Group Program Opportunities


Do you have a group interested in a unique field experience? 

We can customize a program for your group, from one or two days, to full-week educational programs. We connect the present day peoples with the peoples of the past. We also offer group volunteer opportunities that are both meaningful and educational.


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2012 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. Most workshops are conducted at Elden Pueblo, or serves as the meeting site for field activities. Winter (ceramics) workshops are at CNF Supervisor’s Office or Verde Valley Archaeology Center. Program hours are from 9 am to 3 pm, unless otherwise noted. Registration is required. Contact Lisa Deem at Elden Pueblo/ Coconino National Forest (928) 527-3452 for registration and information, or download forms and program description on AAS or CNF/ Elden Pueblo websites.  Fee is $10 for AAS members and $20 for non-members.


Ceramics  Identification Workshops – Sundays

Jan 22                                 CNF Supervisors Office

Jan 29                   Verde Valley Archaeology Center

Feb 5                     Verde Valley Archaeology Center

Feb 12                                  CNF Supervisors Office

Feb 19                    Verde Valley Archaeology Center

Mar 4                     Verde Valley Archaeology Center

Mar 31                   Verde Valley Archaeology Center

Apr 15                                    CNF Supervisors Office

Apr 29                                    CNF Supervisors Office

Sept 15                                   CNF Supervisors Office


Projectile Point Identification

Sat, Apr 28                               CNF Supervisors Office


Reconnaissance of Archaeological Sites Series

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

Apr 22                                (Meet at) Elden Pueblo

May 6                                 (Meet at) Elden Pueblo

Aug 25                                (Meet at) Elden Pueblo


Ancient Technologies

Sat, Apr 14                                          Elden Pueblo

Picture Canyon Rock Art Recording

Sat, Oct 13                            (Meet at) Elden Pueblo



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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) 527-3452

e-mail: eldenpueblo@npgcable.com