Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Arizona State Parks Present 2007 Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month Celebration

For the entire month of March 2007, the Arizona State Park's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is coordinating activities throughout the state for its annual celebration of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. These events will focus on current efforts to preserve our past by protecting our fragile and non-renewable cultural resources. Museums, historical societies, tribes, agencies, parks, and archaeology organizations will be hosting events across the state; many of the events are planned in Arizona State Parks as part of their interpretive programs.

Proclaimed by the Governor each year, this celebration will feature over 60 prehistoric and historic site tours, exhibits, hikes, open houses, lectures, demonstrations and other activities throughout Arizona. A free statewide listing of events is available now by contacting the Arizona State Parks offices at (602) 542-4174, or by visiting the ASP website and downloading the document.

The featured event for the month is the ARIZONA ARCHAEOLOGY EXPO. The Expo will offer many educational attractions for archaeology and history buffs and will be held at Yuma Crossing State Historic Park, Yuma, on March 16 and 17, 2007. Both days are open to the public and the event is FREE. The Expo provides 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. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]