Sinagua habitation site discussion, potluck at archaeological meeting

Holidays and history will blend when the San Tan Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society meets on Wednesday, Dec. 14, in Queen Creek.
The public is invited to attend. A holiday potluck will kick off the evening at 6 at the San Tan Historical Museum, 20425 S. Old Ellsworth Road. Participants may bring a dish of food to pass at the potluck.

The monthly lecture will follow at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be Dr. Todd Bostwick, who will speak on “The Dyck Rock Shelter,” a Sinagua habitation site overlooking Wet Beaver Creek in Central Arizona.

In 2014, the Verde Valley Archaeology Center received a large collection of prehistoric artifacts from a Honanki phase (AD1100-1300) Sinagua rock shelter north of Montezuma Castle. The rock shelter was excavated in the 1960s and ‘70s by a professional archaeologist at the request of the landowner, Paul Dyck.

The shelter includes well-preserved cotton textiles, yucca cordage, wooden artifacts and a diversity of food remains, according to a press release.
A report was never written and the collection has been hidden away in storage for more than 40 years. This presentation will cover the history of the excavations and the results of the preliminary analyses of the materials.

Numerous photographs show the archaeological materials found in the rock shelter. The textiles are well-preserved and very colorful.

Dr. Bostwick has extensive experience in the archaeology of the Southwest. He served as the Phoenix city archaeologist for 21 years and is now the director of archaeology at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde.

The San Tan Chapter of AAS meetings are held on the second Wednesday of month September thru May.  The presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the museum, on the corner of Queen Creek and Ellsworth roads.

Parking is behind the museum and enter via the front door.

For more information on San Tan chapter, call Marie Britton at 480-390-3491 or e-mail her at  or Earla Cochran 480-655-6733 or email Or, visit the group’s website at

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