08.24.11

Friends of the Agua Fria National Monument to host Perry Mesa Symposium

On Saturday, September 10, 2011, Friends of the Agua Fria National Monument is presenting an all day event called, “The Perry Mesa Symposium” in Phoenix, Arizona. The program brings together around twenty professional, avocational and student archaeologists to present the findings of recent studies of the prehistoric cultures on Perry Mesa and the immediate surrounding area, which includes all of Agua Fria National Monument.

If you’re interested in archaeology or prehistoric cultures, you won’t want to miss this special event. Not only will you be brought up to date on some new studies and theories with exciting ideas about the many waves of people who inhabited the area, but you will also find out what it is that we don’t know. Professional archaeologists, avocational archaeologists and students of archaeology can all learn.

Respected archaeologists David Wilcox from the Museum of Northern Arizona, Scott Wood from Tonto National Forest and Connie Stone from the Bureau of Land Management along with others will review and comment on the studies presented in a panel following the presentations.

Rock art panel near the Badger Springs area

Symposium registration fees include a steep discount for FAFNM members; nonmembers are encouraged to join as a member before completing their registration.

Funds raised from the Symposium will be used to complete Friends-sponsored research and interpretation project surrounding an 1880’s historic school house site in Agua Fria National Monument; the effort is an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project site for Arizona’s Centennial Celebration in 2012.

Increased membership and exposure will help FAFNM in its mission to it support the Bureau of Land Management and the Conservation Lands Foundation in ensuring that the Agua Fria National Monument’s important and sensitive resources are fully protected.

For more information on the Friends of the Agua Fria National Monument and the Perry Mesa Symposium, please visit aguafriafriends.org.