Archaeology Expo

2017 Archaeology Expo at Spur Cross
Sunday, March 5, 2017 
9 am - 3 pm
44000 N. Spur Cross Road Cave Creek, AZ 85331

The Spur Cross Archaeology Fair will be held on Sunday, March 5, from 9 am to 3 pm.  The event will be held at the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area and is sponsored by the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department, Cave Creek Museum, Desert Foothills Chapter of Arizona Archaeological Society, and Desert Foothills Land Trust.

Confirmed participants include: Cave Creek Museum, Desert Foothills Chapter of Arizona Archaeological Society, Desert Awareness Committee, Desert Foothills Land Trust, Glen Dotson pottery, geology, Gold Stamp Mill Team from Cave Creek Museum, Friends of Tonto National Forest, and Verde Valley Archaeology Center.

At the event, you'll be treated to activities such as: hikes, pottery and gold panning demonstrations, children's arts and crafts, and geology booth, and a special talk from Scott Wood, Retired Tonto National Forest Archaeologist at 1 pm.  Hikes include First Mesa and Jewel of the Creek. Hikers should be prepared for desert walking with appropriate footwear, hats, snacks, and an adequate supply of bottled water!

Although the fair is free, there is a $3/adult park entrance fee. Entry is free for children under 16 and those with Maricopa County Annual Passes.

Please check the Arizona Archaeological Society (AAS) website or under "Events” tab(s) for a finalized schedule of activities.


Join us at 9 am for a hike along First Mesa with archaeologist Mark Hackbarth to prehistoric Hohokam dwellings.  This is a moderate 2.5 mile hike with some uphill walking on gravel/rocks.  Allow a minimum of two hours.

At 10:30 am, join the Desert Foothills Land Trust staff and docents as we tour the Jewel of the Creek Preserve, once known as the mining town of Liscum. We will hike through the beautiful riparian habitat that surrounds Cave Creek, and will visit remnants of the past at the Maricopa Mine. This is an easy 1 ½ mile hike but requires a down/up a gravel path and crossing the stream.


At 1 pm, join Scott Wood, retired Forest Archaeologist /Heritage Program Manager for the Tonto National Forest, for a talk on the prehistory of the foothills areas, and how it all relates to both the Salt River Valley and Perry Mesa.


*From Cave Creek road, turn North on to Spur Cross Road.  Spur Cross Conservation Area is 4 ½ miles north.  Although the Expo is free, there is a $3/adult park entrance fee.  Children under 16 and those with Maricopa County Park or Spur Cross passes are free.