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Class: Ancient Astronomy of Arizona

Class: Ancient Astronomy of Arizona
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6/1/2022 6:00 PM
460 W. Finnie Flat Road
Camp Verde, AZ 86322, US
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This is an abbreviated version of the course offered by the Arizona Archaeological Society entitled "Archaeoastronomy of the Southwest."

This is a TWO-DAY Class on consecutive Thursdays. This class will review the current literature on archaeoastronomy in the American Southwest, discuss important issues related to naked eye observations of celestial objects in the night sky, and cover basic recording techniques and methods. The class will sample a small portion of the large body of literature on the subject.

At the conclusion of the course, attendees are expected to:

  1. Understand the issues involved in observation of celestial objects with the naked eye
  2. Understand the ethnographic basis of astronomical observation
  3. Understand how and why astronomical observation was used in various cultures related to the
    American Southwest: Mesoamerican, Hohokam, Pueblo, Navajo, Apache and others
  4. Understand the Sinagua calendric sites in the Sedona/Verde Valley

Class fee includes a copy of Heart of the Sky.

The Summer Solstice will occur on Tuesday, June 21, at 2:13 am. We will visit the V bar V Heritage site on Monday, June 20, to observe the effect that will occur about 12:50 pm if the weather cooperates.

Ken Zoll, Executive Director
AAS Certified Archaeoastronomy Instructor
NAU Road Scholar Presenter
Arizona Humanities "AZ Speaks Program" Speaker


Prehistoric Astronomy in the Southwest by J. McKim Malville

Chaco Astronomy: An Ancient American Cosmology by Anna Sofaer

Skywatchers by Anthony F. Aveni

Living the Sky: The Cosmos of the American Indian by Ray A. Williamson


$125.00 per NONMEMBER
$95.00 per VVAC Member
Cancellation Policy
Cancellations and refunds will be honored up to one week before the class.

Center Offices and Museum
460 W. Finnie Flat Road, Camp Verde, AZ 86322

Native American Heritage Pathway & Garden
330 N. Homestead Parkway, Camp Verde, AZ

Center Offices and Museum
385 S. Main St., Camp Verde, AZ 86322

Native American Heritage Pathway & Garden
330 N. Homestead Parkway, Camp Verde, AZ