N. Phoenix - Archaeology Expo and Agave Roast

  • March 23, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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As a courtesy, if you are sick, then please do not attend until you feel better.


Let's celebrate Arizona Archaeology Month with a free day of activities highlighting the archaeology, rock art, and desert ecology of Arizona. We'll see the petroglyphs, plants, and wildflowers along the handicapped accessible 1/4-mile trail to the foothills, behind the ASU Deer Valley Rock Art Center.

Outdoor Event: Archaeology Expo and Agave Roast

Activities include:

  • archaeology demonstrations and ancient skills
  • agave roast and tasting
  • flint knapping
  • special guest exhibitors
  • guided hikes
  • mock archaeology dig for kids
  • children's art exhibit
  • live Sonoran Desert wildlife
  • ethnobotanical garden
  • musical performance by Mariachi Pasión
  • and much more!

"Festival" duration: 10 am - 4 pm

Restrooms are available

Admission: free


Directions at https://dvrac.asu.edu/visit-us/hours-map-admission. The museum cannot be seen from the road, because the nature preserve extends to the street.

Enter the museum driveway, from the north side of W. Deer Valley Rd, approximately 2.5 miles NW of Highway I-17 and Loop 101.


Note: Excerpts were taken from https://dvrac.asu.edu/node/291.


Note: If I am unable to attend, due to delays, rainstorms, sandstorms, or closed roads, then have fun! -Karen (event host)


ASU Deer Valley Rock Art Center:

The center is a museum, nature preserve and archaeological site with the largest concentration of Native American rock art in the Phoenix Valley. For thousands of years, people have left their mark on the hills by pecking over 1,500 symbols we call petroglyphs, into the black basalt boulders. We do not know why.

Enjoy an incredible variety of plants found throughout 47-acres of desert preserve and rest on outdoor picnic benches. Signage on the trail identifies plant species and the ethnobotanical garden showcases some of the crops that Native Americans may have cultivated at this site long ago.

The Center is home to many wildlife including roadrunners, quail, squirrels, cottontails, javelina, owls, hawks, coyotes, snakes, lizards and bobcats.


Presented by: ASU

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  • Karen

    Nice tour of petroglyphs; saw an orange and black Gila monster; learned about some farming and hunting tools of the native people; ate taco made with fresh Indian fry bread.

    March 25, 2013

  • Karen

    Their website states that it's a one day festival, Sat 3-23-13. Have fun!

    March 20, 2013

  • Susan

    Karen, thanks for the info. I shared it with several friends, including a few couples who have 5-year old boys that would probably enjoy this. I have been to the Center, it sounds like a very worthwhile event. If I go, it would be more like 2:pm. Do you know if it's going on Sun.?

    March 18, 2013

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