National Archaeology Day in the Arizona Desert
October 26, 2011
On National Archaeology Day the Central Arizona Society participated in a mudslinging activity at Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix, AZ. Mudslinging is a stabilization technique for earthen structures, and the AIA volunteers worked with the Pueblo Grande Museum Mudslingers - a volunteer organization that has worked at Pueblo Grande for eighteen years. Pueblo Grande Museum presents and conserves the Native American ruins, including an earthen platform mound, from the Hohokam culture that lived in central Arizona between 450 and 1450.
Mudslinging involves four basic steps:
1) Remove the loose/flaky earth
2) Wet the wall surface
3) Sling the freshly produced mud onto the surface
4) Smooth the new surface.
The Pueblo Grande Museum Mudslingers volunteer one Saturday morning a month (9-10 months a year), and the work that was done on Saturday will last for three to four years.
The Bayon Information Center in Siem Reap, Cambodia has joined as a new Collaborating Organization for International Archaeology Day 2013.
The Legacy: Hands on the Past, Center for Archaeological Research at The University of Texas at San Antonio and Frank H. McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee Knoxville have returned for International Archaeology Day 2013.
This week, the AIA has paired with two new organizations to promote International Archaeology Day 2013.