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Elden Pueblo Project

Location: Arizona, United States

December 2, 2015

Session dates: 
AAS Lab Techniques Field School: 7/19-23 and 7/26-30; AAS Stabilization Course: 8/13,14,15, 21 and 22; and Rock Art Recording Course 8/2-6 also Public Days & educational programs by appt

Deadline Type: 

Program Type

Field school



Arizona Natural History Association and Coconino National Forest

Project Director:

Peter Pilles, Jr.

Project Description

Elden Pueblo is a 65 room pueblo with trash mounds, smaller pueblos, kiva, a large community room, and numerous pit houses that both pre-date and are contemporaneous with the main pueblo. It is the type site for the Elden Phase of the Northern Sinagua tradition (A.D. 1150-1250), although earlier components are also present. While much of the site was excavated in 1926 by Jesse Walter Fewkes and John P. Harrington of the Smithsonian Institution, new excavations are being undertaken to confirm data, collect new information, and stabilize the pueblo as a public archaeology project. Recent excavations have revealed much about the construction sequence of the site, late Sinagua social organization, subsistence, and the role as a major trade center for the area. Possible evidence for a long-term eruptive sequence for Sunset Crater Volcano is being found to examine new geological and archaeological interpretations for the region. AAS Laboratory Techniques certification is available through participation in the field school held July 19-23 and July 26-30, 2010. AAS Stabilization & Reconstruction course to be held consecutive weekends in August 8/13, 14, and 15 and 8/21 and 22, 2010. AAS Rock Art Recording course in San Francisco Wash to be held August 2-6, 2010.

Period(s) of Occupation: A.D. 1150-1275

Field schools, public days, half and full day education programs, and kids day camp.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum age: 
18 years or accompanied by adult or youth programs

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Primitive camping available on-site. Local rooms for $50-$100. Travel to Arizona and meals not included. Visitor information provided.

AAS Lab Techniques Field School $100 per week. Rock Art Recording & Stabilization: $150 per week

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none


Contact Information
Lisa Edmonson
1824 S Thompson St
Recommended Bibliography: 

Kelly, Roger E., Elden Pueblo: An Archaeological Account, Plateau, 42(3): 79-91, 1970
Hohmann, John W., Sinagua Social Differentiation: Inferences Based on Prehistoric Mortuary Practices, The Arizona Archaeologist, 17, 1982, Phoenix
Fewkes, Jesse W., Archaeological Field Work in Arizona: Field Season of 1926, Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, 78(7): 207-232, 1927,
Pilles, Peter J., Jr., The Sinagua: Ancient People of the Flagstaff Region, Wuptaki and Walnut Canyon: New Perspectives on History, Prehistory and Rock Art, 1987, Santa Fe
Phagan, Carl J., and Peter J. Pilles, Jr., Public Participation at Elden Pueblo, Fighting Indiana Jones in Arizona, edited by A.E. Rogge, , 1988,