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Heritage group plans events for state archaeology month

The Kaibab-Vermilion Cliffs Heritage Alliance invites the public to programs it is jointly sponsoring as part of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month.

The Alliance is a partnership of public and private entities working to protect cultural resources on the eastern Arizona Strip. The programs are suitable for all ages.

Friday, March 7, 1 p.m. - "The Archaeological Record of the Southern Paiutes," Pipe Spring National Monument, on Highway 389 between Fredonia and Hurricane, Utah.

Kaibab National Forest archaeologist Britt Betenson offers a look at how the Southern Paiutes lived off local resources, including food collection and cooking and hunting techniques and tool technology.

Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m. - Tour of West Bench Pueblo and the condor release site. Meet at House Rock Valley at the junction of highway 89A and BLM Route 1067, 13 miles east of Jacob Lake.

Be prepared for a 10-mile drive and hike of about a third of a mile.

John Herron, with the Arizona Strip District of the Bureau of Land Management, will conduct a tour of West Bench Pueblo in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument.

The Pueblo is a Virgin Anasazi site. On the way, the group will stop to view the site where California condors have been released.

Saturday, March 22, 2 p.m. - "Where A Soul May Speak Aloud: Sharlot Hall on the Arizona Strip," Fredonia School Media Center, 222 N. 200 East, east side of Highway 89.

Sharlot Hall was Arizona's first territorial historian. In the summer of 1911, she made a historic trip across the Arizona Strip. Alliance coordinator

Rose Houk will give a talk about her two and a half month trip through this remote land. The presentation includes photographs by Michael Collier.

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