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Archaeology comes alive on Kaibab National Forest
Lecture series and guided hiking excursions free to public

Photo/U.S. Forest Service, Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest<br<
Paul Thomas Carter uses a hose and pump that firefighters carried to Keyhole Sink to spray off a mud application during removal of vandalism evidence.

Photo/U.S. Forest Service, Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest<br< Paul Thomas Carter uses a hose and pump that firefighters carried to Keyhole Sink to spray off a mud application during removal of vandalism evidence.

WILLIAMS - March is Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month in Arizona, and the Kaibab National Forest is celebrating by providing free programs to the public every Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon throughout the month.

Scheduled events include a Thursday evening lecture series and Saturday afternoon hikes. Each of the lectures in the Thursday evening series is free to the public and will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Williams Ranger District office, 742 S. Clover Rd. Due to limited seating, please call ahead for reservations at (928) 635-5600.

The events include -

• Tomorrow - The History of Rock Art Vandalism on the Williams Ranger District: Documentation, Restoration and the Media will be presented by Neil Weintraub, archaeologist, Williams and Tusayan districts. This presentation will discuss the efforts that Kaibab archaeologists and partners have taken in restoring, repairing and removing evidence of vandalism at a variety of sites across the Williams Ranger District with an emphasis on the recent incident at Keyhole Sink.

• March 10 - Snake Gulch: Collaborative Resource Management on the Kaibab National Forest will be presented by Mike Lyndon, assistant forest archaeologist. The lecture will include a screening of the film "Snake Gulch" by renowned Hopi filmmaker Victor Masayesva Jr. and discussion of how the Kaibab National Forest works with tribes to protect, interpret, and manage cultural and natural resources. Film footage was shot at the Snake Gulch National Register Historic District, which contains roughly 100 prehistoric rock art sites.

• March 17 - The Kaibab National Forest Heritage Program Accomplishment Report will be presented by Margaret Hangan, forest heritage program manager. The lecture will include a slide show highlighting program accomplishments over the last several years.

• March 24 - Brush, Sweat and Tears: September 2010 Passport in Time Volunteer Project will be presented by Weintraub. During September 2010, Kaibab National Forest and Grand Canyon National Park archaeologists worked with volunteers to record dozens of historic Native American brush shelters and sweat lodges. The talk will focus on how archaeologists, volunteers and firefighters are working to help preserve these fragile traces of the past.

• March 31 - Looking Out Across the Kaibab: The Life and Times of Historic Lookout Trees will be presented by Erin Woodard, assistant archaeologist, Williams and Tusayan districts. Woodard will reach back across the ages and discuss the earliest methods of Forest Service fire detection.

Kaibab archaeologists will also be offering free exploratory hikes to Keyhole Sink on the Williams Ranger District every Saturday in March at 2 p.m. To participate in one of these educational excursions, please meet at the Oak Hill Snow Play area, four miles west of Parks on the south side of old Route 66. Bring boots and warm clothing, as this three-quarter-mile hike (one way) will take place despite any inclement weather conditions. Be prepared to get wet as a waterfall often cascades off the lava flow, requiring walking through ankle-deep water to access the rock art. Please call ahead for reservations at (928) 635-5600.

"Kaibab National Forest archaeologists are passionate about the work we do, and we want to share that passion with the public," Weintraub said. "Arizona Archaeology Month is a perfect time to visit the Kaibab and learn about our fragile and non-renewable cultural resources."

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