Archaeology Month highlights Williams railroad, aviation history
Kaibab National Forest to continue decade-long tradition of presentations and outdoor excursions through March
WILLIAMS, Ariz. — This March, the Kaibab National Forest will continue its more than decade-long tradition of offering educational presentations and outdoor excursions in the Williams area as part of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month.
On Wednesday evenings throughout March, experts will present a series of lectures starting at 6 p.m. at the Sultana Theatre in Williams covering topics such as the preservation and rehabilitation of the historic 1911 Kendrick Mountain Lookout Cabin, the history of railroads in the Williams area, historic aircraft navigation arrows in northern Arizona and a film recognizing the Arizona heroes of World War I.
On all five Saturdays in March, Kaibab National Forest archaeologists will lead fun and educational hikes to the Keyhole Sink petroglyph site near Parks starting at 2 p.m. The Keyhole Sink Trail offers a short, relatively flat hike to a scenic box canyon where prehistoric residents left their mark carved into the canyon’s gray volcanic walls. Those wishing to participate in the hikes should call (928) 635-5600 in advance for reservations.
“Archaeology month is one of my favorite times of the year because it gives us the opportunity to share the historic and cultural treasures of the Kaibab National Forest with so many people,” said Kaibab National Forest archaeologist Neil Weintraub. “Those who get to experience these special places and resources end up being some of our greatest partners in preserving them.”
Archaeology month is intended to generate understanding of and support for the state’s archaeological heritage. Celebrations and events focus on promoting the preservation of archaeological resources and illustrating ways the public can help in protecting and appreciating them.
A full list of Archaeology Month events can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd608302.pdf.
Information provided by Kaibab National Forest