Arizona - Apache-Sitgreaves NF
Closed! Sitgreaves Site Location Project 2021
PIT Volunteers from 2019 Sitgreaves Site Location PIT Project (ASNF)
May 10-14, 2021
Volunteers must commit to entire session
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (ASNF) is looking for volunteers to help locate and record archaeological sites; this season will mark the ASNF’s 4th Sitgreaves Site Location Project! The ASNF is located in east-central Arizona, sitting above the Mogollon Rim. This area of Arizona played an important part in the story of the Southwest and continues to do so today. As technology has improved, archaeologists on the ASNF have noticed that our data are no longer viable, and we need PIT volunteers to help us remedy that situation! Not only will you be helping us to create better data, but you’ll also help us to add to the story of the Mogollon Rim.
Our project will include hiking over hilly terrain, up to five (5) miles a day, at roughly 6,800 feet (asl). We will be looking for archaeological sites that have been previously recorded, but that do not have good locational information. Once we find a site, we will photograph, describe, and map the area with accurate GPS equipment, then document any artifacts or structures. If we are lucky, we might even find sites that have never been recorded! So, please join us this spring for another “hike into the past!”
Please note: Strict COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including the wearing of masks, social distancing, etcetera. Additionally, given current national and global circumstances, some aspects of the project may be subject to change. The project leader will notify all selectees should this occur.
Number of openings: 12
Special skills: Must be physically capable of hiking up to 4-5 miles a day, over hilly terrain, and in a variety of weather conditions; previous archaeological survey, mapping, GPS, site documentation, and/or artifact (particularly Mogollon/Late Archaic) identification, a plus but not required
Minimum age: 14 years old; applicants under the age of 18 must apply with a parent or guardian; guardian MUST submit a separate application and plan to attend
Facilities: Tent or RV camping at no charge at Lewis Canyon Campground, just south of the community of Pinedale, in a ponderosa pine forest; pit toilets; no potable water; no RV hook-ups; Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside are both full-service communities, with hotels/motels, restaurants, grocery stores, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/camping equipment, meals, water, and daily transportation to designated meeting area
Nearest towns: Show Low, 17 miles; Heber-Overgaard, 23 miles; Pinetop-Lakeside, 40 miles
Applications due: March 29, 2021