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Sitgreaves Site Location Project 2022

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2021 Sitgreaves Site Location PIT Project Volunteers

September 19-23, 2022
Volunteers must commit to entire session

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (ASNF) is looking for volunteers to help locate and record archaeological sites – this will mark the ASNF’s fifth consecutive 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 improves, archaeologists on the ASNF have noticed that many of 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 6,500 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, map the area with accurate GPS equipment, and document any artifacts or structures. If we are lucky, we might even find sites that have never been recorded! So, please join us this fall for another “hike into the past!”

Please note: all volunteers will be required to follow current COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of volunteers and staff, which may include social-distancing, providing proof of qualifying vaccinations, and/or the wearing of masks. Further, due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, this project could be amended, postponed, or canceled. Selected volunteers are encouraged to remain in contact with project lead(s) to stay apprised of any changes.

Number of openings: 12

Special skills: Must be physically capable of hiking up to 2-3 miles a day in 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 for the full time frame as applicant

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 and from designated meeting area

Nearest towns: Show Low, 17 miles; Heber-Overgaard, 23 Miles; Pinetop-Lakeside, 35 miles

Applications due: July 18, 2022

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