"Rock Art and Archaeology of Ventana Cave" Cultural Heritage Education Tour near Sells, AZ

Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 06:30
Jeanie & Van - 623-465-7440
D LENGTH: 2 mi ELEV GAIN: 200 ft PACE: Leisurely

Limited Spaces Available - $35 fee - Reservations Required - call leaders ASAP!

Meet at 6:30 am (depart at 6:45 sharp) at the Frys Electronics Baseline and I-10.

We will join Old Pueblo Archaeology Center's director, Allen Dart, a registered professional archaeologist for a rare opportunity to tour Ventana Cave, a huge rockshelter on the Tohono O'odham Nation. Archaeological studies recovered thousands of ancient Native American artifacts and documented human-made features up to 10,000 years old. (pictographs and petroglyphs) Not long after sunrise the colors of the cave’s rock paintings start to fade away, and many of these pictographs become almost invisible. Therefore, we need to arrive at the cave early enough to experience the pictographs fullest colors in the early morning light.

Tour fees will benefit the Tohono O'odham Nation’s Hickiwan District in its efforts to develop a caretaker-interpretive center at Ventana Cave, and will help Old Pueblo Archaeology Center continue its archaeology and culture education programs. $35 per person; $28 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members.

Bring lunch and water. $5 club fee for non AzOTC members.