Coconino Wash 2024 Passport in Time (PIT) Survey

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Volunteers will be performing systematic archaeological survey and site recording/mapping in a backcountry area known as the Coconino Wash, a remote, high desert environment (7000 ft above sea level) on the Kaibab National Forest and the new Baaj Nwaavjo I'tah Kukveni Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument! Archaeological sites will likely consist of sites pertaining to the pre-contact puebloan peoples of Northern Arizona, particularly the Cohonina and Kayenta Ancestral Puebloans. These sites are located within the burn scar of a 2023 wildfire. Volunteers will learn basic survey methods, which will consist of several pedestrian/walking transects, locating surface artifacts and features, and mapping with a GPS unit.

Necessary skills include strenuous hiking (at elevation) while carrying field equipment and a small backpack, a good attitude, and a willingness to learn. Previous compass and radio skills are highly preferred but not required. A minimum of one day will be devoted to a safety and location orientation and artifact training. Three days will be devoted to archaeological field survey and recording and one day will be devoted to visiting other nearby archaeological sites and a possible museum visit. Occasional evening excursions may also be planned (optional).

Lodging may be provided at the Tusayan Ranger Station, however, if lodging is unavailable, a willingness to tent camp is necessary. Volunteers will need to drive themselves to the ranger station and are responsible for their own transportation after hours. Volunteers will carpool to the project area daily using Forest Service vehicles. Volunteers will not need to drive any Forest Service vehicles. Volunteers are required to bring their own camping gear, backpacks, food, and beverages, although some communal meals may be planned. Water will be provided.

After hours can be spent within the town of Tusayan, at the edge of the Grand Canyon National Park, or within the park itself! Amenities, including restaurants, a gas station, and several museums are located within the town of Tusayan.

Start Date - 2024-10-13

End Date - 2024-10-19

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Sat Oct 12, 2024 - Sat Oct 19, 2024
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