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Recognizing & Interpreting Historical Materials


Are you a professional archaeologist, current student, historian, or individual just interested in learning more about historical archaeology and how to recognize and interpret historical materials? The Historical Archaeology Advisory Committee (HAAC), Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and Arizona Preservation Foundation (APF) are presenting a free webinar series... and you are invited!



January 20, 2022

View the recording on the Arizona Preservation YouTube channel


This online presentation will provide an understanding of the basic technology of ceramic production and how the innovations that have characterized the industry can aid in grouping like ceramics and placing them in time. It will introduce the participant with the following:

  • A basic understanding of what “style” is and how to identify it

  • An understanding of the technology of ceramic production (including decoration)

  • The importance of establishing a reference library and comparative collection

Background Materials

If you have questions, contact Margaret Hangan here.

Future topics

  • February 17, 2022 ~ Insulators & Ammunition

  • March 24, 2022 ~ Tools-Hardware-Tack & Personal Items

  • June 2022 ~ Two tours to the NAU APEX Railroad Camp Field School Project in Tusayan, AZ. Dates and sign-up process will be announced in advance.

  • July 21, 2022 ~ Glass & Bottles

  • August 25, 2022 ~ Can Technology

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