The University of Arizona


Aerial view of Casa Grande National Monument

The Hohokam World Learning Expedition

Wednesday through Sunday
November 28–December 2, 2012

We will likely offer this program in the future; however, dates have not been set.

ASM archaeologists Paul and Suzanne Fish take you on an in-depth and expertly guided tour of Hohokam sites in southern Arizona. Highlights include behind the scenes with ASM collections and in archaeological laboratories, an ethnobotany walk at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, archaeological site visits, and a traditional Tohono O’odham lunch. Paul and Suzy are co-editors of The Hohokam Millennium, a popular book published by the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe.

This experience is a series of day trips. Registration does not include accommodations.

Tentative Itinerary
(as of October 29, 2012)

Wednesday – 11/28/12    6:30-8:00 pm

  • Orientation and Introductions
  • Lecture: The Hohokam Millennium
  • Wall of Pots

Thursday – 11/29/12   Depart: 7:30 am; Return: 5:00/6:00 pm

  • Ventana Cave: Long-term Trends in Southern Arizona Archaeology (pending tribal approval)
  • Traditional Lunch at Desert Rain Café
  • Tohono O’odham Cultural Center, Topawa.  Presentation by Bernard Siquieros on Tohono O’odham Land and People
  • Wiwpul Du’ag Trading Post

Friday – 11/30/12  Depart: 8:00 am; Return: 5:00/6:00 pm

  • Gila River Indian Community Cultural Resources Program
  • Barnaby Lewis (Gila River Tribal Historic Preservation Officer) and Andrew Darling: Trail research as an example of tribal roles in southern Arizona archaeology  (The Hohokam Millennium authors)
  • Kyle Woodson (Director, Cultural Resources Program): Largescale Hohokam irrigation on the Gila River
  • Boxed Lunch at Casa Grande National Monument picnic area
  • Ballcourts and Platform Mounds of the Casa Grande Irrigation Community with Douglas Craig (The Hohokam Millennium author)

Saturday – 12/1/12   Depart: 8:00 am; Return: 5:00/6:00 pm

  • Borderlands Archaeology Laboratory: Overview of Tucson Basin archaeology and artifacts
  • Tumamoc Hill: an Early Agricultural and Early Ceramic period site
  • The Classic period Marana community: a transect across a Hohokam landscape
  • Boxed Lunch during Marana Community transect
  • Cerro Prieto, a terraced Classic period Hohokam hilltop village, and extensive rockart sites

Sunday – 12/2/12  Depart: 8:00 am; Return: 5:00/6:00 pm

  • Pueblo Grande Platform Mound Site and Museum
  • Brunch at The Farm at South Mountain, a working Salt River farm
  • Mesa Grande and Salt River Hohokam canals with Jerry Howard (curator, Arizona Museum of Natural History)


Reserve your spot today!

$775 per person / $700 ASM members
($275/$200 tax deductible, respectively)

Call Darlene Lizarraga at 520-626-8381 with your credit card, or print the sign-up form* and mail it, with your credit card info or a check payable to UA Foundation/ASM, to the address below. If you have questions please call or email Darlene.

Arizona State Museum
Marketing Office
PO Box 210026
Tucson AZ 85721-0026

Refund Policy

  • 50% deposit due at time of reservation.
  • Payment in full due no later than 90 days prior to departure.
  • 100% refund possible >90 days prior to departure date.
  • No refund <89 days prior to departure date; full amount becomes tax-deductible gift to ASM.

Your Guides

Dr. Paul Fish

Paul Fish, Ph.D. is a curator of archaeology at Arizona State Museum and a professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona. Prior to coming to ASM, he was senior archaeologist at the Museum of Northern Arizona and taught at the University of Georgia. Paul has conducted research on a wide range of archaeological cultures throughout the southwestern United States, northwest Mexico, and Brazil. His current research focuses on the political and social organization of the Hohokam in southern Arizona. He publishes widely on his field investigations, as well as on archaeological methodology.

Dr. Suzanne Fish

Suzanne Fish, Ph.D. is a curator of archaeology at Arizona State Museum and professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona. Suzy combines archaeological research in the southwestern United States, northwest Mexico, and Brazil with studies of ethnobotany and traditional agriculture. She has directed long-term research and published extensively on the Hohokam of southern Arizona and the Trincheras culture of Sonora, Mexico.

Your Host

Arizona State Museum’s scholars and extensive collections are among the most significant resources in the world for the study of Southwest peoples. Arizona State Museum is Arizona’s premier research museum, the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest (est. 1893), home of the world's largest collections of Southwest Indian pottery and Southwest Indian basketry, and a Smithsonian Institution affiliate. Your support of our programs helps us continue our work. Thank you!

Comments from past participants

The leaders of our expedition, Drs Suzanne and Paul Fish are two of the most gracious, brilliant and inquisitive scientists I have every had the pleasure to meet. Suzanne and Paul were not just well versed in the latest context of the Hohokam culture. Their compilation and work allowed me to juxtapose knowledge with who I am as a member of this society, as a Native American and as a Human being. The Hohokam World Expedition was moving, if not spiritual!

This was by far the most exceptional learning expedition that I have ever experienced. I consider myself very fortunate and privileged to have been a guest amongst all of the outstanding scholars at the Arizona State Museum that led and supported this program.

OH MY GOSH! I HAD SO MUCH FUN THE LAST FOUR DAYS! It is truly amazing how Suzanne and Paul share their knowledge and expertise. Plus having all the other amazing archaeologists along was just totally awesome! I totally appreciate the museum for what it does for its members.

We'll never forget the Hohokam Learning Expedition. We really appreciate the long hours and hard work you put in. Thank you so much!

Thank you for this splendid learning experience. I found all aspects of the class to be of the highest order.

We consider our trip with you the highlight of our learning experiences on SW archaeology. You set a high professional starndard and we are delighted to have experienced it.

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Photos by Jannelle Weakly, except as noted.