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Kids can learn to 'dig' archaeology at Rock Art Center

February 08, 2012

Children ages 8 to 11 are invited to learn about archaeology and rock art at the Petroglyph Pathfinders Summer Day Camp offered in June by Arizona State University’s Deer Valley Rock Art Center.

Campers learn about archaeology, cultural anthropology, American Indian cultural traditions, desert ecology and animals through hands-on educational activities, archaeological fieldwork and demonstrations, art projects, nature hikes, storytelling and games.

Camp sessions are limited to 20 children and advance registration is required.

The camp will be offered in two sessions: June 4-8 and June 18-22k from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The cost is $120 for Rock Art Center members, and $140 for non-members. Deer Valley Rock Art Center is located at 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, Phoenix.

To register, please complete and return the registration form with payment. The registration form can be found at

For more information, contact Casandra Hernandez at (623) 582-8007 or

The Deer Valley Rock Art Center has the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the Phoenix Valley. Visitors hike a quarter-mile trail to view more than 1,500 petroglyphs made between 500 and 7,000 years ago. The museum aims to promote preservation, connection and respect for the site and is a destination for families to learn about archaeology in their own backyard. The Center is managed by one of the top archaeology programs in the country – the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.