Navajo National Monument
End of Highway 564
Shonto, AZ 86054
Navajo National Monument will provide activities for visitors to the monument during National Archaeology Day on October 20th, 2012. The event will consist of a tour to Betatakin (a 700 to 800 year old ancestral puebloan cliff dwelling) led by an archeologist at the monument, a flintknapping demonstration, an atl atl (type of prehistoric dart) throw, and a demonstration on making pottery.
The tour to Betatakin will leave at 10:00 am from the Visitor Center and will consist of a relatively strenous two and a half mile (5 miles round trip) hike to the cliff dwelling. Visitors will hike down and back up about 700 feet of elevation. Visitors should bring plenty of water, good hiking shoes, hiking poles if needed, a hat, comfortable clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen, snacks, and a camera. The hike with the archaeologist will provide visitors with a detailed source of information on the prehistoric lifeways of the ancestral puebloans that lived in the Tsegi drainange system. Visitors will be able to directly ask a knowledgable professional about the archaeological resources in Navajo National Monument.
If you miss the tour to Betatakin or return from the tour in the afternoon, the visitor center will have demonstrations available for visitors. The flintknapping demonstration will show visitors how people produce stone tools, such as projectile points. The pottery making demonstration and atl atl throw will provide visitors with a hands on opportunity. An area will be closed off by the visitor center to give visitors a chance to throw an atl atl. Further, the pottery making demonstration will allow visitors to play with clay and create unfired vessels.