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Cave Creek Museum hosts archaeology events and Home Tour


CAVE CREEK – This March, Cave Creek Museum is celebrating Archaeology Month with several programs and its annual Home and Garden tour.

The museum features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers. The museum is open Wednesday-Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. and Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Cave Creek Museum’s historic Stamp Mill will be in action on Saturday, March 4 at 1:30 p.m. Bring the entire family to watch the Stamp Mill operate. See this early 1900s Golden Reef Mine Stamp Mill in action as volunteers crush hard rock ore in search of gold that can be separated and saved. The museum is pleased to showcase this 10-Stamp Mill that came from its own mining district and was originally located on Continental Mountain.

Also taking place on Saturday, March 4 is “Diggin’ History”, from 2-3 p.m. Archaeologist Mark Hackbarth will share his experiences exploring and excavating pre-history archaeological sites in the Desert Foothills region. Guests will learn about hundreds of mapped excavated and unexcavated sites within town borders, including the Mueller site, whose artifacts are displayed at the Museum. Hackbarth will discuss the process of determining, mapping, and unearthing these locations, and the preservation of the artifacts found there.

On Sunday, March 5, Cave Creek Museum will join the Arizona Archaeological Society and Maricopa County Parks and Recreation at the Spur Cross Archaeology Expo from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Spur Cross, 44000 N. Spur Cross Road, in Cave Creek. The fun, educational day features guided hikes to archaeological sites, booths, crafts, lectures, pottery, and flint-knapping demonstrations, plus hands-on children’s activities will be featured throughout the day. Hikers need to bring along water and wear appropriate hiking shoes.

Also on Sunday, March 5, the Museum will host a Family Fun Workshop. “Travel!” will be held 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Spur Cross, 44000 N. Spur Cross Road, in Cave Creek. Participants will learn about travel before planes, trains, and automobiles, along with a special craft activity. Cave Creek Museum is grateful to the Kiwanis Club of Carefree for their support of the Family Fun Workshops.

On Sunday, March 12, Cave Creek Museum will host its annual “Home and Garden Tour” from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This year’s tour features four unique homes that range from Western traditional to modern. Tickets for this popular fundraising event may be purchased online at, at the Museum, or with credit card by phone. The Museum also will open early at 8 a.m. on Sunday, March 12 to sell tickets. Tickets will not be available at the homes. Tickets cost $35 per person through 5 p.m. Monday, March 6; after that, tickets cost $40 per person. All proceeds benefit Cave Creek Museum.

For more information, call (480) 488-2764, or visit The Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 Skyline Dr.