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Colorado River District
Release Date: 02/28/12
Contacts: Lori Cook - 928-317-3243 or 928-246-8560    

BLM Celebrates Arizona Archaeology Month

Lake Havasu City, Ariz. – To celebrate Arizona Archaeology Month, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado River District has scheduled tours of archaeological and historic sites in Parker and Kingman, Arizona, during the month of March.

The BLM Lake Havasu Field Office will present guided tours of the historic Swansea Mining Town site from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. each Tuesday throughout the month of March.  You will see remnants of a small town that began 100 years ago and became known for its copper mining and smelter.  The Swansea site is located southeast of Parker, Arizona. Take Highway 95 to Shea Road, turn east, and follow signs to Swansea (graded dirt road until the last five miles).  A high clearance vehicle is helpful but not required.  Please bring water and hiking shoes.  For more information on these tours, please contact Dr. George Shannon, BLM Archaeologist, at 928-505-1255, or BLM Volunteer Mike Riddle, 928-716-2723,  

The BLM Kingman Field Office will offer a rock art hike near Kingman, Arizona, led by BLM Archaeologist Tim Watkins. The hike is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 10, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The site is a place called “Indian Point” in the Hualapai Valley.  If time permits, the hike may also include a visit to the nearby Elements Canyon petroglyph/pictograph site or “Metate Hill” which is another great rock art locale. A high clearance vehicle is needed. The public is asked to bring water, sunscreen, and hiking shoes. The hike is suitable for 8+ years. The meeting location for the hike will be the Kingman Field Office, 2755 Mission Blvd, Kingman, Ariz. Please contact Tim Watkins at 928-718-3757 or for date confirmation.

“We are very excited to offer these tours,” said BLM Acting Colorado River District Manager Vi Hillman. “This is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy your public lands and also learn about sites that were preserved to record the history of people that lived in the area long ago.”

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

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