Though my primary business is doing wine tours, microbrewery tours and deliveries, there are times when I get a request to do a special local archeological and museum tour. Such was the case this week when I had the opportunity to travel to two wonderful archeological sites and the Copper Art Museum. I’ve always loved archeology and anthropology. In fact, I even worked on a dig for 3 months in Israel! That was way before their wine industry took flight.
Our first stop was Montezuma’s Castle. I remember as a child being able to go up into the ruins. Of course all that has changed to protect the antiquities. It had been a year since I’d been to the ruins and was pleased to see how nicely they continue to be maintained. It’s amazing how the Sinagua Indians adapted to their apartments up in the sky. There must have been human predators for the Indians to build their home so high up. This time of the year, the river below was rushing full speed due to our inclement weather. According to our tour docent, the women were the builders and farmers while the men were out on very long hunts. Some of their food preservation techniques are still used today by local tribes.
At Tuzigoot, our next stop, you get a magnificent 360 degree view of the Verde Valley. Both locations showcase interesting museums with the jewelry, pottery and tools they created.
Our last stop was the Copper Art Museum in Clarkdale. This is one of my favorite museums in the country. The attention to detail and educational information is just amazing! They have an extensive collections of drinking vessels, cooking utensils, art work, candy molds, armaments and even cognac stills. Anything you might want to know about copper is in the museum. There’s a reason Arizona is called the Copper State. Copper is found in our oceans, wine, foods, and even in our blood. It is a beautiful and versatile element and I’d highly recommend visiting this museum to learn more. Even though I love my wine and beer tours, I especially love the variety of a local archeological tour.
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours and is studying for her CSW and sommelier certificates.