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What Do You Know About The Arizona State Museum?

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What Do You Know About The Arizona State Museum?

The Arizona State Museum, the official and largest repository for the state’s archaeological treasures, is celebrating its 120th anniversary in 2013. The museum is also the official permitting agency for all archaeological work conducted anywhere in the state on state lands, averaging 140 permits a year. The museum administers the Arizona Antiquities Act and assists state and federal agencies in enforcing related legislation and repatriation. Take this quiz to test your knowledge, then visit the museum to see its impressive collections for yourself. (All questions, answers and photographs supplied by the Arizona State Museum. )

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Name the territorial legislator who proposed the 1893 legislation that established the Arizona State Museum? (Hint: He was eventually elected the first governor of Arizona.)
    • A. 

      George W.P. Hunt

    • B. 

      L.C. Hughes

    • C. 

      Anson P.K. Safford

  • 2. 
    Where is the Arizona State Museum located?
    • A. 

      Phoenix

    • B. 

      Tempe

    • C. 

      Tucson

  • 3. 
    These Clovis spear points are the oldest North American objects in the Arizona State Museum's collections. How old are they?
    • A. 

      2,000 years old

    • B. 

      13,000 years old

    • C. 

      6,000 years old

  • 4. 
    How many objects are in the Arizona State Museum?
    • A. 

      500,000

    • B. 

      1 million

    • C. 

      3 million

  • 5. 
    Which one of the following is the name of an ancient culture of this region?
    • A. 

      Hohokam

    • B. 

      Mogollon

    • C. 

      Both

  • 6. 
    What was the purpose of this basket?
    • A. 

      It was used to store grain.

    • B. 

      This basket was used to hold small animals.

    • C. 

      It was a decorative item.

  • 7. 
    This 165-foot long net, which is on display in the Arizona State Museum's "Basketry Treasured" exhibition, is made of yucca fiber cordage and what other material?
    • A. 

      Horse hair

    • B. 

      Human hair

    • C. 

      Javelina hair

  • 8. 
    What people are depicted on this Santa Cruz red-on-buff pottery jar?
    • A. 

      Hohokam

    • B. 

      Seri

    • C. 

      Yaqui

  • 9. 
    In addition to impressive pottery and basket collections, the Arizona State Museum also has more than half a million photographic prints, negatives and transparencies. Name the famous Native American in this photograph.
    • A. 

      Cochise

    • B. 

      Geronimo

    • C. 

      Sitting Bull

  • 10. 
    The Arizona State Museum has a Conservation Laboratory with a professional staff that works to preserve the museum's collections. Which toxins are these conservators actively working to remove from the collections?
    • A. 

      Arsenic

    • B. 

      Mercury salts

    • C. 

      Both

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