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New Site Protection Acquisition: The Taylor Site

O'odham Tribal Members at Sobaipuri site
Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative (December 21, 2016)—Beginning with a visit in 1692, Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino and various representatives of the Spanish crown traveled on several occasions along much of the San Pedro River within what is now Arizona. They encountered a number of native villages inhabited by people archaeologists call the Sobaipuri, a […]



Filed Under: Preservation Archaeology Blog

Forest Service Fails to Limit Motorized Roads and Trails

Roadside Parking Area atop hilltop ruin
Monday, June 13th, 2016

Agency Documents Show Plan Likely to Result in Death of Endangered Species, Damage to Habitat, Rivers, Streams  (PHOENIX, Ariz.) June 13, 2016— The Tonto National Forest released a final draft of its long-awaited Travel Management Plan on Friday that ignored members of the public and conservation groups who highlighted the need to minimize and repair […]



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Like a Live Wire

Leslie Aragon and Robert Johnson
Monday, February 8th, 2016

Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative (February 8, 2016)—Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, Catalina State Park’s Romero Ruin, Pueblo Grande Museum, Flagstaff’s Picture Canyon, Tubac Presidio State Historic Park—here in the American Southwest, there are ample opportunities to connect with the past. Like most people, when I’m at one of these special places, I can’t help but […]



Filed Under: Preservation Archaeology Blog

Fortuities

The Red Deer of Perry Mesa
Saturday, October 17th, 2015

Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative (October 17, 2015)—I’m not  an archaeologist, so the question I’ll answer is, how is it that I’m working for Archaeology Southwest? Logically, one would expect an archaeologist to work for an outfit that does archaeology. So here is a bit about my path to archaeology, and though it may not […]



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Preservation and Purpose at the PZ Ranch

PZ Ranch
Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

By Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative All buildings—whether agricultural, residential, industrial, or commercial—are built with a purpose and function in mind. The owners spend money to construct and maintain the structure to fulfill that purpose and function. There is an economic calculus at play that balances the financial costs against the value of the purpose […]



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A Family Affair

Los Gigantes
Thursday, May 28th, 2015

By Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative May 28, 2015—In fall 2011, I arranged to visit Spier 142, a large pueblo site in the El Morro valley. We hold a conservation easement on 160 acres, most of which protects the site. Because driving to El Morro is a long trip, I made a few calls—as I […]



Filed Under: Preservation Archaeology Blog

Cave Creek Midden Site: A Collaborative Site Protection Story

Desperation Ranch Excavation
Friday, May 15th, 2015

By Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative May 15, 2015—Long-term preservation of archaeological sites is a core element of Preservation Archaeology. Ensuring that important places are available to inform scientific inquiry well into the future is essential to understanding and sharing the past, in order to revisit older ideas and take advantage of new advances in […]



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What I’m Doing This Week: Andy Laurenzi

Ranch House
Thursday, February 5th, 2015

By Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative This week I am wrapping up our work on the historic townsite of Feldman, Arizona, on the lower San Pedro River. Using funding by ASARCO, LLC, we are working in partnership with the University of Arizona Drachman Institute to provide an architectural documentation of the historic ranch house and […]



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Something There is That Doesn’t Love a (Painted) Wall

Site Graffiti
Thursday, February 6th, 2014

By Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative (With a nod to poet Robert Frost!) It’s always fun introducing new site stewards to a site, especially on field trips with experienced site stewards. Nanette Weaver and Bob Sherman, the new regional site steward coordinators for the lower and middle San Pedro River area, have been promoting tours […]



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Stout’s Hotel: A Place of the Past with a Future?

Stout Hotel in Gila Bend
Monday, December 2nd, 2013

By Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative   Over the past several years, I’ve traveled to the Town of Gila Bend on numerous occasions to meet with town officials, promote the Great Bend of Gila National Monument, tour Gatlin National Historic Landmark, rendezvous with others on the way to the Sentinel Plain and lower Gila River […]



Filed Under: Preservation Archaeology Blog

Movement Is Life

Canyons of the Pajarito Plateau
Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

By Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative   “Movement is life. Movement is seen everywhere… Movement was characteristic of our ancestors, who moved across the landscape like the clouds across the sky.” —Tessy Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo, quoted on the Bandelier National Monument website Last week, I experienced mind-numbing deep preservation at the New Mexico Archaeological […]



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The Story of San Lucy Village

San Lucy Village Church
Friday, May 17th, 2013

By Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative   This week we attended a meeting of the Four Southern Tribes Cultural Resources Working Group, hosted by the San Lucy District of the Tohono O’odham Nation and held at the San Lucy Feast House. At the committee’s invitation, we provided a brief overview of the legislation introduced by […]



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Recent Field Visits for the Salado Preservation Initiative

Sherd Inspection
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

By Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative   The next phase of the Salado Preservation Initiative began last month, when Bill Doelle, Jeff Clark, myself, and our new Preservation Fellow, Lewis Borck, headed to the field to visit several sites in the Sulphur Springs Valley, on the west side of the Chiricahua Mountains, and some sites […]



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Lochiel Schoolhouse

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Located on the U.S.-Mexico border, the Lochiel Schoolhouse was built at the turn of the previous century. It has been owned by the Patagonia school district since the Lochiel School closed in 1972. One of only a handful of remaining examples of rural, one-room schoolhouses with associated teacherage in the Santa Cruz basin, the property […]



Filed Under: Rural Heritage Preservation

Camp Naco

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Camp Naco is located a stone’s throw from the Mexico-U.S. border, several miles west of Naco, Arizona. The facility was constructed between 1919 and 1922 as part of the War Department’s Mexican Border Defense project. The original plan called for construction of 35 buildings, but only 23 were ever completed. Four were recently destroyed by […]



Filed Under: Rural Heritage Preservation