A San Pedro Phase Agricultural Field and Early Ceramic Period Occupations in the Middle Santa Cruz Valley, Southern Arizona: Investigations at the Stewart Brickyard and Rillito Loop Sites (TR-2005-15)
Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) proposed widening Interstate 10 (I-10) between Cortaro Road and Tangerine Road in northern Pima County, Arizona. Desert Archaeology, Inc., was contracted to mitigate the potential effects construction would have on significant cultural resources. A phased data recovery program was completed that addressed construction impacts at five archaeological sites along the I-10 corridor. Phase 1, exploratory trenching, tested for subsurface deposits at AZ AA:12:51 (ASM), AA:12:252 (ASM), AZ AA:12:486 (ASM), AZ AA:12:256 (ASM). Phase 2 investigations, consisting of horizontal mechanical stripping and hand-excavation, mitigated the remaining two sites and revealed a canal complex recorded as AZ AA:12:961 (ASM).
Results as a whole for the project area indicate a sequence of small, dispersed activity locales, which were occupied intermittently over an exceedingly long duration time.