Phoenix’s Hidden History: Archaeological Investigations at Blocks 72 and 73 (Phoenix Courthouse) (AP26)
Excavations on Blocks 72 and 73 of the Phoenix Original Townsite provide new insights into the communitie’s prehistory and history. First occupied during the Red Mountain phase (about A. D. 200), the site was the location of one of the oldest structures documented in the Phoenix Basin. More common were historic features, including building foundations, wells, and outhouses. Sanitation features indicate an increased concern with sanitation through time. Historic features yielded artifacts that provide insights into health care practices, changing consumer preferences, and diet. Also documented were businesses, including the first utility in the community, the Phoenix Illuminating Gas and Electric Works. J. Homer Thiel. 478 pages. Published November 1998.