Archaeological Investigations at El Dumpe, a Mid-Twentieth-Century Dump, and the Embankment Site, Tucson, Arizona (TR1996-19)
Desert Archaeology, working in conjunction with the University of Arizona’s Garbage Project, recovered samples of artifacts from a trash dump dating from the 1930s to 1940s. Artifacts provide a better understanding of changing consumer purchasing patterns and the effects of the Depression, World War II, and the post-War era among Tucson residents. A history of trash disposal in Tucson presents the first thorough overview of this topic and reveals changing attitudes about trash. Excavations at the enigmatic Embankment site documented a large building foundation and associated trash deposits, probably from a restaurant or tavern dating to the 1940s.
Author / Editor: Allison Cohen Diehl, Timothy W. Jones and J. Homer Thiel