Results of Limited Excavation and In-situ Site Preservation at the Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus (TR05-12)
Edited by: Michael W. Lindeman
Contributions by: Jenny L. Adams, Michael W. Diehl, James M. Heidke, Michael W. Lindeman, John A. McClelland, Ellen C. Ruble, Arthur W. Vokes, Henry D. Wallace, Jennifer A. Waters, Joshua Watts
This report details the results of limited excavation and in-situ preservation efforts at four loci located on the northern end of the Valencia site, AZ BB:13:15 (ASM), and at AZ BB:13:74 (ASM). Working together, Pima Community College, the City of Tucson, the State Historic Preservation Office, the Tohono O’odham Nation, and Desert Archaeology, Inc., were able to craft a strategy that maximized information gain and preserved these two important archaeological sites.
The excavation efforts have led to interesting insights that should foster additional research. Analysis of the structure and timing of settlement in the prehistoric Valencia community area suggests population movements through the Middle Rincon phase. Examination of household productive pursuits points to the possibility of surplus agricultural production by the households in the Valencia community, with the surpluses potentially to be used in exchange for other goods. Whether specialized ceramic production was carried out by the households in the project area remains an open question.
138 pages, 35 figures, 45 tables,