Raymond F. Robinson Collection Volunteer Project

Calling All Volunteers!

In partnership with Northern Arizona University and the Arizona State Museum, Archaeology Southwest is pursuing a long-term project to clean, sort, and study an amazing collection of archaeological materials from a number of Salado-period sites in the Safford region of southeastern Arizona. We need the help of Archaeology Southwest volunteers to make this project a success!

This collection consists of over 150 boxes of material collected by geologist Ray Robinson in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the Safford vicinity. Much of the material appears to date to the Salado period, AD 1300–1450. Recent research by Archaeology Southwest and colleagues suggests that the Safford area was an important destination for Kayenta immigrants from the Four Corners in the late 1200s. Because many sites in the Safford region have been lost due to historic and modern large-scale agricultural activities, this collection holds real potential for significant insights into this important time period in the southern Southwest.

We will be preparing the collection for permanent curation at the Arizona State Museum. Volunteer jobs are varied and include washing selected artifacts, sorting, labeling, re-bagging, re-boxing, and data entry using computer-based spreadsheets. There will also be an opportunity to engage in basic analysis. A significant portion of the collection includes broken ceramic vessels. Although we won’t be reassembling broken vessels, work will include identifying specific vessel refits. Volunteers will have an opportunity to experience a variety of different tasks.

All Archaeology Southwest members are welcome to join this project. The work will take place at the Archaeology Southwest offices in downtown Tucson on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. We are limited to four volunteers per day. Volunteers will be assigned to work specific days. There is convenient paid parking within a short walk. Artifact-washing days outside can be strenuous and will take place in varying weather conditions. There are stairs that need to be negotiated in order to access the lab area.

Our start date for the next session is September 10, 2019.

If you are interested in joining us on this exciting project, please complete one of the forms below. We will be in touch later in the summer with more information and preliminary schedules. Thank you!

New Volunteers

If you are a new volunteer, please fill out a volunteer application.

Volunteer Application

Past and Current Volunteers

If you already have a volunteer application on file with Archaeology Southwest, please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form.

Volunteer Interest Form