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Senses of Place
Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (June 16, 2017)—Our 2017 Preservation Archaeology Field School is off and running! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring posts by our students and staff members about all the things we’re seeing, learning, and experiencing together in the f...
A Special Person, Two Places, and My Dog
As International Archaeology Day (October 15, 2016) approaches, we're celebrating by sharing posts about what we're working on now—the daily work of archaeology. But the author of today's very special post, we're happy to note, is, for once, NOT working! Bill Doelle, President & CEO ...
The Students Are Coming!
Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (April 28, 2016)—Our 2016 Preservation Archaeology Field School is only a month away! For me, late April brings a list of quirky archaeological tasks, such as ordering thousands of very specific plastic bags for artifact curation and re...
Invest in Ourselves, in Our Sense of Place
Bill Doelle, President & CEO (October 28, 2015)—Archaeology Southwest is an enthusiastic supporter of the seven Pima County bond proposals that are on the November 3 ballot. Our mission—to explore and protect the places of our past—is at the core of many of the bond projects. In previou...
Prelude to Fieldwork
Leslie Aragon, Field Supervisor Last week, we kicked off the 2014 Preservation Archaeology Field School. Students arrived in Tucson from all over the country, from Hawaii to Massachusetts, and spent a few days learning about Preservation Archaeology and Salado culture. At the Himdag Ki museum in T...
Not Exactly a Vacant Lot!
By Stephen Darling, Archaeology Southwest Member since 2013 This past Saturday morning, March 8, my wife Anne-Marie, my friend Steve Cox, and I attended Archaeology Southwest’s 2014 Annual Members’ Gathering, which featured a walking tour of the Valencia site. Owned by Pima Community College an...
By Ely Rareshide, field school student from Rice University Before we put trowel to dirt at the Dinwiddie site, we first visited the Valencia site at Pima Community College, Desert Vista Campus, to train our “archaeological eyes.” Bill Doelle led us through the site and explained how to interpr...
1982-1983 - Research at the Valencia Site
The Institute investigates the Valencia Site, a large Hohokam ballcourt village along the Santa Cruz River in the southern Tucson Basin. This important site reveals evidence of more than 10,000 years of Tucson's prehistory, including a Clovis point, several Archaic/Early Agricultural period pithouse...