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Tumacacori Plaza Excavation, 1979: Historical Archeology at Tumacacori National Monument, Arizona

Author(s): Lee Fratt

Year: 1981

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Excavations conducted at Tumacacori National Monument, Arizona in

1979 recovered data that would have been destroyed by the installation

of an underground drainage system in the Franciscan mission plaza and

adjacent to the west wall of the mission church. This system was designed to aid in the stabilizaton of the historic structures. This report describes the surprisingly intact stratigraphy of the excavated area. Features and deposits were grouped into four areas of associated deposits and into four time periods ranging from ca.1750 to the present. Indigenous and nonindigenous artifacts are described and related to studies of the development of transportation and communication

and of Hispanicization conducted at nearby Tubac Presidio. The floral and faunal remains recovered are described and discussed. Information on site function and building sequence was also obtained. The project demonstrates the potential for additional archeological research at Tumacacori.

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Tumacacori Plaza Excavation, 1979: Historical Archeology at Tumacacori National Monument, Arizona. Lee Fratt. Publications in Anthropology ,16. Tucson, Arizona: Western Archeological and Conservation Center. 1981 ( tDAR id: 3975) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8D79979


Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 1750 to 1850

Spatial Coverage

min long: -111.067; min lat: 31.543 ; max long: -111.036; max lat: 31.583 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contributor(s): Lisa W. Huckell ; Nancy B. Hamblin

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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America