Archaeological Investigations at El Dumpe, a Mid-Twentieth-Century Dump, and the Embankment Site, Tucson, Arizona


Archaeological excavations at El Dumpe and the Embankment site were conducted by Desert Archaeology, Inc. in the summer of 1994. The Arizona Department of Transportation had made plans to install frontage roads on each side of Interstate 10, between Speedway Boulevard and Grant Road. Archaeological testing had previously suggested these sites might be National Register eligible.

Work at El Dumpe involved collecting samples from this 1930s to 1940s dump. The University of Arizona Garbage Project coordinated data recovery and artifact analysis. The study focused on how the Depression and World War II affected Tucson residents. The findings suggest that some rationing took place during the war. Tucson residents also purchased more products bottled in glass during the war, a trend that continued afterward. An archival study provides a history of refuse disposal for the Tucson area.

Excavations at the Embankment site uncovered a large stone foundation and associated features, including a large trash deposit. The building appears to have been torn down around 1944 or 1945. The artifacts recovered suggest the structure was a restaurant or tavern. Unfortunately, no surviving documents were found for the building.

Cite this Record

Archaeological Investigations at El Dumpe, a Mid-Twentieth-Century Dump, and the Embankment Site, Tucson, Arizona, 19. Allison Cohen Diehl, Timothy W. Jones, J. Homer Thiel. 1997 ( tDAR id: 406086) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8406086

This Resource is Part of the Following Collections

Spatial Coverage

min long: -111.006; min lat: 32.236 ; max long: -110.97; max lat: 32.251 ;

Record Identifiers

Salt River Project Library Call No.(s): E57.D96A73 1997

Salt River Project Library Barcode No.(s): 00090840

TRACS No.(s): H380601D

Contract No.(s): 94-46

File Information

  Name Size Creation Date Date Uploaded Access
1997_DiehlJonesThiel_ArchaeologicalInvestigationsDump.pdf 85.12mb Mar 1, 1997 Apr 26, 2017 2:53:38 PM Confidential
This file is unredacted.

Accessing Restricted Files

At least one of the files for this resource is restricted from public view. For more information regarding access to these files, please reference the contact information below

Contact(s): Salt River Project Cultural Resource Manager