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.
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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
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Contact(s): Salt River Project Cultural Resource Manager
Repository(s): Salt River Project, Tempe, AZ
Prepared By(s): Center for Desert Archaeology
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
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