Results of the 1984-85 Archaeological Investigations at the Picacho Mountains Petroglyph Sites

Author(s): Henry D. Wallace

Year: 1986


The Picacho Mountains are host to an amazingly large and complex assemblage of petroglyph sites. Over 4,100 separate designs have now been recorded in the area making it one of only a handful of such concentrations in the state. In January of 1984, the Bureau of Reclamation contracted with the Institute for American Research for a sample survey of the upper bajada and mountain edge zones of the Picacho Mountains and a detailed study of the petroglyph sites within this zone. A final report, co-authored by James P. Holmlund, documenting the results of this study will be completed In August, 1986 (Wallace and Holmlund, in preparation). This brief presentation will touch on some of the highlights of the petroglyph study. The research design developed for this study (Wallace and Doelle 1984) was structured to compile and evaluate a regional data base for petroglyph studies as well as to acquire more detailed information for sites which will be most directly impacted through the construction of the Tucson Aqueduct. Although the bulk of analyses and all of the field effort involved under contract with the Bureau of Reclamation concerned sites in the Picacho Mountains, a large additional sample of petroglyph sites from the Tucson Basin and vicinity and the Samaniego Hills had been previously recorded and were used for a comparative data base.

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Results of the 1984-85 Archaeological Investigations at the Picacho Mountains Petroglyph Sites. Henry D. Wallace. Presented at Institute for American Research, Washington, D.C. 1986 ( tDAR id: 425580) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8425580

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min long: -111.493; min lat: 32.573 ; max long: -111.315; max lat: 32.675 ;

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Contact(s): Salt River Project Cultural Resource Manager

Repository(s): Salt River Project, Tempe, AZ

Prepared By(s): Institute for American Research

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Salt River Project Circulation No.(s): 49952

Salt River Project Catalog No.(s): 49951

SRP Library Call No.(s): E78.P53W45 1985

SRP Library Barcode No.(s): 00027557


General Note: Paper presented at the Arizona Archaeological Council Spring Meeting, Pueblo Grande Museum: Symposium on Central Arizona Project Sponsored Research. April 4, 1986.

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