A Different Breed: Historical Archaeology in Arizona

Author(s): Thomas Jones

Year: 2016


Arizona is renowned for the well-preserved cultural remains of its prehistoric indigenous peoples. Cultural Resource Management companies have identified thousands of archaeological sites over the last 50 years. However, during this time, a growing number of historical archaeological sites have also been documented, including linear sites; waste-pile sites; homestead, farming, and ranching sites; and mines. Unfortunately, many archaeologists schooled and trained in prehistoric archaeology, are not familiar with strategies for recording, researching, and evaluating historical sites under multiple criteria. A group of like-minded historical archaeologists have organized the Historical Archaeology Advisory Committee, under the direction of the Arizona SHPO, to provide guidance for the treatment of historical sites to CRMs, as well as state and federal agencies operating across Arizona. This session will provide a synopsis of the committtee's efforts to ensure that historical sites in Arizona are sufficiently evaluated for significance under all criteria.

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A Different Breed: Historical Archaeology in Arizona. Thomas Jones. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434975)

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