Archaeological Testing at Site AZ BB:9:58 (ASM), the Vista Del Rio Site, Tucson, Arizona

Author(s): David P. Doak

Year: 1998


Between October 19 and 30, 1998, archaeologists from SWCA, Inc., Environmental Consultants conducted an archaeological testing operation at Site AZ BB:9:58 (ASM), the Vista del Rio Site, in Tucson, Arizona. Thirty-six backhoe trenches were excavated on the property; a total of 36 features, including 15 pithouses, 12 pits, 2 thermal features, 4 cremations, and 3 indeterminate features, were identified, mainly in the western half of the site. Based on these numbers and the size of the sample, we estimate that something on the order of 70structures and an even larger number of pits and other associated features are likely to be present overall. The structures appear to be in a particularly good state of preservation. SWCA recommends that an extensive data recovery plan be implemented at the site before construction activity that might impact the site is allowed to proceed; such a program might involve the excavation of as many as 30 structures, along with as many as 30 related features and 10 other features of interest that might appear, and any cremations that might be present. Special efforts should be made to identify as many of the cremations at the site as possible for safe removal and repatriation to appropriate tribal authorities.

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Archaeological Testing at Site AZ BB:9:58 (ASM), the Vista Del Rio Site, Tucson, Arizona, 273. David P. Doak. 1998 ( tDAR id: 446204) ; doi:10.48512/XCV8446204

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min long: -110.858; min lat: 32.244 ; max long: -110.81; max lat: 32.27 ;

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Contact(s): SWCA Environmental Consultants

Repository(s): SWCA, Inc. Environmental Consultants

Submitted To(s): Tucson Unified School District

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