Archaeological Investigations of Selected Mortuary Contexts at AZ AA:12:321 (ASM), Marana, Pima County, Arizona

Editor(s): J. Homer Thiel; Mark D. Elson

Year: 2011


A summary of the mortuary remains recovered by Desert Archaeology, Inc., personnel during excavations at AZ AA:12:321 (ASM) is provided in this report. The site is situated in the northwestern Tucson Basin approximately 1 km west of the Santa Cruz River, in the town of Marana, Pima County, Arizona. Additional compliance, management, and legal information for the current project is provided in the Compliance Summary in the front matter of this report. AA:12:321, also referred to as the Silverbell-Coachline site, is thought to be a component of the larger Redtail site, AZ AA:12:149 (ASM), because the two sites are in close proximity, they date to the same time periods, and they are joined by a low-density artifact scatter. However, two separate site numbers have been assigned to areas of the site, A:12:149 north of the road and AA:12:321 to the south. As discussed in greater detail below, the AA:12:149 portion of the site was investigated by Desert Archaeology (then called the Institute for American Research) in 1987, resulting in the excavation of 49 Hohokam Pioneer and Colonial period (A.D. 500950) pithouses, extramural pits, and mortuary features. The archaeological investigations reported here cover a limited set of prehistoric features, 24 secondary cremations and three extramural (non-burial) pits, excavated at AA:12:321. Subsequent to these excavations, archaeologists from Tierra Right of Way Services, Ltd., more intensively investigated an expanded portion of the Desert Archaeology project area. They found 40 pithouses, 94 extramural pits, and an additional 144 mortuary features. Tierra Right of Way is preparing a report about those excavations. That report combines and integrates the mortuary features excavated by Desert Archaeology with those recovered by Tierra Right of Way.

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Archaeological Investigations of Selected Mortuary Contexts at AZ AA:12:321 (ASM), Marana, Pima County, Arizona, 12. J. Homer Thiel, Mark D. Elson. 2011 ( tDAR id: 448235) ; doi:10.48512/XCV8448235

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min long: -111.264; min lat: 31.933 ; max long: -110.539; max lat: 32.577 ;

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Contact(s): Desert Archaeology, Inc.

Contributor(s): Jenny L. Adams; Mark D. Elson; Janet L. Griffitts; James M. Heidke; Jennifer M. Hushour; Carlos P. Lavayen; Michael W. Lindeman; Michael M. Margolis; Stacy L. Ryan; J. Homer Thiel; Arthur W. Vokes; Jennifer A. Waters

Prepared By(s): Desert Archaeology, Inc.

Submitted To(s): Town of Marana

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Technical Report No.(s): 2006-12

Arizona State Museum Burial Agreement No.(s): 06-41

Arizona State Museum Accession (ASM) Number(s): 2006-0645

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