Archaeological Testing of a 3.3-acre Parcel, Mesa, Arizona

Author(s): Tiffany C. Clark

Year: 2007


The results of an archaeological testing program conducted by Desert Archaeology, Inc., within a 3.3- acre property (Parcel No. 136-08-007-H) located in Mesa, Arizona, are presented in this report. The work was prompted by discovery of a small prehistoric artifact scatter during a cultural resources survey (Clark 2006) near an area where prehistoric trash and house mounds had been recorded in the early twentieth century. The artifacts and previous record suggested the potential for buried archaeological remains within the property. The purpose of the testing was to determine if such remains were present, and if found, to evaluate them in terms of their integrity, extent, and significance. This work was conducted at the request of the Venture Development Group, as required by the City of Mesa Historic Preservation Office and in compliance with Section 106 of the National Preservation Historic Act, as the planned construction of a bank in the eastern quarter of the lot represents a federal undertaking.

Dr. Tiffany Clark directed the fieldwork, which began on 31 January 2007, and was completed in four person days of effort on 2 February 2007. The fieldwork was in accordance with the testing plan prepared by Desert Archaeology (Henderson 2007), with modifications to address comments provided by the City of Mesa and the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) (Bilsbarrow 2007). The testing strategy was also altered as information about the subsurface context was obtained from initial trench excavations.

A total of 166 m of trench was excavated during testing. Although small quantities of prehistoric artifacts were observed, no archaeological features were found on the property. The testing program also established that the subsurface context of the property has been substantially disturbed and modified in the modern era. Based on the findings, it is concluded that development of the parcel will not have an effect on significant cultural resources. A recommendation is made that development of the property proceed as planned.

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Archaeological Testing of a 3.3-acre Parcel, Mesa, Arizona, 04. Tiffany C. Clark. 2007 ( tDAR id: 448239) ; doi:10.48512/XCV8448239

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min long: -111.823; min lat: 33.442 ; max long: -111.796; max lat: 33.46 ;

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Contact(s): Desert Archaeology, Inc.

Prepared By(s): Desert Archaeology, Inc.

Submitted To(s): Venture Development Group

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Technical Report No.(s): 2007-04

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