Archaeological Testing of the Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus Property: The Valencia North Project

Author(s): Bruce B. Huckell

Year: 1993


A program of surface and subsurface testing at three archaeological loci on and adjacent to the Pima Community College (PCC) Desert Vista Campus property is described. Methods and results of systematic surface collection to accurately determine the boundaries of Locus 2 and Locus 3 of the Valencia Site (AZ BB:13:15) and one locus of AZ BB:13:74 (Locus 1) on adjacent City of Tucson property are presented. Subsurface backhoe and hand testing of all three loci is described, and is shown to reveal extensive buried cultural deposits, many containing well-preserved pithouses and other features. The features and artifacts obtained during the testing are described and discussed. Locus 2 is shown to be a large pithouse village dating to the Early Ceramic period (ca. A.D. 600-650), while Locus 3 and Locus 1 are documented to be Rincon phase (ca. A.D. 950-1150) Tucson Basin Hohokam habitations. All three loci are determined to be significant cultural resources eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Avoidance of all loci is recommended as the management option of choice, but if not feasible, mitigation of impacts associated with the development of the property through a program of archaeological data recovery is recommended.

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Archaeological Testing of the Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus Property: The Valencia North Project, 13. Bruce B. Huckell. 1993 ( tDAR id: 448423) ; doi:10.48512/XCV8448423

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min long: -111.014; min lat: 32.133 ; max long: -110.974; max lat: 32.152 ;

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Contact(s): Desert Archaeology, Inc.

Contributor(s): James Heidke; Lisa W. Huckell; Suzanne K. Fish

Prepared By(s): Center for Desert Archaeology

Submitted To(s): Pima Community College District Office

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