American Periphery, Sonoran Heartland: Recent Archaeological Explorations of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Author(s): Andrew Veech
This is an abstract from the "Transcending Boundaries and Exploring Pasts: Current Archaeological Investigations of the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (ORPI) is a vast, rugged, and remote unit of the U.S. National Park System situated in the heart of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. Measuring 1,338.25 km² (517.7 mi²), the park encompasses an area half the size of the state of Rhode Island. ORPI’s 48.3 km (30 mi) long southern boundary constitutes a portion of the 3,201 km (1,989 mi) long international border between the United States and Mexico, and as a border park, ORPI suffers considerable impacts to its natural and cultural resources.
Since 2012, archaeologists with the National Park Service’s Intermountain Region Archaeology Program have conducted a series of field investigations across ORPI, reassessing previously recorded archaeological sites disturbed by recent border-related activities and surveying previously unexamined areas of the park. Cumulatively, these investigations have contributed to a deeper understanding of precontact Native American lifeways within the Sonoran Desert.
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American Periphery, Sonoran Heartland: Recent Archaeological Explorations of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Andrew Veech. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451760)
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Abstract Id(s): 23074