Studies in the Prehistory of Central Arizona; The Central Arizona Water Control Study, Volume 2

Editor(s): Glen E. Rice; Todd W. Bostwick

Year: 1986


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Even for those involved, it is not easy to grasp or remember all that happened as part of the Central Arizona Water Study. This is partly because of the sheer size of the undertaking (at one point 19 different alternatives, with about three variations each, were being analyzed), partly because of the shifting objectives of the project, and partly because archaeology was only a small part of a very large multi-disciplinary study that lasted over 3 years. But, perhaps, closest to the heart of the matter is that archaeologists were asked to do something that required their expertise but was not archaeology per se. The study took a group of archaeologists into an area of the political decision making process that lies well beyond the National Historic Preservation Act, the Section 106 process, or "No Adverse Effect" determinations. Certainly, it lies so far beyond the interests of academia that much of the experience cannot be related in any set of terms that would be comprehended. This chapter will be of little interest to academics, although there is also a sense in which it is now of little more than academic interest.

To set the stage, it is necessary to describe the background and goals of the study, list the key players, and provide the regulatory context within which the study was conducted. Having done so, we caution that the goals, the players, and the legal context all changed through time. This project history is an attempt to illustrate the ways in which this study was different from routine archaeological compliance procedures. We hope that it might be of use to other archaeologists who face parallel situations.

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Studies in the Prehistory of Central Arizona; The Central Arizona Water Control Study, Volume 2. Glen E. Rice, Todd W. Bostwick. 1986 ( tDAR id: 491459) ; doi:10.48512/XCV8491459

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