Pit dug for corn-roasting experiments at Desert Archaeology Jan 6

Experimental Archaeology: Learning by Doing

Some men simply want to watch the world burn... particularly when it advances archaeological knowledge. Traditional technologies expert and long-time Desert associate Allen Denoyer led the team that built replica pithouses at Steam Pump Ranch in Oro Valley a few years ago. In the intervening time, Allen has observed the…

Mission San Agustin del Tucson ruins Dec 30

Celebrating the Past, Looking to the Future

Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see. I wrote some notes at the beginning of a song someone will sing for me. -- “The World Was Wide Enough,” Hamilton The legacy of America’s western lands is planted a bit more securely…

Historic place setting excavated by Desert Archaeology in downtown Tucson, Arizona Dec 20

The Benefits of CRM Archaeology: Tucson, History, and Food.

This week, as people celebrate a variety of winter holiday traditions with special foods, we turn our attention to an important question. Why does CRM (cultural resources management) archaeology matter? Your answer may run the gamut from “because it’s fascinating to learn about the past” to “because it’s required by…

Desert Archaeology Technical Report 2014-07 Dec 16

La Villa Technical Report Published

Desert Archaeology Technical Report 2014-07, detailing our work at the La Villa site, just arrived from the printer. La Villa was one of the largest pre-Classic Hohokam settlements in the Phoenix Basin, covering more than 80 acres between its founding (A.D. 500-650) and abandonment (A.D. 1000-1100). The people who lived…

Dec 12

Welcome to the Blog

Welcome to the Desert Archaeology blog. CRM (cultural resources management) archaeology ensures that our collective history and heritage are documented, preserved, and curated as required by federal, state, and local historic preservation regulations, while simultaneously allowing economic development projects to go forward. At Desert Archaeology, our mandate is not simply…