Mission San Agustin del Tucson ruins Dec 30

Celebrating the Past, Looking to the Future

R.J. Sliva mulls the end of 2016 and what historical preservation means to a community. 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…

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

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

R.J. Sliva considers how history and cuisine have intertwined to make Tucson a singular place. 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…

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…