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  • 05/16/2018 08:02 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The AZSHPO is pleased to announce a new Guidance Point (No. 12; May 2018) that focuses on drafting agreement documents (MOAs and PAs) for Section 106 undertakings. The title is “SHPO Guidance on Drafting Section 106 Agreement Documents for Undertakings in Arizona.” This document builds upon the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s 2015 guidance on agreements and provides actual template language that can be used for recitals and stipulations that pertain directly to projects occurring within Arizona. This standardized language has been vetted with the ACHP and through Section 106 consultations, and can assist federal agencies, their consultants, SHPO, Tribes and other consulting parties in streamlining the process of generating and reviewing MOAs and PAs.

  • 05/16/2018 07:59 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The AZSITE Manger (part-time) position is currently posted on the UA Careers website. The posting can be found at

  • 05/16/2018 07:57 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    ACS is hiring field archaeologists. You can download the job posting here.


  • 05/03/2018 20:51 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    HB 2498 has passed and is going to Governor Ducey. It will likely be signed or vetoed tomorrow. The AAC has sent the below letter to Governor Ducey. This issue requires immediate action.  Please call, email, and tweet the Governor and spread the word.

    Office of Governor Doug Ducey
    State Capitol
    1700 West Washington
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    Phone: 602/542-4331
    Fax: 602/542-7601
    Twitter: @dougducey


  • 04/30/2018 17:34 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The website for the 2018 Pecos Conference of Southwestern Archaeology is now live at It includes information about the conference location, amenities, and the presentation submission form. If you are not planning on camping with us, please visit the Notes and Accommodations sections soon to plan your hotel stay. Early Registration and Vendor Registration will open about May 1, so please make sure to periodically check the website for new information. The conference will be held at the Flagstaff Hotshot Camp on the Coconino National Forest, August 9-12. Individuals and organizations interested in assisting in the organization as partners, sponsors, or vendors may contact Kimberly Spurr at

  • 04/30/2018 17:22 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The Gila River Indian Community is hiring an archaeologist. The job description is attached. You can apply online at the following link: Application

    GRIC Archaeologist Job Posting.pdf

  • 04/22/2018 12:57 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    You are invited to join the Arizona Archaeological Council’s Google Group. As a member of the group, you will receive emails regarding recent news, events, and job announcements.

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    Danny Rucker, RPA

    Information Officer/Newsletter Editor

    Arizona Archaeological Council

  • 04/15/2018 15:09 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The Scottsdale Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is in need of an archaeologist to serve as a member of the HPC, per Scottsdale City Code. In February 2018 Mark Hackbarth, the archaeologist that was serving on the HPC, completed his second term and cannot be reappointed to HPC.

    Any AAC member that lives in Scottsdale and is interested in serving on the HPC can submit an application as soon as possible because on May 1, 2018 Scottsdale City Council will be reviewing applications to determine nominations, and on May 22, 2018 Scottsdale City Council will interview nominees to determine appointments.

    Information about the Scottsdale Historic Preservation Program and the protection of Archaeological Resources can be found at the following web link:

    The application form can be found at the following web link:

    In addition, a PDF copy is provided.


    Steve Venker will be happy to answer any questions.

    Steve Venker

    Historic Preservation Officer/City Archaeologist

    City of Scottsdale

    Direct line: 480-312-2831

  • 04/10/2018 18:23 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    For nomination forms and additional information visit:
    2018 Awards in Historic Preservation

    Awards Ceremony
    Thursday, June 7th, 2018
    Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale, Arizona

    The Preservation Awards Ceremony is the signature event of the 16th Annual Arizona Historic Preservation Conference. In 2007 the Governor’s Awards in Public Archaeology were combined with the annual presentation of the Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Awards to become the primary forum for recognition of excellence in historic and cultural preservation efforts in Arizona.
    Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission Awards in Public Archaeology
    The Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission (GAAC) is presenting its 31st Annual Awards in Public Archaeology. The Awards are presented to individuals and/or programs that have significantly contributed to the protection and preservation of, and education about, Arizona’s non-renewable archaeological resources.
    Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Awards

    Since 1982, the Arizona Preservation Foundation and Arizona State Historic Preservation Office/Arizona State Parks have collaborated to present the Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Awards. These awards recognize people, organizations, and projects that represent outstanding achievements in preserving Arizona’s prehistoric and historic resources.
    The mission of the Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Awards is to:
        * Promote public awareness of historic preservation in the state of Arizona;
        * Publicly recognize the varied contributions by volunteers, professionals, organizations, and agencies to promote the goals of historic preservation;
        * Identify and recognize educational, community, non-profit, and private-sector heritage projects that demonstrate excellence in design and execution.
    The James W. Garrison Honor  Award Winner is selected from the 2018 Honor awardees, and will be announced at the close of the ceremony.

  • 04/09/2018 19:23 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Download the AAC's press release on HB 2498.


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