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  • 03/16/2017 09:55 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRP-MIC) have developed the Government-to-Government Consultation Toolkit (G2G Toolkit), which has been designed to facilitate the consultation process for and among Tribes and State and Federal agencies meeting the requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act or State Historic Preservation Act, as well as other state and federal statutes. The G2G Toolkit contains agency and Tribal contact information, consultation protocol, Tribal claims maps, and quick links to Tribal and Agency pages for additional information. Click on underlined words for links to additional information.

    The G2G Toolkit was developed by SHPO and SRP-MIC with assistance from the Google Earth Outreach Trainer Network and SWCA Environmental Consultants. Funding was provided by a Cultural Resource Fund (CRF) grant administered by the Mica Group and awarded to SHPO. The CRF was established by the Federal Communications Commission to mitigate positive train control noncompliance by seven railroads.

    Additional technical assistance was provided during a Google training workshop with staff from the Department of Transportation, State Land Department, Game and Fish Department, Department of Forestry and Fire Management, and State Parks; and by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

    The toolkit can be found at the following link:

  • 03/13/2017 21:24 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    AZTEC Engineering is looking to hire for several open positions for their Phoenix, AZ office. These are Archaeologist, Field Supervisor, and Principal Investigator. Please see the attached sheets for details, requirements and duties, and contact information. Good luck!

    Archaeologist 2017-03-13.pdf

    Field Supervisor 2017-03-13.pdf

    Principal Investigator 2017-03-13.pdf

  • 03/12/2017 20:08 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Members of the Arizona Archaeological Council,

    attached is a letter drafted by the Board of Directors to the Arizona State Museum in response to their proposed service fee increase.

    AAC Board Response to ASM Proposed Fee Increase.pdf

  • 03/12/2017 10:31 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Just a friendly reminder that this Saturday, March 18th at 9am-4pm there is a Section 106 and CRM Career Training Workshop hosted by the AAC at POWERS Engineers, Inc. Please see the attached flier below for more details.

    Section 106 and CRM Workshop.pdf

  • 03/10/2017 13:18 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The BLM Monticello Field Office (MFO) received funding in 2016 for a literature review of associated tribe’s cultural connections to the MFO. We are pleased to announce that this project has been awarded to Living Heritage Anthropology LLC. The MFO currently manages much of the greater Cedar Mesa area in Southeast Utah. The goal of this study will be to inform BLM officials of how Native American tribes are connected to the MFO and how they have utilized the range of ethnographic resources found within this complex landscape. This information will aid the BLM MFO in appropriately managing and interpreting this area, as well as serving as a basis for deepening relationships with associated tribes. We are asking members of the Arizona Archaeological Council for their assistance in sharing any relevant ethnographic or ethnohistoric sources to assist with this literature review. Please contact Jessica Yaquinto, Living Heritage Anthropology, by phone (970-335-9092) or email ( Thank you in advance. We look forward to collaborating with you on this important project.

  • 03/10/2017 13:08 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Dear Friend of Preservation,

    Each year the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission (T-PCHC) makes awards to those people and organizations that help to foster awareness and preservation of historic sites, structures, districts, and character in Tucson and Pima County.  We invite you to nominate worthwhile people and projects for awards in three categories:

    • The Alene Dunlap Smith and Paul Smith Award to those who have demonstrated a high level of dedication and long-term commitment toward historic preservation.
    • The Historic Preservation Award to those whose contributions to preservation have had a significant impact at the community level.
    • The Heritage Award to those who have volunteered time and effort on local history or preservation projects, undertaken rehabilitation of their own historic property, or successfully completed a National Register nomination of their own building.

    To learn about the 2017 T-PCHC awards program and to download a nomination form, please visit the T-PCHC webpage at:

    The deadline for all 2017 nominations is Friday March 31, 2017, at noon, and the awards ceremony will be held on the morning of Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Scottish Rite Temple, 160 South Scott Avenue in downtown Tucson.  

  • 03/05/2017 08:18 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation Environmental Bureau has posted a job announcement for an Environmental Specialist-Advanced (ES-A)(posting #18864).  Job listing and application details can be found on the NM State Personnel Office website  This is a range 75 position with a likely mid-point starting salary.  The selected candidate will be primarily responsible for the review of cultural and natural resource documentation in order to environmentally certify contractor located activities such as borrow pits, equipment yards, and other construction related facilities.   The review and certification emphasis of this position is cultural and natural resource related and members of both professions are welcome to apply.  Importantly, NMDOT cultural and natural resource staff work together as a team and provide technical support to each other during the project development review and certification process.


    The listed qualifications for the ES-A position are quite broad due to the multi-disciplinary nature of studies required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which focus on proposed project effects to humans and human interaction with the environment.  Cultural resource documentation is a major component of the NEPA process and many cultural resource professionals have direct or indirect experience and training related to NEPA.  If you have contributed to or reviewed NEPA documents you likely have NEPA experience.  You may also have on the job training related to the NEPA process that seeks to integrate many environmental disciplines toward the review and evaluation of a proposed project’s impacts to the human and natural environment. If you have a degree in anthropology, historic architecture, cultural resource management, or related field and consider yourself working in the world of “environmental science” please consider applying. 


    The position closes on 3/12/17.


    You can contact me at the number below or Steve Lakatos, NMDOT Cultural Resources Supervisor, at 505-827-5513 with any questions.              

    Blake Roxlau

    NMDOT Environmental Bureau Mgr.



  • 03/01/2017 17:20 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The Arizona Archaeological Society's Phoenix Chapter is hosting a lecture by Todd W. Bostwick, Verde Valley Archaeology Center on "The Megalithic Temples and Tombs of Malta: Early Religion and Ritual on the Mediterranean, 3,600-2,500 BC". The event will be in the Pueblo Grande Museum Community Room on Tuesday, March 14th at 7pm. Attendance is free and open to the public. See details in the flyer attached!

    Bostwick Lecture Flyer.pdf

  • 02/28/2017 13:51 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Tomorrow, March 1st there will be a guest lecture by Jewel Touchin, an Associate Archaeologist at Logan Simpson at the Pueblo Grande Museum at 6:30 PM. See details below

    Presentation by Jewel Touchin – A Native American Perspective on Archaeology

    Wed., March 1 at 6:30 pm

    Pueblo Grande Museum, Community Room


    Jewel Touchin is an Associate Archaeologist at Logan Simpson

     Jewel Touchin was born and raised in St. Michaels, Arizona on the Navajo Nation. She is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and an Arizona State University alumnus. Jewel began her ASU studies as an Aeronautical Engineering major, but after much introspection and discussion with family members regarding Navajo thoughts and beliefs about archaeology, she graduated with a degree in Anthropology. She began her career soon afterwards and currently has more than 23 years of professional experience as an archaeologist in the Southwest. Jewel has worked in various development sectors including transportation, utility infrastructure, and sustainable energy. She has worked with two tribal nations, two engineering firms, and is currently employed with an environmental firm in Tempe. Her presentation A Native American Perspective on Archaeology will explain her journey as a Navajo woman into the world of archaeology, some of the lessons learned through her career working with her own tribal people and other tribal nations in the Western United States, and ideas for improving the way archaeology is conducted in the future.


    Photograph by Eric Herman

  • 02/22/2017 12:23 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    AAC Members please see the following notice by the Arizona State Museum for their proposed increase in fees for services that will directly impact CRM in Arizona. Attached is a larger, formalized justification by ASM for this. The comment period will be ending shortly.

    ASM Notice of Intent to Raise Fees.pdf

    As specified in ARS § 15-1631 (as amended), the Arizona State Museum provides Notice of Intent to Increase Fees for Services performed pursuant to ARS Title 41, Chapter 4.1, Article 4 and § 41-865.  

    Pursuant to ARS § 15-1631(E)(1), a comprehensive list of persons who have requested notification of proposed fee changes, proposed policy changes, or any other proposed changes relating to the state museum is being compiled. To register for such notification, please send an email message with your preferred contact information to

    As specified in ARS § 15-1631 (as amended), the Arizona State Museum has posted a Draft Proposal to Increase Fees for Services performed pursuant to ARS Title 41, Chapter 4.1, Article 4 and § 41-865.

    As specified in ARS § 15-1631 (as amended), the Arizona State Museum will accept public comment, from 11 February 2017 through 12 March 2017, on its Draft Proposal to Increase Fees for Services. Public comment may include written comments, comments submitted through e-mail, and oral comments.

    Send written comments to:
    Director Patrick Lyons
    Arizona State Museum
    University of Arizona
    PO Box 210026
    Tucson, AZ 85721-0026

    Send email comments to:

    Direct oral comments to:
    Associate Director James Watson
    (520) 621-6281

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