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  • 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

  • 02/21/2017 12:58 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Title: Archaeological Field Technician
    Date: February 21, 2017
    Location: Tucson, AZ

    Statistical Research, Inc. (SRI), a multidisciplinary cultural resources consulting firm, has several temporary, full-time, hourly positions available for archaeological Field Technicians headquartered from SRI’s Tucson office. Qualified candidates should possess, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a related field and have completed an accredited archaeological field school.  Candidates must also have a minimum of 1–2 years of field experience (i.e., survey, testing, and data recovery) and be physically fit and able to perform physically demanding tasks in adverse environmental conditions (i.e., extreme heat or cold).  Candidates should also have good organizational skills, a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and willingness to learn and execute new tasks.  Prior experience concerning the history and archaeology of southern Arizona is preferred, as is demonstrated past field experience working with Trimble global positioning system (GPS) receivers. It is anticipated that initial tasking will include local field survey at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, along with possible nonlocal field survey and excavation on the Barry M. Goldwater Range in southwestern Arizona. 

    Pay rates are based on individual qualifications and experience.  For field projects requiring an overnight stay, food allowance and double occupancy hotel room accommodations will be provided.

    Job Description:

    Reporting to the Project Director and Crew Chief, archaeological Field Technicians are responsible for conducting reconnaissance survey, the establishment of grids, artifact collection, test unit and feature excavation, and documentation.  To this end, archaeological field technicians are required to perform the following tasks in the field:

    ·  Conduct archaeological survey, testing, and data recovery

    ·  Point-locate observation and surface collection units as well as surface artifacts using a Trimble global positioning system (GPS) receiver

    ·  Draw features in plan and profile that conform to SRI mapping conventions

    ·  Clean and straighten the walls of a test unit or trench

    ·  Complete field forms accurately and concisely

    ·  Properly label collection bags and samples

    ·  Must be able to lift up to 40lbs

    Fieldwork is anticipated to last throughout the spring and into the summer.

    How to apply

    Applications can be submitted via e-mail to and should include a resume of relevant experience and references (with contact information). Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

  • 02/13/2017 12:25 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    On March 18, 2017 there will be a 1 day training session to provide recent college graduates with an introduction to the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Process and what cultural resource management is and how to get employed in the field. The instructors for this workshop include Deil Lundin and Glenn Darrington. Both are professional archaeologists with more than 50 years of combined experience in CRM. This workshop is sponsored by the Arizona Archaeological Council (AAC) and is free to active AAC members. Join today at

    Class size is limited to 15. To register contact Glenn Darrington via email at:

  • 10/19/2016 10:30 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    EcoPlan Associates, Inc., is now accepting applications for the position of Cultural Resource Principal Investigator/Project Director. The candidate will be responsible for designing, conducting, and reporting cultural resource survey, testing, and data recovery projects, as well as assisting our clients with regulatory compliance.
    Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a minimum of a Master’s degree in anthropology with a specialization in archaeology (Ph.D. preferred), at least five years’ prior experience as a Principal Investigator, and a familiarity with current cultural resource issues, archaeological methods, and the archaeology of the American Southwest. All applicants must be available for in-person interviews. The successful candidate will be based in the Mesa, Arizona, office.

    Compensation: EcoPlan offers a competitive salary (commensurate with experience) and full-time positions that include full vacation, medical, and retirement benefits.

    Please send resume, cover letter detailing your experience, and list of references by e-mail to:

    John C. Ravesloot, Ph.D.
    EcoPlan Associates, Inc.
    701 West Southern Avenue, Suite 203
    Mesa, Arizona, 85210


    EcoPlan Associates, Inc. was formed in 1991 with a vision to provide high quality environmental services to the public and private sectors. We presently maintain offices in Mesa, Prescott, and Tucson Arizona. EcoPlan’s growing team of highly qualified and motivated cultural resource specialists pride themselves in maintaining the company’s reputation for conducting high quality, state-of-the-art research in a timely fashion.
    EcoPlan Associates, Inc.
    Environmental Science & Resource Economics
    701 West Southern Avenue, Suite 203, Mesa, Arizona 85210

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