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  • 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.

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    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 ASMratesandfees@email.arizona.edu.

    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:
    ASMratesandfees@email.arizona.edu

    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
    srijobs@sricrm.com 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 http://www.arizonaarchaeologicalcouncil.org/page-1068936

    Class size is limited to 15. To register contact Glenn Darrington via email at: glenn.darrington@powereng.com

  • 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
    Email: jravesloot@ecoplanaz.com

    NO TELEPHONE CALLS, PLEASE

    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

  • 10/19/2016 10:29 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    EcoPlan Associates, Inc., is now accepting applications for the position of Field Director/Project Director with a specialization in Historical Archaeology. The candidate will be responsible for conducting archival and historic research; writing national register nominations and historic contexts; preparing research designs; and conducting and reporting cultural resource survey, testing, and data recovery projects.

    Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a minimum of a Master’s degree in anthropology or archaeology, prior project director experience, and familiarity with current cultural resource issues and historic archaeology (19th century) of the American Southwest and Great Basin. 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
    Email: jravesloot@ecoplanaz.com

    NO TELEPHONE CALLS, PLEASE

    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.

  • 10/11/2016 11:05 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The deadline for the SAA's 2016 Fred Plog Memorial Fellowship is fast approaching on November 1. This award ($1,000) provides support for a graduate student with ABD status writing a dissertation on the North American Southwest OR northern Mexico OR on a topic, such as culture change or regional interactions, on which Plog himself did research. Please forward this information to eligible students. Here is a link to a pdf with all of the details.

     http://www.saa.org/Portals/0/Awards/2017%20Awards/Plog%20Fellowship%202017.pdf

    Please direct questions and applications directly to Deborah Huntley. Thanks much!

    Deborah Huntley, SAA Fred Plog Fellowship Committee Chair (dhuntley@archaeologysouthwest.org)

  • 09/22/2016 10:22 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    March is Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month in Arizona. Each year, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) collaborates with other organizations and groups to produce a FREE brochure listing the archaeological activities that are scheduled throughout the state in March 2017. SHPO then distributes this brochure across Arizona to inform the public about the many opportunities available to learn about our past. If you are planning an event and want to be included in the brochure -  please fill out the Listing of Events Form that can be downloaded from our website -www.azstateparks.com/archy or can be obtained by contacting Kris Dobschuetz at kd2@azstateparks.gov or 602-542-7141. The Brochure comes out in January, so we will need to have the information by November 18, 2016. 

  • 08/20/2016 08:08 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    2016 Arizona Archaeological Council Fall Conference

     

    The Arizona Archaeological Council (AAC) is pleased to announce the 2016 AAC Fall Conference. The symposium will be held at the Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa on Friday November 18, with a reception to follow afterwards on the rooftop.

     

    Hoski Schaafsma will chair the morning session, and the theme is “The Archaeology of Queen Creek Drainage from the Phoenix Basin to Top of the World". Although extensive prehistoric and historic period settlements are present in this area, until recently comparatively little archaeological research had been focused on Queen Creek. Most of what is known about prehistoric and historic populations in south-central Arizona is based on work along the lower Salt and middle Gila Rivers, and papers presented in this session will compare and contrast the archaeology of the Queen Creek drainage from Top of the World on the east, to its confluence with the Gila River at Gila Crossing on the west. Despite the obscurity of the archaeology in this region, recent investigations have shown that Queen Creek was occupied consistently from the Archaic through the Historic Periods.

    The theme of the afternoon session is “New Advances in Arizona Archaeology”. We invite archaeologists who have recent research they would like to share with the Arizona archaeological community to participate. The session will include reports on current excavation projects, as well as papers on recent developments in archaeological method and theory. The session will also include a panel discussion on site naming conventions that will be lead by Glenn Darrington.  

    The AAC is inviting speakers to present papers for either session, and selected conference papers will be published in the peer reviewed AAC journal. Specific details for the conference agenda are forthcoming. Please direct any questions to AACBoard@gmail.com

  • 08/15/2016 11:38 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    It’s that time again to start again to start planning for the Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month – and the Archaeology Expo. Please join us as we begin planning for the Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 10 am at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Building (behind the SHPO Evans house) at 1110 W. Washington Street in Phoenix. We will meet in Room 250, but please note that you will need sign in at the front desk to obtain a badge.

    At this meeting, we will brainstorm on the “theme” for the month and take suggestions on potential poster designs. Bring your creative ideas and join us on Friday.

     

    For our partners that are not within the Phoenix area, but still would like to participate, please email me separately, and I will provide you with a conference call number to participate via teleconference. Please feel free to forward the email to anyone you think would be interested.

     

    This year’s Archaeology Expo will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Himdag Ki - The Tohono O’Odham’s Cultural Center and Museum in Topowa (south of Sells, Arizona) from 10 am to 4 pm. Any questions, please feel free to contact Kris Dobschuetz, SHPO Compliance Specialist at 602-542-7141 or kd2@azstateparks.gov.

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