National Park Archaeology and Historic Preservation in the Southern Arizona Parks

Presenters:  Matthew Guebard, Lucas Hoedl, Kristina Whitney, Alycia Hayes, Katherine Shaum, and Dominic Henry, National Park Service

This session will provide an overview of recent historic preservation projects at Tuzigoot National Monument, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument and Fort Bowie National Historical Site. These locations contain diverse historic properties representing the broad history of Arizona. National Park Service archaeologists are the caretakers for these places and employ innovative approaches to site- documentation and preservation. Unlike projects employed by other government agencies, the NPS is under constant observation from the visiting public. This requires park staff to develop projects that solve specific preservation problems, but that also create opportunities to interpret park resources and preservation methods to the public. 

The mission of the National Park Service is to protect and preserve historic places for the enjoyment of “this and future generations”. The public is keenly aware of this mission and historic preservation projects are often conducted in full view of park visitors. This session will highlight a few projects that have incorporated preservation objectives and interpretive potential to fulfill the National Park Service mission.