Stratifying Archaeological Project Data into Digital Layers for Compliance, Land Management, and Public Education in Pima County, Arizona

Presenter:  Ian Milliken, Pima County Government

In 2014, Pima County developed a dynamic geographic information database system for cultural resources management that has become the primary vehicle for synthesizing 34 years of discrete paper records into a series of digital layers and files that has directly facilitated responsibilities related to compliance, land management and public education. The assemblage of digital data provides the County’s cultural resources managers a comprehensive and stratified view of archaeological survey, monitoring, testing and excavation data, allowing for complex queries related to each strata’s metadata for compliance and conservation purposes.

The resulting database provides an innovative utility in establishing complex modeling parameters for identifying both material and non-material heritage resources on ~100,000 acres of land that the County has acquired for conservation, and management through monitoring both current and future agents that impact these heritage resources that benefits current and future generations. The breadth of heritage values that are present on these cultural landscapes are, in fact, “everybody’s business”