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  • 01/27/2021 17:26 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

    Senate Bill 1338, which would transfer permitting responsibility from the Arizona State Museum to the State Historic Preservation Office, is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Government Committee on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. The Senate Government Committee Agenda is here: The bill text is here:


    Please join members of the AAC Political Action Committee for a Zoom-based virtual happy hour on Friday January 29 at 4 PM: (Meeting ID: 881 2756 8505 Passcode: 180341). We will discuss the bill and some of its implications and hear your concerns. We will also give an overview of the Arizona legislature’s Request to Speak (RTS) system and how you can support or oppose this and other legislation. 

    The AAC has also created a members-only forum, where we can debate and discuss sensitive issues together, in a more private online space. The general forum rules topic is at the top, and a new topic has been created if people want to weigh-in on this bill: 

    You may also call or email the committee members (information below).





    Sonny Borrelli

    Member (Majority Whip)

    (602) 926-5051

    Juan Mendez


    (602) 926-4124

    J.D. Mesnard


    (602) 926-4481

    Jamescita Peshlakai


    (602) 926-5160

    Warren Petersen


    (602) 926-4136

    Martin Quezada

    Member (Minority Whip)

    (602) 926-5911

    Kelly Townsend


    (602) 926-4467

    Michelle Ugenti-Rita


    (602) 926-4480

  • 01/23/2021 12:17 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

    AZ Senator David Gowan (R, LD-14 Sierra Vista/Safford) has just introduced 2021 Senate Bill 1338 (historic preservation; state museum; transfer) which has the potential to impact Arizona Archeology. A copy of the bill’s introduced language can be found at This bill is similar to a smaller bill introduced in 2020 (SB 1241), which was not enacted. AAC previously adopted a neutral position on this bill. An initial analysis of the new bill finds it would amend multiple state statutes to shift authority, powers, duties and responsibilities from the Arizona State Museum (ASM) to the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

    The bill would require the Board of Regents to consult SHPO on matters relating to the ASM. The bill would remove ASM’s ability to adopt Arizona Antiquities Act fees for anything other than fees related to the Arizona Burial Laws on non-state lands (note SHPO is not given authority to propose fees). The bill shifts Antiquities Act permitting and reports of discoveries to be the responsibility of SHPO. The bill also adds SHPO as the point of contact when human remains are discovered on non-state lands – SHPO would then contact ASM for determination of affiliation, which adds an extra step adds an extra step and more bureaucracy when human remains are encountered. Finally, the bill transfers an acquisition and preservation fund from ASM to SHPO. Note that no appropriations or ability to generate fees by SHPO are included in the current version of the bill. Because the bill is an unfunded mandate for an already underfunded state agency, and because the bill would complicate the process of notification and repatriation of human remains, we feel the bill would potentially have a negative impact on Arizona Archaeology.

    The AAC Political Action Committee will be meeting with administrators, legislators, and liaisons in the coming days to discuss the legislation and its potential impacts to Arizona Archaeology. Following those meetings, AAC will schedule an afternoon zoom-based information sharing session for the membership and others interested in the bill and communicate how you can help shape the legislation as it goes through the committee process. AAC media will continue to share updates on this and other bills affecting Arizona Archaeology.

  • 01/13/2021 09:28 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

    The Arizona Archaeological Council is holding its first board meeting of the year, on January 22nd, 2021. The meeting agenda can be accessed by AAC members and can be found here: 

    2021_Jan AAC Meeting Agenda.pdf

    Current members of the AAC are invited to attend this ZOOM virtual meeting.

    Meeting details can be found at the top of the Agenda. 

  • 01/08/2021 11:50 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

    The Archaeological and Historical Society is holding our 6th Annual Research Slam and Winter Party by Zoom next Monday, January 11 beginning at 6:30 p.m.  We have 9 presenters from throughout the southwest presenting 3 minute “research slams” that should be entertaining and enlightening.  

    More information including the presenter names and their titles is on our facebook page— 

    And in the attached flyer AAHS_2021_Slam Flyer Jan.pdf

  • 01/07/2021 10:19 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

    Earlier this year, the Southwest Symposium Archaeological Conference board met to prepare for the upcoming 18th biennial meeting. In light of the ongoing pandemic and in consultation with the meeting's hosts, we have decided to hold the next Southwest Symposium at the beginning of 2023. We are excited to have Judith Habicht-Mauche and Maxine McBrinn host that meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The website has been updated with this information, and as plans are made throughout the next two years, we will be adding more to the site ( Please stay tuned, safe, and well.

    Mike Searcy

    President, Southwest Symposium Board

    Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

    Director, New World Archaeological Foundation

    Brigham Young University

    800 KMBL, Provo, UT  84602


  • 12/03/2020 21:19 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

    If you missed the "Examining the Role of Diversity and Inclusion in Arizona Archaeology" webinar last month a recording can be viewed at the following link:

  • 11/23/2020 21:44 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

    The Arizona Archaeological Council is holding its last board meeting of the year, on December 4th, 2020. The meeting agenda can be found here: 2020 December AAC Meeting Agenda.pdf

    Current members of the AAC are invited to attend this virtual meeting:

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 820 2667 9463

    Passcode: 069535

    Find your local number:

  • 11/10/2020 14:48 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

    The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office and Arizona Archaeological Council are conducting a baseline demographic survey of Arizona’s archaeologists. The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. Please complete this survey only once and please pass along to your colleagues. Thanks!

  • 11/10/2020 10:14 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

    The Arizona State University Anthropological Research Papers (ARP) were originally established in 1969 to publish the results of substantive research conducted by members of the ASU Department of Anthropology. After 1974, the series was expanded. Sixty titles were published between 1974 and 2016, when publication was suspended. Although all the anthropological subdisciplines are represented, the majority of the ARP monographs are concerned with topics in Southwestern archaeology.

  • 11/02/2020 19:12 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

    Archaeological Consulting Services, Ltd. of Tempe, AZ (ACS) is seeking resumes for 3 Field Archaeologists for a two-week data recovery project at the beginning of December in Mesa. A Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and several months of previous field experience, preferably in Arizona, are required.

    The duties of this position may regularly require standing, walking or climbing into and out of trenches and excavation units, using hands to manipulate items and to lift or carry them, talking, and hearing. They occasionally require crossing uneven terrain, climbing over fences, and stooping, kneeling, or crouching. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Pay levels are competitive and commensurate with experience. The benefits that come with this position are one hour of sick leave earned for every 30 hours worked, up to a total of 40 hours per year under the new Arizona state law. The jobsite is in the Phoenix metro area so there is no lodging or per diem attached. There is the potential for future work.

    Please send a current resume with a cover letter and the names and phone numbers/e-mail addresses of three references who can comment on your relevant work experience to: Please include the job title “Field Archaeologist” in the subject line of your e-mail. ACS does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. This position is open until filled or December 4, 2020, whichever comes first.

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