The School of Anthropology is pleased to announce the inauguration of a Residential Scholar Program at its National Register-eligible adobe home, adjacent to the University Indian Ruin (UIR). The UIR is a Classic period Hohokam archaeological site, dating to A.D. 1100-1400, which includes a platform mound and adobe compounds—one of the last platform mound communities still extant in the Tucson Basin. Located on 13 acres of Sonoran desert in central Tucson, 10 miles from campus, the complex is owned and maintained by the University of Arizona.
In 1930, Mrs. Dorothy Knipe donated the initial six acres of the property to the University of Arizona. Charged with protecting the village’s scientific value, archaeological work on the site began that year under the direction of Byron Cummings, founder of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona (then the Department of Archaeology). While the Department provided protection for resources on the property, it developed a field research station where it conducted archaeological analysis. With assistance from the Tucson Chamber of Commerce, within a few years another seven acres were added to the property.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began construction on the compound in 1933 and in 1936 it completed a complex consisting of a caretaker’s house, laboratory, and a garage—the latter was converted to a guesthouse. In 1940, The National Park Service excavated the site, which resulted in Julian Hayden’s 1957 publication on the site. Emil Haury also excavated at the site, with students coming daily to work in the field and lab.
One stipulation of the gift is that the site be used to serve the University’s educational goals. Currently, in the spring, two days a week, our archaeological field school conducts excavations at the site and uses a laboratory building on the grounds. To better protect the site and to serve these goals, 2009 to 2010, at a cost of a half million dollars, The School completed renovation of the 20th-century residence, laboratory, and guesthouse.
The Residential Scholar Program:
The School of Anthropology invites scholars from all anthropological subdisciplines to apply to the Residential Scholar Program which offers the scholar residence in the School’s beautifully restored adobe home, consisting of a living room (with a working corner fireplace) kitchen, bedroom, bath and an enclosed porch that is ideal for a home office. The scholar will also have broadband Internet throughout the complex and, except long distance calls, the Program will pay utilities. During residency, the scholar will be expected to contribute to the teaching mission in the School of Anthropology through a lecture, workshop, or other form of scholarly interaction.
How to Apply:
Proposed residency may be for a single semester or full year. Applications for academic year or Fall semester should be submitted by March 14th of the previous year and applications for the Spring semester only should be submitted by October 31st. Applications for Summer residency should be submitted by February 28th or may be included in the application for the Spring semester or for a full year. An application should include a CV and a letter of interest that explains the contribution the applicant will make to the School's scholarly community.
- February 28th Summer residency only
- March 14th Full year or Fall semester residency
- October 31st Spring semester residency only
Residential Scholar Program, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Emil W. Haury Building, PO Box 210030, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 85721-0030, or via email to Anthro@Arizona.edu