With funding from the National Park Service, the School of Anthropology (SoA) and College of Education (CoE) completed the sixth year of the Linking Southwest Heritage Through Archaeology (LSWHTA) program. Co-PIs for the project are Regents’ Professor Barbara Mills (SoA) and CoE Assistant Dean for Research Dr. Sara Chavarria (Dr. Chavarria is also an alumna of the SoA, with a 1995 M.A. in Anthropology). Staff this year included Dr. Corey Knox (College of Education), Stephen Molinares (M.A. candidate, SoA), Tony Viola IV (American Indian Studies and CoE undergraduate), James Burton (B.A., CoE), and Rebecca Perez (B.A., CoE). The program enrolled thirteen high school students, two high school counselors, and one high school history teacher from four different Tucson area high schools in three different districts (Tucson Unified, Canyon del Oro, and Sunnyside) (Entire group, photo 1, at Tuzigoot National Monument).
During the final week of the program the students spent two days at the Archaeology Southwest/SoA Archaeological Field School in the Upper Gila area (Photo 2: group in front of adobe structure at ASW/UA field school), where they participated in archaeological excavations and experimental archaeology. The final event was Saturday, June 15th, where the students narrated videos and photos of the project for family, friends, and staff, followed by a graduation lunch on the UA campus.
The project was also honored this year to receive a Historic Preservation Award award from the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission. Dr. Chavarria and Tony Viola accepted the award at the ceremony on behalf of the project (Photo 3: Sara and Tony accepting award).
The project would like to thank all of the participants, the many NPS staff at national parks throughout Arizona, as well as the staff at the Arizona State Museum, Archaeology Southwest, Pima County Community College’s Archaeology Program, the Tohono O’odham Cultural Center and Museum, and the Tucson Mission Gardens for their participation. Dr. Stanley Bond (NPS-WASO) funded the project with additional support from the Western National Parks Association. We also thank our prior collaborators at the Environmental Education Exchange for their past help in building our successful program. Applications for next year’s cohort will be available in November, 2019! (Anthro News date: 6/21/2019)