2005 Awards in Public Archaeology

Presented by the Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission

Professional Archaeologist: G. Donald Kucera

Mr. Kucera is the founder and coordinator of the Spanish Colonial History programs at the Tucson Museum of Art. Don has been a driving force in the creation of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and currently serves as the President of the Anza Trail Coalition of Arizona and Coordinator for Pima County. He is currently serving in his third year as a member of the Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Tucson Presidio Trust for Historical Preservation. Don is a member of many other preservation- and conservation-related organizations and has been a leader in many of them. He is an innovator who generates new ideas for practices and programs to advance the awareness and support for the archaeology and heritage of Arizona. He is a tireless worker for Arizona's historic preservation efforts.

Site Steward: Gary Peet

Although Gary Peet, Cave Creek, works a full time job, he joined the Site Steward Program (SSP) in 1990 and immediately began volunteering his time. In 1991, Gary Peet offered to become the State Records Coordinator for the Arizona Site Steward Program and designed a computerized database into which he could enter monitoring hours and other vital Program data. At that time, there were only 270 Site Stewards. In the subsequent 14 years, the Arizona Site Steward Program has grown to almost 800 volunteers. Gary volunteers, on the average, about 60 hours every quarter; during this time, he inputs all of the Stewards' Activity Log information into the database. In January of 2005 alone, Gary made over 6,000 individual entries in order to record Site Steward activity in the state. Without his database management, the SSP would not be able to fulfill one of its most critical functions: that of reporting important monitoring information back to the Land Managers and other partners in the Program so that they can better manage their sensitive heritage resources.

Professional Archaeologist: Todd Bostwick, Ph.D.

Dr. Bostwick, Phoenix, has been the City Archaeologist for the City of Phoenix for 15 years. In this capacity, he interacts with the public in a wide variety of ways, including public programs, exhibits, video production, public art and humanities projects, teaching classes, ruins stabilization, the Arizona Site Steward Program, authoring articles and books, and serving on boards and councils. He has also mentored a number of college students. As City Archaeologist, he trains members of the public to help stabilize the prehistoric Pueblo Grande Platform Mound site in Phoenix. He has also been part of educational projects and programs that have won numerous public and civic awards. For example, he was awarded Special Recognition in 1995 from the State Historic Preservation Office for involving the local Chinese community in the excavation of the historic Phoenix Chinatown.

Program: Bradley G. Geeck and Stephen K. Ross, Environmental Resources and Trespass Section, Arizona State Land Department

Since 2001, Brad Geeck (Arizona State Land Department Trespass Investigator) and Steve Ross (Arizona State Land Department Cultural Resources Manager) have been partners, along with personnel at SHPO and the Center for Desert Archaeology, in organizing and presenting archaeological law enforcement courses for Arizona State Peace Officers (county sheriff's deputies, county park police and rangers, city police officers, Arizona State Parks law enforcement rangers, tribal police departments, etc.), federal law enforcement officers, and prosecutors (Arizona Attorney General, county attorneys). They have helped put together five workshops in different parts of the state, resulting in the training of hundreds of law enforcement professionals in many different agencies. Brad and Steve build networks across agency boundaries, they speak with authority regarding resource management and law enforcement, and their dedication to the cause of cultural resource protection is an inspiration.

Public Sector Archaeology Program: Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park

Eighty-three years ago, the City of Phoenix had the foresight to preserve and protect the archaeological features that are now part of Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park. Over the decades, this institution has become a premier destination for those seeking to learn more about the ancient inhabitants of southern Arizona. Pueblo Grande Museum's exhibits and public programming regularly draw more than 60,000 visitors per year. Educational programs at Pueblo Grande are designed to reach a variety of audiences and include hikes, tours, workshops, summer camps, classes, and lectures.

Pueblo Grande Museum is also the official archaeological repository for the City of Phoenix, and curates more than a quarter of a million prehistoric objects, in addition to the documentation associated with nearly 500 archaeological excavation projects. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) and in 1999 was recognized by the AAM for having exemplary informal education programs. Of the 38 museums recognized nationally for this honor, Pueblo Grande Museum was one of only two in the state of Arizona. The Commission is proud to present Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park with this year's award in the Public Sector Archaeology Program category.

Developer: Empire Companies, Flagstaff

Empire Companies went “above and beyond” in reporting an archaeological site discovery at their Quailwood Meadows development in Yavapai County, Arizona. Empire had complete “clearance” for their project from the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps); in fact, no cultural resources had been found during the archaeological survey for the project. When Empire began development, a backhoe turned up a dark soil stain. The construction workers had enough knowledge to contact an archaeological consultant to determine how to proceed, but even before doing so, they put CAUTION tape around the entire area and informed all of their workers to stay out of the area until further notice. Empire should be commended for their ability to identify something of archaeological significance, and then to go the extra mile to have the resource professionally identified and protected, until an archaeologist could excavate the feature to recover the important information that it held. Empire paid for the professional excavation of this site. Empire's sensitivity to the value of cultural resources in general and particularly in the Prescott Valley area has also been lauded by the Corps and by the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe.

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