2007 Awards in Public Archaeology

Presented by the Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission at the 2007 Historic Preservation Conference, Prescott, Arizona.

Professional Archaeologist: William Doelle

Dr. William Doelle has been a professional archaeologist for more than 30 years, and his primary research focus has been the Greater Southwest. Bill is the owner of Desert Archaeology, Inc., a cultural resource management firm based in Tucson. He is also the founder and President of the Center for Desert Archaeology, a non-profit organization that fosters stewardship of the region's cultural resources through research, education, and outreach. The Center's many projects, which often depend on the efforts of volunteers, have included survey and test excavations in the Lower San Pedro Valley, work in support of National Heritage Area designations for the Santa Cruz and Little Colorado valleys, and a Preservation Fellowship program for doctoral students in archaeology.

Bill is universally recognized as a man of great vision and integrity. His dedication to public participation in historic preservation has resulted in model programs that benefit the entire community. It is with great pleasure that the Commission presents this year's award in the Professional Archaeologist category to Dr. William Doelle.

Avocational Archaeologist: Walter Duering

Walter “Dutch” Duering has been involved in Arizona archaeology since he began working toward a BA in anthropology at Arizona State University (ASU) in 1960. A long-time Arizona Archaeological Society (AAS) member, Dutch has been involved in several AAS archaeological projects, including the excavations at the Calderwood Site. His volunteer efforts have included work with ASU archaeologists at AZ U:9:100(ASU), AZ U:9:101(ASU), and the Fitch site. Dutch first worked at Mesa Grande with his friend and mentor, Frank Midvale, in 1971. Later, as a member of the Southwest Archaeological Team (SWAT), Dutch assisted with excavations at the site, trained new volunteers, and provided tours for the public. Dutch has also helped to train a new generation of archaeologists through the Mesa Community College field school, assisting Dr. Jerry Howard in the field and the lab. Dutch has also donated his time for many years as the Arizona Archaeological Council's webmaster. For his many contributions to documenting and preserving Arizona's rich heritage, as well as educating students and the general public, the Commission is pleased to present Walter “Dutch” Duering with this year's award in the Avocational Archaeologist category.

Avocational Archaeologist: Jerome Ehrhardt

Since 1997, Jerome Ehrhardt has been a tireless supporter of Coconino National Forest and Museum of Northern Arizona research projects. Building upon skills and knowledge gained through the Arizona Archaeological Society (AAS) certification program and as a volunteer working with professional archaeologists, Peter Pilles and Dr. David Wilcox, Jerry has made major contributions to long-term research projects focused on Sacred Mountain, in the Beaver Creek drainage, and Honanki, northwest of Sedona. Over the past four years, he has been a leader among members of the AAS Verde Valley chapter in assisting Pilles and Wilcox in their efforts to document the archaeology of previously unexplored corners of the Sedona area and to refine knowledge of the cultural resources of Perry Mesa. His work in the Perry Mesa region has included assisting in the surface collection of sites within the Agua Fria National Monument and “ground-truthing” hilltop sites located from the air by Arizona Site Steward, Joe Vogel. Jerry has also been instrumental in discovering and documenting line-of-sight relationships and trails linking archaeological sites and settlement clusters in central Arizona. In recognition of his steadfast support of archaeological research, the Commission presents this year's award in the Avocational Archaeologist category to Jerome Ehrhardt.

Site Steward: Rich Davis

With more than 1200 volunteer hours as a Site Steward in the Ajo area, Rich Davis has set a fine example. His monitoring has helped to protect many vulnerable archaeological resources near Ajo, including a number of previously unrecorded sites he discovered and reported to land managers. As a member of the Ajo Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, Rich has worked with professional archaeologists, including Rick Martynec, Sandy Martynec, and Cheryl Blanchard, in local survey and excavation projects. Rich has been instrumental in efforts to document resources in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, assisting in site recording and coauthoring a report published by AAS. He is also hard at work a new publication focused on the flaked stone assemblages of southwestern Arizona. The Commission is proud to present Rich Davis with this year's award in the Site Steward category.

Site Steward: Terry Robbins and Kathy Robbins

Terry and Kathy Robbins, Site Stewards since 2004, have made important contributions to historic preservation in the Prescott area. Terry and Kathy are responsible for monitoring human remains left in place within the StoneRidge development and also aid in the protection of the DeNoyelles site and other nearby resources. In the course of their duties, Terry and Kathy discovered previously undocumented petroglyphs and reported them to the land manager. Terry has also assisted the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe and the Hopi Tribe in the recovery of human remains that had to be removed from harms' way. In recognition of their exemplary service to the program, the Commission is pleased to present this year's award in the Site Steward category to Terry Robbins and Kathy Robbins.

Tribal Program: Christopher Coder

Having worked for the Yavapai-Apache Nation for eleven years, Chris Coder is regarded as a very important asset by his employer. Christopher has been instrumental in identifying archaeological evidence of Yavapai and Apache occupations on many occasions, but most recently in the context of compliance-based research along State Route 260, near Payson, and on the Barry M. Goldwater Range. He has also played a major role in successful repatriation negotiations with the Denver Art Museum. In the context of a larger project meant to restore the flow of Fossil Creek, Christopher documented Apache campsites, farms, and traditional cultural properties. He also gathered important ethohistorical and ethnobotanical data on behalf of the Nation. Above and beyond these accomplishments, Christopher is valued for his dedication to the sharing of knowledge and to the preservation of the Nation's traditional lifeways. The Commission is proud to present Christopher Coder with this year's award in the Tribal Program category.

Tribal Program: Vernelda Grant

Vernelda Grant, a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, is currently Tribal Archaeologist and Director of the tribe's Historic Preservation and Archaeology Department. Vernelda was responsible for having her program designated a Tribal Historic Preservation Office by the National Park Service, giving her the same responsibilities on the San Carlos Apache Reservation as the State Historic Preservation Officer has elsewhere.

Vernelda is an advocate for historic preservation and for tribes on the local and the national level. She is a member of the Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission, as well as the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation's Native American Advisory Group, and Chair of the National Congress of American Indians' Commission on Burial Sites and Repatriation. As a Native American working in the field of anthropology, she has contributed perspectives that have improved communication among the different stakeholders in historic preservation. It is with great pleasure that the Commission presents this year's award in the Tribal Program category to Vernelda Grant.

Private Sector Archaeology Program: The Archaeological Conservancy

Since 1980, the Archaeological Conservancy has been acquiring and protecting significant archaeological resources around the United States and 24 of these are located in Arizona. For each of its preserves, the Conservancy forms a management committee representing diverse stakeholders and a long-term management plan. Guided tours and provisions for access by researchers are regular features of such plans.

The Conservancy's list of holdings in Arizona reads like a “Who's Who” of important sites on private land. This list includes Atkeson, Sugarloaf, and Hatalacva pueblos, in the Verde Valley; Cresswell, Hooper Ranch, and Danson pueblos, in the Little Colorado River Valley; and the Trincheras at Los Morteros, in the Santa Cruz Valley. Several key Conservancy acquisitions have been transferred to federal land managers. Examples include McCreery Pueblo and Mission Guevavi (both donated to the National Park Service), and Sears Point (donated to the Bureau of Land Management). Recently, the Conservancy worked with the Center for Desert Archaeology to document and backfill Sherwood Ranch Pueblo (the site formerly popularized as the Raven Ruin), located between Springerville and St. Johns. The Conservancy is currently in the process of acquiring Broken K Pueblo, one of the iconic sites associated with the birth of the New Archaeology. In recognition of this impressive record of archaeological site preservation, the Commission is pleased to present this year's award in the Private Sector Archaeology Program category to the Archaeological Conservancy.

Private Sector Archaeology Program: SunCor Development Company

SunCor Development Company, the builder responsible for the StoneRidge development in Prescott Valley, has gone well above and beyond the requirements of Section 106 compliance. The company has preserved a portion of Fitzmaurice Pueblo, one of the largest 13th century pueblos in the region and has placed deed restrictions on parcels encompassing petroglyph sites, preventing any future development in these areas. SunCor also assisted the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and the Hopi Tribe by providing a location for the reburial of human remains recovered during archaeological excavations in advance of construction. To assist in the long-term management and protection of the resources at StoneRidge, SunCor entered into an agreement with the Arizona Site Steward Program allowing unlimited access by site monitors. The Commission is delighted to present SunCor Development Company with this year's award in the Private Sector Archaeology Program category.

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