2008 Awards in Public Archaeology

Presented by the Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission at the 2008 Historic Preservation Conference, Rio Rico, Arizona.

Professional Archaeologist: James E. Ayres

Jim Ayres has been a professional archaeologist for more than 40 years. Along the way he has held many positions, including Project Director and Principal Investigator at the Arizona State Museum, State Historic Preservation Officer, independent archaeological consultant, and adjunct member of the Anthropology faculty at the University of Arizona.

Jim specializes in the fields of historical archaeology, history, and historic preservation, and he is at the forefront of each. For this reason, he is a much sought-after consultant. Jim has also been active in bringing historical archaeology to the public. His past and current service commitments in the historic preservation community are numerous, and include many leadership positions. Among these are:

  • Member, Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission
  • Vice Chair and later Chair, Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission
  • Member, Pima Association of Governments Transportation Enhancement Task Force
  • Member, State Board of Directors, Arizona Historical Society
  • Vice Chair and later Chair, Arizona Historical Advisory Commission
  • Member, Board of Advisors, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Jim’s many accomplishments were recently recognized by the Society for Historical Archaeology, which awarded him its prestigious J. C. Harrington Medal. It is with great pleasure that the Commission presents this year's award in the Professional Archaeologist category to James E. Ayres.

Avocational Archaeologist: Ella and Roy Pierpoint

Ella and Roy Pierpoint have been the driving force behind preservation and interpretation efforts at the Gatlin Site National Historic Landmark, in Gila Bend. Ella has been responsible for obtaining more than $185,000.00 in grants and matching funds. Roy spearheaded the fencing of the site and has since directed the construction of trails and the stabilization of mounds, as well as the building of pithouse replicas. This work was made possible by resources donated by Pierpoint Farms, including the use of heavy equipment. Throughout the process, Ella maintained communication with representatives of the San Lucy District of the Tohono O’odham Nation. As a result, the people of San Lucy are actively involved in the project.

Ella and Roy were also instrumental in the survey of the Fort Pierpoint Site, in the Gila Bend Mountains. This work, conducted under the direction of Dr. David Doyel and with volunteers from the Agua Fria Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, resulted in the recording of a 40-acre concentration of cultural resources, including an extensive ancient trail system, rock shelters, rock circles, masonry rooms, and petroglyphs.

For their contributions to documenting and preserving Arizona's rich heritage, the Commission is pleased to present Ella and Roy Pierpoint with this year's award in the Avocational Archaeologist category.

Site Steward: Mark Millman

Mark Millman, a Site Steward from the Prescott Region, has been described as tireless in his monitoring of archaeological sites that are both remote and difficult to access. Mark has logged more than 150 site visitation hours in just six quarters as a Steward and recently helped his Regional Coordinator to train 11 new recruits. He has also assisted in excavation and artifact processing under the supervision of professional archaeologist, Tom Motsinger.

His most laudable achievement, however, is the design and implementation of an outreach program geared toward local students in grades 4 through 6. In his visits to schools, Mark, and a colleague who is a former teacher, explain the need to preserve Arizona’s archaeological and historic sites and introduce students to the Arizona Site Steward Program. Mark is currently in the process of developing a similar program that is aimed at adults.

For his many contributions to preserving Arizona's rich heritage, as well as his efforts to educate the public about the importance of historic preservation, the Commission is proud to present Mark Millman with this year's award in the Site Steward category.

Tribal Program: Joseph Joaquin

Joseph Joaquin, who is a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, has been the Cultural Resources Specialist in the tribe’s Cultural Affairs Office for more than a decade. Previously, when serving as a member of the tribe’s Legislative Council, Mr. Joaquin was Chair of the Cultural Preservation Committee, and in that capacity was a major contributor to organizing the Cultural Affairs Office.

Mr. Joaquin has long been a central figure in the Four Southern Tribes Working Group, an organization designed to address cultural resource issues as the key interface between the O’odham and Pee Posh peoples and state and federal agencies. He has also been instrumental in plans to build the Tohono O’odham Cultural Center and Museum at Topawa, an institution that will help to preserve Tohono O’odham culture.

Mr. Joaquin is also a tribal representative on the Tucson-Pima County Historic Preservation Committee and works with Tohono O’odham groups in Mexico, preserving cultural resources and sacred places in Sonora. With all his responsibilities, he still carves out time to make presentations about O’odham culture to many different kinds of groups, including elementary-school-age children.

It is with great pleasure that the Commission presents this year's award in the Tribal category to Joseph Joaquin.

Government Agency: Sue Laybourn

Arizona has recently been experiencing unprecedented development. While growth has obvious benefits for the economy, there are locations where new construction has the potential to damage or destroy precious cultural resources. Through the leadership of City Planner, Sue Laybourn, the City of Coolidge has implemented a strategy to ensure that developers fully understand and comply with their legal responsibilities regarding archaeological sites.

In 2005, Ms. Laybourn planned, organized, and coordinated a seminar entitled, “Burial and Archaeological Issues for Builders and Developers.” She partnered in this endeavor with the Gila River Indian Community, the Tohono O’odham Nation, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Ak-Chin Indian Community. She brought together 23 representatives of 12 developers and engineering firms, along with about 30 others, for five hours of presentations by tribes, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Arizona State Museum. Developers were urged to be proactive in protecting both cultural resources and their own economic interests.

Sue has continued her educational efforts and also maintains a highly-effective working relationship with the Four Southern Tribes Working Group. She meets with the latter monthly to discuss development proposals which could affect cultural resources.

The Commission is proud to present Sue Laybourn with this year’s award in the Government Agency category.

Private, Non-Profit Entity: Center for Desert Archaeology: Archaeology Southwest Quarterly Newsletter

The Center for Desert Archaeology was incorporated in 1989 to pursue research, preservation, and educational activities focused on preserving the places and archaeology of our shared past in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The Center’s work is shared with the public through a quarterly publication entitled Archaeology Southwest.

Archaeology Southwest was conceived in 1986 and originally published under the title Archaeology in Tucson. Each issue currently contains eight to ten profusely illustrated articles written in clear, understandable English, by leading Southwestern archaeologists and other authors. Through Archaeology Southwest, the Center helps the public connect with the rich and diverse landscapes of the Southwest. Archaeology Southwest alsohelps the general public and professional archaeologists to keep up with the latest in Southwestern scholarship. Generous distribution of the newsletterhas enabled the Center to build preservation partnerships and to practice community-based archaeology at a wide geographic scale.

Anthropology professors use Archaeology Southwest to fill a niche left unaddressed by introductory textbooks. Archaeology Southwest alsoplays an important role in reaching underserved communities in rural areas and on Indian reservations. The newsletter has been described as “atext-book case for how public archaeology can and should be done.”

In recognition of twenty years of publishing Archaeology Southwest,the Commission is pleased to present this year’s award in the Private, Non-Profit category to the Center for Desert Archaeology.

Private, Non-Profit Entity: Southwest Archaeology Team, Inc.

The Southwest Archaeology Team began as a group of volunteers 30 years ago. In 1986, the group incorporated and adopted its name, with its appropriate acronym, SWAT. SWAT’s goals are to field emergency archaeological crews to survey or excavate sites that would otherwise be lost, to promote the stabilization and preservation of prehistoric and historic sites, and to provide educational programs for adults and children.

SWAT members have participated in numerous emergency survey, excavation, and stabilization projects. They have travelled to many places around the state to do this work, including Tumacacori National Historical Park, Mission Los Santos Angeles de Guevavi, Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, Pennington Stone Cabin and an Archeological Conservancy site near Cottonwood. SWAT members have been doing stabilization work at the Pueblo Grande platform mound since 1994. They have also been excavating and stabilizing at prehistoric site of Mesa Grande, restoring the historic Sirrine House, and stabilizing the historic Verdugo Stage Stop site for many years.

SWAT has promoted archaeology through work with the Arizona Museum of Natural History and with the Boy Scouts of America. SWAT members also have produced exhibits and organized activities for children at city and museum festivals, at the Arizona Archeology Expo and at the Tumacacori Christmas festival. SWAT meetings, held quarterly, are open to the public and feature talks on a variety of topics in archaeology.

The Commission is delighted to present the Southwest Archaeology Team with this year’s award in the Private, Non-Profit category.

Lifetime Achievement: Lester Chapman

Lester Chapman, an avocational archaeologist for more than 20 years, was one of the founding members of the Cochise Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society and has served in virtually every office in that organization. Les was a long-time Site Steward and Regional Coordinator for the Sierra Vista area. Under his leadership, the number of Site Stewards and the number of sites monitored rapidly expanded. His infectious enthusiasm for the protection of archaeological resources was clearly communicated when he trained new recruits.

Les has been an important asset to both the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service. Under the direction of Jane Childress, of the BLM’s San Pedro National Riparian Conservation Area, Les made critical contributions to rock art recording projects and archaeological surveys. He also assisted in the investigation of vandalism to Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate and in the repair work that followed. Under the direction of Coronado National Forest archaeologist, William Gillespie, Les assisted with a damage assessment and excavations when vandalism was discovered on a site in Lochiel.

In recognition of his many years of dedicated service in avocational archaeology, it is with great pleasure that the Commission presents this year's Lifetime Achievement award to Lester Chapman.

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