Postcard: Analysis

All artifacts depicted on the recent analysis postcard were recovered during excavations in support of the Valley Metro Light Rail Project. The artifacts, beginning with the upper left-hand corner and proceeding clockwise, represent the following (click on images for larger versions):

Two perforated schist disks and one . . . → Read More: Postcard: Analysis

Postcard: CSI and Archaeology?

This photograph shows a petroglyph boulder at an archaeological site near Lake Pleasant, located northwest of Phoenix. A similar petroglyph boulder was reported missing from the site in April 2003, and a criminal investigation ensued. ACS conducted the site damage assessment, which involved identifying, photographing, and remapping the features . . . → Read More: Postcard: CSI and Archaeology?

Postcard: Red-Tailed Hawk

Gliding across the desert and over cultivated fields, the red-tailed hawk was common both prehistorically and in modern times. Ethnographic accounts show that feathers from red-tailed hawks were used for fletching arrows as well as for ceremonial headdresses. Nestlings would sometimes be removed from saguaro nests and transported back . . . → Read More: Postcard: Red-Tailed Hawk

Postcard: Glycymeris gigantea Bracelet

This artifact is an incised bracelet constructed from Glycymeris gigantea. It was recovered from canal fill (Feature 9) at site U:9:169(ASM) during ACS’ Red Mountain Freeway project (Powell and Boston 2004). Bittersweet shells, including Glycymeris sp., were popularly used to make bracelets due to the large size of the raw shell. . . . → Read More: Postcard: Glycymeris gigantea Bracelet

Postcard: Hayden Flour Mill Safe

As part of the documentation of the flour mill, ACS recorded a wonderful old safe, which is located in what once were the front offices of the Mill Building . The safe is a piece of history itself, built sometime in the early 1870s by Hall’s Safe . . . → Read More: Postcard: Hayden Flour Mill Safe