March is Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month in Arizona. Come celebrate Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month with us at one or more than 85 activities scheduled around the state. Click here to see the many activities in your neighborhood.
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The annual Arizona Historic Preservation Conference (conference) is presented by Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, in partnership with the preservation community, including for-profit, non-profit, governmental, tribal and educational institutions. The goal of the Conference is to bring together preservationists from around the state to exchange ideas and success stories, to share perspectives and solutions to preservation issues, to foster cooperation between the diverse Arizona preservation communities, and to offer specialized training to today’s practitioners, while developing tomorrow’s preservationists. For more information visit official Conference website at AZPreservation.com
To help commemorate Arizona’s centennial on February 14, 2012, a centennial project was begun to inventory and promote the protection of historic cemeteries throughout the state. Historic cemeteries were chosen as the focus of a centennial project because they are important irreplaceable resources many of which are in danger of being lost through neglect, natural erosion, and vandalism. As the Arizona Centennial approached, it seemed appropriate that an organized statewide effort be undertaken to locate, inventory and provide guidance for the conservation and maintenance of these significant properties.
In honor of Arizona's Centennial, the Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission assembled the following list of 100 archaeological and historical sites that are open to the public. We encourage you to visit Arizona's past! Download Archaeological and Historical Sites List (PDF) ( 86 KB PDF) or (XLS) ( 61 KB XLS)
The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office: SHPO, a division of Arizona State Parks, assists private citizens, private institutions, local governments, tribes, and state and federal agencies in the identification, evaluation, protection, and enhancement of historic and archaeological properties that have significance for local communities, the State of Arizona, or the Nation. The role and function of the SHPO is defined in both state law (Arizona Historic Preservation Act) and federal law (National Historic Preservation Act, as amended). Activities of the SHPO include:
Centennial Milestone: Help preserve history by helping with the Inventory of Arizona Historic Cemeteries (IAHC). Learn More
Site Stewards discover rare, completely intact pots. Learn More
New update of Historic Preservation Plan describes principles that guide the activities of the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Learn More
The National Register of Historic Places is the Nation's official listing of prehistoric and historic properties worthy of preservation. Learn More
Do you have an interest in archaeology? Would you like to help preserve archaeological sites around the State? Learn More
Read an article that introduces some of the events and people that shaped Arizona's past. Learn More
Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission
Awards in Public Archaeology presented by GAAC
Local Government Assistance
Public Preservation Programs
National Register of Historic Places
Survey and Planning
Tax Incentives and Grant Programs
State Historic Property Tax Reclassification (SPT) for Owner-Occupied Homes
Review and Compliance
Arizona Site Stewards Program
Historic Sites Review Committee
Archaeological Site Etiquette
Inventory of Arizona Historic Cemeteries (IAHC)
Links to Related Sites
Introduction to Arizona's Cultural History
Historic preservation is the identification, management, and protection of tangible elements from the past for future generations. It is the history that we can see and experience. As we move into the future with the explosion of new technologies, historic preservation provides an anchor to our past. Historic preservation encourages the protection of historic and archaeological resources that are associated with important past events, themes, and people; that are representative of periods and types of architecture, possess high artistic value; or that are likely to yield valuable information about the past. Historic preservation helps us to know who we are by teaching us about where we came from.
The Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission (Commission) sponsors annual "Awards in Public Archaeology." The Commission is a statutory board that advises the State Historic Preservation Officer on issues of relevance to Arizona archaeology. The Awards are presented to individuals, organizations, and/or programs that have significantly contributed to the protection and preservation of, and education about, Arizona's non-renewable archaeological resources.
These awards can include the following categories of individuals or organizations that are worthy of recognition for their public service/education endeavors: 1) professional archaeologists, 2) avocational archaeologists, 3) Site Stewards, 4) Tribes, 5) private, non-profit entities, 6) government agencies, 7) private or industrial development entities and 8) Lifetime Achievement.
The SHPO staff represents various areas of expertise, including prehistoric and historic archaeology, historical architecture, history, architectural history, and grants management. Comments or questions please contact:
SHPO Administrative Assistant
Arizona State Parks
1300 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 542-4009 or see SHPO Staff directory