The Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission (GAAC) is sponsoring its 27th 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. Download Nomination Form ( 138 KB PDF)
The Arizona Preservation Foundation and the State Historic Preservation Office/Arizona State Parks invite your nominations for the annual Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Awards. Each year awards are given to individuals, businesses, organizations, and/or projects in recognition of outstanding achievements in preserving Arizona’s prehistoric and historic resources. Download Nomination Form ( 158 KB PDF)
Arizona is a national leader in the development of Public Archaeology and Heritage Tourism programs. The Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission has played an important role in the development of Arizona's multi-component, award-winning educational programs in archaeology. The legislation creating the Commission was signed into effect by Governor Bruce Babbitt on March 26, 1985. The purpose of the Commission is to advise the State Historic Preservation Office on a variety of archaeological issues important to Arizona.
The Commission has assisted the SHPO in creating successful and unique public education programs, including Arizona Archaeology Awareness Month, the Archaeology Expo, and the Site Steward Program. The Commission is working with the Arizona Office of Tourism and the Arizona Humanities Council in promoting and expanding sensitive heritage tourism experiences. As part of this effort, the Commission has produced a document entitled "Guidelines for Archaeological Park Development" to assist public and private agencies in the appropriate and sensitive development of archaeological sites into interpretive public parks. The goal is to promote local economic development through archaeological heritage tourism, while fostering a stewardship ethic and the preservation of these irreplaceable archaeological and historical resources.
The statutory Commission is composed of 11 members with expertise in prehistoric or historic archaeology, anthropology and/or ethnography, as well as tourism, public education, economic development, business, and Native American affairs. List updated February 2009.
Connie Stone, Ph.D. Chair
Bureau of Land Management
Can be contacted through the State Historic Preservation Office at (602) 542-4009
(Term Expires 9/01/11)
Kristen D. McLean Vice Chair
Can be contacted through Arizona State Parks
(Term expires 9/01/14)
Thomas E. Jones
Archaeological Consulting Services, Ltd.
424 W. Broadway Road
Tempe, Arizona 85282
(Term expires 9/1/2014)
Chris Downum, Ph.D.
Northern Arizona University
Department of Anthropology
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(Term Expires 9/01/11)
Chief, Resource Management
Tonto National Monument
HC 02, Box 4602
Roosevelt, AZ 85545
TEL: 928-467-2241 / 602-794-3819
(Term Expires 9/01/13)
Donna Ruiz y Costello
Can be contacted through the SHPO Office at (602) 542-4009.
(Term Expires 9/01/12)
Chandler Museum - Chandler Historical Society
178 E. Commonwealth Avenue
Chandler, AZ 85225
(Term expires 2/29/16)
Can be contacted through the State Historic Preservation Office
(Term expires 1/9/16)
Arizona State Museum
1013 E. University Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85721
(Term expires 10/3/14)
Advisory Committee Coordinator: Kris Dobscuetz (602) 542-7138
The Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission is a statutory body charged with advising the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) on archaeological issues and related activities in Arizona. The Commission is composed of 11 members with expertise in prehistoric or historic archaeology, anthropology, heritage tourism, Native American cultural heritage, public education, and economic development.
Established by the State Legislature in 1985, the Commission’s enabling legislation also directed it to promote archaeology and the development of a broad base of public support for historic preservation. The Commission has assisted the SHPO in developing and sustaining highly successful efforts including the nationally recognized Arizona Site Steward Program and the popular Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month activities, such as the annual Archaeology Exposition. The Commission has also advised the SHPO on developing public education guidelines, a statement of principles regarding cooperation between archaeologists and American Indian tribes, guidelines for archaeological excavations on private property, a report on the archaeological curation crisis in Arizona, and protection and management of archaeological resources along the international border.
Download Three Year Plan 2013-2015 ( 91 KB PDF)
The Professional Competency Committee of the Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission is in the process of developing a series of training opportunities to allow professional archaeologists to increase their knowledge of Arizona archaeology as well as current practices within the field of archaeology. A survey requesting input on the desirability of potential training opportunities was provided to the professional community via a “Survey Monkey.” On the survey, GAAC requested that the public rank each of the training opportunities in order of desirability, and also to provide input on any other training needs. The GAAC survey was announced on the AAC-Listserv and the Archaeology Southwest-Listserv on October 18, November 6, and November 20, 2012. It was also posted on the AAC website. The following report documents the results of the survey.
Download Survey Results ( 53 KB PDF)
Download Policy Recommendation ( 119 KB PDF)
Download Curation Crisis Executive Summary ( 84 KB PDF)
Download Curation Crisis Final Report ( 398 KB PDF)
Public outreach and education is a critical component of archaeological site protection in Arizona today. Without an understanding of what the archaeological record represents, the public cannot be expected to appreciate that record, nor support the investment of public resources in its preservation for future generations. We owe it to our children to give them the opportunity of exploring the wonders Arizona's historic and prehistoric past. The Commission is committed to public outreach and education in the service of archaeological site protection. To that end, the Commission will:
Historic preservation law and regulation are the primary means by which archaeological sites are considered as a part of land use and development planning that affects both public and private property. It is critical that public agency officials with resource management responsibilities understand these laws and regulations in the state of Arizona. The Commission is committed to educating cultural resources professionals in historic preservation law and regulation. To that end, the Commission will
Historic preservation rests on a foundation that is established through research and planning. Only through these activities can archaeological sites be located, identified evaluated and properly managed for the future. The ultimate rationale for preserving archaeological resources lies in the potential they offer for knowledge about our collective human past. The Commission is committed to research and planning for the purposes of archaeological site protection and management. To this end, the Commission will:
Arizonans are blessed with a rich archaeological heritage that is the envy of the nation. Archaeological sites in such places as Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Homolovi State Park, and the City of Phoenix's Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park have become important public assets. The Commission is committed to promoting public preservation programs that are dedicated to the protection of the state's archaeological sites. To this end, the Commission will:
As part of Arizona Archaeology Awarness Month each year, the Commission recognizes individuals and/or programs that have contributed time and energy to promoting 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, and 7) private or industrial development entities. In addition, the Commission would like to make an award to an individual for special or lifetime achievement. The award ceremony is held at the Historic Preservation Conference each year. See 2011 Winners See List of Winners since 1988