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Archeologists said they’ve found ancient artifacts that could date back to before the Hohokams in dirt removed from the downtown Phoenix construction site of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s $93 million headquarters.

In May, shovels hit an archeological jackpot at the site at Sixth Avenue and Madison Street when workers unearthed remnants of graves that local preservation experts said traced back to Arizona’s pioneers who died in the mid- to late-1800s.

The findings were sparse, but coffin handles, wood slivers, and some human remains were discovered, suggesting an incomplete job of moving pioneer remains from the city’s first cemetery to the later-constructed Pioneer and Military Memorial Park, an 1881 editorial in the Phoenix Herald and local experts suggest.

But the grindstones and pottery fragments more recently found have been buried for even longer, possibly as far back as 1,600 years ago, experts said. Read more.

A simple construction project in downtown Phoenix has turned into an archaeological excavation after workers building the new Maricopa County sheriff’s headquarters unearthed a series of grave sites and caskets late last week.

The tombs likely contain the remains of some of Phoenix’s earliest settlers, according to local preservation experts. The bodies of those pioneers were supposed to be moved from the city’s first cemetery near Fifth Avenue and Jackson Street to the Pioneer and Military Memorial Park in the late 1880s.

Last week’s discovery of caskets with some human remains was the first clue that former Town Marshal Enrique Garfias did not complete the task, said Frank Barrios, a descendant of Phoenix pioneers and member of the Pioneers’ Cemetery Association.

The area likely contains the remains of people who died in Phoenix between 1868, when the city was founded, and 1885, when the Pioneer and Military Memorial Park officially opened, Barrios said. Read more.

FARMINGTON — The number of archeologists in Farmington is about to boom while a large-scale construction project begins on nearby Indian land.

The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $5.5 million to contract to PaleoWest Archeology to mitigate the effects Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project construction will have on cultural resources in the area.

PaleoWest is a Phoenix-based company that will open an office in Farmington, said Lisa Iams, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Reclamation.

The company employees archeologists, historians and anthropologists and provides cultural-resource consulting to private and public developers.

"It’s going to be the most important archeological investigation in northwest New Mexico history, so we are very excited," said Tom Motsinger, the president of PaleoWest. Read more.

The Deer Valley Rock Art Center, an archaeology museum in northwest Phoenix, is inviting individuals to a new volunteer orientation 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Learn about Phoenix’s rock art site, and explore opportunities to meet new people, share talents, and engage the community in the preservation of the past.

Volunteers are integral to the Deer Valley Rock Art Center’s mission of rock art education, preservation, and research. Volunteers participate in all facets of the Center’s operations, from working directly with visitors on tours and for special programs, to assisting with behind-the-scenes projects in collections, research, public relations, membership, and other areas. Read more.