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Excavations at the Historic Alameda-Stone Cemetery in Downtown Tucson – Roger Anyon

Note: This post refers to an event that took place on Dec 19, 2011.


In 2006, Pima County initiated one of the largest and most complex archaeological projects ever undertaken in Arizona, involving the complete excavation of nearly an entire civilian and military cemetery. Because the entire parcel was planned to be developed in to a Joint City-County Courts Complex, state law required the complete recoverey and removal of burials from the site and their repatriation to descendant groups. The excavation resulted in the recovery of nearly 1,400 individuals buried during Tucson’s Territorial Period from the 1850’s to 1880’s, together with more than 700 archaeological features dating to the post-cemetery and prehistoric periods.