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University Indian Ruins

January 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm MST (Arizona)

The University Indian Ruin Archaeological Research District is located in the eastern Tucson Basin at the confluence of the Tanque Verde and Pantano washes where their combined flow forms the Rillito River. The 13-acre District is an archaeological preserve owned by the University of Arizona School of Anthropology.  It includes a central portion of a large Hohokam Classic period village and an adjacent complex of archaeological research facilities that was constructed in the 1930s.  The archaeological site was occupied primarily between A.D. 1150 and 1450. It was one of the largest settlements in the Tucson Basin during that interval, containing a large and a small platform mound as public architecture and a range of other adobe buildings. The presence of the only platform mounds in the eastern Basin indicates that University Indian Ruin served as a focal point for regional civic and ceremonial activities and the leaders of these events.

Our tour leaders, archaeologists Suzy Fish, Paul Fish, Mark Elson, and Maren Hopkins are analyzing the results from 2010-2013 UA Anthropology field schools at University Indian Ruin.  These field schools built on the work of earlier investigations by Byron Cummings, Emil Haury, and Julian Hayden.  The tour is limited to 20 people.  To register email Katherine Cerino.

Aerial view of University Indian Ruins. Photo by Henry Wallace.



January 18, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm MST
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Katherine Cerino