Message #409:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: A Consideration of Maricopa County's Cultural Resources
Date: Sat, 14 Dec 1996 08:57:14 -0700 (MST) 
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A Consideration of Maricopa County's Cultural Resources

12/18	Fountain Hills Rotary				 7:00 am
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02/13	Phoenix Chapter AZ Archaeological Society	 7:00 pm

A Consideration of Maricopa County's Cultural Resources
An awareness of historic preservation issues developed early in the history
of the United States.  In Arizona, historic preservation concerns took root
with the 1892 designation of the Casa Grande as the first national
archaeological reservation in the nation.  Congressional passage of the
Antiquities Act of 1906 spurred more thought on the issue of preservation.
With the close of the territorial era and subsequent development of
agricultural and industrial life, new preservation regulations were
promoted.  Progressive historic preservation attitudes died, however, when
Arizona's first Antiquities Act was ruled unconstitutional in 1927.
Throughout the duration of the Great Depression, the federal government
continued historic preservation activities in Arizona through the work of
the CCC and the WPA.  Though late in promoting historic preservation as a
quality of life issue, the State finally succeeded in establishing an
Antiquities Act in 1960, and, a State Historic Preservation Act in 1982.
The Arizona Burial Law of 1990 introduced to the treatment of human remains
ideas drawn from the 'environmental justice' movement.  Maricopa County
became a political subdivision of Arizona in February of 1871 and the County
has generally reflected Arizona's attitudes regarding historic preservation.
County agencies have long participated in historic preservation planning
activities, but over the years, many of these efforts have been ad hoc or
extremely local in nature.  In 1997, County-wide comprehensive planning and
historic-preservation decision-making are more important than ever before.
While limited and ad hoc decisions are sometimes still made, efforts are
underway to establish more uniform standards and to promote greater
coordinated planning.  The County hired it's first professional cultural
resources manager in 1993. In some County agencies, historic preservation
issues are now evaluated years in advance of construction.  The presentation
titled "A Consideration of Maricopa County's Cultural Resources" examines
several unfolding County projects in light of this history.

Brian Kenny will present "A Consideration of Maricopa County's Cultural
Resources."  Mr. Kenny is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute
(Monterey CA) and Arizona State University (Tempe).  Brian's interests in
anthropology and archaeology developed at Brophy Prep in Phoenix, Arizona.
He conducted fieldwork and laboratory work with professional and avocational
archaeologists throughout his high school and college training.  After
serving in Asia as an interpreter for Air Force intelligence, he returned to
Arizona to develop a career in Southwestern anthropology and archaeology.
Brian worked for cultural resource management consulting firms and museums,
then moved to management of environmental and cultural issues in government.
Brian was a Zone Archaeologist on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests,
and later, Environmental & Cultural Resources Manager for the Arizona State
Land Department.

Brian Kenny joined the Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT)
as Senior Planner in 1993.  He serves as Environmental Program Manager and
Anthropologist for MCDOT's Transportation Planning Division.  His
responsibilities include: management of natural, biological and cultural
resource issues or programs; environmental and hazardous materials
assessments; anthropological and special studies related to communities and
transportation systems, conditions and noise; team leadership for Internet
web page design and technology transfer; and, supervision of international
engineering interns.

Brian's extra-curricular activities include: conservation law enforcement
field activities; Legislative Committee Chairman for the Arizona
Archaeological Council; member of the Governor's Arizona Archaeology
Advisory Commission; member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona
Telecommunications Community Freenet (AzTeC); coordination of the
Southwestern Archaeology (SWA) web page; and, editor of the Southwestern
Archaeology Special Interest Group (SASIG).  Brian will soon turn 43
years-old.  He lives in Mesa Arizona with his lovely bride of twenty years,
Hwang Myongja.  Together, they raise exotic vegetables, backpack the
Southwest's wilderness trails, and actively participate in the daily lives
and economic development activities of Arizona's Asian-American communities.