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) Encoding: Mime-Version: 1.0 A Consideration of Maricopa County's Cultural Resources 12/18 Fountain Hills Rotary 7:00 am 01/09 Phoenix Women's Transportation Seminar 11:30 am 02/13 Phoenix Chapter AZ Archaeological Society 7:00 pm ABSTRACT 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. ABOUT THE SPEAKER 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.