Message #373: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Subject: Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Date: Tue, 19 Nov 96 09:43:00 MST Encoding: 61 TEXT From: Mark Henderson To: email@example.com Cc: Brian Kenny, Lisa Pfost Subject: RE: Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Date: Mon, 18 Nov 1996 21:08:00 -0800 Scott- You might want to check out the Southwest Archaeology webpage at: http://www.swanet.org/ for Casa Grande experts. I have taken the liberty of copying your original message to Brian Kenny, the SW Archaeology Page administrator. He may post your inquiry to that list. You might in addition want to contact southwestern adobe preservation specialists if you have not already. I would suggest Michael Taylor with New Mexico State Monuments Division in Santa Fe as a person to contact. I might be able to track down an e-mail address if you have trouble finding him. He has contact with adobe stabilization folks everywhere (ICOMOS). I have also taken the liberty of copying Lisa Pfost who is a structural stabilization archeologist who has worked extensively with documentation and stabilization at Walnut Canyon National Monument near Flagstaff. Lisa could help you contact others in the AZ ruins stabilization circle and some of the archeologists that have worked on other topical materials besides stabilization at Casa Grande (Dave Wilcox at the Museum of Northern Arizona comes to mind). I would be personally interested in knowing more about your project. I am particularly interested in your methods of documentation and any evidence you find in your survey of features that may have calendric significance. This may be relevant to a mud walled building in a "Fremont" community near Great Basin National Park. The large (that means about 7 m on a side) square central building is inferred to have had an orientation related to an "horizon calendar" which may have also been the function of the Casa Grande. The surrounding pithouses and smaller adobe buildings remind me of a small scale Casa Grande (those Southwesternists should get a chuckle from the comparison). Stay in touch. Mark Henderson firstname.lastname@example.org; 702-289-1884 (daytime) >From: Scott W. Carpenter >Subject: Casa Grande Ruins National Monument >To: Archaeology and Historic Preservation Colleagues >I am a registered architect and a graduate student attending the >architectural Conservation Program at the University of Pennsylvania. I've >been a long-time subscriber to this newsletter, but this is the first time >I've actually worked up the nerve to submit a post. During the upcoming >1996-97 Winter Break, seven or eight of my fellow students and I will be >preparing a conditions survey report of the Hohokam Big House of Casa Grande >Ruins National Monument in Arizona. The survey will be directed by Frank >Matero, Director of the Historic Preservation Program at Penn, in >conjunction with members of the National Parks Service. Casa Grande was the >first prehistoric reserve to be established in the United States (1892), >and one of the earliest conservation projects conducted by the U.S. >government. Phase I of this work will include two MS theses (Del Bono and >Fong) and the documentation of the past and existing conditions of the >earthen construction and plaster finishes. I am currently reading through >the conservation / administrative history of the site written by A. Berle >Clemensen. However, I was curious as to whether any of the subscribers to >this newsletter have first-hand experience with this site, or sites in its >general vicinity. Any insight you might provide into this unique cultural >treasure would be much appreciated. I may be contacted by e-mail at the >following address: email@example.com. Thank you for your >assistance in advance!