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Recognizing & Interpreting Historical Materials


Are you a professional archaeologist, current student, historian, or individual just interested in learning more about historical archaeology and how to recognize and interpret historical materials? The Historical Archaeology Advisory Committee (HAAC), Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and Arizona Preservation Foundation (APF) are presenting a free webinar series... and you are invited!


Tools, Hardware, Tack, & Personal Items

March 24, 2022

View the recording on the Arizona Preservation YouTube channel

This presentation provides a summary of tools, hardware, tack, and personal items. New technologies in the twentieth century influenced the production of new tools and hardware that are still common today. Given the importance of farming and ranching in Arizona's growth through the late-historical period, it is not surprising to find tack items in archaeological settings. Archaeologists have identified a wide variety of personal items documented on sites. Those most commonly found in Arizona might include buttons, marbles, batteries, coins and tokens, and toys. An understanding of these artifact types will assist in determining site function and use, whether domestic (e.g., homesteads, farms, ranches), commercial and industrial (e.g., mines, railroads, general industry), or in affiliation with work camps.

Future topics


  • June 2022 ~ Two tours to the NAU APEX Railroad Camp Field School Project in Tusayan, AZ. Dates and sign-up process will be announced in advance.

  • July 21, 2022 ~ Glass & Bottles

  • August 25, 2022 ~ Can Technology


Thomas Jones, Presenter


Tom has more than 26 years of experience in archeological investigations, historical artifact analysis, historical research and National Register nominations, documentation for HABS/HAER, and historical building inventories. Tom meets the professional requirements for Historian under the Secretary of Interior Standards. He has contributed to all forms of archaeological reports and has authored and presented papers for professional and avocational audiences. He sits on the Historical Archaeology Advisory Committee (HAAC), and was a long-time member of the Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission and Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission. As a member of HAAC, Tom assisted the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office in the development of inventory forms for historical in-use structures, as well as a field guide for recording structures and preparing the forms. He is intimately familiar with the documentation and evaluation of historical in-use structures.​

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