People have inhabited the southwest borderlands for at least 14,000 years, beginning with hunters of mammoths and other large game mammals along rivers and streams. Cochise College archaeology student excavations from 1964 to 1983 unearthed significant evidence of the prehistoric peoples of Cochise County. Unique pieces excavated by the classes, and others donated by local residents, are housed at the college as an educational resource.
John Pintek and his wife Rosaline met as Cochise College students in the 1960s. They return frequently to their alma mater and have funded a display for some of the archaeological treasures at the Douglas Campus. Thanks to their generosity and interest in helping make the collection available to the people to whom it rightly belongs, a second display is under construction at the Sierra Vista Campus.