Archaeology field school ties present with past

Archaeology field school students participate in experimental pottery firing outside Cliff, NM.

Cochise College was delighted several years ago when a pair of former students – John and Rosaline Pintek – took an interest in its long-hidden collection of archaeological materials. The Pinteks helped fund the creation of two displays of locally-relevant pieces that were either donated to or excavated by the college in its early years. Located in the Douglas Campus Administration Building and the Andrea Cracchiolo Library on the Sierra Vista Campus, The Prehistoric Peoples of Cochise County exhibits are used in class and accessible to all visitors.

Now, someone else has caught the archaeology bug.

Cochise College student Lindsay Romo was featured in the Sierra Vista Herald website in April when she was one of 15 students selected to attend the Preservation Archaeology Field School (website) sponsored by Archaeology Southwest and the University of Arizona. The unique six-week program provides students with an opportunity to learn excavation, survey, and analysis methods in a beautiful, remote, and archaeologically rich part of the American Southwest.

The program wrapped up this month. In June, Lindsay published the essay “Chasing the Past” website about her experience on the Preservation Archaeology blog. The essay describes the weight of interpreting history and Lindsay’s struggle with the idea that nothing learned is truly objective.

Lindsay, a work study student with the college registrar, is considering a career in psychology or anthropology.

Archaeology Southwest has practiced a holistic, conservation-based approach to exploring the places of the past for three decades. By exploring what makes a place special, sharing this knowledge in innovative ways, and enacting flexible site protection strategies, it fosters meaningful connections to the past and safeguards its irreplaceable resources.