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Joint Courts Complex Archaeological Data Recovery Project
Pima County, Arizona, and Statistical Research, Inc.
The Joint Courts Complex website provides information about an ongoing archaeological data recovery project in downtown Tucson, Arizona. The project is being conducted for Pima County, Arizona, by Statistical Research, Inc., in advance of the construction of a joint City of Tucson/Pima County courts building. In addition to some prehistoric remains and foundations, privies, and trash deposits from late nineteenth and early twentieth century domestic and commercial use of the project area, the site includes most of the land that was used as Tucson's National Cemetery from the 1860s to the 1880s. This was the first cemetery established in Tucson after southern Arizona became a part of the United States. It consisted of a small military section from which most of the burials were removed in 1884, and a larger civilian cemetery used by the primarily Hispanic population of Tucson. It is estimated that between 1120 and 1150 individuals were buried in the cemetery. Pima County has two goals for the project: 1) the respectful removal and reburial of all human remains within the project area, and 2)the development of an important contribution to our understanding of Tucson's transformation from Native American village to modern, multicultural city. The website, which is updated monthly, includes copies of the background reports for the project, progress reports, photos, and maps.