Cultural Resources

  • The Woodrow Residence’s NRHP Nomination has been Accepted!

    Logan Simpson is proud to announce that the application for the Woodrow Residence in Tucson, Arizona has been accepted, and the historic home is now recognized in the National Register of Historic Places!

    The home was built in 1957at 8649 E. Woodland Road, in Tucson by architect Arthur Brown on behalf of Julie and Arthur Woodrow. Brown was one of the pioneers of passive solar design in architecture. His designs are notable as some of the earliest examples of experimental solar architecture in not just Arizona, but the entire United States. While not well known among the general population, his work is celebrated and beloved among architects, who consider him a pioneer and leader of modern sustainable design. read more

  • Seeing from the Sky: How Logan Simpson Uses Drones

    Drones have become part of Logan Simpson’s technical toolkit. Our staff uses drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, for site mapping, elevation modeling, aerial photography, and capturing video footage. Our FAA-licensed pilots have used drones to generate orthomosaic and elevation models for the post-excavation phase of the Sonoqui Wash Data Recovery project in Central Arizona. Other projects include conducting an orthophoto survey of the El  Rancho de Las Golondrinas outdoor architecture park and surrounding land near Santa Fe, New Mexico, as well as a vertical cliff wall aerial survey of ancient petroglyphs and site-level aerial reconnaissance surveys.

    Logan Simpson began to use drones at the suggestion of our staff, who took advantage of the firm’s “Denali Trek” program. The Denali Trek is designed to encourage innovation in how we carry out our work. Each year, Logan Simpson staff may submit proposals to the firm so that they may purchase equipment and dedicate a portion of their time to developing innovative methodologies. In addition to drones, the Denali Trek program has enabled Logan Simpson to begin to use virtual reality and ground-penetrating radar.

  • Tribal Perspectives on Cultural Resources and the NEPA Process

    On May 3rd, come hear Jewel Touchin, a Logan Simpson archaeologist and ethnographer, discuss her journey as a Navajo woman in the world of archaeology, perspectives on transportation planning, and her experience with cultural resources and the NEPA process.

    Join us to learn more about:

      • Tribal diversity
      • The importance of tribal consultation
      • How that fits into NEPA including examples of current projects

    When: Thursday May 3,
    2018, 11:30 am – 1 pm

    About the Speaker: Jewel was born and raised in St. Michaels, AZ, on the Navajo Nation. She is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and an Arizona State University alumna. She has more than 24 years of experience as an archaeologist in the Southwest.

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  • Logan Simpson Archaeologist Joey LaValley Presents Charcoal Paper at SHA

    Logan Simpson Archaeologist Joey LaValley presented the paper “The Beginning of the End: An Economic Impact Analysis on Late 19th-Century Charcoal Production in the Roberts Mountains of Eureka County, Nevada” at the Society of Historic Archaeology Conference this January. In the late 19th century, mining companies in Eureka, Nevada used charcoal to fuel their smelters.

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  • Buffware lecture at the Arizona Archaeological Sociey

    If you live in the Southwest, chances are you’re familiar with buffware – even if you don’t know the name.  The pottery, or fragments of it, are on display in museums, while modern imitations of the tan and red or brown pottery sits in every souvenir shop in the state.

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  • Archaeological Investigations on ASU’s Tempe Campus

    Did you know that Arizona State University’s Tempe campus sits on top of ancient Hohokam ruins?  We did! 

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  • Justin Rego, M.A., RPA Wins SPARC Grant

    Congratulations to Logan Simpson’s Justin Rego who just received word that the project he’s leading with co-PIs Wendy Cegielski, M.A. (Arizona State University), and Ignacio Grau-Mira, PhD (University of Alicante) has won a Spatial Archaeometry Research Collaborations (SPARC) grant.

    The team will be collaborating with SPARC researchers to pursue advanced datafusion techniques and the integration of LiDAR imagery to investigate the structure and organization of the urban, Iberian fortified settlement of Mariola in Eastern Spain. read more

  • Erick Laurila Promoted to Assistant Director of Cultural Resources

    Archaeologist Erick Laurila, M.A., RPA, has been promoted to the position of Assistant Director of Cultural Resources in Logan Simpson’s Tempe, Arizona office. In his new role, Erick will be working with the Director of Cultural Resources to oversee GIS, graphics, and mobile electronic data collection technologies as well as managing client relations, projects, and staff. Erick has worked at Logan Simpson for five years, and he has more than 10 years of experience coordinating and supervising cultural resources survey, archaeological excavation and monitoring throughout Arizona and New Mexico. read more

  • Erin Davis Promoted to Assistant Director of Cultural Resources

    Archaeologist Erin Davis, M.A., RPA, has been promoted to the position of Assistant Director of Cultural Resources in Logan Simpson’s Tempe, Arizona office. In her new role, Erin will work with the Director of Cultural Resources to manage client relations, projects and staff assignments worked out of the Tempe office. Erin began her career in 1994 and has worked at Logan Simpson since 2010. She has spent decades conducting archaeological survey, excavations, and monitoring and preparing reports detailing the results of these activities and providing recommendations for NRHP eligibility and effects projects may have upon historic properties. She received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, in 1997 and her M.A. from the University of Leicester in 2011.

  • Mark Hackbarth Reappointed to Scottsdale Historic Preservation Commission

    Mark Hackbarth, RPA

    Mark Hackbarth, RPA

    Scottsdale City Council reappointed Mark Hackbarth to Scottsdale’s Historic Preservation Commission. Mark, a 22-year Scottsdale resident, recently completed a three-year term. The seven-member commission oversees the development and management of Scottsdale’s Historic Preservation Program. read more