• Arizona Cultural Resources: Historic Florence Hotel

    Mark Hackbarth, RPA

    Founded in 1866, the Town of Florence is located between Phoenix and Tucson in Pinal County, Arizona. As part of the Town’s recent construction of Padilla Park, Logan Simpson’s cultural resources consultants recently documented the foundation of a hotel building believed to be the original 1875 Florence Hotel. read more

  • Airport Wildlife Hazard Assessments

    Waiting in line at an airport security checkpoint, flyers know that airports across the country are committed to safety. But just outside, past the runways, towers and fences, wildlife biological resource specialists are surveying and recording data to keep the flying public safe.

    As part of efforts to reduce bird and animal strikes, members of Logan Simpson’s biological resources team are in the field to assess wildlife hazards at nine Arizona airports for the Arizona Department of Transportation Aeronautics Group, which is charged with meeting requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
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  • Logan Simpson’s Frank Luke Addition Project and Ancient Hohokam Pottery

    Cultural resource management (CRM) archaeology mainly exists to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws that conserve and protect significant cultural and historical resources from harm or destructive impacts. Sometimes, however, CRM work provides opportunities for detailed scientific research that yields significant advances in our knowledge of the past. Such is the case with Logan Simpson’s recent excavations near 18th and McKinley streets in central Phoenix, in advance of the city’s revitalization of the Frank Luke Addition housing development, a HUD-funded public housing community. read more

  • 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

  • The Healthy Forests Restoration Act and Community Wildfire Protection Plans

    Chris BockeyWildfire season is fast approaching and agencies and communities across the West are reviewing, revising, and updating strategies to protect land from severe wildfire threat. As an Arizona environmental planning firm, Logan Simpson’s wildfire planning specialists have recently completed the 2014 Cochise County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and 2014 Maricopa County CWPP Update as a result of the need for these counties to have established and updated plans in place.
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  • Arizona Cultural Resources: Pottery Origins as a Practical Domestic Technology

    Christopher Garraty, Ph.D., RPA

    As one of Logan Simpson’s cultural resource consultants, I have been conducting research on ancient pottery in southern and central Arizona for the past eight years. The archaeological study of pottery and ceramics is crucial for understanding the ancient life ways of people prior to the introduction of written records. These valuable Arizona cultural resources, along with stone tools, are well-preserved and abundant at most archaeological sites in the state. In contrast, many other important cultural resources, such as food, wood, and fiber, are perishable and do not preserve in the archaeological record. Studying ceramics provides archaeologists with information about what people ate, their customs and technologies, artisan crafting practices, gender roles, patterns of exchange, views of religion and cosmologies, and many other important insights.
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  • London Bridge Tourist Attraction and Bat Roosting Habitat

    Nearly 50 years ago the London Bridge (of nursery rhyme fame), was disassembled and shipped overseas from London to California. It was then trucked to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it was reconstructed and rededicated in October 1971. Kay Nicholson, a senior member of Logan Simpson’s team of biological resource specialists, recently completed a bat survey of the bridge in advance of maintenance work to repair and make safety improvements. 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