Arizona Site Steward Program
The Arizona Site Steward program was developed by Governor Bruce Babbitt and his Archaeological Advisory Commission in an attempt to support the protection of cultural sites on public lands. Starting with three regions and four partners, the program has grown to encompass the entire state and 32 local, state, federal and non-profit partners. Currently administered by Arizona State Parks, the program is supported by the Arizona State Parks Foundation – a 501(c)3.
The Arizona Site Steward Program is an organization of volunteers, sponsored by the public land managers of Arizona, whose members are selected, trained and certified by Arizona State Parks. The chief objective of the Stewards Program is: To protect prehistoric and historic archaeological and paleontological sites throughout Arizona through monitoring.
Arizona State Historic Preservation Office
The SHPO works in partnership with the federal, state and local governments, Indian Tribes, and private organizations and individuals to assist in planning for the continued use and preservation of heritage resources for the benefit of future Arizonans. In order to fulfill our mission, the SHPO supports educational and outreach activities that bring awareness to Arizona’s rich archaeological heritage and unique built environment resources, provides professional guidance on best practices for preservation and conservation, and manages programs to incentivize preservation activities in the private sector.
The Arizona Archaeological Society is a group of volunteers interested in archaeological education and preservation. This organization is over 50 years old and has chapters in northern, central and southern Arizona. The Society provides certification programs, topical classes and projects. They produce a monthly publication The Petroglyph and an an annual publication the Arizona Archaeologist.
Governors Archaeology Advisory Commission
The Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission (Commission) plays an important role in the development of Arizona's multi-component, award-winning educational programs in archaeology. The legislation creating the Commission was signed into effect by Governor Bruce Babbitt on March 26, 1985. The purpose of the Commission is to advise the State Historic Preservation Office on a variety of archaeological issues important to Arizona.
The Commission has assisted the SHPO in creating successful and unique public education programs, including Arizona Archaeology Awareness Month, the Archaeology Expo, and the Site Steward Program.