University of Arizona
School of Anthropology Residential Scholar

The School of Anthropology is pleased to announce the inauguration of a
Residential Scholar Program at its National Register-eligible adobe home,
adjacent to the University Indian Ruin (UIR). The UIR is a Classic period
Hohokam archaeological site, dating to A.D. 1100-1400, which includes a
platform mound and adobe compounds—one of the last platform mound communities
still extant in the Tucson Basin. Located on 13 acres of Sonoran desert in
central Tucson, 10 miles from campus, the complex is owned and maintained by
the University of Arizona.

Site History:
In 1930, Mrs. Dorothy Knipe donated the initial six acres of the property to
the University of Arizona. Charged with protecting the village’s scientific
value, archaeological work on the site began that year under the direction of
Byron Cummings, founder of the Department of Anthropology at the University of
Arizona (then the Department of Archaeology). While the Department provided
protection for resources on the property, it developed a field research station
where it conducted archaeological analysis. With assistance from the Tucson
Chamber of Commerce, within a few years another seven acres were added to the

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began construction on the compound in
1933 and in 1936 it completed a complex consisting of a caretaker’s house,
laboratory, and a garage—the latter was converted to a guesthouse. In 1940,
The National Park Service excavated the site, which resulted in Julian Hayden’s
1957 publication on the site. Emil Haury also excavated at the site, with
students coming daily to work in the field and lab.

One stipulation of the gift is that the site be used to serve the University’s
educational goals. Currently, in the spring, two days a week, our
archaeological field school conducts excavations at the site and uses a
laboratory building on the grounds. To better protect the site and to serve
these goals, 2009 to 2010, at a cost of a half million dollars, The School
completed renovation of the 20th-century residence, laboratory, and guesthouse.
The Residential Scholar Program:

Spring of 2011, The School of Anthropology invites scholars from all
anthropological subdisciplines to apply to the Residential Scholar Program
which offers the scholar residence in the School’s beautifully restored adobe
home, consisting of a living room (with a working corner fireplace) kitchen,
bedroom, bath and an enclosed porch that is ideal for a home office. The
scholar will also have use of a one-bedroom guesthouse, broadband Internet
throughout the complex and, except long distance calls, the Program will pay
utilities. The resident may have use of the facility for the summer. During
residency, the scholar will be expected to contribute to the teaching mission
in the School of Anthropology through a lecture, workshop, or other form of
scholarly interaction.

How to Apply:
Applications for spring 2011 Residential Scholar should be submitted no later
than October 31st, and, no later than March 15th for the 2011-12-academic
year. Proposed residency may be for a single semester or full year. An
application should include a CV and a letter of interest that explains the
contribution the applicant will make to the School’s scholarly community.

Submission Address:
The School of Anthropology, Residential Scholar Program, Emil W. Haury
Building, PO Box 210030, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 85721-0030, or
email to

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