Mr. John Madsen
Arizona State Museum
University of Arizona
P.O. Box 2110026
Tucson, Arizona 85721
Dear Mr. Madsen,

re: A.R.S. 41-841 et seq.; the reporting of archaeological sites and planned construction by Yavapai County upon a known Archaeological site.

1. It is the intention of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors to construct a new administration building upon the Prescott Rodeo Grounds, a known prehistoric site. This intention has been published in the newspaper;

3. The planned site of the new administration building is upon a known archaeological site which was only partially explored by various persons, including Malcolm Cummings and a Ms. Grace Sparks in the 1930's. There appear to be no records of what, if any archaeological survey these ndividuals may have conducted on the site;

4. In the construction of the Rodeo Grounds grandstand during the early 1930's, evidence of a pueblo structure and various prehistoric artifacts were discovered. Some of the artifacts are stored in the Smoki Museum;

5. The relevant writings of Ms. Grace Sparks are stored in the Hayden Library Archives, supposedly on the fourth floor collection in Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona;

6. In 1994, SWCA, Inc. Environmental Consultants, 4601 East First Street, Tucson, AZ 85711, (520) 325-9194, produced a report, No. 94-145, titled "A cultural Resources Evaluation of the Historic Yavapai County Fairgrounds, Prescott, Arizona.

7. SWCA, Inc. performed no trenching exploration of the site and sought only surface evidence of prehistoric artifacts and ruins;

8. The Rodeo Grounds lies in the flood plain of Miller Creek. Any evidence of prehistoric ruins, pit houses, burials or artifacts would be buried under 800-1000 years of flood alluvium;

9. We the undersigned believe that no documented survey in accord with current standard procedures of archaeological evaluation of the Rodeo Grounds has occurred and that in view of the requirement for federal funds and that Yavapai County is subject to A.R.S. 41-841 et seq., prior to the excavation and construction of any new building on the Rodeo Grounds, an archaeological permit should be obtained in accordance with A.R.S. 41-841 et seq. and the construction site properly explored by a qualified archaeological consulting firm.

Respectfully submitted;
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