Paul Fish, PhD

Curator Emeritus, Arizona State Museum and Professor Emeritus, School of Anthropology
(520) 621-6945

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My interests and training are in anthropological archaeology with a particular emphasis on the organization of Neolithic societies, regional settlement patterns and landscapes, and pre-Hispanic agriculture. Publications and field research include investigations in North America (Southwest and Southeast United States and Northwest Mexico) and South America (early coastal fishermen in southern Brazil). I have studied continuously over the past 40 years both the Hohokam and Trincheras traditions of Arizona and Sonora. With Arizona State Museum and Anthropology faculty, I developed and coordinated the interdisciplinary Southwest Land, Culture, and Society Program that serves as an undergraduate and graduate concentration.

Suzanne Fish and I started research on Tumamoc Hill in 1984 with a trench to investigate the terrace supported by one of its massive summit walls. Archaeologists at the time thought walls and other features dated to a late Hohokam occupation; we were surprised to encounter preceramic remains with then was the earliest corn known in the Tucson Basin. Since that time, we have documented an earlier and later summit village with successive Anthropology and Arizona State Museum field schools. One village dates to preceramic times at approximately 400 B.C. and the other to the earliest part of the Hohokam sequence at A.D. 500. Our most recent field schools (2005, 2006, and 2008) were taught with Gary Christopherson (UA Center for Applied Spatial Analysis), having an objective of teaching students advanced mapping techniques and to thoroughly document spatial arrangements of the summit’s archaeological remains. We sponsored a related Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society project that recorded Tumamoc rock art. This mapping information contributed significantly to the nomination of Tumamoc Hill to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

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Publications

Downum, C., P. Fish, S. Fish. 1994. Refining the role of Cerros de Trincheras in southern Arizona settlement. The Kiva 59:271 –296.

Downum, C., S. Fish, P. Fish (1984) Hohokam terraces and agricultural production in the Tucson Basin. In Prehistoric Agricultural Strategies in the Southwest, edited by S. Fish and P. Fish, pp. 55 –72. Anthropological Research Papers 33. Arizona State University, Tempe.

P. Fish and S. Fish. 1994. Southwest and Northwest: Recent research at the juncture of the United States and Mexico. Journal of Archaeological Research 2: 3 –41.

P. Fish and S. Fish. 1994. Southwest and Northwest: Recent research at the juncture of the United States and Mexico. Journal of Archaeological Research 2: 3 –41.

P. Fish and S. Fish. 2008. El reconocimiento arqueologico de trincheras. Noroeste 14: 33 –45

P. Fish, S. Fish, C. Downum. 1993. Los sitios trincheras en Sonora y Arizona. Noroeste de Mexico 11:61 –74.

P. Fish, S. Fish, C. Miksicek, A. Long. 1986. Early corn remains from Tumamoc Hill, southern Arizona. American Antiquity 51:563–571.

S. Fish and P. Fish. 2004. In the Trincheras heartland: initial observations from full-coverage survey. In Surveying the Archaeology of Northwest Mexico, edited by Gillian Newell and Emiliano Gallaga, pp. 47 –64. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.

S. Fish and P. Fish. 2008. Una mirada desde las alturas: circulos de piedra, corrales e ideologia en los cerros de trincheras. In Arqueología del norte de Mexico, edited by Elisa Villalpando and Cristina Garcia, pp. 67 –86. Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia and Museo Nacional, Mexico.

S. Fish and P. Fish. 2007. Regional heartlands and transregional trends. In Trincheras Sites in Time, Space, and Society, edited by S. Fish, P. Fish, and E. Villalpando, pp. 165 –194. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

S. Fish, P. Fish, G. Christopherson, T. Pitezel, J. Watson. 2011. Two villages on Tumamoc Hill. Journal of Arizona Archaeology 1:185 –196.

S. Fish, P. Fish, T. Pitezel, G. Christopherson, J. Watson, P. Leckman. 2013. Emerging Settlement Differentiation in Preceramic and Early Hohokam Villages on Tumamoc Hill. In New Perspectives on the Rock Art and Prehistoric Settlement Organization of Tumamoc Hill, Tucson, Arizona, edited by Gayle Hartmann and Peter C. Boyle, pp. 1–22. Arizona State Museum Archaeological Series 208. University of Arizona, Tucson.

Wallace, H., P. Fish, S. Fish (2007). Tumamoc Hill in the context of Early Ceramic occupations of the Tucson Basin. In Trincheras Sites in Time, Space, and Society, edited by S. Fish, P. Fish, and E. Villalpando, pp. 53 –100. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.