New Study Emphasizes Cultural Importance of Great Bend of the Gila

December 2, 2015 by Tim Mikulski

A new, in-depth study released by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Archaeology Southwest provides a historical and tribal perspective on the significance of the cultural resources and natural landscape encompassed within the Great Bend of the Gila National Monument Proposal, 84,000-acres of Bureau of Land Management Land along a stretch of the lower Gila River in southwest Arizona.

The Great Bend of the Gila: A Nationally Significant Cultural Landscape is co-authored by experts on the history, archaeology, and tribal significance of the area. It details 12,000 years of human history along this river corridor, as documented by an array of treasures that remain today, including petroglyphs, geoglyphs, ancient trails, historic roads, and a civil war site.

Download a copy here and be sure to come back to for more information about this National Treasure and our progress on the project.

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