Joshua S. Edwards
Josh has over 15 years of experience as an archaeologist in the Four Corners area, and holds a Master's degree in Quaternary Sciences from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff. This includes extensive survey, archaeological testing, and data recovery at prehistoric and historic sites throughout Arizona and northwestern New Mexico. With a wide ranging knowledge of environmental regulatory compliance and permitting, Josh has been involved with a multitude of projects involving cultural and natural resource management. His research focuses on pedology, geomorphology, and faunal analysis, with the continuing theme of human adaption to environmental change in the American Southwest.
While specializing in geoarchaeology and prehistoric agricultural studies, Josh is also an experienced faunal analyst and maintains a substantial type collection of modern animal bones and illustrated reference books. In addition, his experience includes instructing Principles of Archaeology at NAU, working internationally, presenting papers and posters, and numerous volunteer activities. From the perspective of cultural landscapes and path dependent systems, and sustainability, Josh addresses a wide range of research issues, including subsistence and settlement patterns, political and economic organization, and agrarian ecology.
In 2009, Josh founded Cornerstone Environmental Consulting to conduct cultural resources management and compliance, including all types of archaeological and ethnographic research. Cornerstone also networks with consultants in ancillary fields to provide environmental planning, biology, ecology, and related natural resource management services.
- Chinle Chapter Meeting in Chinle, Arizona. Presented talk entitled "Results of Archaeological and Ethnographic Investigations along Navajo Route 27."
- Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency Annual Conference in Window Rock, Arizona. Presented talk entitled "Cultural Resource Management on the Navajo Reservation."
- Fesitval of Science open house at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Presented poster (with F. Michael O'Hara, III) entitled "Excavations near Canyon de Chelly."
|Diamond Bar Road Data Recovery. Created surficial geology maps and characterized and described the soil-geomorphic and stratigraphic associations at two prehistoric sites along Diamond Bar Road near the Hualapai Reservation, Arizona.|
Archaeological Project. Participated in
two seasons of field reconnaissance creating a surficial geology map
of a first-tier Prehispanic urban center in the Mixteca Alta,
Oaxaca, Mexico. The project focuses on agricultural
sustainability and terrace construction and how Prehispanic urban
centers functioned and impacted their surrounding landscape.
Archaeological Project. Analyzed faunal
assemblages from numerous Archaic, Mesa Verde Anasazi, and
Protohistoric Ute and Navajo sites to be submerged by Ridges Basin
Reservoir, near Durango, Colorado.
|Garden Canyon Archaeological Project. Analyzed faunal remains excavated from the Garden Canyon Site (Hohokam) near Fort Huachuca, Arizona.|
|Navajo Route 27 Data Recovery. Directed excavations of four significant sites near Canyon de Chelly. The majority of the sites' components dated to the Pueblo 1 period (Chaco Anasazi), but Archaic and Protohistoric Navajo features were also present.|
|Cross Creek Ranch Archaeological Project. Directed excavations of a Sinagua hamlet along oak Creek in Sedona, Arizona, and oversaw research of how it fit in to the regional system. The project also entailed recording the historic Cross Creek Ranch and its associated features.|
|Fence Lake Data Recover Project. Analyzed and described soil-geomorphic deposits and supervised excavations of several Basketmaker and Cibola Anasazi sites near St. Johns, Arizona.|
|Prescott National Forest Surveys. Participated in several large-scale survey projects (totaling over 15,000 acres) on the Prescott National Forest. Historic Euroamerican mining features were common and many Prescott Valley Culture sites were also recorded.|
|Red Rock Ranger Station Archaeological Testing. Analyzed geomorphic deposits and created a surficial geology map of a Dry Creek Phase and Southern Sinagua site prior to construction of the Coconino National Forest Red Rock Ranger Station in Sedona, Arizona.|
|US 89 Fernwood to Wupatki Archaeological Project. Monitored NAU geologists sampling volcanic cinders from Sinagua sites during a grant project designed to determine the origin of select cinder deposits in Wupatki National Monument. Also participated in excavations of Cohonina and Sinagua sites during the expansion of the road.|
Archaeological Project. Participated in
excavations of the residential sector of the El Brujo Site Complex
in the Chicama Valley, Peru.
Forschungsprojekt Konigspfalz Ingelheim. Excavated
Carolingian palace, and associated pit structures in Ingelheim am
Rhein, Rheinlandpfalz, Germany, which also contained Ottonian and
Stauffish deposits and Roman artifacts.
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