The Wingfield Collection : The Artifacts

This exhibit is inspired by a local ranching family. In 2010 the Wingfield family donated to THS a private collection belonging to the late Geoffrey Wingfield (1948 - 2009) which includes Native American pottery, stone tools, and ironwork from the Spanish Colonial period. This donation provides a focal point for further investigation into the Spanish Colonial and Mission life of our area. In addition to the Virtual Exhibit, many of the artifacts from the Wingfield Collection are currently on display at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum, Tubac, Arizona, open every day from 9 to 5. Geoffrey Wingfield displayed his private collection of artifacts at the home he built near Elephant Head just north of Tubac near Amado. This means that the artifacts were transported there from their original settings at the ranch and at Guevavi. Unfortunately, the extensive records that Geoffrey kept according to friends were lost in a fire. Friends and family have spoken up to say that the artifacts Geoffrey had shown to them were from Guevavi and the ranch. Though the provenience of these artifacts is broken, it was determined by consulting archaeologists that many were from the Guevavi area. The consulting archaeologists were Jeremy Moss of the Tumacacori National Historic Park and Dr. Lyle Stone of Tubac. We are grateful for their invaluable help and insight. I addition to this collection, the exhibit is enhanced by images from collections in storage at the Arizona Historical Society and the Arizona State Museum which would otherwise be available for viewing only by visiting their storage facilities. We thank them for their cooperation and sincere interest in our project. The ASM artifacts were recovered at an archaeological excavation conducted at Guevavi in 1964-66 by the University of Arizona under the auspices of the Arizona Archaeological and History Society with the direction of Dr. B.L. Fontana and Dr. William Robinson. Also, the Tubac Historical Society is privileged to be able to show additional images from private family collections. Bringing to light these materials has been one of the most important outcomes of this project and we are very grateful to the Wingfields for their enthusiasm and vision.

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The Wingfield Collection