Archive for May, 2013

Not Just for Sherd Nerds

Cliff Polychrome - Kinishba Pueblo
Thursday, May 30th, 2013

By Matt Peeples, Preservation Archaeologist   Although a holiday, this past Monday definitely was not a quiet day at Archaeology Southwest. The first full day of the Preservation Archaeology Field School kicked off with some introductory lectures and tours. I was fortunate to tag along for a behind-the-scenes look at the Arizona State Museum’s (ASM) […]



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Art and Preservation Archaeology at Casa Malpais

Casa Malpaís
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

By Doug Gann, Preservation Archaeologist   For the past twelve years, I’ve been helping a community in eastern Arizona’s Mogollon Highlands preserve, protect, and interpret a unique ancient place now known as Casa Malpais. Because they are located at cooler elevations in and around the White Mountains, the towns of these highlands have long been […]



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Clovis Comet Theory – Once More with Spherules

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Clovis Comet Theory — Once More with Spherules We humans have often blamed ourselves for the extinction of the woolly mammoth, but a new study from a large team of international researchers has found evidence of a large meteorite breaking apart in the atmosphere about 13,000 years ago – around the time when the prehistoric pachyderms died out. By studying […]



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New Mesa Verde Interpretive Center Opens Thursday

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

New Mesa Verde Interpretive Center Opens Thursday No more artifacts moldering in the “Tin Shed.” No more storing archives in nooks and crannies. No more driving a long, narrow, winding road to learn what Mesa Verde National Park has to offer.  After decades of fundraising and lobbying, and five months after a “soft” opening, the Mesa […]



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The Story of San Lucy Village

San Lucy Village Church
Friday, May 17th, 2013

By Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative   This week we attended a meeting of the Four Southern Tribes Cultural Resources Working Group, hosted by the San Lucy District of the Tohono O’odham Nation and held at the San Lucy Feast House. At the committee’s invitation, we provided a brief overview of the legislation introduced by […]



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In the Mountain Shadows

ASWM Volume 27, Number 1
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Issue editors William Doelle and Deborah Swartz present the continuing story of the Romero Ruin, a Hohokam village and historic homestead located in southern Arizona’s Catalina State Park.



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Broad Coalition Supports Archaeological Preservation along the Great Bend of the Gila

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Broad Coalition Supports Archaeological Preservation along the Great Bend of the Gila Roy and Ella Pierpoint continue a 1,500-year way of life, farming near an area awash in Hohokam and Patayan treasures. The Pierpoints, who farm the land the Hohokams cultivated, say they want Congress to shield the ancient sites from vandals, limit future development and protect the […]



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Celebrating Catalina State Park (and Getting Some Sherds Washed)

Washing Sherds
Friday, May 10th, 2013

By Linda Pierce, Deputy Director   Last Saturday, a number of us at Archaeology Southwest were happy to take part in the 30th anniversary celebration for Catalina State Park. Encompassing 5,500 acres on the north side of Tucson, the park is a haven for Sonoran Desert plants and wildlife, and also protects a number of […]



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Recent Field Visits for the Salado Preservation Initiative

Sherd Inspection
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

By Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative   The next phase of the Salado Preservation Initiative began last month, when Bill Doelle, Jeff Clark, myself, and our new Preservation Fellow, Lewis Borck, headed to the field to visit several sites in the Sulphur Springs Valley, on the west side of the Chiricahua Mountains, and some sites […]



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The Brigadoon Effect

Brigadoon effect
Monday, May 6th, 2013

By Bruce Hilpert, Archaeology Southwest Member and Volunteer Springtime for southern Arizona archaeology means… the Brigadoon Effect! Now you see it, now you don’t. As many of you probably know, vegetation can be an archaeologist’s friend or foe. Trees and creosotes can  hide site features—or they can reveal them as if by magic. Archaeologists call […]



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Excavations at Sky Harbor Reveal More Information on Hohokam Canal Systems

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Excavations at Sky Harbor Reveal More Information on Hohokam Canal Systems Under the dull roar of an airplane descending toward Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s north runway, Kenny Bowekaty cordons off a roughly 4-foot-square section of earth. Slowly, Bowekaty works through the dirt, sometimes with a shovel or trowel, sometimes with his bare hands. Behind him, […]



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