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2013
30
May

Not Just for Sherd Nerds

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 ...
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2013
29
May

Art and Preservation Archaeology at Casa Malpais

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 Wh...
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2013
26
May

Clovis Comet Theory - Once More with Spherules

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 – arou...
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2013
19
May

New Mesa Verde Interpretive Center Opens Thursday

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 fiv...
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2013
17
May

The Story of San Lucy Village

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 ...
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2013
12
May

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

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 ...
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2013
10
May

Celebrating Catalina State Park (and Getting Some Sherds Washed)

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 ...
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2013
07
May

Recent Field Visits for the Salado Preservation Initiative

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 s...
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2013
06
May

The Brigadoon Effect

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—...
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2013
05
May

Excavations at Sky Harbor Reveal More Information on Hohokam Canal Systems

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, so...
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