Archive for June, 2013

Bipartisan Effort to Expand Casa Grande National Monument

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Toward a Grander Casa Grande The boundaries of Casa Grande Ruins National Monument could be expanded if Congress adopts legislation introduced Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz.The Casa Grande Ruins is one of the finest examples of 13th century Hohokam culture in the American Southwest, Kirkpatrick said. Known to Spanish explorers as the Great […]



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Experimental Archaeology at Mule Creek

Mule Creek Point
Friday, June 28th, 2013

By David Loome, field school student from Northern Arizona University/Coconino Community College As students at the Preservation Archaeology Field School at Mule Creek, we are exposed almost every day to the tools and technology used by people in the past. By analyzing and studying artifacts like stone tools and pottery, we can gain important insights […]



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Summer Solstice Sites in Southwestern Arizona

Gila Bend Sunrise
Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Introduction by Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative Of the several rewarding elements of my job, meeting and traveling with site stewards is certainly one of the most enjoyable. As our first line of defense in our collective efforts to safeguard ancient sites, site stewards have been monitoring sites for many years and, apart from some […]



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Bipartisan Proposal Aims to Expand Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Casa Grande
Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Archaeology Southwest is part of a broad coalition that has advocated the expansion of Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, the nation’s first archaeological preserve: [From the National Parks Conservation Association] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2013 Contacts: Kevin Dahl, Arizona Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association, (o) 520-624-2014, (c) 520-603-6430 Doug Craig, President, Friends of […]



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Sharing Archaeology with the Community, Part I

Young Man with a Trowel
Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

By Dorothy Kilgore, field school student from the College of Western Idaho On June 15, 2013, Archaeology Southwest field students and staff performed a community outreach day at the Gila Community Center in New Mexico. Stations included an artifact show-and-tell, a pottery-making station, an artifact-digging station, a stone tool-making station, and a video crew to […]



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Fort Huachuca’s Black Officers’ Club Named to National Trust’s 11 Most Endangered Places

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Fort Huachuca’s Black Officers’ Club Named to National Trust’s 11 Most Endangered Places The fate of a Fort Huachuca building that preservationists say is significant to honoring the contributions of African-American military personnel during World War II is still uncertain despite attempts to preserve it and add it to the National Register of Historic Places. On […]



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Gila Cliff Dwellings

Gila Cliff Dwellings
Friday, June 21st, 2013

By Heather Seltzer, field school student from SUNY Binghamton On Sunday, we took a break from excavating and lab work and headed to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. After being decently shook up on the long bumpy road, we piled out of the van. Before we went to tour the Mimbres-Mogollon site or see […]



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Indian Education Leader Della Warrior to Direct Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/New Mexico Laboratory of Anthropology

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Indian Education Leader Della Warrior to Direct Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/New Mexico Laboratory of Anthropology Della C. Warrior (Otoe-Missouria) has been appointed to lead the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/New Mexico Laboratory of Anthropology (MIAC). Warrior will commence her duties as director effective June 24. The appointment is the result of a national search […]



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Meet Our Cook

Julie at the stove
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

By Emily Reed, field school student from the University of Connecticut Excavating the Dinwiddie site has been exhausting. With the sun beating down on us constantly while we pick-axe and shovel into the hard ground, we are all drained by the end of the day. Our thirty-minute ride from Dinwiddie back to Mule Creek usually […]



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Field School Expectations

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

By Danny Beard, field school student from University of Colorado Boulder When you are itching with cabin fever in the middle of a snowy, cold Colorado winter’s day, the sunshine of the New Mexican summer starts to sound pretty enticing. I always try to avoid building up too many expectations, as sometimes they can be […]



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An Archaeology Road Show in Arizona’s Mogollon Highlands

Monday, June 10th, 2013

By Doug Gann, Preservation Archaeologist and Digital Media Specialist   In a community such as Springerville, like almost every place in the Southwest with nearby water, archaeological evidence of ancient peoples is fairly common. The objects linking the past of these places to the present are usually encountered in the things left behind, most often […]



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Vandalism in National Parks and the Social Media Effect

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Vandalism in National Parks and the Social Media Effect The cause of this recent spike in graffiti on public lands is unclear, but some park personnel say there is reason to believe that it coincides with the rise of social media. “In the old days,” said Lorna Lange, the spokeswoman for Joshua Tree, “people would […]



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Archaeological Eyes

Thatcher brushing soil
Saturday, June 8th, 2013

By Ely Rareshide, field school student from Rice University Before we put trowel to dirt at the Dinwiddie site, we first visited the Valencia site at Pima Community College, Desert Vista Campus, to train our “archaeological eyes.” Bill Doelle led us through the site and explained how to interpret the landscape and find surface artifacts. […]



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First Week in Mule Creek

Screening through Soil
Friday, June 7th, 2013

By Linda Pierce, Deputy Director   I spent most of last week at our Preservation Archaeology Field School headquarters in Mule Creek, New Mexico, helping out with (and documenting) the start of the 2013 field season. It was a busy week, and by the time I left late Friday morning, it seemed everyone was getting […]



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Raise the Roof! (Preservation Archaeology-style)

Camp Naco - Noncommissioned officer’s quarters
Thursday, June 6th, 2013

By Bill Doelle, President & CEO   Finally, it is happening. The hard-luck adobe camp that was part of a “human fence along the border” right after World War I is getting some of the preservation treatments it has needed for two decades. A grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is ridding Camp Naco […]



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Settling into Camp

Field School Lab
Monday, June 3rd, 2013

By Kathryn Turney, field school student from Pima Community College There is much more to Upper Gila Archaeological Preservation Field School than learning the basics of Preservation Archaeology. There are fun and informative field trips and lecture opportunities and a lot of hands on learning. Additionally, archaeology may mean living in the field, literally in […]



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New Mexico Midden’s Atari Deposit To Be Excavated

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

The Atari Stratum May Be Quite Extensive How old do remnants of our material culture have to be before they’re considered artifacts? If you’re a gamer, not very old at all. This week, Canada-based game developer Fuel Industries got approval from the city of Alamogordo, New Mexico, to excavate the site of the so-called Atari Dump — a desert landfill […]



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