Archive for July, 2013

Zing! Bow-and-Arrow Technology in the Ancient Pueblo Southwest

Puebloan bow and arrows
Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist and Chaco Scholar at Salmon Ruins   The development and spread of bow technology across North America has sparked considerable archaeological debate for more than 100 years. Experts have proposed various ideas about how and why bow technology spread out of Asia between 4,000 and 2,000 years ago, including […]



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Places Too Wild to Drill

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Places Too Wild to Drill Two of Utah’s scenic landmarks — Arches National Park and Desolation Canyon — made a list released Tuesday by the Wilderness Society as areas “too wild to drill.” The group said areas adjacent to Arches National Park and Desolation Canyon are under threat to oil and gas drilling, which would spoil […]



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The Casa Grande Community—In More Ways than One!

Casa Grande
Thursday, July 25th, 2013

By Bill Doelle, President & CEO   Community. Just when cynicism seems at its most pervasive, I am glad to see that community spirit can still shine through. It certainly infuses the new legislation for the expansion of Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. A bipartisan group of Arizona Representatives—Paul Gosar (R-4), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-1), Raúl […]



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An Arizona Icelandic Saga

Steam rising near Lake Mývatn
Monday, July 22nd, 2013

By Matt Peeples, Preservation Archaeologist   A little more than a week ago, I was lucky enough to travel with ten other Southwestern archaeologists to the city of Akureyri in northern Iceland. We went there to take part in a collaborative research meeting with a group of climate scientists and archaeologists working in the circumpolar […]



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Sacred Object Sold at Paris Auction Returned to Hopi Tribe

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Sacred Object Sold at Paris Auction Returned to Hopi Tribe One of the several dozen sacred items sold at auction in Paris last spring has been returned to the Hopi people. The tribe was vehemently opposed to the sale. In April when lawyer Pierre Servan-Schreibercouldn’t convince a French judge to stop a Paris auction house from selling 70 […]



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Tribal Consultation in the Kaibab National Forest and Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Rock Art Consultation
Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Today’s guest author is Connie Reid, an Archaeologist with the Kaibab National Forest: “Sometimes you get homesick, but here you don’t. It feels normal and like you were back to where you were before. You have a sense of being. Everything is there and you can feel it. You don’t have any feelings of being out […]



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Social Networks in the Distant Past

ASW27-2
Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Issue editor Matthew Peeples presents the work of his colleagues on the Southwest Social Networks project, which applies network analyses to archaeological data from the three centuries before Europeans arrived in the region.



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Of Ancient Networks and Bacon Numbers

Kevin Bacon Networks
Thursday, July 18th, 2013

By Matt Peeples, Preservation Archaeologist   Yesterday afternoon, many of us at Archaeology Southwest gathered around the first box off the truck, grinning over the new issue of Archaeology Southwest Magazine. It’s on its way to our members’ mailboxes now (if you’re not yet a member, join now). This issue is special to me because […]



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Life with New Mexico’s Weather

Mule Creek monsoons
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

By Trevor McLam, field school student from Washington State University As one might expect of a place that has been called the Great American Desert, the first thing one notices upon arrival is that it is hot. But it truly is a dry heat, which helps immensely. When we arrived in Mule Creek, it was […]



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Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference Scheduled for October 17-19 in Santa Fe

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference Scheduled for October 17–19 in Santa Fe We invite you to attend the Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference—the largest gathering of Paleoindian researchers and artifacts since the Clovis and Beyond Conference in 1999. Santa Fe, New Mexico, is again in the spotlight for the three-day Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference to be held October 17–19, 2013, […]



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Visiting Chaco Canyon

Pueblo Bonito Overlook
Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

By Thatcher Rogers, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse The weekend field trip to Chaco Canyon began splendidly with an informative visit to Zuni. Due to purchasing a large number of zoomorphic figures associated with water, we were unfortunately deterred by rains from accomplishing our original goal of staying overnight at Chaco. After spending the night […]



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Archaeology Students on the Loose!

Mesa at Acoma
Monday, July 8th, 2013

By Jay Stephens, University of Arizona After a long and hard five weeks of excavation and lab work, we were turned loose on a three day trip to Chaco Canyon and the pueblos of Acoma and Zuni. It is difficult to summarize all of the amazing landscapes and sites that we saw over the long […]



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The Museum of Northern Arizona Celebrates Annual Hopi Heritage Festival

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

The Museum of Northern Arizona Celebrates Annual Hopi Heritage Festival Hopi people dance to bring rainfall. On Saturday, the Hopi people shared this dance at the Hopi heritage festival at the Museum of Northern Arizona. They also shared glimpses into the history and culture of the Hopi people. Alice Dashee explained that the Hopi people rely heavily […]



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