Archive for August, 2013

Plans in Place for Hydraulic Fracturing on Chaco Culture Park Boundary

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Fracking Chaco Canyon?  That’s why so many are looking for salvation in two words: Mancos Shale. The formation, which extends from New Mexico into portions of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, is buried about a mile beneath the surface. Estimated to contain upwards of six billion barrels of oil, approximately one-third of which lies within New Mexico, […]



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Journeys and Crossroads

Rudd Creek Pueblo
Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

By Matt Peeples, Preservation Archaeologist   Earlier this week, I drove up to Springerville, Arizona, to give a talk at the Casa Malpais Museum hosted by the Little Colorado Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society. My presentation focused on migration and cultural diversity in the Upper Little Colorado region in the centuries before the Spaniards […]



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Movement Is Life

Canyons of the Pajarito Plateau
Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

By Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative   “Movement is life. Movement is seen everywhere… Movement was characteristic of our ancestors, who moved across the landscape like the clouds across the sky.” —Tessy Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo, quoted on the Bandelier National Monument website Last week, I experienced mind-numbing deep preservation at the New Mexico Archaeological […]



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Open Pueblo

Screening for artifacts
Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Deb Huntley, Preservation Archaeologist   On Saturday, August 10, around 100 visitors—including journalists, archaeologists, and local community members—took advantage of relatively cool temperatures and toured excavations in progress at Goat Spring Pueblo. Located in the mountains near Magdalena, New Mexico, on the Cibola National Forest, this ancestral Piro village (also known as Bear Mountain Pueblo) […]



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Anthropology Community Remembers Keith Basso

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

National Museum of the American Indian Remembers Keith Basso Keith H. Basso (73), a major figure in American Anthropology and American Indian Studies, died from cancer in Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday, August 4. He devoted his life’s work to understanding and bringing to the appreciation of others the rich cultural traditions of contemporary Western Apache […]



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No New Ruins — A Plea from a Stubborn Optimist

Camp Naco Officer's Quarters building C2
Sunday, August 11th, 2013

By Bill Doelle, President & CEO   Sometimes, archaeologists can prevent ruins. Yes, I said prevent, not preserve. Camp Naco is teaching me life lessons about just how hard it can be to prevent ruins. After working with a devoted team of ruin preventers for the past eight years, it is time to start counting successes. Camp […]



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Of Drones and Men

Wingnut
Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

By Lewis Borck, Preservation Fellow   August 20, 2013 Earlier this spring, I had the pleasure of getting out into Sulphur Spring Valley’s sere landscape with Michael Brack, a cartographer from Desert Archaeology, Inc. We were there to map a number of Classic period archaeological sites that will be important for my dissertation and for […]



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Proposed Transmission Line Threatens the Archaeology of the San Pedro Valley

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Proposed Transmission Line Threatens the Archaeology of the San Pedro Valley The U. S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the SunZia Southwest Transmission Line Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in June 2013. The BLM proposes to select the preferred alternative presented in the Draft EIS, with some minor route modifications. The preferred alternative […]



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