Archive for September, 2013

Archaeological Community Continues the Struggle against Televised Looting

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Archaeological Community Continues the Struggle against Televised Looting John Muir once observed that nothing “dollarable” was safe. He meant that no matter how important something was to our future, no matter if important to our nation as a whole, nor even sacred, if its ruination could bring someone a dollar, then someone would try to […]



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Routes to the New World

Map of Possible Migration Routes
Thursday, September 26th, 2013

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist and Chaco Scholar at Salmon Ruins   Recently, I was a guest on the Scott Michlin Morning Program at KSJE, the San Juan College radio station in Farmington, New Mexico, where I discussed recent findings regarding migrations to the New World. (Listen to the broadcast here.) The researchers used […]



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The Debate over Developing Lands Adjacent to Chaco Canyon

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

The Debate over Developing Lands Adjacent to Chaco Canyon As far as the Park Service is concerned, Binettnee Kirk suggested the resort might be pitched to the feds as a preferable alternative to fracking, to which the gas-rich Nageezians might resort if there’s no other way to harvest income from their land. In its quest […]



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Bipartisan Effort to Expand Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Gathers Momentum in Congress

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Bill to Expand Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Reintroduced The boundaries of the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument could expand under a House bill. U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick a Democrat, has introduced the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Boundary Modification Act of 2013, and if approved, the measure would transfer several pieces of land from various agencies to […]



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Back to the 70s—Enjoying an Archaeological Preserve

Barrel cactus blooming
Thursday, September 12th, 2013

By Bill Doelle, President & CEO   Back to the 70s—I am talking temperatures, desert temperatures. Last weekend, daytime temperatures around Tucson kept to the high 70s for much of the day. For me, that means that hiking in the desert is once again possible. My time is always limited, so I don’t even need […]



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Oil and Gas Leases Pushed Back 10 Miles from Chaco Park Boundary

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

BLM Prevents Oil and Gas Drilling on Chaco Culture Park Boundary Opponents of drilling near Chaco Culture National Historic Park in New Mexico have received a reprieve from proposals to drill on U.S. Bureau of Land Management parcels bordering the park, which is home to ancestral Puebloan ruins. The BLM this week released an environmental assessment […]



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Paradise by the Antiquities Act

Walking along the Colorado River
Thursday, September 5th, 2013

By Bill Doelle, President & CEO   Paradise is defined many ways. For me, spending last week away from a cell phone and the rest of the electronic world was paradise. My personal paradise was at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. It can’t get much better than that! Grand Canyon National Park is the […]



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Red or green?

Chile Ristras
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

By Matt Peeples, Preservation Archaeologist   Red or green? It’s the state question of New Mexico—referring, of course, to the color of the chile sauce you want on your dinner. Synonymous with New Mexican cuisine, chile peppers are part of New Mexican identity. Even the road signs welcoming you to New Mexico are marked with […]



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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Could Transform Archaeological Research and Preservation

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Could Transform Archaeological Research and Preservation In Peru, home to the spectacular Inca city of Machu Picchu and thousands of ancient ruins, archaeologists are turning to drones to speed up sluggish survey work and protect sites from squatters, builders and miners. Remote-controlled aircraft were developed for military purposes and the US is increasingly […]



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