Archive for December, 2013

Flight of the Phantom

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

By Doug Gann, Preservation Archaeologist and Digital Media Specialist As I mentioned in my last post, I wanted to wrap up 2013 with a little cautionary tale about the use of unmanned flying cameras, commonly called “drones” in the media. In the Pretty Rock blog post, I illustrated how a revolution in generating three-dimensional data […]



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Reinventing the West – Recreation vs. Extraction

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Reinventing the West A strange thing happened in Escalante, Utah, during the government shutdown last fall. The town, a remote community of fewer than 800 souls perched on a high desert plain around a trickle of water called the Escalante River, is surrounded on all sides by the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, two million federally […]



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Peabody Coal, the Black Mesa Archaeological Project, and Repatriation Problems

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Peabody Coal, the Black Mesa Archaeological Project, and Repatriation Problems In 1967 Peabody Energy needed to clear land it was leasing on the Navajo reservation to strip mine coal, but ancient Indian dwellings and graves were in the way. So, as required by law, it hired a team of archeologists and they dug up roughly 1.3 million […]



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Going Back to the Past: The Basketmaker Roots of the Pueblos

Broken Flute Cave
Monday, December 16th, 2013

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist and Chaco Scholar at Salmon Ruins   Scott Michlin welcomed me back to his morning show morning radio show on KSJE, the San Juan College radio station in Farmington, New Mexico, this past Monday. For December, I spoke about the Basketmaker era in the northern Southwest. I framed it […]



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Annenberg Foundation Purchases and Plans to Repatriate Hopi and Apache Sacred Objects

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Annenberg Foundation Purchases and Plans to Repatriate Hopi and Apache Sacred Objects The Annenberg Foundation has revealed that it was an anonymous bidder that paid $530,000 for 24 Native American artifacts that were being sold at a controversial auction in Paris earlier this week. The Los Angeles-based charitable organization headed by Wallis Annenberg said that […]



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A Dream Comes True

Pinedale Polychrome Bowl
Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Deb Huntley, Preservation Archaeologist   When I was a kid growing up in the Denver area, I loved going to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS). There, I could see fantastic nature dioramas, rooms full of dinosaur skeletons, and Egyptian mummies. Now that I’m back in Colorado, my son and I frequent the […]



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New Data on Ancient Maize from Northern Mexico

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

New Data on Ancient Maize from Northern Mexico The first finding of incipient agriculture for the state of Nuevo Leon (Mexico), practiced by collectors-hunters, such as seeds, corncobs and corn leaves which are calculated to date back to 3500 or 3000 BC, was registered by investigators from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) […]



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Stout’s Hotel: A Place of the Past with a Future?

Stout Hotel in Gila Bend
Monday, December 2nd, 2013

By Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative   Over the past several years, I’ve traveled to the Town of Gila Bend on numerous occasions to meet with town officials, promote the Great Bend of Gila National Monument, tour Gatlin National Historic Landmark, rendezvous with others on the way to the Sentinel Plain and lower Gila River […]



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Outrage Expressed over Second Paris Auction of Objects Sacred to Hopi Peoples

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Outrage Expressed over Second Paris Auction of Objects Sacred to Hopi Peoples Activists vowed Thursday to block the proposed sale of sacred objects originating from Arizona’s Hopi tribe at a Paris auction, just months after a similar controversy stoked outrage. Tribal people’s advocacy group Survival International said it would go to court in the French capital on […]



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