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2013
31
Dec

Flight of the Phantom

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 ...
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2013
29
Dec

Reinventing the West - Recreation vs. Extraction

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-Esca...
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2013
22
Dec

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

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 ...
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2013
16
Dec

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

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...
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2013
15
Dec

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

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-...
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2013
12
Dec

A Dream Comes True

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...
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2013
08
Dec

New Data on Ancient Maize from Northern Mexico

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 Nati...
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2013
02
Dec

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

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...
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2013
01
Dec

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

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 S...
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