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2014
30
Jan

From Above: Images of a Storied Land

By Adriel Heisey, Photographer   I grew up in a land cloaked in verdure, where time and the elements have long since softened every bold edge, so the desert’s nakedness will always turn my head. Even now, after living here a quarter century, when I fly through this land laid bare by clima...
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2014
26
Jan

Arizona Republic Urges Progress on Archaeological Monuments Expansion

Arizona Republic Urges Progress on Archaeological Monuments Expansion If Arizona were an ugly state, it might be different. There might be more urgency to protect precious natural and archaeological wonders. Instead, efforts to expand Saguaro National Park and Casa Grande Ruins National Monument a...
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2014
21
Jan

From Durango to Durango and from Las Vegas to Las Vegas, Part 2

By Matt Peeples, Preservation Archaeologist   In my previous post on the 14th biennial Southwest Symposium, I shared what I learned about the Fremont area. A number of other papers at the conference focused on the Virgin River area, which is the subject of today’s post. Sometimes conside...
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2014
20
Jan

From Durango to Durango and Las Vegas to Las Vegas, Part 1

By Matt Peeples, Preservation Archaeologist   Several of Archaeology Southwest’s staff members attended the 14th biennial Southwest Symposium at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, held from January 9 to 11. Because it focuses on current research in the Southwest, this conference is one of...
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2014
19
Jan

Will the BLM Legitimize an Illegal ATV Trail through a "Mini-Mesa Verde"?

Will the BLM Legitimize an Illegal ATV Trail through a "Mini-Mesa Verde"? In Utah, the Bureau of Land Management is seeking comments on what could be a precedent-setting mistake. In 2005, Blanding residents illegally constructed a seven-mile-long, 4-foot-wide, all-terrain-vehicle trail in Recapture ...
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2014
12
Jan

After a Distinguished Career, Casa Grande National Monument's Chief Ranger Retires

After a Distinguished Career, Casa Grande National Monument's Chief Ranger Retires At Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, the phrase “ask Carol” has been commonplace. With questions about the park, the response is typically, “You should probably ask Carol.” When there was some sort of prob...
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2014
07
Jan

Tanque Verde Brown and the Temper of Sand

By Lewis Borck, Preservation Fellow   In the not-so-distant past, I organized a meeting of the minds to discuss problems and interesting phenomena associated with precontact southern Arizona pottery (“precontact” meaning “before the arrival of Europeans”). As I prepared for “Edge ...
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2014
05
Jan

Annenberg Foundation's Rescue of Hopi Friends: Cultural Altruism or Bad Precedent?

Hopi Perspective on Annenberg Purchase After two failed lawsuits in French courts this year to stop auctions of sacred objects, the Native American Hopi tribe had a small victory on December 10 when the Los Angeles-based philanthropic organization the Annenberg Foundation announced that it had ste...
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