Archive for January, 2014

From Above: Images of a Storied Land

Volcanic Hill with Terraces under Rainbow
Thursday, January 30th, 2014

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 climate and natural […]



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Arizona Republic Urges Progress on Archaeological Monuments Expansion

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

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 are stalled, and the expansion of Petrified Forest National Park authorized by Congress in […]



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

Reconstructed Pueblo Grande Dwellings
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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 considered a branch of the larger Ancestral Pueblo […]



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

Vegas, Baby
Monday, January 20th, 2014

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 my favorites. This year’s theme was “Social Networks in the […]



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

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

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 Canyon, damaging archaeological sites. Now San Juan County is seeking a right of […]



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

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

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 problem at an event at the Ruins, one park ranger could usually […]



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Tanque Verde Brown and the Temper of Sand

Tanque Verde Red-on-brown jar
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

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 of Salado,” Archaeology Southwest’s upcoming investigations into why some people engaged with the Salado […]



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

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

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 stepped up in the second auction to buy 21 Hopi items, along […]



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