Archive for February, 2014

Sacred Objects Treated with Respect on the Trip Back to Hopi and Apache Lands

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Sacred Objects Treated with Respect on the Trip Home to Hopi and Apache Two dozen ceremonial items bought last year at auction in France are set to return to Arizona in a way that pays reverence to the beliefs of American Indian tribes… That means shipping the sacred items free of plastics, bubble wrap or other […]



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A Visit to the Steam Pump Ranch Pithouse

Mudding the Pithouse
Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Today’s guest author is Nanette Weaver, Arizona Site Steward Regional Coordinator for the Lower and Middle San Pedro River valley. Have you ever stood looking at the vague outline of a Hohokam pithouse and tried to visualize what the whole house looked like? I know that I, for one, as a Site Steward, have wished […]



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Genome of Clovis Era Individual Sequenced, Revealing Asian Origins of Ancient Americans

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Genome of Clovis Era Individual Sequenced, Revealing Asian Origins of Ancient Americans Nearly 13,000 years ago, a baby boy died in what is Montana today. Mourners stained his tiny body with red ochre and entombed him with artefacts that had likely been in his family for generations. After lying undisturbed for millennia, the infant’s body was dug […]



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Footprints

Footprints outside Avellino Eruption
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

By Matt Peeples, Preservation Archaeologist   There have been some interesting archaeological news stories in the last couple of months revolving around the discovery of incredibly preserved human footprints. These stories, coming one right after the other, really got me thinking more about other known instances of footprints in the archaeological record, what those footprints […]



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New Mexico’s Supreme Court Reinstates Traditional Cultural Property Designation for Mount Taylor

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

New Mexico’s Supreme Court Reinstates Traditional Cultural Property Designation for Mount Taylor The New Mexico Supreme Court handed the pueblos of Acoma and Laguna a victory Thursday, upholding a state panel’s designation of Mount Taylor as a traditional cultural property. The ruling effectively protects the cultural resources on more than 686 square miles of land that […]



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Something There is That Doesn’t Love a (Painted) Wall

Site Graffiti
Thursday, February 6th, 2014

By Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative (With a nod to poet Robert Frost!) It’s always fun introducing new site stewards to a site, especially on field trips with experienced site stewards. Nanette Weaver and Bob Sherman, the new regional site steward coordinators for the lower and middle San Pedro River area, have been promoting tours […]



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The Marginal Middle or the Path to Chaco?

Pueblo I Vessels on House Floor
Monday, February 3rd, 2014

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist and Chaco Scholar at Salmon Ruins   On January 20, Scott Michlin welcomed me back to his morning radio show on KSJE, the San Juan College radio station in Farmington, New Mexico. Continuing my chronological foray into ancient Pueblo history, I discussed the Pueblo I period (A.D. 750–900) in […]



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Utah BLM’s Protection of Ancient Places at San Rafael Swell Apparently Rankles Oil and Gas Industry

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Utah BLM’s Protection of Ancient Places at San Rafael Swell Apparently Rankles Oil and Gas Industry In the story “Industry fires back over pulled oil and gas leases at San Rafael Swell“ (http://bit.ly/1fPCn3w), the Western Energy Alliance claimed that the Utah Rock Art Research Association received special favoritism from Bureau of Land Management Director Juan Palma and […]



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