Archive for March, 2014

Southwestern Archaeology Loses a Beloved Patron

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Remembering Molly Thompson Molly Coit Kendall Thompson died at home in Tucson on Monday, February 10, 2014, at the age of 90. Her husband of 65 years and her older daughter were with her. Molly was born in Tombstone in 1923, where she grew up on the Kendall family ranch with her two sisters. Her […]



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New York Times Explores the Value of Collections-Based Research

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

New York Times Explores the Value of Collections-Based Research Galleries usually get all the publicity, but at many museums the biggest news is happening in the basement. In recent years, curators, visiting scholars, interns and even students have discovered — or rediscovered — cultural treasures lurking on site. The finds, including a rare Picasso in […]



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Exploring the Edge, March 8–9, 15–16

Ken and Cherie
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

By Lewis Borck, Preservation Archaeology Fellow   We have been working in the Coyote Mountains for three weeks now as part of our Edge of Salado investigation. I can say, without any doubt, that it has been one of my favorite settings to work in. Each site is nestled within a box canyon eroded from […]



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Of Drones, Petroglyphs, and Conferences

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Drone Footage “Finds” Remarkable “Unseen” Petroglyphs in Utah Some drones have a undesirable popularity for snooping on folks and facilitating functions of war. But unmanned aircraft can be utilized to give authorities a new watch of inaccessible and remote places to uncover lost treasures. An amazing selection of 20 petroglyphs has been exposed by a […]



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Not Exactly a Vacant Lot!

Matt Peeples Leads a Tour of Valencia
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

By Stephen Darling, Archaeology Southwest Member since 2013 This past Saturday morning, March 8, my wife Anne-Marie, my friend Steve Cox, and I attended Archaeology Southwest’s 2014 Annual Members’ Gathering, which featured a walking tour of the Valencia site. Owned by Pima Community College and Pima County, the Valencia site is protected from any future […]



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Southwestern Archaeology Provides Insights on Disaster Recovery

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Southwestern Archaeology Provides Insights on Disaster Recovery Following a natural disaster, vulnerability to food shortage appears to depend more on a group’s ability to migrate and its positive relationships with other groups than on resource factors. That’s according to a research team led by Arizona State University archaeologist Margaret Nelson. http://bit.ly/1hYlbv1 – Phys.Org Early Agriculture in the Southwest […]



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Heighten Your Awareness on March 29

Romero Ruin
Thursday, March 6th, 2014

By Matt Peeples, Preservation Archaeologist   March is Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month for the State of Arizona. Setting aside a month to celebrate archaeology highlights the importance of our shared past, as well as the social and economic impacts of archaeology in the state. Of course, there are tours, events, and lectures on archaeology […]



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Exploring the Edge, March 1–2

Scorpion in a Shovel
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

By Lewis Borck, Preservation Archaeology Fellow Preparations for Edge of Salado research (click on that link to learn more) have been underway for the past month:   Excavations began two weekends ago in the Sulphur Springs Valley:   And we often had company! We continued this past weekend in the Coyote Mountains at a platform […]



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Was Beringia a Refuge for Ice Age Peoples?

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Was Beringia a Refuge for Ice Age Peoples? Genetic and environmental evidence indicates that after the ancestors of Native Americans left Asia, they spent 10,000 years in shrubby lowlands on a broad land bridge that once linked Siberia and Alaska. Archaeological evidence is lacking because it drowned beneath the Bering Sea when sea levels rose. […]



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