Archive for April, 2014

Cultural Conservatism in the Ancient Southwest – Research on the Edge of Salado

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Introduction to Archaeology Southwest’s Edge of Salado Research What slows or halts the geographic spread of an ideology—especially an ideology that brings people together? In our previous work, we focused on detecting Kayenta immigrants and determining their impacts in communities across the southern Southwest. Kayenta immigrants were a powerful minority with a strong identity and […]



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A Look at the Attack on the Antiquities Act

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

A Look at the Attack on the Antiquities Act Some in congress want to change a bill that allows presidents to designate national monuments. Should we care? Some in congress want to change a bill that allows presidents to designate national monuments. Should we care? Recently, U.S. Representative Rob Bishop celebrated a victory. He managed to […]



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Archaeological Documentation on a Slippery Slope, Part 1

Paul at Walnut Canyon
Monday, April 14th, 2014

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist and Chaco Scholar at Salmon Ruins   Recently, I was fortunate to assist my colleague Doug Gann with a project at Walnut Canyon National Monument, near Flagstaff, Arizona. The work took place at two small cliff dwellings about halfway down a very steep ravine above Walnut Creek. The project […]



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Low-Impact Archaeological Research – Drone with Thermal Camera Quickly Maps Ancient Pueblo Village

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Low-Impact Archaeological Research – Drone with Thermal Camera Quickly Maps Ancient Pueblo Village Thermal images captured by an small drone allowed archaeologists to peer under the surface of the New Mexican desert floor, revealing never-before-seen structures in an ancient Native American settlement. Called Blue J, this 1,000-year-old village was first identified by archaeologists in the 1970s. […]



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A View from the Edge…of Salado

Fran Reaches for an Artifact
Thursday, April 10th, 2014

By Kathryn Turney, Project Intern I have had the pleasure of being an intern for the Edge of Salado project since February of this year. It has been fun, challenging at times, and very rewarding. It has been a good learning experience, in terms of how to meet the project’s research goals while still providing […]



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The Quest to the O. W. Randall Rock

O. W. Randall’s inscription, 1849.
Monday, April 7th, 2014

By Randy Craig Randall   When I was in college, I became interested in our family history. I vividly recall one conversation with my paternal grandfather, whom we called “Daddy Jack.” One evening at their home in the piney woods around Nacogdoches, Texas, I asked him to tell me what he knew about the Randall […]



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FBI Impounds Large Collection of Antiquities and Other Cultural Remains in Indiana

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

FBI Impounds Large Collection of Antiquities and Other Cultural Remains (Including Large Collection of Objects from the American Southwest) in Indiana FBI Seizes Thousands of Objects FBI agents on Thursday were still removing thousands of artifacts ranging from arrowheads to shrunken heads and Ming Dynasty jade from a house in rural Indiana. A 91-year-old man amassed […]



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Tracking Canals in the Safford Basin: A Tale of Fate 34 & 54 Years in the Making

Rock-Bordered Canal near Goat Hill
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

By James A. Neely, Professor Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin This story begins in the summer of 1994, when I accompanied Kyle Woodson—one of my graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin—into the field to get him started on excavations for his master’s thesis project at the now well-known site of Goat […]



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