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2014
27
Jul

1938 WPA Administration Building Saved from Demolition in Phoenix

1938 WPA Administration Building Saved from Demolition in Phoenix After facing a gantlet of criticism over its attempt to raze a historic Depression-era building, the Arizona Exposition and State Fair Board voted Tuesday to shelve the demolition plans for now. State Fair Deputy Director Wanell Cost...
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2014
24
Jul

The Science of Playing in the Mud

Jacqueline Fox, Preservation Archaeology Field School Student For many, the lure of archaeology is its interdisciplinary nature. Incorporating hard science into social theory has provided us with a continually growing understanding of past lives and ancient places. Although the Preservation Archaeo...
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2014
23
Jul

Archaeology Southwest Acquires a Portion of Quail Point

New Protection for Ancient Rock Art Southern Arizona-based nonprofit Archaeology Southwest acquires a 360-acre parcel at Quail Point, an exceptional rock art site in the Gila Bend region Tucson, Ariz. (July 29, 2014) — Protection of millennia-old rock art in the Gila Bend region of Arizo...
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2014
20
Jul

Does Evidence from El Fin del Mundo Point to the Origins of the Clovis Culture?

Does Evidence from El Fin del Mundo Point to the Origins of the Clovis Culture? At a Mexican site known as the End of the World, archaeologists have unearthed a Native American first: the bones of two extinct elephant-like animals that sported four tusks apiece, surrounded by 13,400-year-old spear p...
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2014
13
Jul

Arizona State Museum Director Interviewed on Arizona Public Media

Director of the Arizona State Museum Interviewed on Arizona Public Media Since 2013, Lyons has focused his expertise with Arizona archeology as the director of the Arizona State Museum. That appointment followed Lyons’ seven years as a member of Arizona State Museum’s faculty, and a long histor...
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2014
11
Jul

All Us and No Them

Will Russell, Field Supervisor In less than a week, we’ll all be home. Our other homes. The ones before we made this one. We finished backfilling yesterday and were blessed with cloud cover, making the heat and dust bearable. In the distance, over the Black Range, we could see rays of sunlight pi...
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2014
10
Jul

Learning Lithics at Mule Creek

By Stacy Ryan For me, the words "Mule Creek" have always brought to mind the obsidian from this area, which people in the past used to make stone tools, and which was widely distributed. For this reason, Mule Creek is an especially interesting place to teach students about flaked stone technology. ...
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2014
09
Jul

Connections and Reflections

Erin Verbeck, Preservation Archaeology Field School Student I am a junior at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) studying anthropology and political science. This is my first time in the Southwest, and I am continually surprised by how vibrant and beautiful the landscape is—not to mention how h...
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2014
08
Jul

Building Blocks for Understanding the Past

Andrew Finn, Preservation Archaeology Field School Student Throughout my time here at the Preservation Archaeology Field School, I have vastly expanded my knowledge of preservation archaeology and archaeology as a whole. I have always been very interested in the technology used by the ancient group...
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2014
07
Jul

The Interpretive Process: A Student's Perspective

Aaron Trumbo, Preservation Archaeology Field School Student At this year’s Preservation Archaeology Field School, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to excavate within a pueblo room block that is currently threatened by a road cut. The road has already destroyed much of this pueblo, but we ...
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2014
06
Jul

Groundbreaking Study Posits an Ancient Southwestern Baby Boom

Groundbreaking Study Posits an Ancient Southwestern Baby Boom The grandeur of Mesa Verde’s cliff-side dwellings and the awe-inspiring engineering feats of Chaco Canyon attest to the vibrant cultures that flourished in the American Southwest more than 1,000 years ago. At these sites, ancient civili...
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2014
02
Jul

Attributes of the Successful Archaeologist: A Field Study

Izzy Starr, Preservation Archaeology Field School Student In every field of study, it seems as though there are certain sets of traits that tend to fare better than others. At the Preservation Archaeology Field School, I have had the opportunity to observe archaeologists at work, and now I have som...
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