Archive for July, 2014

1938 WPA Administration Building Saved from Demolition in Phoenix

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

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 Costello said the agency, which had rebuffed previous efforts to save […]



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The Science of Playing in the Mud

Mixing Adobe with Max
Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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 Archaeology Field School exposed us to many of the processes that make this discipline the […]



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Archaeology Southwest Acquires a Portion of Quail Point

Quail Point
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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 Arizona was strengthened when heritage preservation organization Archaeology Southwest recently […]



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

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

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 points. The discovery at the El Fin […]



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Arizona State Museum Director Interviewed on Arizona Public Media

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

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 history with studying and curating the museum’s artifacts when he […]



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All Us and No Them

Staff and Students at Feature 301
Friday, July 11th, 2014

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 piercing the grey […]



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Learning Lithics at Mule Creek

Riley and Chris
Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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. During the field school […]



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Connections and Reflections

Excavation Unit Photo Shoot
Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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 hot it is! As a native of Minnesota, where we […]



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Building Blocks for Understanding the Past

Shaping a Digging Stick
Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

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 groups that we are learning about, and through the experimental archaeology […]



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The Interpretive Process: A Student’s Perspective

Puddled Adobe Experiment
Monday, July 7th, 2014

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 are digging within two never-before-excavated rooms that are […]



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Groundbreaking Study Posits an Ancient Southwestern Baby Boom

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

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 civilizations monitored the motions of the cosmos, developed sophisticated agricultural techniques, and […]



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Attributes of the Successful Archaeologist: A Field Study

Preparing an Excavation Unit
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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 some speculations as to the characteristics […]



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A Community of Learners

Overlooking Pueblo Bonito
Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Christopher Davis, Preservation Archaeology Field School Student Over the course of three weeks, I have learned a great deal about Southwestern archaeology and the close-knit community of people who study it. But I have also learned more about myself, as an aspiring archaeologist. Upon arrival, I plunged into an endless realm of new knowledge branching […]



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