Archive for October, 2014

Exegesis of a Southwestern Archaeologist, Part 2

Steve Nash and Carmen Carrasco
Monday, October 27th, 2014

By Steve Nash, Anthropology Department Chair, Denver Museum of Nature & Science Read Part 1 here. Neanderthals and Tree-Rings Sometime in mid-August 1988, I flew to Tucson on a direct flight from Chicago. I picked up my personal belongings—everything packed into a backpack and an old travel trunk—at the baggage carousel, and went to the […]



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Woman Vandalizes 10 Western National Parks and Posts the Evidence on Instagram

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Woman Vandalizes 10 Western National Parks and Posts the Evidence on Instagram She calls it art, proudly signing her urban-influenced sketches and posting photos of them online, like a sort of Banksy in the wild. The National Park Service calls it criminal. The agency on Thursday announced it was investigating 21-year-old Casey Nocket’s recent cross-country jaunt during which […]



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Reflections on the Life and Career of Archaeologist George Frison

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Reflections on the Life and Career of George Frison The story, Frison said, is exactly what the title suggests. He recounts a mid-life transition from rancher to university student to professor of anthropology. Drawing on experience working with and hunting large animals, Frison focused his research on hunting practices of Paleoindians who occupied the northern plains. During his […]



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Enough with that word!

Honeybee Reconstruction by Rob Ciaccio
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

By Kate Sarther Gann, Communications Coordinator   I’m on a mission. My colleagues at Archaeology Southwest have heard this one before. They seem to appreciate my stance, so I’ve decided to continue evangelizing through this post. There is a word—so common in professional and academic archaeological writing—that I systematically eradicate from every piece of archaeological […]



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The Landscape of the Chacoan World Is Being Lost to Hydraulic Fracturing

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

The Landscape of the Chacoan World Is Being Lost to Hydraulic Fracturing  Environmental groups argue if the wells are built close to Chaco Canyon and along a corridor that runs to other ancient sites, they might destroy cultural heritage and endanger Chaco’s designation as one of the best places in the U.S. to star gaze, […]



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Of Poop, Toilet Paper, and Worms…

Modern Toilet Paper and Straw
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist   I visited Scott Michlin at KSJE for my regular monthly show last month. You can listen to our conversation here. The agenda this time—ancient poop! Quite literally, we discussed the importance of ancient feces—coprolites, as they are known—for archaeological studies. We discussed a recent analysis of ancient excrement […]



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Aztec Ruins National Monument and Chaco Canyon National Historic Park Ban Drones and Scattering of Cremains

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Aztec Ruins National Monument and Chaco Canyon National Historic Park Ban Drones and Scattering of Cremains Piloting drones or depositing cremated human remains are now prohibited at Aztec Ruins National Monument and Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The rule change was published on Friday as part of the park’s Superintendent’s Compendium, which is a formal document […]



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