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2014
30
Nov

Reexamining Curtis at the Arizona State Museum

Reexamining Curtis at the Arizona State Museum Two truisms to live by—“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and “One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor.” This dichotomy of perception is never more pronounced than when the subject of Edward S. Curtis’s photography comes up. The fam...
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2014
23
Nov

Park Service Considering New Rules for Deaccessioning Archaeological Materials

Park Service Considering New Rules for Deaccessioning Archaeological Materials The National Park Service (NPS) has proposed a rule to allow deaccessioning of federally owned archaeological items determined to be of insufficient national archaeological interest. The amendment to the Code of Federal ...
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2014
17
Nov

Draw, Scan, Make, and Model: Complementary Approaches to Understanding Stone Tools

Lance K. Trask, Scientific Illustrator and Archaeology Southwest Member There has been a shift from publishing scientific illustrations of artifacts to publishing photographs. Although there are a number of reasons for this, the primary one is that technical illustrations are a unique art form, and ...
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2014
16
Nov

Clovis-Era Infant Burials Documented in Alaska

Clovis-Era Infant Burials Documented in Alaska Warning - This article contains images of human remains. Five years ago, Ben Potter made a dramatic discovery: the partially burned remains of a cremated 3-year-old child, left to rest in a hearth at Upward Sun River, one of the oldest settlements in Al...
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2014
09
Nov

Artifacts from Little Bighorn Highlight Curation Dilemma

Artifacts from Little Bighorn Highlight Curation Dilemma National Park Service officials believe it’ll take constructing a new visitor center at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument before nearly 185,000 artifacts now being stored in Arizona can be returned and displayed. Those artifa...
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2014
02
Nov

Museum of Northern Arizona Selects New Director

Museum of Northern Arizona Selects New Director The Museum of Northern Arizona has a new director and CEO. Carrie M. Heinonen will be stepping in for Robert Breunig, according to information from the museum. Breunig announced his retirement from the position earlier this year and will be leaving in...
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2014
02
Nov

A Unique Preservation Opportunity

 Doug Gann, Preservation Archaeologist and Digital Media Specialist  We have a chance to preserve an intact ancient place, as well as a pristine stretch of Sonoran Desert. Some 700 years ago, a dynamic agricultural society flourished in the lowlands of the desert southwest, with large villages...
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2014
01
Nov

Creepytings versus Rock Art and Banksy, Part 2

By Lewis Borck, Preservation Archaeology Fellow   Read this first part of this post here. View examples of Creepytings’s graffiti at www.modernhiker.com. The second argument that bloggers and commentators have rolled out to defend Creepytings’s actions is that we shouldn’t view her w...
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2014
01
Nov

Creepytings versus Rock Art and Banksy

By Lewis Borck, Preservation Archaeology Fellow   One of the things I like best about studying human behavior is exactly how confusing human behavior can be. What we do as archaeologists, anthropologists, sociologists, human geographers, and/or historians is much less like the frequently used...
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