Archive for November, 2014

Reexamining Curtis at the Arizona State Museum

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

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 famed photographer of the American West, who created […]



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Park Service Considering New Rules for Deaccessioning Archaeological Materials

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

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 Regulations Chapter 36 part 79 is open for public comment for 90 days ending Feb. […]



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

Dalton Point: Photo vs. Illustration
Monday, November 17th, 2014

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 there are increasingly fewer people trained in or practicing that […]



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Clovis-Era Infant Burials Documented in Alaska

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

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 Alaska. But the University of Alaska, […]



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Artifacts from Little Bighorn Highlight Curation Dilemma

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

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 artifacts were transferred in 2011 to be stored in a climate-controlled NPS facility in Tucson […]



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Museum of Northern Arizona Selects New Director

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

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 June 2015. Heinonen has more than 20 years […]



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A Unique Preservation Opportunity

The Hohokam Platform Mound at Marana
Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

 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 settled in places where permanent sources of water could […]



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Creepytings versus Rock Art and Banksy, Part 2

Rock Art Consultation
Saturday, November 1st, 2014

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 work any differently from the rock art that is speckled across much of […]



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Creepytings versus Rock Art and Banksy

"No Loitering" by Bansky
Saturday, November 1st, 2014

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 jig-saw puzzle analogy and far more like a drunken game of […]



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