Archive for February, 2015

Learning from Broken Bunny Bones

Checking Specimen Identifications
Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist A few years ago, when I was a graduate student, a bright young undergraduate came into the lab to ask about volunteering to help with animal bone analysis, or zooarchaeology. I will never forget the look of horror on his face when I poured a bag of broken animal bones […]



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George McJunkin and the Discovery That Changed American Archaeology

George McJunkin
Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Matt Peeples, Preservation Archaeologist On August 27, 1908, the small town of Folsom (population ~250) in northern New Mexico was hit by a cloudburst and drenched with a rapid and heavy rain. This storm caused some of the worst flooding ever recorded in the area. First-hand accounts in newspapers describe a harrowing night: water violently […]



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When is a Village? Defining the Beginnings of Village Life is the Topic of Archaeology Southwest’s Next Archaeology Cafe – Tucson

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

When is a Village? Defining the Beginnings of Village Life is the Topic of Archaeology Southwest’s Next Archaeology Cafe – Tucson On March 3, 2015, Dr. Lisa C. Young (University of Michigan) and Dr. Sarah A. Herr (Desert Archaeology, Inc.) will describe what makes a settlement a village. We meet on the patio of Casa […]



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Ancient Southwestern Ceramics Point to the Survival of the Most Connected

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Ancient Southwestern Ceramics Point to the Survival of the Most Connected In the late 13th century, the American southwest was hit by a major drought. When resources were exhausted and agriculture failed, some groups of people were forced to migrate out of the region. Entire areas of northern Arizona were depopulated. Other groups also survived by turning outward, […]



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What Does Protection Really Mean?

Comb Ridge
Monday, February 9th, 2015

Josh Ewing, Executive Director, Friends of Cedar Mesa Cedar Mesa and the landscape surrounding it are full of sacred places. Around almost every bend is another site where even the most detached type-A personality, like me, can connect with people and events far in the past. It’s places like this that provide opportunity for contemplation […]



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San Carlos Apache Lead Fight Against Mining at Oak Flat

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

San Carlos Apache Lead Fight Against Mining at Oak Flat Dozens of people sang, danced and prayed outside of the San Carlos Apache tribe’s office on Thursday morning before heading out on a 44-mile journey in an attempt to protect their ancestral lands at Oak Flat campground. The protesters organized the march to express their anger […]



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What I’m Doing This Week: Doug Gann

Cliff Dwelling at Walnut Canyon
Friday, February 6th, 2015

Doug Gann, Preservation Archaeologist and Digital Media Specialist This week’s tasks involve all my favorite things: ancient architecture, 3D modeling, Autocad, LIDAR scans and photogrammetry. Through the Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Study Unit (CESU), I’ve been tasked with digitally documenting three backcountry cliff dwellings near Flagstaff at Walnut Canyon National Monument. I’ve done plenty of […]



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What I’m Doing This Week: Allen Denoyer

Allen Floating the Pithouse Roof
Friday, February 6th, 2015

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert Yesterday and today, I’ve been repairing our pilot pithouse at Steam Pump Ranch in Oro Valley, Arizona. In these pictures, volunteer Katie Bubnekovich is soaking the roof and I am floating it with a hand stone.



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AZ Residents: Call to Action!

Bates Mansion
Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Demion Clinco, Former Representative LD2, Arizona House of Representatives, and Archaeology Southwest Board Member   ARIZONA HISTORIC PRESERVATION TAX CREDIT BEING CONSIDERED BY STATE LEGISLATURE Arizona State Representative Karen Fann of Prescott has introduced “HB2337: Historic Preservation Tax Credit.” HB2337 would create both an individual and corporate income tax credit for up to 25% of […]



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What I’m Doing This Week: Andy Laurenzi

Ranch House
Thursday, February 5th, 2015

By Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative This week I am wrapping up our work on the historic townsite of Feldman, Arizona, on the lower San Pedro River. Using funding by ASARCO, LLC, we are working in partnership with the University of Arizona Drachman Institute to provide an architectural documentation of the historic ranch house and […]



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What I’m Doing This Week: Lewis Borck

Archaeological Data
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

By Lewis Borck, Preservation Archaeology Fellow This week, I’m doing data entry and synthesis for the Edge of Salado project, guest-editing the forthcoming Archaeology Southwest Magazine issue on the Gallina Branch, writing a research grant, writing a book review, and participating on the University of Arizona School of Anthropology’s Southwest Archaeology professor search committee. I’m […]



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What I’m Doing This Week: Karen Schollmeyer

Faunal Remains
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist   This week, I am finishing up faunal analysis (animal remains) from Jakob Sedig’s excavations at Woodrow Ruin in the Upper Gila area. He had a field project there in 2012–2013 for his dissertation work. It’s interesting because it’s just a few miles from our field school at Dinwiddie, but from […]



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What I’m Doing This Week: Paul Reed

Oil and Gas Facilities near Chaco
Monday, February 2nd, 2015

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist   This week, I’m continuing to advocate for protection of the Greater Chaco Landscape. We’re pleased to announce the completion of a short film by EcoFlight, in cooperation with the Partnership for Responsible Business and Archaeology Southwest. The film chronicles several recent flights over the Greater Chaco Landscape and […]



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A Chance for Public Comment on the Fracking of the Chacoan Landscape

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

A Chance for Public Comment on the Fracking of the Chacoan Landscape The 10-member Farmington District RAC advises the Secretary of the Interior, through the BLM, on a variety of planning and management issues associated with public land management in the BLM’s Farmington District. Planned agenda items include: opening remarks from the BLM Farmington District […]



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