Archive for April, 2015

How Far Did They Carry Those Deer? And Where Did All Those Turkeys Come from?

Deer Running Across Path
Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist April 28, 2015—I recently received the good news that a new project we’re starting here at Archaeology Southwest has been funded by the National Science Foundation (BCS-1460385). I’ll be working with Jeffrey Ferguson, an archaeological chemistry expert from the Archaeometry Laboratory at the University of Missouri Research Reactor, who has […]



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Reporting Archaeology: Lost and Found (UPDATE)

John Lloyd Stephens
Monday, April 27th, 2015

Dr. Christopher Fisher, one of the researchers involved with the project Mr. Castillo discussed in his guest post of March 17, 2015, contacted us with comments. First, we share Dr. Fisher’s comments, followed by Mr. Castillo’s response. Mr. Castillo’s original post follows these updates. Christopher Fisher’s comments (April 17, 2015): As one of the archaeologists […]



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The Economic Impacts of National Parks

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Casa Grande National Monument Announces Significant Economic Impact A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 63,698 visitors to Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in 2014 spent $3.6 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 55 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $5.1 million. “Casa […]



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Are You an Entomologist or a Pest Control Expert? We Have Questions…

Termite Damage to the Ramada
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert One of the interesting things I have noticed out at the replica pithouse at Steam Pump Ranch in Oro Valley, Arizona, is the amount of termite damage to the ramada we built next to the pithouse. We built the ramada of mesquite. The four main support poles […]



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High Country News Takes Critical Look at Fracking on the Chacoan Landscape

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

High Country News Takes A Critical Look at Fracking on the Chacoan Landscape By now you’ve probably heard that fracking is encroaching on and threatens Chaco Canyon. That’s only partially true: Chaco Canyon, Pueblo Bonito and its sibling structures are all part of the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, and thus protected from oil and gas […]



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What Most of Us Are Doing This Week: Ridiculously Long Titles Edition

SAA Presentation Prep
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist Many of us here at Archaeology Southwest will be spending part of this week in San Francisco, California, at the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting. Every year, thousands of archaeologists flock to a different North American city to overwhelm local hotels, convention centers, ethnic restaurants, and cheap bars, where […]



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My Week in Paradise (of a sort)

Decorated Ceramics at Winter Count
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert From February 15–21, I attended an outdoor primitive technology encampment called Winter Count located near Phoenix. Experts in a wide variety of ancient technology skills gather twice a year to share their knowledge with students and each other. Winter Count is a great way to improve one’s […]



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New York Times Editorial Calls on the President to Preserve Cedar Mesa

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

New York Times Editorial Calls on the President to Preserve Cedar Mesa Cedar Mesa is one of the most sublime and culturally evocative landscapes on Earth. Since 1987, I’ve made more than 60 trips to that outback in southeastern Utah, hiking, camping and backpacking on forays lasting as long as 10 days. Nowhere else in the […]



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Judge Rules Vandalism by ATV Is Not Protected Speech

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Judge Rules Vandalism by ATV Is Not Protected Speech  A federal judge on Wednesday rejected San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman’s claim that the First Amendment shields him from conspiracy charges stemming from his role in organizing a motorized group ride into southeastern Utah’s Recapture Canyon last year. “Speech is not protected if it is the […]



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