Archive for May, 2015

Archaeology Southwest’s Paul Reed Explains How Oil and Gas Development Threatens the Chaco Landscape

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Archaeology Southwest’s Paul Reed Explains How Oil and Gas Development Threatens the Chaco Landscape Chaco Culture National Historical Park, and affiliated sites on nearby Navajo Nation and Bureau of Land Management lands, are designated as a World Heritage Site – one of only 22 such sites in the United States and the only such site jointly […]



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A Family Affair

Los Gigantes
Thursday, May 28th, 2015

By Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative May 28, 2015—In fall 2011, I arranged to visit Spier 142, a large pueblo site in the El Morro valley. We hold a conservation easement on 160 acres, most of which protects the site. Because driving to El Morro is a long trip, I made a few calls—as I […]



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Continuing Efforts to Fight for the Preservation of the Chaco Landscape

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Continuing Efforts to Fight for the Preservation of the Chaco Landscape Over the past few months, I have continued to advocate for protection of the Greater Chaco Landscape. This has included attending a number of meetings with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and other officials, conducting a tour of the Chaco Landscape with several Pueblo leaders, and […]



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Tucson: Ancient, Historic, and Modern

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Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Doug Gann, Preservation Archaeologist and Digital Media Specialist May 20, 2015—Last Friday morning, as I left for the office, my daughter asked what I wanted for dinner that evening. (She’s learning to write, and wanted to make out a shopping list.) I told her it would depend—on whether or not we had something to celebrate. That […]



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Touring the Majestic Chaco Landscape

New Alto
Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist May 21, 2015—Over the past few months, I have continued to advocate for protection of the Greater Chaco Landscape. This has included attending a number of meetings with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and other officials, conducting a tour of the Chaco Landscape with several Pueblo leaders, and engaging […]



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Protection for Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes, 2004
Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Matt Peeples, Preservation Archaeologist May 19, 2015—Archaeology Southwest is very pleased to announce that we’ve recently purchased the Los Gigantes archaeological site from the ranching family in the El Morro Valley of west-central New Mexico who has protected it for generations. This ancestral Zuni site is one of the most important precontact (before the arrival […]



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Cronkite News Examines Repatriation in Arizona

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Is Arizona Lagging in the Implementation of NAGPRA? Manley Begay Jr. stood surrounded by boxes “stacked to the ceiling” that were filled with the remains of more than 1,000 Native Americans, when one label caught his eye. Canyon Del Muerte. It was where Begay’s family took their livestock to winter on the Navajo Nation. But here, at […]



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Cave Creek Midden Site: A Collaborative Site Protection Story

Desperation Ranch Excavation
Friday, May 15th, 2015

By Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative May 15, 2015—Long-term preservation of archaeological sites is a core element of Preservation Archaeology. Ensuring that important places are available to inform scientific inquiry well into the future is essential to understanding and sharing the past, in order to revisit older ideas and take advantage of new advances in […]



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What Is Public Archaeology?

Paul Giving Chaco Tour
Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist May 12, 2015—Scott Michlin welcomed me back to his morning radio program in March (listen here). We discussed the realm of public archaeology. “Public,” in this case, refers to the funding stream and to the nature of the work completed. The initiation of publicly funded archaeology on a large […]



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Vandalism in National Parks Is on the Decline, Except in Urban Areas

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Vandalism in National Parks Is on the Decline, Except in Urban Areas City dwellers can argue over whether graffiti is vandalism or art or some strange hybrid of the two. But when it appears in national parks, there should be no question: It’s desecration. Over the last several years, across the 400 parks that fall […]



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Western State Governments Pass “Dubious” Legislation Concerning the Transfer of Federal Lands

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Western State Governments Pass “Dubious” Legislation Concerning the Transfer of Federal Lands For the last several decades, efforts to transfer the oversight of federal land to states has arisen only in isolated legislative initiatives that eventually died out. But in a mad rush since 2012, 10 of the 11 Western states have commissioned or considered studies to […]



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