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2015
26
Jul

Monumental Rumors

Secret Meeting in Southern Utah Creates Expectations of a New Bear Ears National Monument Several top federal officials from Washington quietly attended a "Gathering of the Tribes" put on last weekend by Native Americans in southeastern Utah, their presence made known only to a chosen few who were "...
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2015
24
Jul

People's Stuff

By Kate Sarther Gann, Communications Coordinator   (July 24, 2015)—Archaeologists examine people's stuff. As a former assistant museum curator, I can tell you that people's stuff—at least, once that stuff is "vintage"—is pretty nifty. One of my favorite artifacts in the collections of t...
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2015
23
Jul

2015 Field School Wrap-Up

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Field School Co-Director and Preservation Archaeologist (July 23, 2015)—The end of the Upper Gila Preservation Archaeology Field School is always a bittersweet time, as students and staff members say goodbye to the teammates we’ve worked and lived with for six very inte...
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2015
20
Jul

Firsthand Account of Federal Hearing on the Fracking of the Chaco Landscape

Firsthand Account of Federal Hearing on the Fracking of the Chaco Landscape When you represent regular people fighting against the oil and gas industry, you get used to playing David to their Goliath. Still, when I went into court on July 13, with my single co-counsel, I didn’t expect to have to f...
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2015
17
Jul

Using a Multidisciplinary Approach to Interpret Artifacts

Lindsay Shepard, Arizona State University As an archaeology student, a question I’m frequently asked is, “How do you know that (insert artifact name here) was really used in that way?” Because the objects I study are not accompanied by textual evidence, some of my non-archaeologist friends ar...
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2015
16
Jul

Flakes, Points, and Little Obsidian Discs

Stacy Ryan, Lithics Lab Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School Now that excavations at the Dinwiddie site are complete, the students are focused on writing detailed summaries about what we’ve learned these past five weeks. Our days here have been incredibly full with fieldwork, ceramics ...
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2015
15
Jul

In the kaigim of our ancestors who once inhabited this land

Marcy Pablo, Tohono O'odham College kaigim [guy-gym]—animal hide sandals (Tohono O’odham word for sandals) My journey started out at our local Himdag Ki: cultural center and museum on the Tohono O’odham Nation. While taking a couple of archaeology classes at Pima Community College, I became ...
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2015
14
Jul

The Sirens

Dushyant Naresh, Vassar College Eyelids slowly wilt as the soothing hum of the car engine lulls me to sleep. The rising sun casts a golden glow across the endless landscape, with subtle magentas, yellows, and blues fusing together the feathery clouds. Desert grasses and prickly pear cacti blanket t...
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2015
13
Jul

Learning the Landscape

Barry Price Steinbrecher, Survey Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School The 2015 survey component of the field school primarily focused on surveying land on the Pitchfork Ranch in the Burro Mountains south of Silver City. The ranch owners generously hosted us as we hiked our way through th...
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2015
12
Jul

President Obama Declares Three New National Monuments

President Obama Declares Three New National Monuments Oak woodlands, rugged mountains, and mammoth bones are among the newest protected natural treasures in the United States, as President Barack Obama is expected to designate three new national monuments Friday. The president has created more than...
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2015
10
Jul

Connecting the Past to the Present

Anna Porter, State University of New York at Buffalo The first thing that comes to mind when you think about archaeology is not usually involvement in modern society. Archaeologists study things that happened thousands of years ago—how could this be relevant to today? What I learned at this field...
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2015
08
Jul

Career Directions

Victoria Bowler, University of New Mexico Since graduating with an Anthropology degree three years ago, I have been putting off graduate school and roaming to and from National Park Service sites in the Southwest. My seasonal nomadic employment has supplied me with so many friends and networks and ...
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