Archive for August, 2015

Wish Granted

Mimbres Bowl - Bighorn Sheep Hunter
Monday, August 31st, 2015

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist My colleague Mike Diehl and I recently heard the good news that we’ve received a National Science Foundation grant (BCS-1524079). When I told my family about it at dinner that night, my youngest daughter asked what a “grant” was. I told her that when scientists want to study something we […]



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Help Support the Creation of the Great Bend of Gila National Monument

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Help Support the Creation of the Great Bend of Gila National Monument The Great Bend of the Gila, in southwestern Arizona, is a rich cultural landscape that speaks to a deep history of multiculturalism on this frontier. In addition to numerous Hohokam and Patayan villages, countless ancient trails, and portions of the historic de Anza […]



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Woodrow Ruin Revealed

Jakob and an Olla
Monday, August 24th, 2015

Jakob Sedig, University of Colorado, Boulder (August 24, 2015)—For the past four years, I have been conducting research at Woodrow Ruin, a large, multicomponent site on the upper Gila River. (“Multicomponent” means that the site bears evidence of people being there in more than one distinct cultural period.) Although archaeologists have been interested in Woodrow […]



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Federal Court Denies Injunction Against Fracking of the Chaco Landscape

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Federal Court Denies Injunction Against Fracking of the Chaco Landscape A federal judge has rejected an effort by environmental groups to stall oil and gas development in northwestern New Mexico while they fight the approval of dozens of drilling permits issued over the past two years by a federal agency. U.S. District Judge James Browning issued […]



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August 2015 Update on Preserving the Greater Chaco Landscape

Oil Rig
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (August 19, 2015)—Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge James Browning rejected an effort by environmental groups to stop oil and gas development in northwestern New Mexico. This ruling was a disappointment, because a break in the action would have allowed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to complete work […]



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Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society Announces the Recipients of This Year’s Byron Cummings and Victor Stoner Awards

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society Announces the Recipients of This Year’s Byron Cummings and Victor Stoner Awards Archaeology Southwest joins in celebrating the memory of James Ayers, who was posthumously awarded the Byron Cummings Award, and we celebrate the Byron Cummings Award presented to Alan Ferg. The Cummings award honors outstanding contributions to anthropology or […]



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Cache of Ancient Tobacco Quids Identified in Cave Deposit

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Cache of Ancient Tobacco Quids Identified in Cave Deposit Dozens of small, fiber-wrapped bundles discovered in a cave in Arizona have been found to contain wild tobacco, the first scientific evidence suggesting that Ancestral Puebloans of the prehistoric Southwest chewed tobacco for personal use, archaeologists say. “As wads of fibers, perhaps they haven’t produced as much […]



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Raising the Roof

Salado Room Entryway at Night
Friday, August 7th, 2015

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (August 7, 2015)—The process began before the students arrived. After obtaining a Forest Service permit, I cut a couple of loads of juniper poles for the roof. I cut the poles when they were green, so they were heavy! I had the students use stone axes to […]



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The Archaeology of Southern Arizona’s Early Farmers

Las Capas Reports
Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Archaeology Southwest and Desert Archaeology, Inc., Publish New Works on the Archaeology of Southern Arizona’s Early Farmers Tucson, Ariz. (August 1, 2015)—Tucson-based cultural resources management firm Desert Archaeology, Inc., has recently completed final reports on the Las Capas site, which provides substantial new insights into agricultural practices of the Early Agricultural period in the Tucson […]



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Projectile Points Made and Used by the Southwest’s Earliest Farmers

Projectile Points Book Cover
Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

First Comprehensive Study of Dart Points Made and Used by the Southwest’s Earliest Farmers Just Published by Archaeology Southwest and Desert Archaeology, Inc. Tucson, Ariz. (August 1, 2015)—A new monograph by flaked stone expert Jane Sliva of cultural resources management firm Desert Archaeology, Inc., presents the first comprehensive study of Early Agricultural period projectile points […]



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Salt Lake Tribune Op-Ed Questions Lack of Respect for Native Heritage in Southern Utah

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Salt Lake Tribune Op-Ed Questions Lack of Respect for Native Heritage in Southern Utah Utah is known for its exquisite rock art, cliff dwellings and dry desert caves. The state has some of the most spectacular, well-preserved and information-rich archaeological sites in North America, and perhaps the world. People in many places revere and protect their archaeological resources, […]



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