Archive for March, 2016

Archaeology and Digital Technology, Plus an Update on the SPARC Project

Chaco's Legacy - Salmon
Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (March 31, 2016)—Scott Michlin welcomed me back to his San Juan College KSJE Morning Show in February. We discussed the role of digital technology in archaeology. You can listen to our conversation here. The primary topic for my radio chat with Scott was Archaeology Southwest’s SPARC (Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research […]



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Bunny Innominates

Jackrabbit Bone Tool
Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (March 30, 2016)—I recently finished analyzing animal bone from the Black Mountain site outside Deming, New Mexico, where Dr. Katy Putsavage (Eastern New Mexico University) led excavations from 2010–2012. One of the last bags I analyzed contained an interesting item: a jackrabbit hip-bone (or innominate) with the very end cut […]



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BLM Defers on Fracking Leases near Chaco Canyon

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

BLM Defers on Fracking Leases near Chaco Canyon Yesterday, the Bureau of Land Management deferred for the third time the sale of three oil and gas lease parcels and approximately 2,122 acres of federal mineral estate on Navajo allotment lands in the Greater Chaco region. A broad coalition of local and regional watchdog groups submitted comments […]



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The Site That Nobody Really Knows

ASWM Vol 30 No 1
Friday, March 25th, 2016

Kinishba—In 2003, a box of previously unknown documents came to light, reawakening research on the pueblo and its inhabitants by issue editor John R. Welch and contributing authors.



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Oak Flat Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Oak Flat Listed on the National Register of Historic Places Opponents of a proposed copper mine at the Oak Flat campground scored a point when it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places this month – but while they won the battle, they haven’t won the war. While Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, said in […]



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Chaco Fracking Injunction Moves to Higher Court

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

Chaco Fracking Injunction Moves to Higher Court Environmental groups have once again asked a judge to order the US Bureau of Land Management to stop issuing permits for hydraulic fracturing near Chaco Canyon. The Western Environmental Law Center made oral arguments in the case to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Tuesday. In […]



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A Fine Day at Himdag Ki

Atlatl Workshop
Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (March 8, 2016)—On February 26, a group of us gathered under an expansive mesquite ramada at Himdag Ki, the Tohono O’odham Cultural Center and Museum in Topawa, Arizona. I had been invited to show the group how to make atlatls using only stone tools. I had planned […]



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Navajo Nation Archaeology Conference Focused on Partnerships

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Navajo Nation Archaeology Conference Focused on Partnerships The ways Navajo people and non-Navajo people relate to the archaeology of the Four Corners region served as the center of discussion during Friday’s Navajo Nation Archaeology Meeting in Shiprock. The theme for the meeting was “Cultural Heritage: Then and Now.” The meeting’s purpose was to share archaeological research relating to the […]



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Where Are They Now? Part 2

Alexandra Norwood
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (March 1, 2016)—This is the second of two posts checking in with a few of our recent field school alumni to see what they’re up to now. Although we’ve been focusing on anthropological career paths in this series, I’ve also enjoyed watching many former students go on to apply their […]



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