Archive for April, 2016

The Students Are Coming!

Map of Field School Students
Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (April 28, 2016)—Our 2016 Preservation Archaeology Field School is only a month away! For me, late April brings a list of quirky archaeological tasks, such as ordering thousands of very specific plastic bags for artifact curation and researching portable toilet companies. Jeff Clark and I recently took a brief break […]



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New Mexico Park Visitation Rises

Pueblo Bonito Aerial
Monday, April 25th, 2016

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (April 25, 2016)—The latest statistics show a dramatic increase in visitation to National Park Service (NPS) parks and monuments in New Mexico, for March 2016. Several factors may be responsible for the uptick, including a promotional push by the Park Service in conjunction with its 100-year anniversary. Given the threats […]



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Join the Fight to Protect Bears Ears

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Join the Fight to Protect Bears Ears The archaeological community has urged the preservation of the Cedar Mesa/Bears Ears region for at least 113 years, dating back to a report in 1903 by T. Mitchel Prudden. Thanks to the leadership of Native American Tribes, 2016 is finally the year to protect this internationally significant cultural landscape. If […]



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Samuel J. Redman Examines “Bone Rooms” and the Practice of Scientific Racism

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Samuel J. Redman Examines “Bone Rooms” and the Practice of Scientific Racism Skeletons and mummified remains of nearly 30,000 people dwell in the vaults of the Smithsonian Institution. Though their voices have long been silenced, what we say about them speaks volumes. In “Bone Rooms,” biological anthropologist Samuel J. Redman describes the cutting-edge technology brought […]



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A View of American Politics from the Perspective of Southwestern Archaeology

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

A View of American Politics from the Perspective of Southwestern Archaeology Inequality. Economic recession. Wage stagnation. These are the buzzwords of the populist uprisings on both the left and the right during this 2016 election season. Although they’re running strikingly different campaigns, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are both capitalizing on anger with the so-called […]



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Gorod Durakov, or What’s In a Name?

Gorod Durakov
Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Jeff Clark, Preservation Archaeologist (April 5, 2016)—I spent a wonderful and exhausting six days in late March as a guide for a weeklong members’ tour of Salado and Classic Hohokam archaeological sites in the valleys of southern Arizona. Bill Doelle, Lyle Balenquah, and Alan Osbourne were my co-guides. Up shortly after dawn (yes, even me, […]



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The Southwestern Anthropological Community Remembers Bernard “Bunny” Fontana

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

The Southwestern Anthropological Community Remembers Bernard “Bunny” Fontana Bernard “Bunny” Fontana, a renowned scholar and prolific author in the field of Southwestern history and archaeology, died early Saturday. He was 85 years old. Fontana’s career stretched six decades. He was a cultural anthropologist, field researcher, archaeologist, historian, writer and co-founder of Patronato San Xavier, a […]



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