Archive for June, 2016

The Importance of Floors: A Case Study of Feature 300

Adobe Room
Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Jonathan Alperstein, Vassar College (June 29, 2016)—Whether you are working in a pit house or a pueblo room block, one of the most exciting parts of an excavation unit to work on is the floor fill. This year, while excavating the pueblo room we labeled Feature 300, we removed a grueling number of buckets of […]



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Understanding the Landscape They Lived in

Burro Cienega
Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Evan Giomi, Survey Director, University of Arizona (June 27, 2016)—Archaeological survey is the activity of locating, identifying, and recording archaeological sites to build a record that can be later used by archaeologists looking to put shovels in the ground or monitor any damage to the sites by vandalism or natural processes, like erosion. Although it […]



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Adobe Walls

Excavation unit
Monday, June 27th, 2016

Conner Awayda, SUNY–Buffalo (June 27, 2016)—Protecting from wind and rain, allowing cool temperatures in the summer, and heating in the winter, adobe makes up the walls of past homes. A mixture of sand and clay, adobe is made from earth and water. By mixing in water until the soil is the right consistency to be […]



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Congressman Grijalva Reintroduces Legislation to Protect Heritage Resources in Arizona

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

Congressman Grijalva Reintroduces Legislation to Protect Heritage Resources in Arizona On June 22, 2016, Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that seeks national monument designation for a remarkable cultural landscape known as the Great Bend of the Gila, which spans southern Arizona’s Maricopa and Yuma counties. http://bit.ly/28X9eXB – Archaeology Southwest Non-Destructive Carbon […]



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Congressman Grijalva Reintroduces Legislation to Protect Heritage Resources in Arizona

Great Bend of the Gila
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Statement by Archaeology Southwest President and CEO William Doelle Washington (June 22, 2016) – Today, Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva will introduce legislation in the House of Representatives that seeks national monument designation for a remarkable cultural landscape known as the Great Bend of the Gila, which spans southern Arizona’s Maricopa and Yuma counties. William Doelle, […]



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Archaeologists Petition the White House for a Bears Ears Monument

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

Archaeologists Petition the White House for a Bears Ears Monument How a 1.9 million-acre parcel in southeast Utah dotted with archaeological and historical sites is managed has been a source of contention for years. Now, with less than one year left of Barack Obama’s presidency, multiple groups have petitioned him to declare the land — known as the […]



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A Bee-Avoiding Field Trip

Anthropomorphic Petroglyph
Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Emily Marturano, University of Pittsburgh (June 17, 2016)—What do you do when bees decide to take over your excavation site and force an impromptu day off while the hive is removed? Drive to the middle of the desert to look at rock art, of course. In the name of bee avoidance, we headed to the […]



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The Archaeology of Looting

Looted Archaeological Site
Friday, June 17th, 2016

Elissa McDavid, Hendrix College (June 16, 2016)—Before arriving at field school, I had imagined well-preserved sites disturbed by nothing more than a few animal burrows, adobe walls and floors that behaved nicely, and no looting. (Blame National Geographic glamour and the fact that no one really wants to publish the holes—literal or figurative—in our sites […]



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Leave-No-Trace Archaeology

Historic Can
Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

 Lexie Bennicas, University of Hawaii (June 14, 2016)—When my turn at archaeological survey came, Evan led us past rattlesnakes and through thick brush into the valley of the Gila to a hill on the outskirts of the floodplain. Within minutes of approaching the hill we found artifacts ranging from ancient ceramic sherds to historic glass […]



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Forest Service Fails to Limit Motorized Roads and Trails

Roadside Parking Area atop hilltop ruin
Monday, June 13th, 2016

Agency Documents Show Plan Likely to Result in Death of Endangered Species, Damage to Habitat, Rivers, Streams  (PHOENIX, Ariz.) June 13, 2016— The Tonto National Forest released a final draft of its long-awaited Travel Management Plan on Friday that ignored members of the public and conservation groups who highlighted the need to minimize and repair […]



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Will a Bears Ears Monument Declaration Lead to Armed Rebellion?

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Will a Bears Ears Monument Declaration Lead to Armed Rebellion? For centuries, humans have used the red sandstone canyons here as a way to mark their existence. First came archaic hunter-gatherers who worked in Glen Canyon Linear, a crude geometrical style dating back more than 3,500 years. Then about 2,000 years later, early ancestral Pueblo farmers […]



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In Appreciation

Carving Atlatls
Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Patrick Depret-Guillaume, University of Virginia (June 11, 2016)—Attending field school has given me a renewed appreciation for the skill and ingenuity of humanity’s common ancestors. For millions of years, stone technology underpinned our survival. For centuries considered crude and primitive, anthropologists have now demonstrated these tools to be a sophisticated, living cultural idiom. This summer, […]



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A Memorable Success in Preservation Archaeology on Elk Ridge

Cedar Mesa Volunteers
Friday, June 10th, 2016

Guest post by R. E. Burrillo, Archaeologist: Manti-La Sal National Forest, Moab-Monticello District, UT (June 9, 2016)—During the week of May 23, something wholly unremarkable and yet almost never talked about in the media took place in southeast Utah: a group of volunteers did important work and had a ton of fun doing it. For […]



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New Horizons for Southwestern Rock Art

ASWM Vol. 30, No. 2
Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Issue editor Aaron M. Wright and contributors on the cutting edge of rock art research consider rock art within the physical and social contexts of its makers’ lives. more >>



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Survey Says…

Cholla in Full Bloom
Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Adam Sezate, Graduate of United States Naval Academy (June 8, 2016)–Under our survey supervisor, Evan Giomi, my partners and I had the opportunity to help the Nature Conservancy survey their land along the Gila River. My team and I were in search of any clues of past human settlement in an area several miles upriver […]



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Kickoff of Our 2016 Field School Blog Series

2016 Field School Crew
Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (June 7, 2016)—The 2016 field season brings several exciting changes for the Preservation Archaeology Field School. One of the biggest changes for us is a new excavation site. We finished our fieldwork at the Cliff phase (A.D. 1300–1450+) Dinwiddie site last summer, and have moved a few miles northeast to […]



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Negative Propaganda about Proposed Bears Ears Monument Spreading in Southern Utah

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Negative Propaganda about Proposed Bears Ears Monument Spreading in Southern Utah Forged letters and flyers appearing at gas stations and post offices in tribal lands in Utah are spreading false information about a proposal to create a national monument that protects Native American land. The proposed Bears Ears National Monument, named for the Bears Ears Buttes […]



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