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2016
30
Jun

The Importance of Floors: A Case Study of Feature 300

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 ...
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2016
28
Jun

Understanding the Landscape They Lived in

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 ...
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2016
27
Jun

Adobe Walls

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 righ...
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2016
26
Jun

Congressman Grijalva Reintroduces Legislation to Protect Heritage Resources in Arizona (6/26/16)

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 ...
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2016
22
Jun

Congressman Grijalva Reintroduces Legislation to Protect Heritage Resources in Arizona

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 ...
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2016
19
Jun

Archaeologists Petition the White House for a Bears Ears Monument

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 ha...
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2016
18
Jun

A Bee-Avoiding Field Trip

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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2016
17
Jun

The Archaeology of Looting

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 reall...
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2016
14
Jun

Leave-No-Trace Archaeology

 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 rangin...
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2016
13
Jun

Forest Service Fails to Protect Tonto National Forest from Excessive Off-Road Vehicle Use

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 conservatio...
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2016
12
Jun

Will a Bears Ears Monument Declaration Lead to Armed Rebellion?

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 ab...
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2016
11
Jun

In Appreciation

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 primit...
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