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2016
13
Jul

It's Complex

Daniel Agudelo, University of Michigan (Posted July 13, 2016)—On Saturday June 18 and Sunday June 19 we had the awesome pleasure of visiting Chaco Canyon and learning about Chacoan culture. Getting to Chaco was a trip in itself—over 10 miles of unpaved, hilly, and bumpy roads! I am so glad...
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2016
13
Jul

The Durability of an Ancient Technology

Alyssa Kyper, Eastern New Mexico University (Posted on July 13, 2016)—Today was an excellent day on survey with Evan, Karen, and Jon. We spent the cool, crisp morning showing Karen an array of check dams and terraces on a bench above the Gila River we had surveyed earlier in the season, double-...
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2016
12
Jul

A Room Revealed

Stacy L. Ryan, Teaching Assistant, Preservation Archaeology Field School (July 12, 2016)—Field school provides an opportunity to spend weeks getting to the bottom of a feature, and interpretations of what we encounter along the way can shift during the process. We proceed with patience and the ...
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2016
12
Jul

Chasing the Past

Lindsay Romo, Cochise College (June 11, 2016)—Advancing knowledge of past people’s lives, beliefs, and practices for future research is one of Preservation Archaeology’s main goals. Leaving parts of the past for future excavations ameliorates the process of understanding what really took pl...
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2016
11
Jul

Antelope Creek Obsidian

Kaitlyn Cometa, University of Delaware (July 12, 2016)—What is the first thing you think of when you hear someone refer to the obsidian at a specific source as “bomb” obsidian? Probably that you don’t want to be near it when it blows up. I however, was drawn to the idea of the “bomb” ...
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2016
10
Jul

Interior Secretary Jewell to Host Public Meeting on Bears Ears (7/10/16)

Debate over Bear's Ears Hits Fevered Pitch Rep. Rob Bishop plans to unveil long-awaited legislation next week to preserve some areas of the Bears Ears region in southeastern Utah just ahead of a visit by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. Bishop also plans to fast-track his much-anticipated Public L...
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2016
07
Jul

The Nature of Archaeology

Lara Fields, Bryn Mawr College (July 7, 2016)—Since flying into Tucson, the Southwestern landscape has kept me in awe. From the dark orange expanse of the Sonoran desert to the tumbling grasslands of the Gila valley, I continue to be enthralled by a seemingly endless expanse of wilderness. Look...
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2016
05
Jul

Investigating Kill Holes

Carolyn Barton, University of South Florida (July 4, 2016)—Nearly every budding archaeologist looks for a research area that captivates them; some immediately know what they want to specialize in. For me, that was far from the reality when I came to this field school. Every aspect of archaeolog...
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2016
03
Jul

Utah's Blatant Double Standard on Access to Public Lands (7/3/16)

Utah's Blatant Double Standard on Access to Public Lands Utah government seems to have a double standard when it comes to allowing access to sensitive public lands. When San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman was charged and convicted in federal court with organizing a motorized vehicle ride thro...
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2016
03
Jul

Community Outreach in Archaeology

Peter Babala, Santa Rosa Junior College (July 3, 2016)—A huge part of what initially attracted me to the field of archaeology was the sense of connection I get when I learn little more about the places I have lived and where the roots of my ancestries lie. It is a gift to have been given the op...
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2016
01
Jul

On Origins and Homecomings

Katelyn (Katie) Jacobson, University of California at Santa Cruz (July 1, 2016)—Listening to an origin story is a commitment. Migrations, war, a fall, an exodus, generations, exile, and a homecoming; crawling out of the sludge took 3.2 million years and if you want to stand out in the desert an...
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