Archive for July, 2016

Explosion and Uncontrolled Fire at Oil Processing Facility 14 miles from Chaco Canyon Confirm Preservationists’ Worst Fears

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Explosion and Uncontrolled Fire at Oil Processing Facility 14 miles from Chaco Canyon Confirm Preservationists’ Worst Fears A recent fire at an oil production site in New Mexico provided environmental advocacy groups with fodder for a long-standing argument: Federal agencies must weigh all impacts of mineral extraction before drilling begins. “These WPX Energy wells were producing […]



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Conservation Groups Challenge Plan for Excessive Motorized Use on the Tonto National Forest

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Proposed Plan Likely to Result in Death of Endangered Species, Damage to Habitat, Rivers, Streams PHOENIX (July 26, 2016) — Five conservation groups have filed a joint challenge to the Tonto National Forest Travel Management Plan. In their administrative objection, the groups charged that the Tonto’s management has allowed far too much motor vehicle use […]



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Bears Ears Listening Session: Voices Not Heard

Advocating for Bears Ears
Monday, July 25th, 2016

Bill Doelle, President & CEO (July 25, 2016)—Some walked a few blocks. Others drove an hour or less. I drove seven hours. Not everyone wanted to speak. Some 500 of us (or more) who did want to speak entered a lottery. My guess is that roughly 75 got to speak because their lottery ticket was […]



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Interior Secretary Jewell Conducts Public Meeting on Bears Ears

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Interior Secretary Jewell Conducts Public Meeting on Bears Ears It’s only 10 a.m. on a mid-July morning, yet the mercury in Bluff, Utah, has already topped 80 degrees, and the folks milling around the local community center seek refuge in the rare shady areas.  A row of shiny SUVs with federal government and state or […]



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2016 Field School Wrap-Up

Leslie Excavating
Monday, July 18th, 2016

Leslie Aragon, University of Arizona, and Field Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School (July 18, 2016)—Now that the field season has drawn to a close, I’ve had a little bit of time to reflect back on all we accomplished at the Gila Farm site in the short 5 ½ weeks that we were together for the […]



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Debate over Bears Ears Intensifies

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Debate over Bears Ears Intensifies Laminated sheets of paper held in place by rocks rest inside ancient cliff dwellings nestled underneath a spectacular red rock overhang in southeastern Utah. “Don’t erase the traces of America’s past,” the signs read. “Please do not enter interior rooms.” The weathered signs and a similar warning at the trailhead are the only […]



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Archaeology Southwest Urges Action on Bears Ears National Monument

Cliff Dwelling in Cedar Mesa
Friday, July 15th, 2016

Archaeology Southwest Joins Native American Tribes in Calling for President Obama to Protect Bears Ears as a National Monument Tucson, AZ (July 15, 2016)—Archaeology Southwest urges officials from the U.S. Department of Interior and the U.S. Forest Service to recommend that President Obama protect the Bears Ears region in Southeastern Utah as a national monument. […]



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Angel’s Rest and a World of Unknowns in Southeast Utah

Angel Pictograph
Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Guest post by R. E. Burrillo, Archaeologist: Manti-La Sal National Forest, Moab-Monticello District, UT (July 14, 2016)—This Saturday, July 16, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and an accompanying cabal of Washington D.C. glitterati will be in Bluff, Utah, to hear public comments about the proposed Bears Ears National Monument. They are expecting—and more or less ready […]



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SPARC Progress Report

Worthy Martin and Carrie Heitman
Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (July 14, 2016)—Last month, I was in Lincoln, Nebraska, for a multi-day meeting with most of our Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection (SPARC) team. Carrie Heitman of University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) hosted the meeting. Worthy Martin of the University of Virginia-IATH was in attendance, bringing all his expertise from working […]



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It’s Complex

Chacoan Window
Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

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 that this location as well […]



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The Durability of an Ancient Technology

On Survey
Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

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-checking the area to […]



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A Room Revealed

Mapping Manos
Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

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 desire to learn more about how people lived at […]



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Chasing the Past

Field School Students
Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

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 place within a site. We only have so much knowledge at this present time, […]



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Antelope Creek Obsidian

Bag of Obsidian
Monday, July 11th, 2016

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” obsidian and […]



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Interior Secretary Jewell to Host Public Meeting on Bears Ears

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

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 Lands Initiative (PLI) — which critics worry won’t go […]



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The Nature of Archaeology

El Morro National Monument
Thursday, July 7th, 2016

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. Looking more closely, however, I begin to […]



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Investigating Kill Holes

Pottery Kill Hole
Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

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 archaeology seemed to fascinate me, making me want […]



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Utah’s Blatant Double Standard on Access to Public Lands

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

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 through Recapture Canyon, a protected area that the Bureau […]



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Community Outreach in Archaeology

Karen Gives Site Tours
Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

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 […]



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On Origins and Homecomings

Hawikuh
Friday, July 1st, 2016

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 and tell someone how it went, […]



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