Archive for August, 2016

50-Dollar Words, 1-Dollar Ideas, and Priceless People

PAFS Staff at Chaco
Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Lewis Borck, Preservation Archaeologist (August 30, 2016)—Archaeologists are really good at making up words, or at least turning nouns into verbs in really awkward ways. Many site reports in the English-speaking world are littered with the word “recordation,” as in, “this site underwent recordation” instead of “we recorded the site.” Part of this has to […]



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U.S. Rep. Grijalva, Archaeology Southwest, Inter Tribal Association of Arizona Unite to Protect the Great Bend of the Gila with National Monument

Rock Art at Quail Point
Monday, August 29th, 2016

Collaboration Signals Greater Tribal Involvement in Federal Land Management PHOENIX (August 29, 2016)—During a two-year study process to examine the deep human history of 84,000 acres of federal land in Maricopa and Yuma Counties, Archaeology Southwest and study participants explored ancestral connections for 13 Native American tribes, most of whom were engaged in the development […]



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Continued Momentum for Bears Ears

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

NY Times Recognizes Presidential Legacy through Monument Creation President Obama seems most comfortable outside on an 18-hole golf course, not hunting bear in Colorado, as Theodore Roosevelt did while president in 1905, or deep-sea fishing for tarpon in the Texas Gulf, as Franklin D. Roosevelt, an avid angler, did on a getaway from the White […]



Filed Under: Southwest Archaeology Today

Update on Protecting the Greater Chaco Landscape

Looking north along Chaco's Great North Road toward the site of Pierre's.
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (August 23, 2016)—I’m overdue for an update on Archaeology Southwest’s efforts—with our partners—to protect the Greater Chaco Landscape. First, good news: we have produced a brochure highlighting the issues we face. This highly readable brochure explains why protecting the Greater Chaco Landscape is so important and describes how interested people […]



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Where Most Research Happens

Lab Research
Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Katherine Dungan, Preservation Archaeologist (August 19, 2016)—Odds are good that when you think of archaeology, you’re thinking of an outdoor activity, whether that’s a bunch of dust-covered researchers poking around in square holes or just you, experiencing a place on the landscape with a deep human history. Protecting those kinds of places is absolutely at […]



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Ancient Solar Storms Offer a New Method for Calibrating Dendrochronology

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

Ancient Solar Storms Offer a New Method for Calibrating Dendrochronology Archaeologists believe they have identified a new way of putting accurate dates to great events of prehistory. Rare and spectacular storms on the sun appear to have left their mark in forests and fields around the planet over the past 5,000 years. Michael Dee, of Oxford […]



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Nine Mile Canyon Stewardship Day 2016

Learning about Fremont Rock Art
Monday, August 15th, 2016

Jamie Clark Stott, Program Archaeologist, Project Discovery, Utah (August 15, 2016)—On Saturday, September 17, 2016, Project Discovery will host its third annual Stewardship Day (opens as a PDF) in Nine Mile Canyon, Utah. Project Discovery is a nonprofit education program birthed by education specialist Margie Nash. The program operates on a series of grants and […]



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Oil and Gas Industry Group Sues BLM for Taking the Time to Preserve the Chaco Landscape

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Oil and Gas Industry Group Sues BLM for Taking the Time to Preserve the Chaco Landscape Representatives of the oil and gas industry are upset with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for not holding quarterly lease sales for drilling on public lands. On Thursday, the Western Energy Alliance, a Denver-based pro-industry group, filed suit, challenging the agency to […]



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Editorial: Bill Doelle Argues for Preserving Bears Ears

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Editorial: Archaeology Southwest President Bill Doelle Argues for Preserving Bears Ears Public lands don’t offer enough protections, and this remarkable land in Utah is under attack. http://bit.ly/2aXNoFO – Arizona Republic AZ Governor Appoints Kathryn Leonard as the New SHPO On August 8, 2016, Governor Doug Ducey appointed Kathryn Leonard to the position of State Historic Preservation […]



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