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2016
28
Sep

Hands-On Archaeology: How to Find Good Tool Stone

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (September 28, 2016)—I often have people ask me how to find good stone to flintknap. It’s not easy. I enjoy working rock I have gathered myself from places I have visited or from areas near sites where I have worked. Lo...
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2016
27
Sep

Bears Ears and the Issue of Ownership

This post was originally published on September 23, 2016, on the Binghamton University MAPA blog, http://mapabing.org/2016/09/23/bears-ears-and-the-issue-with-ownership/. Re-posted courtesy of the author and with the original blog's permissions. Kellam Throgmorton, PhD Candidate, SUNY Binghamton ...
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2016
25
Sep

Utah Public Lands Initiative Clears House Committee

Utah Public Lands Initiative Clears House Committee The House Natural Resources Committee advanced the Public Lands Initiative on Thursday, moving the bill to the full House with a week to go before Congress adjourns until after the election. The PLI, sponsored by Utah Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Ch...
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2016
23
Sep

Hands-On Archaeology: How to Heat-Treat Rock

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (September 23, 2016)—In this post, I show the process I use to heat-treat rocks. I learned this technique years ago and have been using it ever since. Why heat-treat rock? In short, because it makes tough or grainy roc...
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2016
22
Sep

Archaeology Café Returns

Kate Sarther Gann, Communications Coordinator (September 22, 2016)—Autumn has always been my favorite season. Transplanted to Tucson from Chicago 25 years ago, I’ve come to appreciate the more subtle signs of the season here—raking light, denser traffic, Halloween costume ideas that don’t...
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2016
18
Sep

Don't Blame the Salt at Chaco?

Research Finds Salt Infiltration Was Not a Problem at Chaco Canyon Various salt compounds found deep in the soil of New Mexico’s desert may be the key to understanding how crops were cultivated in ancient Chaco Canyon – despite the backdrop of what seems an otherwise arid and desolate landscape...
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2016
12
Sep

Piecing History Back Together: A Lesson from the Past about the Future of the Bears Ears

Ben Bellorado, Archaeologist (September 13, 2016)—Cultural affiliation studies are particularly important tools that Native peoples, anthropologists, and archaeologists use to demonstrate tangible links between people of the ancient past and contemporary societies. These studies are especially ...
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2016
11
Sep

Florence Lister Passes

Florence Lister Passes Florence Lister, a prominent archaeologist in the American Southwest, died Sunday at her home in Mancos. She was 96. “She succeeded in a field that was dominated by men, and she found her own niche, and she lived long enough to write major books that helped the public under...
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2016
07
Sep

Hands-On Archaeology: How to Haft a Point into a Foreshaft

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (September 7, 2016)—Hunters probably used foreshafts for multiple purposes, including as knives. In this example I will show how to use real sinew with pitch to haft a point. This makes a very strong haft. Putting a littl...
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2016
05
Sep

U.S. Rep. Grijalva and Tribal Members Unite to Protect Great Bend of the Gila

U.S. Rep. Grijalva and Tribal Members Unite to Protect Great Bend of the Gila In light of a study recently released by Archaeology Southwest which connects various tribes including those in Yuma to the Great Bend of the Gila, Congressman Raul Grijalva joined together with tribal representatives and...
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2016
02
Sep

Hands-On Archaeology: How to Haft a Stone Knife, Dart Point, or Arrow Point

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (September 2, 2016)—During the field school for the past two years we have used hafted stone knives to carve the hooks in our atlatls. These knives also work incredibly well for a variety of tasks, from carving wood to cu...
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2016
01
Sep

Hands-On Archaeology: How to Make Pitch Sticks

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (September 1, 2016)—All projectile points are but one component of a hunter’s equipment—each point would have been hafted to a foreshaft or handle. There are several materials that may be used to accomplish this task....
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