Archive for October, 2016

Temporary Halt to Fracking near Chaco Canyon Overturned

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Temporary Halt to Fracking near Chaco Canyon Overturned An effort to temporarily halt drilling across part of one of the nation’s largest natural gas fields has been rejected by a federal appeals court, leaving environmentalists to push their case against hydraulic fracturing in district court. A coalition of environmental groups sued the Bureau of Land Management […]



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Salad Spinners, Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometers, and Bones

A Plant Dehydrator
Friday, October 28th, 2016

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (October 28, 2016)—October introduced me to an unexpected new archaeological research tool: the salad spinner. I’ve just returned from a very busy two weeks in southwest Colorado, where archaeological chemistry expert Jeff Ferguson and I completed the second phase of field and museum work for our project using animal bone […]



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Hands-On Archaeology: How to Make Flintknapping Tools

Grinding Antler Tine
Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (October 27, 2016)—In this post, I’ll explain how to make a set of tools for flintknapping. Specifically, I will show how to create a set of traditional tools that is very much like what people used in the distant past. Many contemporary flintknappers use modern composite tools […]



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Notes from a Field Season at Aztec North

Aztec West
Monday, October 24th, 2016

Michelle Turner, PhD Student, Binghamton University Department of Anthropology (October 24, 2016)—The first time I heard about Aztec North was in the summer of 2013. I was a field intern at Crow Canyon, having just finished my first year of graduate school. One day, Shanna Diederichs took us all on a field trip to Aztec […]



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Federal Government Announces New Review of Fracking near Chaco Canyon

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Federal Government Announces New Review of Fracking near Chaco Canyon The federal government announced Thursday that it will study the potential effects of drilling on public and tribal lands near Chaco Culture National Historical Park in the San Juan Basin, an area that is one of the state’s largest centers for oil and gas production. Environmental […]



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Department of Interior Announces BLM-BIA Cooperative Effort on Oil-Gas Leasing across the Greater Chaco Landscape

Great North Road
Friday, October 21st, 2016

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (October 21, 2016)—The Department of Interior has just announced that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Farmington Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be partnering on an expanded analysis of oil & gas leasing and management on public and tribal lands in the Greater Chaco Landscape. Read the press […]



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Recapping Stewardship Day 2016 in Utah’s Nine Mile Canyon

Excited for Stewardship Day
Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

R. E. Burrillo and Jamie Clark Stott, Project Discovery (October 18, 2016)—Imagine a hunting party on the prehistoric Great Plains. Imagine tense muscles, clenched jaws, fierce and determined eyes. Imagine hearts pounding. A signal is given, arms swing, voices rise in an undulating chorus of battle cries as warriors unleash a volley of missiles at […]



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High Country News Recaps the Conflict at Bears Ears

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

High Country News Recaps the Conflict at Bears Ears The proposed monument does not include any tribal lands, yet if anyone is home here, it’s Begaye, whose ancestors sought refuge near the Bears Ears during the 1860s, when U.S. troops killed, brutalized and enslaved Navajos before exiling them from their homeland. The Zuni, Hopi and […]



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Decisions in Clay

Mary Ownby Pot
Friday, October 14th, 2016

As International Archaeology Day (October 15, 2016) approaches, we’re celebrating by sharing posts about what we’re working on now—the daily work of archaeology. Today, we have a guest post from Mary, our colleague at Desert Archaeology, Inc. Mary Ownby, Research Petrographer, Desert Archaeology, Inc. (October 14, 2016)—As a newbie poster to Archaeology Southwest’s Preservation Archaeology blog, I should […]



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Bridges

Skateboard Collection
Thursday, October 13th, 2016

As International Archaeology Day (October 15, 2016) approaches, we’re celebrating by sharing posts about what we’re working on now—the daily work of archaeology.  Lewis Borck, Preservation Archaeologist (October 13, 2016)—Hey, all. I wanted to chat a bit about what I’m doing outside of my work life. I know: you’re not here to hear about my […]



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Delegating

Aaron Wright at Painted Rocks.
Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

As International Archaeology Day (October 15, 2016) approaches, we’re celebrating by sharing posts about what we’re working on now—the daily work of archaeology. Aaron Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (October 12, 2016)—What does the day-to-day life of an archaeologist look like? I can’t speak for all archaeologists everywhere because there are many of us working on very […]



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The Translators

Kate's Home Office
Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

As International Archaeology Day (October 15, 2016) approaches, we’re celebrating by sharing posts about what we’re working on now—the daily work of archaeology. Kate Sarther Gann, Communications Coordinator (October 11, 2016)—Well, not exactly. One of us was an archaeologist, one of us was an actress and an archaeologist, and one of us is a composer and was never an […]



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Painting Party

Nathan Denyoyer
Monday, October 10th, 2016

As International Archaeology Day (October 15, 2016) approaches, we’re celebrating by sharing posts about what we’re working on now—the daily work of archaeology. It could easily be argued that in this regard, Allen has the most fun of any of our staff on a daily basis! Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (October 10, 2016)—We […]



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Native Tribes Decry Utah Public Lands Initiative as a Corporate Land Grab

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Correction: Carrie Heitman Is Leading Chaco Research with Assistance from NASA In the September 25, 2016, issue of Southwest Archaeology Today, I miscredited an article about NASA’s involvement in Chacoan Research to John Kantner, when in fact the project is the effort is being directed by Carrie Heitman. I regret this error and wish Dr. Heitman and […]



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The Blog Must Go On

Doug's still blogging.
Sunday, October 9th, 2016

As International Archaeology Day (October 15, 2016) approaches, we’re celebrating by sharing posts about what we’re working on now—the daily work of archaeology. Doug Gann, Preservation Archaeologist and Digital Media Specialist (October 9, 2016)—For the last 13 years, I have had the pleasure of editing the weekly Southwest Archaeology Today (SAT) newsletter. It has become one of […]



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A Special Person, Two Places, and My Dog

Bill Doelle and Linda Mayro
Friday, October 7th, 2016

As International Archaeology Day (October 15, 2016) approaches, we’re celebrating by sharing posts about what we’re working on now—the daily work of archaeology. But the author of today’s very special post, we’re happy to note, is, for once, NOT working! Bill Doelle, President & CEO (October 7, 2016)—On this day in 1975, Linda Mayro and I were married at the church […]



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Juggling

Cliff Valley Sherds
Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

As International Archaeology Day (October 15, 2016) approaches, we’ll celebrate by sharing posts about what we’re working on now—the daily work of archaeology. Please don’t hesitate to comment or ask questions! Katherine Dungan, Preservation Archaeologist (October 5, 2016)—One of the things I like most about working in archaeology is the variety. By that I mean the huge […]



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Indiana Jones and the Artiodactyl-Sized Long Bone Shaft Fragment

Artiodactyl-Sized Long Bone Shaft Fragment
Monday, October 3rd, 2016

As International Archaeology Day (October 15, 2016) approaches, we’ll celebrate by sharing posts about what we’re working on now—the daily work of archaeology. Please don’t hesitate to comment or ask questions! Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (October 3, 2016)—It’s a familiar question for every archaeologist: “What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever found?” I like to think I […]



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