Archive for November, 2016

New Data on the Domestication of Maize

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

New Data on the Domestication of Maize According to an international team of scientists who have sequenced the genome of a 5,310-year-old maize cob from the Tehuacan Valley, the maize (Zea mays) grown in central Mexico more than five millennia ago was genetically more similar to modern maize than to its wild counterpart. Scientists have long […]



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Protests at Standing Rock: A Model for How We Might Protect the Chaco Landscape?

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Protests at Standing Rock: A Model for How We Might Protect the Chaco Landscape? Protesters in North Dakota have made headlines for months with their prolonged opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The thousands of protesters include representatives from Native American tribes along with environmental activists who have joined the Standing Rock protest […]



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The Power of Symbols

Flags in Civil Rights March
Monday, November 14th, 2016

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (November 14, 2016)—As an anthropologist, I think about the power of symbols, and their power to unite or divide. When I taught traditional classroom anthropology courses, this was one of the key concepts we discussed. As a young teaching assistant for Peggy Nelson (a professor in the Barrett Honors College […]



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Can National Monuments Be Dissolved?

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Can National Monuments Be Dissolved? As his presidential tenure winds down in the coming weeks, Barack Obama is expected to decide whether to designate some proposed national monuments, including Bears Ears in Utah and two others on Utah’s borders with neighboring states. But Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the race to succeed Obama likely changes the […]



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What You Need to Know about the Dakota Access Pipeline Conflict

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

What You Need to Know about the Dakota Access Pipeline Conflict In recent weeks, protests against the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline across North Dakota have escalated. Native American elders, families and children have set up tepees and tents on a campsite near the pipeline’s path in the hope of stopping its construction. Dave Archambault Jr., […]



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Learning the Secrets

Pinto Polychrome
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Andy Ward, Potter and New Media Consultant (October 27, 2016)—Yesterday afternoon I drove out onto the Willcox Playa, where I dug down about a foot deep and found a rich layer of greenish clay, and now that clay is soaking in a bucket on my back porch. Over the last couple of weeks I have […]



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