Archive for December, 2016

President Obama Declares Bears Ears National Monument

Cedar Mesa Cliff Dwelling
Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Statement by Archaeology Southwest President and CEO William Doelle (December 28, 2016)—President Obama has, through the authority provided him by the Antiquities Act of 1906, proclaimed the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. Archaeology Southwest has long urged greater federal protections in the region, and we joined the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition and the Friends […]



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Archaeology Southwest Acquires Another Important Place of the Past: Baicatcan

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

Archaeology Southwest Acquires Another Important Place of the Past: Baicatcan In 2011, Daniel Baker donated a conservation easement to Archaeology Southwest over 8 acres of his 12-acre residence to protect a portion of the José Solas Ruin. In 2014, Daniel approached Archaeology Southwest about donating his 1/3 undivided interest in the Taylor site. In addition to Daniel’s […]



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Hands-On Archaeology: How to Incise Bone

Finished Awl Design
Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (December 22, 2016)—Last-minute holiday gift idea! Review my previous post on how to make bone awls, and then check out this post to learn how to decorate your awl. For this project, I used a large bone awl made out of an elk metacarpal. I made this […]



Filed Under: Preservation Archaeology Blog

New Site Protection Acquisition: The Taylor Site

O'odham Tribal Members at Sobaipuri site
Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative (December 21, 2016)—Beginning with a visit in 1692, Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino and various representatives of the Spanish crown traveled on several occasions along much of the San Pedro River within what is now Arizona. They encountered a number of native villages inhabited by people archaeologists call the Sobaipuri, a […]



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Celebrating a Mammoth Dust-Up in Bluff

Bluff Mammoth of Winter
Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

R. E. Burrillo, University of Utah San Juan County is no stranger to controversy. A divisive and tragic bust of archaeological looters took place in Blanding between 2007 and 2009. In 2014, a group of fed-up locals followed a county commissioner on an illegal “protest ride” through a popular canyon east of Blanding and Monticello that may or […]



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Vandalism at South Mountain: Disappointing Discoveries in Phoenix

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

Vandalism at South Mountain: Disappointing Discoveries in Phoenix A few weeks ago, I decided to revisit a couple of the petroglyph panels we recorded a decade ago. I was hoping to get some new, higher-resolution photographs, and I was really anxious to see one of the more impressive and interesting panels, which bears over 70 […]



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Disappointing Discoveries

Vandalized Petroglyph Panel
Friday, December 16th, 2016

Aaron Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (December 16, 2016)—Some of the most exciting dimensions of archaeological work are the instances of discovery—identifying new sites on survey; unearthing features at the bottom of an excavation unit; finding interesting artifacts in the screen; peering at microfossils, use-wear on artifacts, and pottery temper under a microscope; gaining new insights from […]



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Hands-On Archaeology: How to Make a Bone Awl

Nacho Splitting Bone
Monday, December 12th, 2016

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (December 12, 2016)—You might have seen pictures on our Facebook page from a bone-tool making workshop I did recently. Here they are in case you missed them. And now here’s a post on how to make a bone awl. You can also sign up for my upcoming […]



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Salt Lake Tribune Takes a Stand for the Antiquities Act

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Salt Lake Tribune Takes a Stand for the Antiquities Act and Our National Monuments Rob Bishop has made it clear that he would like for the Antiquities Act of 1906 to just go away. And for all those who support the law to “die.” Until one or both of those happen, though, neither the incoming president […]



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The Archaeology of Sonora

ASWM 30-3 Cover
Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Issue editors and long-time co-investigators Randy McGuire and Elisa Villalpando and their colleagues give an introduction to the archaeology of Sonora, a state in northwest Mexico that shares millennia of human experience with the southern U.S. Southwest. more >>



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The Fornholt Retrospective: An Introduction

Fornholt fieldwork, 2008
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Katherine Dungan, Preservation Archaeologist (December 6, 2016)—The archaeological site that we call Fornholt sits on a ridge overlooking the grassy, well-watered valley that surrounds Mule Creek, in southwestern New Mexico. Today, the most visible parts of the site are the two architectural mounds—the remains of masonry room blocks that likely date to sometime between the […]



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Native America Victorious at Standing Rock

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Native America Victorious at Standing Rock The Army Corps of Engineers will not grant the permit for the Dakota Access pipeline to drill under the Missouri river, the army announced on Sunday, handing a major victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe after a months-long campaign against the pipeline. Assistant secretary for civil works Jo-Ellen Darcy […]



Filed Under: Southwest Archaeology Today