Archive for March, 2017

Hands-On Archaeology: How to Tan a Hide

Softening the Hide
Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (March 29, 2017)—In this post I will describe the process of brain-tanning, which I learned last month at Winter Count. I have to admit, though I have seen the process in parts, it always looked like more work than I wanted to do. Still, this year I […]



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Fire Adds Richness to the Land

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Fire Adds Richness to the Land The Jemez Mountains are “the poster child” of wildfire problems in the Southwestern U.S. Residents recall too well the evacuations of Los Alamos during the 2000 Cerro Grande and 2011 Las Conchas Fires. They also recall the enormous plumes of smoke rising over our mountains, the loss of hundreds […]



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The Bears Ears Report

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Tribal Commission on Bears Ears Declares Revocation of Monument Status Would Be Tragic Members of a newly formed tribal advisory commission for the Bears Ears National Monument reminded Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in a letter Friday that his agency must partner with them, and warned him that rescinding or shrinking the monument would be “absolute […]



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Hands-On Archaeology: How to Make Prismatic Blades, Featuring Greg Nunn

Blade Core with Elk Tine
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (March 14, 2017)—I recently attended WinterCount, an outdoor traditional technology gathering near Gila Bend, AZ. More than 650 people attended this sold-out event, more than 100 of whom were instructors. I attend as a student, to advance my skills in areas I have not yet explored. I […]



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Seven Southwestern Archaeology Groups Advocating for Protecting Bears Ears Monument Status

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Seven Southwestern Archaeology Groups Advocating for Protecting Bears Ears Monument Status Seven archaeology groups in the southwest have asked the new Interior secretary to support the Bears Ears national monument designation. Utah lawmakers are calling for an elimination of the monument. Former President Barack Obama designated 1.35 million acres surrounding the twin buttes known as Bears […]



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Fire Adds Richness to the Land

ASWM 30-4 Cover
Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Issue editors Christopher Roos and T. J. Ferguson share the findings of the Jemez FHiRE (Fire & Humans in Resilient Ecosystems) Project.



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Archaeology Organizations Ask Interior Secretary to Support Bears Ears

Bears Ears
Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Scientific resources, cultural heritage and economic development at stake Tucson, Ariz. (March 6, 2017) – On the heels of Ryan Zinke’s confirmation as Secretary of the Interior, seven groups whose missions address the archaeology of Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico are urging the new Secretary to support the recently designated Bears Ears National Monument. […]



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Editorial: Interior Secretary Zinke’s Visit to Utah Likely a Defining Moment

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Grand Canyon Trust Profiles Forest Service Archaeologist Connie Reid The words culture, conservation, and commitment all begin with the letter C. And so does the name of Connie Reid, the archaeologist for the North Kaibab Ranger District on the Kaibab National Forest. The Trust has been working with her for the last decade to survey […]



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Protecting Native Rock Art: Be a Good Guest!

Shield Petroglyph with Bullet Holes
Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Kirk Astroth, Archaeology Southwest Member and Volunteer (March 3, 2017)—For the past 7 weeks, a team of us (Jaye Smith, Carl Evertsbusch, Fran Maiuri, Lance Trask, and I) have been working under the guidance of Aaron Wright to document the 594 boulders at the Painted Rock Petroglyph Site. I have found the work invigorating, the […]



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