Archive for April, 2017

The Antiquities Act Is Challenged

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Trump Calls for Review of 28 National Monuments, Revocation of Bears Ears President Donald Trump signed an executive order yesterday calling on the Department of the Interior (DOI) to review “all Presidential designations or expansions of designations under the Antiquities Act made since January 1, 1996.”  Why would a new president with so much on his […]



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Take Action: Stand with the Antiquities Act

Organ Pipe
Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Kate Sarther Gann, Communications Coordinator (April 27, 2017)—An attack on one national monument is an attack on all national monuments. On April 26, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order requiring the Department of the Interior to review national monument designations since 1996 that are greater than 100,000 acres or that might have occurred with […]



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Archaeology Southwest Stands with the Antiquities Act

Bears Ears
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Statement by Archaeology Southwest President and CEO William Doelle (April 26, 2017)—Archaeology Southwest denounces today’s executive order by President Trump, which requires the Department of the Interior to review national monument designations since 1996 that are greater than 100,000 acres or determined to be lacking in adequate public consultation. Although the review, if done in good […]



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Archaeology Southwest at Tucson’s March for Science

Archaeology Southwest's Booth
Monday, April 24th, 2017

Leslie Aragon, Preservation Archaeology Fellow (April 24, 2017)—Over the weekend, thousands of people across the country came together to march, rally, and speak out for science. In Tucson, an estimated 4,000 people came out to El Presidio Park to show their support for the S.T.E.M. fields. Looking across a sea of people and their signs, […]



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International Tourism at Places Such As Mesa Verde in Decline

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

International Tourism at Places Such As Mesa Verde in Decline It should go without saying that any U.S. travel ban will reduce incoming travel. That, after all, is the point. But when the Trump administration moved, so far unsuccessfully, to restrict travel from predominately Muslim nations it believed were terrorism risks, the reaction was swift: Potential […]



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Celebrating National Park Week

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (April 19, 2017)—Happy National Park Week! This week, April 15–23, is a nationwide celebration of these public lands and the cultural and natural heritage they protect. Many of us here at Archaeology Southwest spend a lot of time in national parks (and monuments too). Our work takes us to beautiful […]



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Congress Takes Aim at Bears Ears

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Congress Takes Aim at Bears Ears In January, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, called the recently designated Bears Ears National Monument in his state a “travesty.” Hatch vowed to work with President Donald Trump to reverse the December 2016 designation, a stance that many other Utah Republicans have taken in recent months. Utahns like Hatch say the […]



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The President Lacks the Authority to Rescind National Monuments

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Former Interior Department Lawyer: The President Lacks the Authority to Rescind National Monuments “I think it is very legally difficult to unwind those decisions. The real test will be in the details if there is a rescission of any monument. Congress delegated authority to the president to designate national monuments under the Antiquities Act but […]



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I Took My Dremel to Vancouver

Bathroom Lab
Friday, April 7th, 2017

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (April 7, 2017)—Last week, several of us from Archaeology Southwest attended the Society for American Archaeology annual meetings in Vancouver, BC. Thousands of archaeologists migrated north and flocked to the Vancouver Convention Centre to spend five days seeing posters, forums, and 15-minute talks on virtually every archaeological topic imaginable. We […]



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The Antiquities Act Is Threatened

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

Editorial: The Antiquities Act Is Threatened The heart of the Antiquities Act of 1906 is a mere two sentences. But a good argument can be made that this brief law — which authorizes the president to protect “objects of historic or scientific interest” on federal lands as “national monuments” — has done more than any […]



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