(April 29, 2019)—Many of us here at Archaeology Southwest recently returned from a busy week at the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) annual meeting. This year’s meeting took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, so there was an unusually high density of interesting papers and poster presentations on the US Southwest. As always, we all had a hectic schedule of research presentations alongside our annual opportunity to catch up with—and eat green chile and carne adovada with—colleagues and friends now scattered across the country.
For our field school staff, this was also a much-anticipated opportunity to reconnect with some of our former students. A lot of them were at the meetings, including 14 who presented their research this year. Our 2017 and 2018 alumni were especially well represented, but some came from every field season, including my own first season as Preservation Archaeology Field School co-director back in 2014.
For those who weren’t able to attend the meetings in person, we’re happy to provide an archive of many of the posters our staff and colleagues presented. This includes posters from our session “Local Development and Cross-Cultural Interaction in Pre-Hispanic Southwestern New Mexico and Southeastern Arizona,” which featured many of our staff, former students, and great colleagues working in that area.
Thank you to the National Science Foundation (REU-1560465), the University of Arizona Foundation, and Archaeology Southwest members for supporting the Preservation Archaeology Field School, including helping seven students attend the SAA meetings this year. This support helps ensure the next generation of archaeologists is prepared to succeed in independent research.