Tuesday morning Paul Reed sent me a brief email. He wrote that he had packed up the last few things from the office he has had at Salmon Pueblo Museum for the last 23 years.
I feel like there needs to be a much grander celebration of the amazing partnership that Archaeology Southwest and Salmon Pueblo initiated more than two decades ago. And a major hats-off to the two key players—Larry Baker, Salmon’s Executive Director, and our own Paul Reed, Preservation Archaeologist and Chaco Scholar.
Back in 2000, Archaeology Southwest wanted to carry our Preservation Archaeology mission beyond the state of Arizona. The Salmon story was an impressive one: Local community members purchased the Salmon site in order to preserve and celebrate it. They recruited Dr. Cynthia Irwin-Williams, who wrote grants and implemented a major excavation at Salmon throughout the 1970s. And the community raised funds to build a museum to serve as a curation facility and interpretive center.
Unfortunately, Cynthia moved on to a new position before the final report was completed, and by 2000 the collections storage building was far from meeting today’s curation standards.
Support from a donor gave Archaeology Southwest the resources to hire a full-time position for three years. And Paul Reed turned out to be exactly the person we needed. Furthermore, he was already living in Farmington, about 10 miles from Salmon.
Larry had worked with Cynthia back in the 1970s, so he was an invaluable resource as Paul began charting a course to bring a dusty draft manuscript to print. It was a massive effort with many key participants, and Paul ultimately edited three volumes on Salmon, published in 2006, and he published Chaco’s Northern Prodigies in 2008. But there was so much more to do.
Here are just a few highlights from the partnership’s wide-ranging accomplishments:
» Completion of two National Science Foundation grants where Paul was the Principal Investigator (PI).
» Salmon was awarded a Save America’s Treasures grant that expanded and upgraded the original curation building; Salmon staff and volunteers reinventoried and rehoused the collections.
» A National Endowment for the Humanities grant was awarded to PIs Carrie Heitman (University of Nebraska, Lincoln), Worthy Martin (University of Virginia), and Paul to create the Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection (SPARC), an online database that shares a massive quantity of data from past work at the site.
» National Park Service funding allowed Salmon to complete their obligations under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).
What was initially envisioned as a three-year partnership has thrived for 23 years. Paul Reed’s area of focus has expanded greatly over that time span. He isn’t walking away from Salmon, though, and it remains integral to his research and advocacy across northern New Mexico and the Four Corners.
Thanks, Larry, and thanks, Paul, for your accomplishments through this prolific partnership.
What are you celebrating this week?
President & CEO, Archaeology Southwest
P.S. Paul has served as Archaeology Southwest’s sole employee in that region, but we plan to put out a job announcement for an additional person to work with Paul in the near future.
Banner image: Luca Galuzzi [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons
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Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity (ASU)
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May Subscription Lectures (Santa Fe NM)
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REMINDER: May 25 Online Event: Canyons through the Ages
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REMINDER: May 25 In-Person (Tucson AZ) and Online Event: Excavating Tucson’s Chinese-American Past
With Laura W. Ng. During the 20th century, the Chinese American community in Tucson was dispersed; the majority of Chinese migrants operated grocery stores and restaurants that served multiethnic neighborhoods in the Old Pueblo. In 1968, the Tucson Urban Renewal project destroyed some of these Chinese-owned businesses, but buried deposits and standing structures related to Chinese migrants were archaeologically investigated. In this presentation, Dr. Ng focuses on the archaeology of the so-called Ying On Association compound, which housed Chinese social organizations including a clubhouse as well as Chinese boarders. Census records show that virtually all of the Ying On residents were men, but Dr. Ng’s research indicates these men were not “bachelors” or “sojourners” as they have been characterized, and that they had long and sustained interactions with their Indigenous and Mexican neighbors in Tucson. 10:45 a.m.–noon at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Rd. Email Robin Blackwood about in-person attendance. Arizona State Museum and Tucson Chinese Cultural Center | Learn more and register for online (free) »
May 25 In-Person and Online Event (Bluff UT): Uncovering a Lost World
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May 27 In-Person Event (Payson AZ): Ancestral Yuman Ceramics: Problems and Prospects
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REMINDER: May 31 Online Event: Reforging the Fremont Frontier
With Katie Richards. Think you know Fremont archaeology? What Dr. Richards has learned studying Fremont ceramics may surprise you! She argues that Fremont is best understood when we explore the complex interplay of local development and Southwestern influence within the context of the social changes that occurred during the Pueblo II and Pueblo III periods in the northern Southwest. Resituating Fremont as the northern periphery presents an engaging history of identity creation and maintenance. Utah State Historic Preservation Office | Learn more and register (free) »
REMINDER: June 3 Online Event: Origins of Maya Civilization
With Takeshi Inomata. The talk will discuss recent findings from the site of Aguada Fénix, Mexico, which was discovered in 2018. Its central platform, which measures 1400 x 400 m horizontally and 10-15 m in height and was built around 1000 BC, is the largest and oldest monumental building in the Maya area. The results of investigations at this site are changing our understanding of how the Maya civilization and surrounding societies developed. Amerind | Learn more and register (free) »
June 8 Online Event: Un-Erasing the Indigenous Paleolithic
With Paulette Steeves. In the Americas, the deep Indigenous past prior to 12,000 years before the present has been aggressively denied by American anthropologists for over a century. Anthropologists’ denial of the deep Indigenous past of the Americas has cleaved Indigenous people’s links to their homeland and created them as recent immigrants to the Americas on a global scale of human history. Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and the Four Corners Lecture Series | Learn more and register (free) »
June 15 Online Event: Historical Photos of the 1886 Apache Surrender
With Bill Cavaliere. By comparing old photographs with recent ones of the same places, he will discuss the Chiricahua Apaches, their early frontier photographers, and how Bill found the location of C. S. Fly’s famous “Council Photo” showing Geronimo and other Apaches negotiating peace with General George Crook and his soldiers. Third Thursday Food for Thought series (Old Pueblo Archaeology Center) | Learn more and register (free) »
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