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For Bears Ears, Our National Monuments, and the Antiquities Act

Roosevelt at the Grand Canyon
Friday, May 12th, 2017

Bill Doelle, President & CEO (May 12, 2017)—The outraged community had the Swedish scientist arrested. The scientist, Gustav Nordenskiöld (1868–1895), had undertaken quite good archaeological excavations, by today’s standards, at cliff dwellings in southwestern Colorado’s Mesa Verde region. The trouble came in September 1891 when he tried to ship the materials back east by rail, bound […]



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Bears Ears Listening Session: Voices Not Heard

Advocating for Bears Ears
Monday, July 25th, 2016

Bill Doelle, President & CEO (July 25, 2016)—Some walked a few blocks. Others drove an hour or less. I drove seven hours. Not everyone wanted to speak. Some 500 of us (or more) who did want to speak entered a lottery. My guess is that roughly 75 got to speak because their lottery ticket was […]



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Invest in Ourselves, in Our Sense of Place

Honeybee Reconstruction by Rob Ciaccio
Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Bill Doelle, President & CEO (October 28, 2015)—Archaeology Southwest is an enthusiastic supporter of the seven Pima County bond proposals that are on the November 3 ballot. Our mission—to explore and protect the places of our past—is at the core of many of the bond projects. In previous bond elections, Pima County voters overwhelmingly approved […]



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Cedar Mesa and Preservation Archaeology

Petoglyph Vandalism
Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Bill Doelle, President & CEO   My number of waking hours in Bluff, Utah, was just slightly more than the 16-hour round-trip drive from Tucson to attend the annual Celebrate Cedar Mesa Weekend. It was well worth the effort. As the program rolled out to some 300 attendees, I was thrilled to see that it […]



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Engaging the Complexities of the Borderlands

Camp Naco Officer's Quarter
Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

By Bill Doelle, President & CEO   Last Friday, some fresh eyes came to Camp Naco, and they helped me to see some things in new ways. Since 2006, I have worked with Becky Orozco, instructor of Anthropology and History at Cochise College, to preserve the historic adobe buildings at Camp Naco. I know the […]



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