Author Archive

The Fornholt Retrospective: An Introduction

Fornholt fieldwork, 2008
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Katherine Dungan, Preservation Archaeologist (December 6, 2016)—The archaeological site that we call Fornholt sits on a ridge overlooking the grassy, well-watered valley that surrounds Mule Creek, in southwestern New Mexico. Today, the most visible parts of the site are the two architectural mounds—the remains of masonry room blocks that likely date to sometime between the […]



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Juggling

Cliff Valley Sherds
Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

As International Archaeology Day (October 15, 2016) approaches, we’ll celebrate by sharing posts about what we’re working on now—the daily work of archaeology. Please don’t hesitate to comment or ask questions! Katherine Dungan, Preservation Archaeologist (October 5, 2016)—One of the things I like most about working in archaeology is the variety. By that I mean the huge […]



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Where Most Research Happens

Lab Research
Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Katherine Dungan, Preservation Archaeologist (August 19, 2016)—Odds are good that when you think of archaeology, you’re thinking of an outdoor activity, whether that’s a bunch of dust-covered researchers poking around in square holes or just you, experiencing a place on the landscape with a deep human history. Protecting those kinds of places is absolutely at […]



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Faces of Salado?

Cliff Valley Cache
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

By Katherine Dungan, Preservation Archaeologist In 1972, a cache of truly remarkable items—a large, wooden human figure and a slightly smaller stone human figure accompanied by animal effigies, textiles, and wooden objects—was recovered from a cave in the Cliff Valley, along the Upper Gila River in New Mexico. The objects are described in a 1978 […]



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At Home and on the Road

Jordan, Emmy, and Sarah
Monday, August 20th, 2012

By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant It’s hard to believe we’ve been back from the field for a little over a month now. Thanks again to our students for all the hard work that made this field season such a success! Now that the field work is over, it’s time to get laboratory analysis underway. […]



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…And More Questions Raised!

Emily and Megan
Thursday, June 28th, 2012

  By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant In my last post, I described three goals for our research at Fornholt this year.  In this post, I’ll discuss the second of these goals. Last year, in the two-story part of the southern room block, we found a burned storage room filled with the carbonized remains of […]



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One Question Answered…

Kelly and Madeline
Friday, June 22nd, 2012

  By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant Somehow, we’re more than halfway through the field season—time really does fly out here!—and now it’s time to provide an update on our research. Older blog posts will give you an idea of how our fieldwork last summer shaped our understanding of the Fornholt site, so I’ll begin […]



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2012 Field Season Begins

Mule Creek Campfire
Friday, June 1st, 2012

 By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant This Tuesday, we arrived in Mule Creek with the new students, officially beginning the 2012 Mule Creek Preservation Archaeology field school. For those of you who haven’t visited the blog before, we began this journal during the 2011 field season as a way of sharing our research and experiences […]



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Mule Creek in Memphis

Monday, April 30th, 2012

  By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant The Society for American Archaeology held its 77th Annual Meeting last week, and several of Archaeology Southwest’s staff, research associates, and friends traveled to Memphis to talk about archaeology, see old friends, and enjoy some barbeque and blues. Archaeology Southwest’s research was highlighted in two sessions. On Saturday […]



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Have Pottery, Will Travel: Trade Ware at Gamalstad

Point of Pines Polychrome
Thursday, March 15th, 2012

 By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant   If you’ve been following the blog, you already know a little bit about the Gamalstad site, where we worked in 2009 (you can find my earlier posts here and here). Before we set Gamalstad aside to focus on the upcoming field season, I’d like to discuss some of […]



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Finishing Our Student Updates

Ahren
Friday, March 9th, 2012

 By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant Our last update for the time being comes from Ahren Wardwell, who was one of our students in 2008, at the first Mule Creek field school. Ahren writes: “I finished my BA in anthropology at Hendrix in 2009 and immediately started seeking CRM work around the country. Eventually I […]



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The Sherds of Gamalstad: Ceramic Chronology in Mule Creek

Gamalstad Ceramic Chronology
Friday, February 3rd, 2012

By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant In a post back in October, I discussed the Late Pithouse period at Gamalstad, one of the sites we investigated during the 2009 field season. As I wrote then, we have evidence of a substantial pithouse occupation (c. A.D. 550–1000), underneath smaller Mimbres pueblo (that is, Mimbres Classic Phase, c. […]



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Talking Turkey: Unexpected Encounters with New World Domesticates

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

With Thanksgiving nearly upon us, we thought that it would be fun to share with our readers our own memorable turkey experience, as captured on film when we were recording Archaeology Southwest’s Mule Creek videos



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Even Farther Underground: The Pithouses of Mule Creek

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant As you know from previous posts, our work in the Upper Gila focuses on the Kayenta and Salado migrations of the late 13th through mid-15th centuries and on the 13th century occupation at the Fornholt site, where we worked this past summer. Mule Creek’s archaeological record stretches back even […]



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Mapping the Past

Lindsey, one of our volunteers, draws a wall segment map at Fornholt in 2010.
Thursday, September 8th, 2011

By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant In our posts during the field season, we mentioned various aspects of Fornholt’s site layout—that it has northern and southern room blocks, two-story sections, a large depression in the southern room block—but we never posted a map of the site. I haven’t added our 2011 excavations to the master […]



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As the Sun Sets on the 2011 Field Season, Stay Tuned for Ongoing Research

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Last week saw the official end of the 2011 field season. We celebrated the 4th of July with a party and drove the students back to Tucson on the 5th. We couldn’t have asked for a better group of students, and we’re very grateful to them, to our hosts in Mule Creek, and to the […]



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