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2016
06
Dec

The Fornholt Retrospective: An Introduction

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 moun...
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2016
05
Oct

Juggling

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 thing...
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2016
22
Aug

Where Most Research Happens

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...
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2013
30
Oct

Faces of Salado?

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 Rive...
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2012
20
Aug

At Home and on the Road

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...
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2012
28
Jun

...And More Questions Raised!

  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 wit...
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2012
22
Jun

One Question Answered...

  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 unders...
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2012
01
Jun

2012 Field Season Begins

 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 s...
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2012
30
Apr

Mule Creek in Memphis

  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 barbequ...
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2012
15
Mar

Have Pottery, Will Travel: Trade Ware at Gamalstad

 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’...
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2012
09
Mar

Finishing Our Student Updates

 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 ...
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2012
03
Feb

The Sherds of Gamalstad: Ceramic Chronology in Mule Creek

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 s...
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