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Skateboard Collection
Thursday, October 13th, 2016

As International Archaeology Day (October 15, 2016) approaches, we’re celebrating by sharing posts about what we’re working on now—the daily work of archaeology.  Lewis Borck, Preservation Archaeologist (October 13, 2016)—Hey, all. I wanted to chat a bit about what I’m doing outside of my work life. I know: you’re not here to hear about my […]



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50-Dollar Words, 1-Dollar Ideas, and Priceless People

PAFS Staff at Chaco
Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Lewis Borck, Preservation Archaeologist (August 30, 2016)—Archaeologists are really good at making up words, or at least turning nouns into verbs in really awkward ways. Many site reports in the English-speaking world are littered with the word “recordation,” as in, “this site underwent recordation” instead of “we recorded the site.” Part of this has to […]



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How Bad Poetry Can Lead to a Career in Archaeology

Treasured Sign
Monday, October 12th, 2015

Between now and October 17, 2015, Archaeology Southwest is participating in the Archaeological Institute of America’s celebration of International Archaeology Day (10/17/15) by sharing blog posts about why—or how—we became archaeologists. We hope you enjoy this very personal look at our staff members and the experiences that changed their lives. Today we feature Preservation Fellow […]



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Indiana O’Brien and the Raiders of the Maze

Poster of Vanishing American
Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Lewis Borck, Preservation Archaeology Fellow (October 8, 2015)—Over the last couple of days I’ve been attempting to fulfill a long-standing personal goal. This means that I’ve been frantically, frenetically, and furiously working on the last two parts of my dissertation with not much else on my mind other than my children. Dissertations, much like children, […]



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What I’m Doing This Week: Lewis Borck

Archaeological Data
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

By Lewis Borck, Preservation Archaeology Fellow This week, I’m doing data entry and synthesis for the Edge of Salado project, guest-editing the forthcoming Archaeology Southwest Magazine issue on the Gallina Branch, writing a research grant, writing a book review, and participating on the University of Arizona School of Anthropology’s Southwest Archaeology professor search committee. I’m […]



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Creepytings versus Rock Art and Banksy, Part 2

Rock Art Consultation
Saturday, November 1st, 2014

By Lewis Borck, Preservation Archaeology Fellow   Read this first part of this post here. View examples of Creepytings’s graffiti at www.modernhiker.com. The second argument that bloggers and commentators have rolled out to defend Creepytings’s actions is that we shouldn’t view her work any differently from the rock art that is speckled across much of […]



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Creepytings versus Rock Art and Banksy

"No Loitering" by Bansky
Saturday, November 1st, 2014

By Lewis Borck, Preservation Archaeology Fellow   One of the things I like best about studying human behavior is exactly how confusing human behavior can be. What we do as archaeologists, anthropologists, sociologists, human geographers, and/or historians is much less like the frequently used jig-saw puzzle analogy and far more like a drunken game of […]



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Exploring the Edge, March 8–9, 15–16

Ken and Cherie
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

By Lewis Borck, Preservation Archaeology Fellow   We have been working in the Coyote Mountains for three weeks now as part of our Edge of Salado investigation. I can say, without any doubt, that it has been one of my favorite settings to work in. Each site is nestled within a box canyon eroded from […]



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Exploring the Edge, March 1–2

Scorpion in a Shovel
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

By Lewis Borck, Preservation Archaeology Fellow Preparations for Edge of Salado research (click on that link to learn more) have been underway for the past month:   Excavations began two weekends ago in the Sulphur Springs Valley:   And we often had company! We continued this past weekend in the Coyote Mountains at a platform […]



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The Archaeologist’s Gaze

Car Seriation
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

By Lewis Borck, Preservation Archaeology Fellow   Dating techniques are one of first things students learn about in archaeology courses in the United States. Archaeologists—and people more generally—have two primary ways of marking time: absolute (chronometric), or a computed numerical age, and relative, or a sequence of events. One relative dating method is seriation, which […]



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Of Drones and Men

Wingnut
Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

By Lewis Borck, Preservation Fellow   August 20, 2013 Earlier this spring, I had the pleasure of getting out into Sulphur Spring Valley’s sere landscape with Michael Brack, a cartographer from Desert Archaeology, Inc. We were there to map a number of Classic period archaeological sites that will be important for my dissertation and for […]



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