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Take Action: Greater Chaco Landscape

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (February 20, 2017)—DEADLINE TO COMMENT IS MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, MST, 2/20/17. (Original post dated 2/7/17 follows) First, thank you to everyone who has contacted me and Archaeology Southwest about taking action on behalf of the Greater Chaco Landscape. To review our overall goals regarding this effort, please visit the website of […]



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Department of Interior Announces BLM-BIA Cooperative Effort on Oil-Gas Leasing across the Greater Chaco Landscape

Great North Road
Friday, October 21st, 2016

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (October 21, 2016)—The Department of Interior has just announced that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Farmington Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be partnering on an expanded analysis of oil & gas leasing and management on public and tribal lands in the Greater Chaco Landscape. Read the press […]



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Update on Protecting the Greater Chaco Landscape

Looking north along Chaco's Great North Road toward the site of Pierre's.
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (August 23, 2016)—I’m overdue for an update on Archaeology Southwest’s efforts—with our partners—to protect the Greater Chaco Landscape. First, good news: we have produced a brochure highlighting the issues we face. This highly readable brochure explains why protecting the Greater Chaco Landscape is so important and describes how interested people […]



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SPARC Progress Report

Worthy Martin and Carrie Heitman
Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (July 14, 2016)—Last month, I was in Lincoln, Nebraska, for a multi-day meeting with most of our Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection (SPARC) team. Carrie Heitman of University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) hosted the meeting. Worthy Martin of the University of Virginia-IATH was in attendance, bringing all his expertise from working […]



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New Mexico Park Visitation Rises

Pueblo Bonito Aerial
Monday, April 25th, 2016

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (April 25, 2016)—The latest statistics show a dramatic increase in visitation to National Park Service (NPS) parks and monuments in New Mexico, for March 2016. Several factors may be responsible for the uptick, including a promotional push by the Park Service in conjunction with its 100-year anniversary. Given the threats […]



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Archaeology and Digital Technology, Plus an Update on the SPARC Project

Chaco's Legacy - Salmon
Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (March 31, 2016)—Scott Michlin welcomed me back to his San Juan College KSJE Morning Show in February. We discussed the role of digital technology in archaeology. You can listen to our conversation here. The primary topic for my radio chat with Scott was Archaeology Southwest’s SPARC (Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research […]



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Protecting the Greater Chaco Landscape: December 2015 Update

Reed and Vallo
Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (December 29, 2015)—The last two months have been very busy and productive as we continue our efforts to protect the fragile and irreplaceable Greater Chaco Landscape. We convened two Southwest regional public forums. The first was held at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, outside Cortez, Colorado, on November 21. Our panel […]



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Public Forum to Promote Preservation of the Greater Chaco and Mesa Verde Landscapes

New Alto and Pueblo Alto
Friday, November 13th, 2015

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (November 13, 2015)—Today, I want to send a fairly short message via blog to our supporters and members. Archaeology Southwest and Crow Canyon are pleased to announce a public forum to promote protection of the Greater Chaco and Mesa Verde Landscapes. The event will be held on Saturday, November 21, […]



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Deep Roots and Archaeological Obsession

Paul Reed at Rowe, 1984
Thursday, October 15th, 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. Today we feature Paul Reed, Preservation Archaeologist and leader of Archaeology Southwest’s efforts to address oil and gas exploration in the Greater Chacoan Landscape. […]



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Top Ten Myths and Misconceptions about Archaeology

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (October 3, 2015)—This past June, I joined Scott Michlin on the Morning Show (San Juan College KSJE) and offered my list of the Top Ten Myths and Misconceptions in Archaeology (link goes to podcast). I treated this as a fairly light-hearted exercise—certainly nothing to get too worked up over! […]



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August 2015 Update on Preserving the Greater Chaco Landscape

Oil Rig
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (August 19, 2015)—Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge James Browning rejected an effort by environmental groups to stop oil and gas development in northwestern New Mexico. This ruling was a disappointment, because a break in the action would have allowed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to complete work […]



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Meeting with Senator Tom Udall at Chaco Canyon

Looking north along Chaco's Great North Road toward the site of Pierre's.
Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist June 30, 2015—As many of you know, I’ve been actively engaged in protecting the Greater Chaco Landscape for much of the last year. Impacts to this amazing landscape from the development of oil-gas facilities in association with the Mancos Shale play could be severe. I think that our efforts, […]



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Touring the Majestic Chaco Landscape

New Alto
Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist May 21, 2015—Over the past few months, I have continued to advocate for protection of the Greater Chaco Landscape. This has included attending a number of meetings with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and other officials, conducting a tour of the Chaco Landscape with several Pueblo leaders, and engaging […]



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What Is Public Archaeology?

Paul Giving Chaco Tour
Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist May 12, 2015—Scott Michlin welcomed me back to his morning radio program in March (listen here). We discussed the realm of public archaeology. “Public,” in this case, refers to the funding stream and to the nature of the work completed. The initiation of publicly funded archaeology on a large […]



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Grant Award News: NEH Fuels SPARC

Salmon by O'Sullivan 1874
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist   On March 23, we were thrilled to learn that the Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection (SPARC) project would be funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The total project funding is $300,000. The project will preserve and make accessible incomparable legacy data from the important excavations […]



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What I’m Doing This Week: Paul Reed

Oil and Gas Facilities near Chaco
Monday, February 2nd, 2015

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist   This week, I’m continuing to advocate for protection of the Greater Chaco Landscape. We’re pleased to announce the completion of a short film by EcoFlight, in cooperation with the Partnership for Responsible Business and Archaeology Southwest. The film chronicles several recent flights over the Greater Chaco Landscape and […]



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Preserving the Greater Chaco Landscape

Oil and Gas Facilities near Chaco
Friday, January 2nd, 2015

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist   Together with the Partnership for Responsible Business and EcoFlight, I was fortunate to be involved in two flights over the San Juan Basin and the Chacoan landscape. In October and again in November, I flew with Bruce Gordon (EcoFlight) and a number of other folks. The flights were […]



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Return to the Ojo Caliente Valley

Ponsip Akeri
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist   This past week I was fortunate to go along on a SiteWatch visit with folks from the Ojo Caliente vicinity in New Mexico. We visited several sites up and down the Ojo Caliente Valley. To orient readers, the area lies north of Española, New Mexico, along the route […]



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Of Poop, Toilet Paper, and Worms…

Modern Toilet Paper and Straw
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist   I visited Scott Michlin at KSJE for my regular monthly show last month. You can listen to our conversation here. The agenda this time—ancient poop! Quite literally, we discussed the importance of ancient feces—coprolites, as they are known—for archaeological studies. We discussed a recent analysis of ancient excrement […]



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Food and Fertility

Bowl of Soup
Thursday, August 21st, 2014

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist and Chaco Scholar at Salmon Ruins   I was on Scott Michlin’s radio show for my monthly visit in July. You can listen to our conversation here. The topic was a recent study that discussed an ancient baby boom among the Pueblo people of the Southwest. Tim Kohler and […]



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Turquoise Trade among Ancestral Pueblo Groups

Pueblo Bonito Artifact
Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist and Chaco Scholar at Salmon Ruins Scott Michlin welcomed me back to his radio show last month, and I came bearing tales of turquoise (click here to listen to our discussion). Sharon Hull (University of Manitoba, Department of Geological Sciences) and her colleagues recently finished a study of turquoise […]



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Archaeological Documentation on a Slippery Slope, Part 1

Paul at Walnut Canyon
Monday, April 14th, 2014

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist and Chaco Scholar at Salmon Ruins   Recently, I was fortunate to assist my colleague Doug Gann with a project at Walnut Canyon National Monument, near Flagstaff, Arizona. The work took place at two small cliff dwellings about halfway down a very steep ravine above Walnut Creek. The project […]



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The Marginal Middle or the Path to Chaco?

Pueblo I Vessels on House Floor
Monday, February 3rd, 2014

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist and Chaco Scholar at Salmon Ruins   On January 20, Scott Michlin welcomed me back to his morning radio show on KSJE, the San Juan College radio station in Farmington, New Mexico. Continuing my chronological foray into ancient Pueblo history, I discussed the Pueblo I period (A.D. 750–900) in […]



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Going Back to the Past: The Basketmaker Roots of the Pueblos

Broken Flute Cave
Monday, December 16th, 2013

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist and Chaco Scholar at Salmon Ruins   Scott Michlin welcomed me back to his morning show morning radio show on KSJE, the San Juan College radio station in Farmington, New Mexico, this past Monday. For December, I spoke about the Basketmaker era in the northern Southwest. I framed it […]



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News from the North: A Burial from Salmon Pueblo and Some Thoughts on the Great Drought

Aztec West with Snow
Thursday, November 21st, 2013

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist and Chaco Scholar at Salmon Ruins   Host Scott Michlin recently welcomed me back to his morning radio show on KSJE, the San Juan College radio station in Farmington, New Mexico. I’m on with Scott every month to discuss interesting topics in local or national archaeology. For November, I […]



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