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2020
12
Nov

Following in Their Footsteps

Aaron M. Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (November 12, 2020)—One aspect of ancient life in the Southwest that doesn’t get its fair share of attention is that people really got around. Movement was a regular part of life. Such is the case with the contemporary world, as well, in which peo...
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2020
29
Oct

Honoring Those Who Have Passed

Kate Sarther, Communications Director (October 29, 2020)—This weekend is a time when several cultural and faith traditions honor and celebrate those who have passed—a time when some would say the veil between worlds thins. Earlier this week, Kathleen Bader and I took a look through our A...
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2020
29
Sep

A Resource for Zooarchaeology and Conservation Biology

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School (September 29, 2020)—I’m happy to share news of a new publication some of you may be interested in. Wildlife biologist Stephen MacDonald and I just published Faunal Remains from Archaeology Sit...
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2020
18
Sep

Understanding Mimbres Painted Pottery

This guest post summarizes a new article by Michelle Hegmon, Will Russell, Kendall Baller, Matthew Peeples, and Sarah Striker, “The Social Significance of Mimbres Pottery,” which will appear soon in American Antiquity (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/aaq.2020.63). This is one of the first publicat...
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2020
15
Sep

Take Action Now to Protect the Greater Chaco Landscape!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qftRVuGNbxM& Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (September 15, 2020)—We want to thank everyone for supporting us over the last seven years on our efforts to protect the Greater Chaco Landscape from encroaching oil-gas development. Now it is time to ...
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2020
11
Sep

Connections to Place: An Interview with Todd Scissons

Stacy Ryan, Preservation Archaeologist, with Todd Scissons, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Pueblo of Acoma (September 11, 2020)—Several months ago, I attended a webinar that focused on efforts to stop vandalism at archaeological sites and heard Todd Scissons, the Tribal Historic Preser...
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2020
17
Aug

Societal Change in the Past

Chris Caseldine, Preservation Archaeology Postdoc (August 18, 2020)—There is no question that these are exceptional times. We are living not only through the “new norm,” but also through the shattering of established norms. As the not-so-distant past demonstrates, previous generations al...
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2020
29
Jul

An Introduction to the Study of Ancient Ground Stone

Tessa Branyan, Desert Archaeology, Inc. (July 30, 2020)—In archaeology, we classify many stone tools that we find as “ground stone” objects. Ground stone objects can be almost any stone or mineral—flaked stone not included—that has experienced some kind of human intervention. This may s...
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2020
28
Jul

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Aaron Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (July 28, 2020)—Several years ago, I shared the research I was carrying out on the petroglyphs at Taliesin West, acclaimed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home in Scottsdale, Arizona. One reader pointed out the troubling fact that Mr. Wright ha...
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2020
21
Jul

Google Won’t Save You Here

Kelsey Hanson, University of Arizona (July 21, 2020)—I hate looking dumb. I always have and I always will. And I will readily admit that I try really hard to not look dumb. How do I do that? I have two answers. One answer is the one everyone probably expects: I do my homework. I’ve been in...
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2020
09
Jul

Putting the People Back into Wilderness

Maxwell Forton, Binghamton University (July 9, 2020)—Normally this week I’d be wrapping up teaching survey on Archaeology Southwest’s Preservation Archaeology Field School. The past two summers, I’ve had the pleasure of leading our intrepid students in archaeological surveys in the Gila N...
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2020
03
Jul

Hands-On Archaeology: How to Make a Discoidal Cutting Tool

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (July 3, 2020)—This project involved flintknapping, whittling, and drilling. I started with a roughly circular piece of rhyolite I’d gathered in Mule Creek, New Mexico. I flaked it into a biface, then thinned it so t...
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