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2022
12
May

Lower Gila Topophilia

Aaron M. Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (May 12, 2022)—This month marks five years since I had the honor to announce the addition of the Fleming Parcel to Archaeology Southwest’s portfolio of conservation properties. This important place is located along the lower Gila River about an ho...
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2022
03
May

Camp Naco Is Back in the News

Bill Doelle, President & CEO (May 4, 2022)—I have spent nearly five decades in southern Arizona. That’s long enough to gain a realistic perspective on the pace of preservation advocacy. Sadly, failure is often rapid. But success often takes decades. Camp Naco has been part of Archaeo...
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2022
21
Apr

Protect Chaco Comment Deadline Is May 6

Banner image of well pad in Greater Chaco courtesy of EcoFlight Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist and Chaco Scholar (April 21, 2022)—In November 2021, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced the withdrawal of 351,000 acres of Federal surface land from oil-gas development in a 10-mile z...
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2022
19
Apr

In Memoriam: Gwinn Vivian

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist and Chaco Scholar (April 19, 2022)—I cannot think of a Southwestern archaeologist and scholar who has made a more positive impact on our field than Gwinn Vivian (1935–2022). And the effect his recent passing is having on all of us who were fortunate to...
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2022
12
Apr

Archaeology Southwest at the SAAs—Recap

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School (April 12, 2022)—In early April, a handful of us from Archaeology Southwest attended the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) annual meeting in Chicago—in person! After a few years of cancell...
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2022
31
Mar

Archaeology Southwest at the SAAs

Sara Anderson, Director of Outreach (March 31, 2022)—It’s the end of March, and for some that signifies the transition from winter to spring. For others, it represents that pesky “spring forward” time change—luckily not for many Arizona residents. For us here at Archaeology Southwest an...
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2022
22
Feb

From Opportunistic Acquisition to Strategic Stewardship—A Day of Service at the Gillespie Narrows Preserve

John Welch, Director, Landscape and Site Preservation Program Jaye Smith, Volunteer, Landscape and Site Preservation Program (February 22, 2022)—The Gillespie Narrows Preserve, located in the north section of the Great Bend of the Gila region, has been on Archaeology Southwest’s radar since ...
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2022
17
Feb

What’s the Point? The Newly Named Placencia Point

This is the next post in a series called “What's the Point?” In this series, Allen Denoyer and other stone tool experts explore various aspects of technologies and traditions. Allen Denoyer and Ismael Sánchez-Morales (February 18, 2022)—Ismael originally described and named this poi...
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2022
08
Feb

Time to Step up to Protect Chaco!

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (February 8, 2022)—In November 2021, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced the withdrawal of 351,000 acres of Federal surface land from oil-gas development in a 10-mile zone around Chaco Culture National Historical Park. As our supporters know, we ...
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2022
13
Jan

Hands-On Archaeology: How to Make a Cruciform

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (January 14, 2022)—Cruciforms are artifacts people made by flaking and then grinding stone. In the Southwest, archaeologists find them in sites dating to the Early Agricultural period, particularly those of the Cienega ph...
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2021
17
Dec

On Archaeology: Shannon Cowell

Here is the latest essay in our “On Archaeology” series, in which some of our staff reflect on what they thought archaeology was, how they see it now, and what they think archaeology should be or could be. Updates will continue almost every Friday through the end of the year. Shannon Cowell, Pr...
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2021
02
Dec

On Archaeology: Sara Anderson

Here is the latest essay in our “On Archaeology” series, in which some of our staff reflect on what they thought archaeology was, how they see it now, and what they think archaeology should be or could be. Updates will continue almost every Friday through the end of the year. Sara Anderson, A...
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