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2020
06
Apr

Repairing the Ki

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (April 6, 2020)—On March 5, I went up to the Huhugam Ki Museum at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and helped Museum Director Gary Owens and his crew do some fix-up work on their historic ki (house) replica. ...
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2020
02
Apr

Finding Friends in Low Places

Aaron Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (April 3, 2020)—This marks my twentieth year as a practicing professional archaeologist. As many people do when they reach such a milestone, I’ve been looking back on my career, remembering the ups and downs and reminiscing about the highs and lows. ...
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2020
30
Mar

Life of the Gila: Public Lands of the Gila Watershed

Bill Doelle, President & CEO (March 30, 2020)—This series has explored what landscape-scale archaeology, accumulated over some 130 years, illustrates about how past residents of the greater Gila Watershed thought about themselves and their neighbors. We focused on the big picture—time p...
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2020
27
Mar

Call to Action: Write Letters or Email to Help Protect Chaco

https://youtu.be/HPS0J4IGGB0 Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (March 27, 2020)—You can act now to help protect Greater Chaco. The push is on to get the BLM-Farmington Field Office and BIA-Navajo Region to postpone the May 28 deadline for public input on their draft Environmental Imp...
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2020
19
Mar

Life of the Gila: Salado—Bringing Worlds Together

Jeff Clark, Preservation Archaeologist (March 20, 2020)—In the late 1200s CE, during a great drought, a few thousand people left settlements in what is now northeastern Arizona. They immigrated south toward perennial streams in the central and eastern Gila Watershed, where they lived alongside ...
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2020
16
Mar

Vandalism and Petroglyphs

Stacy Ryan, Preservation Archaeologist (March 16, 2020)—Based purely on anecdotal evidence, I am comfortable declaring that archaeologists have a high level of job satisfaction. I know I’m not the only one who recognizes that it is a privilege to craft a career from studying the past and ad...
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2020
13
Mar

Life of the Gila: Was Mimbres a World?

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (March 13, 2020)—In my last blog post on the diverse archaeological culture area archaeologists call “Mogollon,” I raised the question of whether the Mimbres part of that region could be called a “world” as we have characterized the Hohoka...
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2020
05
Mar

Life of The Gila: Mogollon—It’s Complicated

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (March 6, 2020)—Graduate school social life is notorious for this: groups of nerds spending a lot of time sitting around arguing passionately about very, very specific implications of certain words that people in other fields either use in a compl...
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2020
27
Feb

Life of the Gila: Hohokam Worlds

Leslie Aragon, Preservation Archaeology Fellow (February 28, 2020)—When contemporary O’odham talk about their ancestors, they use the term Huhugam. This is an important distinction between actual people (the ancestors) and the archaeological culture I’ll describe here. Hohokam is not really...
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2020
20
Feb

Life of the Gila: The Patayan World

Aaron Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (February 21, 2020)—Several years ago, a former archaeology professor of mine asked me, “What is this Patayan thing anyway?” After taking a moment to collect my thoughts, I responded with the kind of elevator pitch you might hear at some archaeolog...
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2020
13
Feb

Life of the Gila: Mapping Identities and Worlds over a Millennium

Jeff Clark, Preservation Archaeologist (February 14, 2020)—From Indigenous histories and from archaeology, we know a great deal about people’s lives in the southern Southwest from about 500 to 1450 CE. We know that life was rich and challenging; stable in some aspects and ever-changing in oth...
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2020
07
Feb

Life of the Gila

In this new series of essays at the Preservation Archaeology blog, we will highlight the deep history of the Gila River Watershed, focusing on how archaeology and knowledge shared by Tribal citizens come together to tell a story of continuity and change that began millennia ago and continues to the ...
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