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2021
17
Jun

The Transcendent Experience of Preservation Archaeology

Ruijie Yao, University of Arizona Mr. Yao’s first language is Mandarin. (June 17, 2021)—I have trained as a Mediterranean archaeologist, so Southwestern archaeology and its field methods are new to me. I had many ideas about archaeological fieldwork before I came to the field school, but I...
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2021
15
Jun

Renewal

Megan Eigen, SUNY Albany (June 16, 2021)—It may not come as a surprise, but I—like many others—was first introduced to the concept of archaeology by watching Indiana Jones movies as a child. Although there is much to be said about Indiana Jones and his practices, the films drew me into the ...
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2021
15
Jun

Diversity Across the Landscape

Ray Mills, University of Maine (June 15, 2021)—When I first came to the Southwest, I was expecting an arid landscape scattered with sparse, scraggly vegetation, and lots of sand. I was not expecting the high level of biodiversity that I have observed over recent weeks. Immediately, as I step...
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2021
10
Jun

The Ins and Outs of Survey

Gabby Pfleger, Glendale Community College (June 10, 2021)—Over the past week, I’ve been learning the processes involved in archaeological survey from the field school’s survey director, Michaelle Machuca. In theory, this work sounds like the dream—hiking and searching in the name of archa...
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2021
09
Jun

A Nonrenewable Resource

Taylor Cole, Arizona State University (June 9, 2021)—Within anthropology, archaeology serves as a tool to understand and piece together how cultures have changed over time and how material culture—things people make and use—helped us become one of the most widespread species on Earth. By ex...
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2021
04
Jun

Field School in the Time of COVID

Beatriz Barraclough-Tan, Fordham University (June 5, 2021)—I think field school would feel a little like an island at the best of times, but COVID-19 has made everything even more isolated. It’s a bit weird, because for some of us, this is the biggest group of people we’ve been around mask-...
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2021
01
Jun

2021 Preservation Archaeology Field School Kickoff

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School (May 31, 2021)—The 2021 season of our Preservation Archaeology Field School just started, and it’s great to be back in New Mexico with this year’s students. Some things look a little diffe...
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2021
15
Apr

Think Before You Bolt That Rock

Shannon Cowell, Preservation Archaeologist (April 15, 2021)—Two people climb the same stretch of a sandstone cliff face in eastern Utah. Centuries stand between them. Both climbers pause at the same spot, each evaluating the cliff face with their own culturally specific priorities. Instead of t...
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2021
12
Apr

The Legacy of Marshall Sahlins...Southwestern Archaeologist?

Erin Baxter, Denver Museum of Nature & Science (April 13, 2021)—Marshall Sahlins (1930–2021) passed on Monday, April 5. Sahlins was a giant in cultural anthropology, and his caliber and influence cannot be overstated. He was prolific: his seminal works, from Stone Age Economics (1971) to ...
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2021
06
Apr

Archaeology Southwest at the 2021 (Virtual) SAA Meeting

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School (April 6, 2021)—This time of year is generally filled with excitement as many of us at Archaeology Southwest prepare to present our current research at the annual meeting of the Society for Ameri...
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2021
15
Mar

A [Digital] Tonto Basin Journey

Chris Caseldine, Preservation Archaeology Postdoc, and Grant Snitker, ORISE Postdoctoral Researcher, US Forest Service (March 15, 2021)—What is a path? Dictionary.com defines path as “a way beaten, formed, or trodden by the feet of person or animals. A narrow walk or way.” That seems a re...
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2021
04
Mar

George McJunkin: Standing at the Intersection of Black History and American Archaeology

This guest post appreciates and expands upon a very popular 2015 post by Matt Peeples. Several other recent essays on McJunkin and Folsom are linked in the text of today's post. R. E. Burrillo, PaleoWest, and K. C. Carlson, Augustana University (March 4, 2021)—Betteridge’s Law of Headlines...
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