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2017
25
Sep

Hands-On Archaeology: How to Make a Shell Bracelet

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (September 25, 2017)—In this post, I’ll share some insights into how much work goes into making shell bracelets. I suspect my time estimates are high, compared to experienced craftspeople in the past. Shell is not easy ...
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2017
22
Sep

New Season and Venues for Archaeology Café

Linda Pierce, Deputy Director (September 22, 2017)—We’re excited to announce the 2017–2018 Archaeology Café series, Exploring Phoenix and Tucson Underground. Archaeology Café is an informal forum where adults can learn more about the Southwest’s deep history and speak directly to expert...
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2017
07
Sep

Shell Bracelet Manufacturing

Christine H. Virden-Lange, Desert Archaeology, Inc. (September 27, 2017)—In the ancient United States Southwest, the culture group archaeologists call the Hohokam inhabited the area from northern Mexico on the south to the Colorado River on the west, the Agua Fria to the north and the Gila Rive...
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2017
23
Aug

A Target, or a Shield?

Bill Doelle, President & CEO (August 23, 2017)—A giant target hovers over Bears Ears National Monument. And many are gathered to cast their darts. Some, with fierce intention, will aim at the bullseye, confident that piercing the smallest circle will eliminate the new national monument al...
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2017
03
Aug

Goings-On at the Pitchfork Ranch

Our most recent issue of Archaeology Southwest Magazine featured discussions of a number of archaeological sites preserved by private landowners in southwest New Mexico, as well as by other agencies and organizations. To highlight some of the preservation successes individual landowners can achieve,...
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2017
01
Aug

Where the Wild Things Are

Sam Banderas, Riverside Community College (August 1, 2017)—On the first and fourth of June I went on a hike down to the San Francisco River as part of an experimental archaeology group with Allen Denoyer. We parked at the beginning of the hiking trail, shouldered on our gear, and began our trek...
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2017
30
Jul

Visual Culture

Andrew Tegarden, Preservation Archaeology Intern (July 30, 2017)—I’ve managed to ride my bike in on the days that I come to the Archaeology Southwest offices for the internship that I’m working. It’s a somewhat long—and yes hot—ride to the office. They’re located downtown at the nor...
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2017
28
Jul

Burning an Early Agricultural Period Pithouse: Documenting the Process

This is the second post in our "Burning Down the (Pit) House" series. For part 1, read Allen Denoyer's post here. Doug Gann, Preservation Archaeologist and Digital Media Specialist (July 28, 2017)—In experimental archaeology, a common technique for trying to learn about past human activities is ...
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2017
26
Jul

More Mud!

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (July 26, 2017)—By the end of last year’s field school, we had started two walls, and one was up to about six layers high. We mixed the mud with our hands in basin-shaped pits and placed it onto the wall in blobs. Then we...
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2017
14
Jul

Our Valued Guests

Stacy L. Ryan, Field School Staff Member (July 14, 2017)—For most of the year, we staff members of the Upper Gila Preservation Archaeology Field School work on a variety of projects that focus on our research interests and areas of expertise. But for six weeks in the summer, we converge in Clif...
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2017
13
Jul

Paused in the Past Tense: The Importance of Representation in Archaeology Outreach

Emily Tarantini, Mount Holyoke College (July 13, 2017)—This June, I had the opportunity to work with archaeologist Allen Denoyer on a public outreach project at a local library in Bayard, New Mexico. Attendees of the event participated in several experimental archaeology activities such as atlatl...
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2017
12
Jul

How to Strike the Balance

Ashley Huntley, University of Cincinnati (July 12, 2017)—Before coming to the Preservation Archaeology Field School, I was having a hard time reconciling my love for archaeology and my burgeoning interest in remote sensing and soils. For a long time, I thought I would have to abandon the cause an...
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