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2018
07
Aug

Identity Politics, Past and Present

Aaron Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (August 7, 2018)—Social identity has emerged as a field of concerted archaeological inquiry in the Southwest and beyond. At Archaeology Southwest, we’ve been thinking a lot about how people create and express social identities at multiple scales, and...
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2018
06
Aug

Hands-On Archaeology: Progress Report on House Construction

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (August 6, 2018)—Over the course of the field school, pairs of students spent three days undertaking hands-on archaeology activities with me. We’d work on the house for about a day and a half, and then spend the rest of...
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2018
31
Jul

Learning What Archaeology Is

Johnna Oliver, Mesa Community College (July 31, 2018)—History has been a passion of mine since I was in elementary school. I enjoy reading about the past and considering how some of the modern things we have are similar to things people had long ago. The thing about history is that you spen...
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2018
27
Jul

Excavating a Hohokam Ballcourt

Leslie Aragon, Preservation Archaeology Fellow (July 27, 2018)—One of the best things about being a Preservation Fellow at Archaeology Southwest is that I sometimes have the opportunity to collaborate with people from other organizations. A few months ago, some of our friends and colleagues at ...
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2018
23
Jul

Traditional Firing

Lisette Wittbrodt, Wayne State University (July 23, 2018)—Archaeological ceramics are something I’ve been interested in since I first discovered them. The idea of creating something physically unique using clay amazes me. Archaeology Southwest invited potter Andy Ward to teach us traditional ...
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2018
20
Jul

Reaching out

Stacy Ryan, Preservation Archaeologist (July 20, 2018)—As William Lipe’s writings continue to remind new generations of archaeologists, public outreach is a key component in conservation archaeology efforts. At the Preservation Archaeology Field School, we stress the importance of communica...
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2018
16
Jul

Learning about Tree-Ring Dating

Devlin Lewis, University of Arizona (July 16, 2018)—As a student employee of the Arizona State Museum, I already have a bit of experience handling archaeological material after it has been excavated and analyzed. This field school has given me firsthand insight into the earlier parts of the arc...
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2018
13
Jul

Archaeology, an Apache perspective

Shiloh V. Craig, University of New Mexico (July 13, 2018)—I am an enrolled member of the White Mountain Apache tribe. I am of the Made Yellow clan; born for the Navajo (Zia/Weaver), my paternal grandfather is of the Folded Arms clan, and my maternal grandfather is of the Rocks sticking out (Roa...
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2018
12
Jul

Finding History in the Shade of Ponderosas

Maxwell Forton, Binghamton University (July 12, 2018)—I’ve had the pleasure of being the survey director for this year’s Preservation Archaeology Field School. Survey is the systematic on-the-ground search for new archaeological sites—a critical step in the preservation of cultural proper...
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2018
09
Jul

Adapting

Dee Morris, University of Arizona (July 10, 2018)—During our time at this field school, many of our lessons have been about how people adapted to their environment over time. Through our lectures and excavations, we’ve learned how ancient people in the Southwest adjusted to social change by i...
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2018
06
Jul

The Making of a Preservation Archaeologist

Jojo Matson, Utah State University (July 9, 2018)—Throughout history, archaeology has often been viewed as invasive digging and robbing of burials and homes of Indigenous persons and places. In many respects that sometimes isn’t too far from the truth. Thankfully, not all archaeology follows ...
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2018
06
Jul

Rewarding

Alexis Miller, University of Delaware (July 6, 2018)—My experience thus far has exceeded my expectations and has reaffirmed my choice in attending the Preservation Archaeology Field School. There are many different reasons why I decided to apply, and in only a few weeks my reasons have been ful...
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