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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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2021
24
Feb

The Data Underlying Preservation Archaeology: Preserving Data Also Means Keeping It Alive and Useful

Joshua Watts, cyberSW Manager (February 24, 2021)—It has been almost a year since I was last in the Archaeology Southwest office regularly…but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. And I’m referring to actual work, not just re-learning to play the guitar and putting a lot of miles on m...
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2021
08
Feb

What’s the Point: All about Clovis Points

This is the second post in a new series called "What's the Point?" Allen Denoyer and other stone tool experts will be exploring various aspects of technologies and traditions. Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (February 9, 2021)—In this post, I’ll ex...
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2021
01
Feb

A Tonto Basin Journey

Chris Caseldine, Preservation Archaeology Postdoc (February 1, 2021)—During my time at Archaeology Southwest, I have been afforded the opportunity to expand my research interests. I furthered a study of Hohokam irrigation that I began during my dissertation research, gained new insights into an...
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2021
25
Jan

It's Time to Act Permanently

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (January 25, 2021)—The Greater Chaco Landscape is at great risk from encroaching oil-gas development, which ramped up tremendously over the past four disastrous years of the previous administration. I’m grateful that President Biden and his administ...
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2021
11
Jan

From Opportunistic Reactivity to Proactive Stewardship

John R. Welch, Landscape and Site Preservation Program Director (January 11, 2021)—Archaeology Southwest’s 2020–21 Café season is pulling back the curtain to show how we pursue our Preservation Archaeology mission. We are still crunching the numbers and compiling the results of our recen...
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2020
28
Dec

What's the Point: Making an Impact

This is the first post in a new series called "What's the Point?" Allen Denoyer and other stone tool experts will be exploring various aspects of technologies and traditions. Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (December 28, 2020)—In this post, I want ...
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2020
12
Nov

Following in Their Footsteps

Aaron M. Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (November 12, 2020)—One aspect of ancient life in the Southwest that doesn’t get its fair share of attention is that people really got around. Movement was a regular part of life. Such is the case with the contemporary world, as well, in which peo...
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2020
29
Oct

Honoring Those Who Have Passed

Kate Sarther, Communications Director (October 29, 2020)—This weekend is a time when several cultural and faith traditions honor and celebrate those who have passed—a time when some would say the veil between worlds thins. Earlier this week, Kathleen Bader and I took a look through our A...
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2020
29
Sep

A Resource for Zooarchaeology and Conservation Biology

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School (September 29, 2020)—I’m happy to share news of a new publication some of you may be interested in. Wildlife biologist Stephen MacDonald and I just published Faunal Remains from Archaeology Sit...
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2020
18
Sep

Understanding Mimbres Painted Pottery

This guest post summarizes a new article by Michelle Hegmon, Will Russell, Kendall Baller, Matthew Peeples, and Sarah Striker, “The Social Significance of Mimbres Pottery,” which will appear soon in American Antiquity (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/aaq.2020.63). This is one of the first publicat...
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2020
15
Sep

Take Action Now to Protect the Greater Chaco Landscape!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qftRVuGNbxM& Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (September 15, 2020)—We want to thank everyone for supporting us over the last seven years on our efforts to protect the Greater Chaco Landscape from encroaching oil-gas development. Now it is time to ...
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