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2019
14
Feb

(Yet) Another Southwest: Incipient Preservation Archaeology in Southwest Ethiopia

John R. Welch, Landscape and Site Preservation Program Director (February 15, 2019)—What is it that keeps push-pulling me toward the equator and setting sun? My earliest engagements with archaeology included a fifth-grade fieldtrip from my Denver hometown through the Four Corners, where all-n...
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2018
19
Dec

How You Can Help Protect Heritage Sites

Stacy Ryan, Preservation Archaeologist (December 19, 2018)—“How much money can I get if I find artifacts while I’m out hiking?” I occasionally hear some variation of this troubling question when someone learns of my profession, and each time it reinforces that there is much work to ...
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2018
11
Dec

Life in the Cliff Valley, 1300-1450

Our guest author for this post is undergraduate Chris LaRoche. Chris received his Associate’s Degree from Pima Community College’s archaeology program, and also attended the Preservation Archaeology Field School as a Pima student. He is now an anthropology major at the University of Arizona, whe...
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2018
03
Dec

Celebrating a Mammoth Dust-up in Bluff (2018 Edition)

R. E. Burrillo, SWCA (December 4, 2018)—This is an update of an essay I posted here in December 2016. Bluff artist Joe Pachak and the gang are preparing for another Winter Solstice festival, and meanwhile a lot else has happened between then and now. Utah’s San Juan County is no stranger...
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2018
27
Nov

Acoma Project Fieldwork

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (November 27, 2018)—Archaeology Southwest is working with the Pueblo of Acoma to document places of ancestral importance across the Greater Chaco Landscape. With the counsel of Acoma team members, we can better prioritize our shared protection efforts. ...
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2018
26
Nov

Along the Gila Watershed

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (November 26, 2018)—One of our current areas of research here at Archaeology Southwest is focused on how archaeological culture areas along the Gila River were connected in the past. Our Fluid Identities research program examines how people in th...
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2018
19
Nov

Where’s the Buff?

Aaron M. Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (November 20, 2018)—Pottery is nearly synonymous with archaeological research in the Southwest. Archaeologists rely on it for a quick and easy means of organizing their data into spatial, temporal, and cultural categories. They also use pot sherds t...
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2018
04
Nov

Hands-On Archaeology: How to Make Adobe Bricks

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (November 4, 2018)—In August, I was invited to participate in an adobe-brick manufacturing workshop hosted by the National Park Service at its Desert Research Learning Center on Tucson’s east side. The instructors were ...
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2018
10
Oct

Adapting to Climate Change—80 is the new 70

Bill Doelle, President & CEO (October 10, 2018)—Every year as the fall temperatures slowly drop—100, 90, 80, 70 degrees Fahrenheit—I get the irresistible urge to spend at least one weekend day in Catalina State Park. It is a wonderland of archaeology that I have immersed myself in sin...
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2018
21
Aug

Greater Chaco from the Air

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (August 22, 2018)—Together with EcoFlight, a nonprofit based in Aspen, Colorado, Archaeology Southwest participated in a series of flights over Chaco Canyon and the Greater Chaco Landscape on August 2, 2018. Bruce Gordon, EcoFlight's president, piloted t...
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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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