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2018
15
Jun

Experiences compared to expectations

Matthew Steber, Arizona State University (June 15, 2018)—My time spent at the Preservation Archaeology Field School has deepened my appreciation for ancient artifacts. I believe the goal of archaeology is to use cultural material to gain a better understanding of how people lived in the past. A...
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2018
14
Jun

On the Hunt for Obsidian

Laura Rojas, Adelphi University (June 13, 2018)—On June 5, experimental archaeologist Allen Denoyer, fellow field school student Shiloh, and I spent the day in the Gila National Forest looking for obsidian in order to gain a better understanding of the process involved in flintknapping. This is...
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2018
12
Jun

Finding Walls at the Gila River Farm Site

Leslie Aragon, Preservation Archaeology Fellow (June 12, 2018)—On Saturday we finished our first week of excavation at the Gila River Farm site. It has been a really fun and productive week, even though we have been dealing with record high temperatures (over 100˚F already!). The students have...
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2018
11
Jun

Small World

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (June 11, 2018)—Our field school has been in session for just over a week now. As usual, we began with a whirlwind introduction to Hohokam area archaeology before proceeding to our camp in Cliff, New Mexico. We’re settling in to our normal routi...
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2018
10
May

The Raymond F. Robinson Collection – A Successful Collaboration to Save Safford Basin Archaeological Artifacts

Linda J. Pierce, Deputy Director, Archaeology Southwest & Jaye S. Smith, Robinson Collection Volunteer Co-Team Leader, Archaeology Southwest (May 10, 2018)—A key element of Preservation Archaeology is a focus on working with existing collections and protecting sites still in the ground, ...
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2018
08
May

Comparing Community Histories at Chacoan Outliers—Morris 40 and Padilla Well

Kellam Throgmorton, Binghamton University (May 9, 2018)—Given that recent research keeps pushing back the dates of the really interesting things that happened in Chaco Canyon (macaws at AD 900! venerated leaders by AD 850!), it seems like it might be time to take a good look at the Early Bonito...
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2018
02
May

Northeast Syria: From Mofunland to Rojava

Jeff Clark, Preservation Archaeologist (May 3, 2018)—Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I had the opportunity to spend three field seasons excavating Bronze Age sites in northeastern Syria. For you Google Earth explorers, the sites are located in the Habur River drainage between the moder...
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2018
26
Apr

Field School Alumni at the Society for American Archaeology Meetings

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (April 26, 2018)—Earlier this month, several of us from Archaeology Southwest were able to attend the Society for American Archaeology annual meetings in Washington, DC. One of the highlights of these meetings for me is getting to spend time with ...
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2018
06
Apr

Archaeology Southwest in DC

Banner image: Carol M. Highsmith, via Wikimedia Commons Kate Sarther Gann, Communications Coordinator, and Content Editor, Archaeology Southwest Magazine (April 6, 2018)—The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) will host its 83rd annual meeting in Washington, DC, next week, April 11–15. Th...
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2018
27
Mar

What's in a Notch?

Stacy Ryan, Preservation Archaeologist (March 28, 2018)—Projectile points were important tools for hunting and weaponry. They might have served a social function, as well, as suggested by occasional elaborate designs or placement in ritual deposits. We study points because they may be reliabl...
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2018
22
Mar

Plant and Animal Use in the Mimbres

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (March 22, 2018)—One thing I enjoy about working at Archaeology Southwest is the opportunities we have to share new research beyond the specialized journals where a lot of our work gets published. In that spirit, I’m happy to share an update on ...
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2018
16
Mar

Michael Harner’s Early Years as an Archaeologist (In Memoriam)

Aaron Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (March 16, 2018)—Just a few weeks ago we lost one of the pioneers of Patayan archaeology. Michael Harner, who passed away on February 3 at the age of 88, is renowned as one of the world’s preeminent anthropologists of shamanism. After a successful ca...
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