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2019
25
Nov

When Two Worlds Collide

Jaye S. Smith, Robinson Collection Project Volunteer Co-Team Leader (November 25, 2019)—Before my passion for archaeological research could take root, I spent 32 years traveling the world to serve the mineral specimen dealer and collector community. After my retirement, I devoted all of my avai...
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2019
15
Nov

Why Should We Care about the Past?

We're very pleased to share this guest post by our friend Jonathan Bailey. Jonathan is a photographer specializing in conservation, cultural resources, and public land. He is also the author of Rock Art: A Vision of a Vanishing Cultural Landscape. You can follow him on Instagram and Facebook. Jon...
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2019
31
Oct

Hands-On Archaeology: How to Make a Stone Axe

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (October 31, 2019)—The stone axe is a fairly common artifact. We find them throughout the Southwest at sites dating from early ceramic times until just before Europeans came. We can tell they were used to chop trees becau...
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2019
27
Sep

Eight Sites in 48 Hours

Stacy Ryan, Preservation Archaeologist (September 27, 2019)—I recently joined my Archaeology Southwest coworkers on our annual staff retreat, which entails exploring archaeological sites, connecting to landscapes, and learning a few new skills. This year, we experienced Salado and Mimbres arc...
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2019
30
Aug

Cafés Are Complicated

Bill Doelle, President & CEO (August 30, 2019)—When Archaeology Southwest wholeheartedly embraced the “science café” movement more than a decade ago, we knew from the overwhelming response that we had started a good thing with Archaeology Café. And before we knew it, we’d hosted c...
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2019
02
Aug

Learning with Adobe

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (August 2, 2019)—I wanted to follow up on Leslie’s post about how our 2014–2015 adobe structure helped us interpret walls at the Gila River Farm site in 2019. There is something almost metaphysical about mixing mud...
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2019
01
Aug

Clues from Experimental Archaeology

Leslie Aragon, Preservation Archaeology Fellow (August 1, 2019)—Now that we’ve wrapped up another field season of the Upper Gila Preservation Archaeology Field School, I thought I’d take a minute to talk about what we learned at the Gila River Farm site this season. I especially want to sha...
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2019
12
Jul

Our Last Correspondence

July 12, 2019 Dear Glorious Readers, This will be the last correspondence from all of us young-uns here in Cliff. By the time this is published, we’ll all most likely be clean, well-rested, and missing our wonderful ranch land and internet-free oasis. It has been a terrific and memorable tim...
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2019
11
Jul

“Disconnecting” at Field School

Alex Cullison, Beloit College (July 11, 2019)—When I first got into this field school, I remember reading that this would be an excellent opportunity to “disconnect.” That sounded great in March: I was studying abroad at the time, and I was spending more and more of my time checking Twitter...
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2019
10
Jul

Hide and Squeak

Zaynab Chamalian, University of Southern Florida (July 10, 2019)—Something I appreciate about my field school group and instructors is their willingness to try new things and let things happen. One experience like this was tanning mouse hides with Allen and my fellow student Sarah. Allen has ...
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2019
01
Jul

Home Is Where the Hearth Is

Sarah Hinton, Texas State University (July 1, 2019)—Spaces hold power through time. Your childhood home is still your childhood home, regardless of the amount of time that has passed since your last step across the threshold. Places where you experienced great joy are probably still fondly kept...
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2019
28
Jun

Fighting the Bears Ears Downsizing (with an Agèd Friend)

Bill Doelle, President & CEO (June 28, 2019)—On June 8, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law. And yet, 113 years later, in the year 2019, at about the same time, there were no headlines announcing that President Roosevelt had risen from his grave to ma...
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