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2019
22
Apr

A Perspective on the Lower Gila River Ethnographic and Archaeological Project

Skylar Begay (April 22, 2019)—Before I begin, I feel it’s important to provide context for the reader as to who I am. My name is Skylar Begay and I’m 25 years old. I was born on the Navajo Reservation in Fort Defiance, Arizona. I have lived in various places on the reservation, but I call...
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2019
08
Apr

Archaeology Southwest at the 2019 Society for American Archaeology Meeting

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (April 8, 2019)—It’s early April, and for many of us here at Archaeology Southwest, that means the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting is right around the corner (April 10–14). Our staff members have been busy polishing up their pr...
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2019
05
Apr

Road Trips, Research, and Site Protection in Southwest New Mexico

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (April 5, 2019)—One of the most interesting parts of our work here at Archaeology Southwest is the interplay between research and site protection. Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to spend a weekend visiting archaeological sites in the upper G...
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2019
01
Apr

Women's Work

Stacy Ryan, Preservation Archaeologist "Women's bipolar lithic technology may look simple, but it is complex and sophisticated, requiring continual decision making and intensive learning and practice." Kathryn Weedman Arthur discussing present-day toolmakers, in Feminine Knowledge and Skill Rec...
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2019
28
Mar

The Women's Park, continued

R. E. Burrillo, SWCA Today we continue with the conclusion of Burrillo's essay on the women who worked to protect Mesa Verde. Read part one here. Happy Women's History Month! (March 30, 2019) Differing Visions and New Legislation The feud between Virginia and Lucy came to a boil rather q...
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2019
28
Mar

The Women’s Park

R. E. Burrillo, SWCA Today and tomorrow we feature guest author R. E. Burrillo's essay on "the mothers of Mesa Verde National Park" in honor of Women's History Month. (March 29, 2019)—Last March, in recognition of Women’s History Month, archaeology professor Ruth Van Dyke took to Facebook ...
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2019
28
Mar

Lower Gila Field Notes

Aaron M. Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (March 28, 2019)—About six months ago, at the beginning of October of last year, I began fieldwork for the Lower Gila River Ethnographic and Archaeological Project. Known as LGREAP to my crew and volunteers, this three-year endeavor aims to better u...
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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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