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2020
03
Jul

Hands-On Archaeology: How to Make a Discoidal Cutting Tool

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (July 3, 2020)—This project involved flintknapping, whittling, and drilling. I started with a roughly circular piece of rhyolite I’d gathered in Mule Creek, New Mexico. I flaked it into a biface, then thinned it so t...
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2020
23
Jun

What Do Geoarchaeologists Do?

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School (June 23, 2020)—Today's (Un)Field School presentation is by internationally recognized geoscientist Gary Huckleberry. We've been fortunate to have Gary come to the Preservation Archaeology Field ...
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2020
22
Jun

Welcome to (Un)Field School

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School (June 22, 2020)—Is your tent (blanket fort?) set up? That has to come first. Next is your camp chair. Pick a good spot. You have enough water? OK. Usually at this time of year, this blog featu...
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2020
16
Jun

From Bill Doelle

(June 17, 2020)—The Statement. Email after email these days from retailers to service providers to nonprofit organizations are making explicit statements that Black Lives Matter. Why haven’t I pushed for the organization I founded and still lead to make such a statement? Because I believe the...
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2020
12
Jun

A Brief Cultural History of Mesquite

Aaron Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (June 12, 2020)—Since moving to Tucson, I find June to be a welcome time of transition. The atmosphere shifts from hot and dry at the beginning to, well, hotter, but not so dry by the end as the summer monsoon sets in. Usually as the spring semester at...
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2020
09
Jun

Introducing cyberSW 1.0

Jeff Clark, Archaeology Southwest Barbara Mills, University of Arizona Matt Peeples, Arizona State University Scott Ortman, University of Colorado Boulder Sudha Ram, University of Arizona (June 10, 2020)—After some COVID-related delays, including the stranding of a key programmer in Wuhan, ...
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2020
08
Jun

At Home

Leslie Aragon, Preservation Archaeology Fellow and Field Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School (June 8, 2020)—I’m really missing the field school and some of what have become yearly traditions since I became field director in 2013. I miss going to the airport and trying to guess whi...
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2020
03
Jun

Relationships

There’s an old joke that we archaeologists do not tend to get our datasets finalized and published until the data themselves have become a part of the archaeological record. Because we have so many mandated deadlines to meet—which, among other things, ensure that such delays don’t happen to re...
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2020
26
May

Congratulations to Graduating Field School Alumni

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (May 26, 2020)—For the last six years, the end of May has meant the beginning of field school season. Every year, I’ve spent this time trying to squeeze in time to enjoy the last cool days of spring and the too-short season of ironwood and sagua...
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2020
26
May

Hands-On Archaeology: Making a Metate

Keenan Montoya, Pima Community College (May 26, 2020)—Being given the opportunity to work during this challenging time is quite a privilege, for which I thank Archaeology Southwest and the Western Archeological and Conservation Center (WACC). I am a Pima Community College student with a work ...
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2020
19
May

It’s Time to Make Ourselves Heard and Protect Greater Chaco—UPDATE

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (May 21, 2020)—Everyone’s efforts to get the May 28 deadline extended have paid off! We now have until September 25, 2020, to work on comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and the Department of the Interio...
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2020
30
Apr

Focus on the Field Crew: Jason Andrews

Aaron Wright, Preservation Archaeologist, with Jason Andrews (May 1, 2020)—The Lower Gila River Ethnographic and Archaeological Project’s (LGREAP) Focus on the Field Crew series has really shown me the value of listening to people. And I’ve not just been listening—asking has been a crit...
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