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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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2018
14
Mar

UAV Photogrammetry in Southwest New Mexico

Kent Mead, University of Arizona (March 14, 2018)—In 2017, Archaeology Southwest sponsored an internship for a photogrammetry and 3D-modeling project in southwest New Mexico, and I was fortunate to be that intern. I worked with Preservation Archaeologists Doug Gann and Karen Schollmeyer to coor...
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2018
02
Mar

Greater Bears Ears as Borderlands

Today’s post is by our friend and frequent contributor R. E. Burrillo, who co-edited, with Benjamin A. Bellorado, the new issue of Archaeology Southwest Magazine, “Sacred and Threatened: The Cultural Landscapes of Greater Bears Ears,” released today. R. E. Burrillo, SWCA Environmental Cons...
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2018
22
Feb

Public Archaeology in Unusual Settings

Carlyn Stewart, Public Archaeology Specialist (February 22, 2018)—The Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts is an eclectic place where local artists come together two times a month in Mesa, Arizona, to sell homemade foods and crafts. A small section of downtown Mesa lined with antique stores and l...
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2018
20
Feb

Hands-On Archaeology: Some Insights on Salado-Era Adobe

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (February 20, 2018)—I was up in Coolidge, Arizona, at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument last month to talk about the Salado-style rooms we have been building with our Preservation Archaeology Field School students in Cl...
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2018
16
Feb

Group Identity and the Hohokam Ballcourt World

Leslie Aragon, Preservation Archaeology Fellow (February 16, 2018)—I’ve been thinking a lot about identity lately. Group identity, in particular. We all have them…a lot of them. The great thing about group identity is that you don’t have to choose just one. Identity is an active social co...
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2018
02
Feb

Protecting the Greater Chaco Landscape: February 2018 Update

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (February 2, 2018)—Two things of importance happened this week with implications for protection of the Greater Chaco Landscape. First, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Farmington Field Office and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Gallup Office release...
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