Southwest Archaeology Today

Southwest Archaeology Today (SAT) is a free, weekly e-mail news digest. In addition to sharing regional archaeology news, events, opportunities, and publications, SAT connects readers with news and commentary on U.S. public lands policy, global heritage protection and preservation, and the peopling of the North and South American continents. Review our submission guidelines here.

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2020
26
May

Continuing Coverage: Feds Extend Deadline for Greater Chaco Comments to September 25

Dear Friends, Good news in today’s headline—Interior Secretary Bernhardt did the right thing. The deadline to comment on the revised management plan for Greater Chaco has been extended to September 25. Paul Reed has updated our information on making and submitting those comments. You can revi...
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2020
19
May

Continuing Coverage: Feds’ Refusal to Postpone Chaco Deadline Fuels Outrage

Dear Friends, Do you need a pick-me-up? Today I offer two. First, your weekly bird note. This began with my friend and colleague John Welch, who directs Archaeology Southwest’s Landscape and Site Preservation Program. (If you missed John’s Archaeology Café Online two weeks ago, you can ca...
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2020
12
May

Continuing Coverage: How You Can Help Protect Greater Chaco

Dear Friends, On Day 1 of Week 6 of my home containment…I escaped! I went out in my car, I wore my face mask, I went to a couple stores, I didn't sit in a chair in front of my laptop for 9 hours straight…and I realized how fortunate I was to have seen that day out as a respite. How are you...
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2020
05
May

Continuing Coverage: Interior Moves Public Meetings Online, Does Not Postpone Deadlines

Dear Friends, It’s Tuesday afternoon, and I’m getting ready to moderate our second Archaeology Café Online. Tonight’s program will be with John Welch, who directs Archaeology Southwest’s Landscape and Site Protection Program, and our honored guest, Octavius Seowtewa of Zuni Pueblo. John ...
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2020
28
Apr

Federal Report Recommends Uranium Mining near Grand Canyon, Bears Ears

Dear Friends of Southwest Archaeology Today, How are you—how was your week?  Probably not unlike yours, mine was not what I had expected it to be a few months ago. This past Wednesday through Sunday, I would have been in Austin, Texas, attending the Society for American Archaeology’s (SAA...
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2020
21
Apr

Learning from Ancient Southwestern Farming Cultures

Dear Friends of Southwest Archaeology Today, We made it through our first Archaeology Café Online last week. Thanks to all who joined us, and thanks to Paul Reed for his presentation. We’ve linked to the video and some additional material from Paul in this week’s edition below. On May 5 we...
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2020
14
Apr

Indigenous Landscapes of the Grand Canyon

Dear Friends of Southwest Archaeology Today, I hope this finds you well. My week was brightened by another bit of good news from a Preservation Archaeology Field School alumnus: Kiley Stoj (2018) was awarded a Fulbright, as reported by SUNY Cortland. Congratulations, Kiley. As I write this Tue...
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2020
07
Apr

Weaving a Turkey Feather Blanket

Dear Friends of Southwest Archaeology Today, This week, I’d like to begin by sharing some good news we learned yesterday afternoon: James Margotta, an alumnus of Archaeology Southwest’s joint Preservation Archaeology Field School with the University of Arizona, has received a prestigious scho...
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2020
31
Mar

Extend Deadline for Public Commentary on Management Plans for Greater Chaco

Dear Friends of Southwest Archaeology Today, First, thank you for subscribing. Although Archaeology Southwest has closed its physical offices for now, our staff members are working remotely and doing their best to keep everything on schedule. We are committed to staying connected with you. We’r...
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2020
24
Mar

Educational and Public Archaeology Resources Online

Educational and Public Archaeology Resources Online Last week, Lewis Borck (University of Missouri) organized a community-crowdsourced spreadsheet of archaeology/history-oriented educational and public content online as a resource for teachers and students looking for activities/readings/videos the...
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2020
17
Mar

New Research on Pueblo Bonito’s Plaza Tree

New Research on Pueblo Bonito’s Plaza Tree The iconic Plaza Tree of Pueblo Bonito is widely believed to have been a majestic pine standing in the west courtyard of the monumental great house during the peak of the Chaco Phenomenon (AD 850–1140). The ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) log was disc...
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2020
10
Mar

Organizations Formally Oppose Proposed Changes to NEPA

Continuing Coverage: Organizations Formally Oppose Proposed Changes to NEPA The heart of NEPA is the requirement that federal agencies review alternatives prior to making decisions. This requirement that agencies take a hard look at the impacts of proposed projects has been the key to many preserva...
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