Southern Colorado

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Kate Sarther Gann
Communications Coordinator
(520) 882-6946, ext. 16

2019
03
Sep

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

Banner photo by Bob Wick, BLM, via Wikimedia Commons Located in southwestern Colorado in the Four Corners region, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is a rich archaeological landscape that helps to tell over 10,000 years of human history. Visitors today will be able to view petroglyphs, ki...
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2019
03
Sep

Hovenweep National Monument

Banner image by Jacob W. Frank, courtesy of the NPS From the Hovenweep National Park Service homepage: Once home to over 2,500 people, Hovenweep includes six prehistoric villages built between A.D. 1200 and 1300. Explore a variety of structures, including multistory towers perched on canyon ri...
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2017
01
Sep

cyberSW

Big Data for Big Questions Archaeology Southwest is pleased to announce that a new joint initiative, cyberSW, has received a $1.7 million award through the National Science Foundation’s RIDIR program (Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sci...
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2017
14
Aug

National Heritage Areas

Archaeology Southwest participated in two national heritage area campaigns: the Little Colorado River valley and the Santa Cruz River valley. National Heritage Areas seek to preserve and celebrate America’s defining landscapes and diverse cultural traditions. National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are ...
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2017
18
May

Ancestral Pueblo

The Ancestral Pueblo (previously called Anasazi) region falls largely along the Colorado Plateau in the northern half of the Southwest. Most archaeologists have ceased using “Anasazi” because many contemporary Pueblo people oppose the term. As the name “Ancestral Pueblo” suggests, people in ...
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2017
14
Apr

Isotopic Zooarchaeology in the Mesa Verde Region

As human populations worldwide grow and settle in formerly remote regions, questions about how hunting can be managed in order to provide long-term access to animals for local people without loss of biodiversity are becoming increasingly urgent. This project, a collaboration between Karen Schollmeye...
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2016
30
Sep

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

Banner image by Howcheng, via Wikimedia Commons This adobe fort was built in 1833 by William and Charles Bent and Ceran St. Vrain. It was the center of a trading network that incorporated Plains Indians and fur trappers, and it was a major stopping point along the Santa Fe Trail. It also served ...
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2016
01
Jun

Travel Management on Our National Forests

If you’ve ever visited one of our National Forests, part of your experience within its boundaries involved travel on a road open to motorized vehicles. Over the past 30 years, as the popularity and availability of four-wheel-drive and off-highway vehicles has increased, motorized uses of our publi...
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2016
01
Jun

Protecting Places on the Land

Long-term protection of archaeological sites is an essential component of Preservation Archaeology. Here in the American Southwest, a great number of important archaeological sites occur on private land. Nineteenth-century homesteaders settled in areas with readily available water and arable land...
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2016
01
Jun

The Heritage Southwest Database

The Heritage Southwest (HSW) database is a digital geodatabase containing information on more than 10,000 precontact (prehistoric) and historic archaeological sites in the U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico. The large HSW database is divided into a number of smaller sub-databases, each developed for...
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2016
01
Jun

Chaco Social Networks

Banner image by Ely Rareshide Doorways in Pueblo Bonito The Dynamics of Chacoan Social and Spatial Networks, A.D. 800–1200 With National Science Foundation support (BCS-1355381), we collaborated with a team of researchers (including Archaeology Southwest’s Paul Reed and ASU's Matt...
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2016
01
Jun

Social Networks in the Late Precontact Southwest

Click here (opens as a PDF) to read the latest article on the project in the professional journal American Antiquity (Vol. 80, No. 1, 2015). In the age of Facebook and Twitter, “social network” is a phrase heard or read almost daily—but social networks are a mainstay of the human experience...
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