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2020
28
Sep

Archaeology Southwest Submits Formal Comments on Greater Chaco Management Plan

Tucson, Ariz. (September 28, 2020)—On Friday, September 25, Archaeology Southwest submitted formal comments on the Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMPA) put forth by the Farmington Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Gallup Region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (...
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2020
22
Sep

Last Chance to Protect Greater Chaco?

Dear Friends,  This week, Greater Chaco continues to be our lead story. If the amended resource management plan developed by the Bureau of Land Management goes forward, future oil and gas extraction directly threatens archaeological sites and other places sacred to Tribes over an extensive area ...
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2020
18
Sep

Understanding Mimbres Painted Pottery

This guest post summarizes a new article by Michelle Hegmon, Will Russell, Kendall Baller, Matthew Peeples, and Sarah Striker, “The Social Significance of Mimbres Pottery,” which will appear soon in American Antiquity (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/aaq.2020.63). This is one of the first publicat...
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2020
15
Sep

Take Action Now to Protect Greater Chaco

Dear Friends, Buckle up. There are research reports to read, urgent calls to advocacy to pursue, and a variety of lectures and books to keep you busy. We lead with Paul Reed’s call for action to protect Greater Chaco, because it is time sensitive. Comments on the BLM’s resource management ...
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2020
15
Sep

Take Action Now to Protect the Greater Chaco Landscape!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qftRVuGNbxM& Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (September 15, 2020)—We want to thank everyone for supporting us over the last seven years on our efforts to protect the Greater Chaco Landscape from encroaching oil-gas development. Now it is time to ...
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2020
11
Sep

Connections to Place: An Interview with Todd Scissons

Stacy Ryan, Preservation Archaeologist, with Todd Scissons, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Pueblo of Acoma (September 11, 2020)—Several months ago, I attended a webinar that focused on efforts to stop vandalism at archaeological sites and heard Todd Scissons, the Tribal Historic Preser...
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2020
08
Sep

George Frison Passes

Dear Friends,  Less than three months ago, my note to you linked to a blog post I published on June 17 that called on conscientious individuals and organizations to do more than simply post statements of support for Black Lives Matter. Compared to the magnitude of confronting America’s systemi...
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2020
01
Sep

Feds Urged to Extend Public Process for Greater Chaco Management Plans

Dear Friends,  Thanks to those of you who shared your own love of maps in reply to my note from last week. Maps, books, art—what’s not to love?  As I read through the stories for today’s edition, I again felt distressed by the continuing loss of water at Quitobaquito Springs. As climat...
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2020
25
Aug

Radiocarbon Dating’s New Calibration Curve

Dear Friends, Hopefully you have been feeling in need of a map. Because today I am going to indulge my love of maps and share some of the fun several of us at Archaeology Southwest have been having recently. I have been undertaking some fairly standard archaeological mapping of ancient agricul...
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2020
18
Aug

“Then, Now, and Forever: Zuni in the Grand Canyon” Film Released on YouTube

Dear Friends, In 1986, the first issue of the newsletter that became Archaeology Southwest Magazine featured the charter members of the company that became Archaeology Southwest taking a tour of the Romero Ruin. The site is located in Catalina State Park on Tucson’s north side. Since then, I...
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2020
17
Aug

Societal Change in the Past

Chris Caseldine, Preservation Archaeology Postdoc (August 18, 2020)—There is no question that these are exceptional times. We are living not only through the “new norm,” but also through the shattering of established norms. As the not-so-distant past demonstrates, previous generations al...
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2020
11
Aug

Continuing Coverage: The Return of the Acoma Shield

Dear Friends, I’ll be brief today because there is so much of interest in today’s edition. We're pleased to share powerful journalism from High Country News as our lead item. This is an affecting and in-depth story of cultural patrimony long separated from the Acoma Pueblo community. If you c...
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