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Kate Sarther Gann
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2017
19
Nov

Jenny Adams's Amazing Guide to Manos and Metates Available Online

Blogs Worth Reading: Ground Stone Expert Jenny Adams on Identifying Types of Manos and Metates When I first learned about manos and metates used in the U.S. Southwest (in the 1970s), I found it confusing that manos were classified according to one set of types and the metates by a completely differ...
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2017
12
Nov

The Chaco Landscape Is Too Important to Lose

Chaco Canyon Might Lack the Monumentality of Egyptian Pyramids, but the Chaco Landscape Is Too Important to Lose In Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, it is still possible to wander the maze of rooms of an ancestral Puebloan village erected roughly 1,000 years ago. Visitors use the same staircases and duc...
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2017
10
Nov

Veterans Day

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (November 10, 2017)—Veterans Day is sometimes an exciting day at the Archaeology Southwest office, as our downtown location puts us very close to the annual Tucson Veterans Day Parade. Getting to the office amid all the early street closures ca...
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2017
05
Nov

The President Could Save Bears Ears

Editorial: The President Could Save Bears Ears The president told Sen. Orrin Hatch Friday that he’s going to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, “For you, Orrin.” He’s not doing so for the American people. America needs what the Bears Ears can offer: “power...
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2017
02
Nov

Protecting the Greater Chaco Landscape: November 2017 Update

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (November 2, 2017)—Much has transpired in the last few weeks in our efforts to protect the Greater Chaco Landscape. Here is a summary of recent happenings. In early September, Archaeology Southwest compiled a short report (opens as a PDF) on recent an...
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2017
01
Nov

What We're Doing This Week

Kate Sarther Gann, Communications Coordinator, and Content Editor, Archaeology Southwest Magazine (November 1, 2017)—Every so often, I ask our staff to say a few words about what they're working on that week. Here's this week's edition: Aaron Wright: I'm managing data and records fr...
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2017
29
Oct

Exciting New Research on Ancient Turquoise Trade in the Southwestern Culture Area

Exciting New Research on Ancient Turquoise Trade in the Southwestern Culture Area Turquoise is an icon of the desert Southwest, with enduring cultural significance, especially for Native American communities. Yet, relatively little is known about the early history of turquoise procurement and excha...
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2017
22
Oct

Fighting the Assault on the Antiquities Act

The Outdoor Industry Association Joins the Archaeological Community in Fighting the Assault on the Antiquities Act Congressman Rob Bishop, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, has introduced the “National Monument Creation and Protection Act.” The legislation is an attack on the A...
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2017
15
Oct

U.S. House Proposal Would Unravel the Antiquities Act

The Ongoing Assault on the Antiquities Act ....when it comes to the ongoing assault on the Antiquities Act of 1906, Zinke's national monument review is merely an opening salvo. Tucked away at the very end of the leaked memo, after all, one finds this portentous sentence: "[It] is also recommended t...
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2017
08
Oct

Migrations Old and New

Migrations Old and New Major human migrations are a fact of history. Perhaps none has stirred the imagination more than the sudden, seemingly mysterious “disappearance” of the people of the Four Corners area. Centuries ago, an estimated 25,000 people farmed, hunted and raised turkeys around Col...
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2017
01
Oct

Oil and Gas Development Is Allowed to Target Archaeologically Sensitive Areas of Southern Utah

Oil and Gas Development Is Allowed to Target Archaeologically Sensitive Areas of Southern Utah The Bureau of Land Management plans to move forward on nearly 52,000 acres of proposed oil and gas leases in archaeologically sensitive parts of southeastern Utah. Among the 43 parcels to be auctioned i...
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2017
26
Sep

Interior Secretary Zinke's Review of National Monuments Now Public

Interior Secretary Zinke's Review of National Monuments Now Public Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump modify 10 national monuments created by his immediate predecessors, including shrinking the boundaries of at least four western sites, according to a copy of the r...
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