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2019
15
Nov

Why Should We Care about the Past?

We're very pleased to share this guest post by our friend Jonathan Bailey. Jonathan is a photographer specializing in conservation, cultural resources, and public land. He is also the author of Rock Art: A Vision of a Vanishing Cultural Landscape. You can follow him on Instagram and Facebook. Jon...
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2019
12
Nov

Chaco Protection Legislation Is Balanced

Commentary: Chaco Protection Legislation Is Balanced New Mexico’s Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall are strong supporters of Luján’s act, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a reasonable compromise that offers great protection to the park and its cultural riches without turning the entire nor...
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2019
05
Nov

Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act Passes House

Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act Passes House A bill to establish a permanent 10-mile buffer around Chaco Canyon to protect it from oil and gas extraction activity passed the U.S. House on Wednesday with bipartisan support. The bill, sponsored by U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland an...
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2019
31
Oct

Hands-On Archaeology: How to Make a Stone Axe

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (October 31, 2019)—The stone axe is a fairly common artifact. We find them throughout the Southwest at sites dating from early ceramic times until just before Europeans came. We can tell they were used to chop trees becau...
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2019
29
Oct

Bipartisan Bill Would Expand Arizona’s Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Bipartisan Bill Would Expand Arizona’s Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined a bipartisan group of Arizona lawmakers to introduce the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Boundary Modification Act, legislation that would create a federal land exchange to e...
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2019
24
Oct

Archaeology Southwest Supports Boundary Expansion at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Tucson, Ariz. (October 24, 2019)—Today, a bipartisan group of Arizona lawmakers led by Representative Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) introduced the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Boundary Modification Act. This legislation would create a federal land exchange to expand Casa Grande Ruins National Mo...
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2019
22
Oct

Another Look at Chaco and Chocolate

Podcast: “What’s in Your Cup, Chaco?” One thing that your insulated mug of hot cocoa says about you on a cold day is that this drink is for you as an individual, and that you're autonomous. For the people using the very first jars to drink hot chocolate found at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico aro...
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2019
16
Oct

The Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR) Welcomes New Director

The Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR) Welcomes New Director Greetings! My name is Chris Nicholson and this month (October 1st) I was hired to be the new Executive Director at the Center for Digital Antiquity and tDAR. I come to Digital Antiquity from the University of Wyoming, where I served as ...
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2019
08
Oct

Coming Home: Mesa Verde Repatriation

Coming Home: Mesa Verde Repatriation The remains of 20 Native people and 28 funerary objects will be returned to the tribes with relations to Mesa Verde, the White House announced on Wednesday. The announcement comes after a repatriation agreement was reached between the United States and Finland. ...
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2019
01
Oct

Federal Judge Rules that Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante Suits May Move Forward

Federal Judge Rules that Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante Suit May Move Forward A federal judge has turned down an attempt by the Trump administration to dismiss legal challenges to its 2017 decision to cut the size of Bear Ears National Monument in southern Utah. In a three-page ruling issued...
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2019
27
Sep

Archaeology Southwest Applauds Inclusion of Chaco Protection Zone in Appropriations Bill

Taos, N.M. (September 27, 2019)—On Thursday, September 26, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies put forward a $35.8 billion spending package for fiscal year 2020. The bill includes language directing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to refrain fro...
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2019
27
Sep

Eight Sites in 48 Hours

Stacy Ryan, Preservation Archaeologist (September 27, 2019)—I recently joined my Archaeology Southwest coworkers on our annual staff retreat, which entails exploring archaeological sites, connecting to landscapes, and learning a few new skills. This year, we experienced Salado and Mimbres arc...
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