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2020
27
Mar

Call to Action: Write Letters or Email to Help Protect Chaco

https://youtu.be/HPS0J4IGGB0 Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (March 27, 2020)—You can act now to help protect Greater Chaco. The push is on to get the BLM-Farmington Field Office and BIA-Navajo Region to postpone the May 28 deadline for public input on their draft Environmental Imp...
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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
23
Mar

2020 Preservation Archaeology Field School Canceled

Tucson, Ariz. (March 23, 2020)—The 2020 Archaeology Southwest-University of Arizona Preservation Archaeology Field School has been canceled. Director Karen Schollmeyer has issued the following statement: “It is with great regret that we share the news of the field school’s cancelation. The ...
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2020
19
Mar

Life of the Gila: Salado—Bringing Worlds Together

Jeff Clark, Preservation Archaeologist (March 20, 2020)—In the late 1200s CE, during a great drought, a few thousand people left settlements in what is now northeastern Arizona. They immigrated south toward perennial streams in the central and eastern Gila Watershed, where they lived alongside ...
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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
16
Mar

Vandalism and Petroglyphs

Stacy Ryan, Preservation Archaeologist (March 16, 2020)—Based purely on anecdotal evidence, I am comfortable declaring that archaeologists have a high level of job satisfaction. I know I’m not the only one who recognizes that it is a privilege to craft a career from studying the past and ad...
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2020
13
Mar

Life of the Gila: Was Mimbres a World?

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (March 13, 2020)—In my last blog post on the diverse archaeological culture area archaeologists call “Mogollon,” I raised the question of whether the Mimbres part of that region could be called a “world” as we have characterized the Hohoka...
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2020
13
Mar

A Message to Our Supporters and Friends

March 13, 2020 (updated March 26, 2020) Dear Friends: Following guidelines issued by federal, state, and municipal authorities, and out of sincere concern for your safety and welfare, as well as that of our community, we are postponing several upcoming events. March 29, Annual Members’...
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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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2020
09
Mar

Archaeology Southwest Submits Formal Comments to the Council on Environmental Quality

Tucson, Ariz. (March 9, 2020)—On January 10, 2020, the Trump administration published proposed regulatory changes in the Federal Register. These changes relate to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which was signed into law by President Nixon fifty years ago. This bedrock legislation pr...
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2020
05
Mar

Life of The Gila: Mogollon—It’s Complicated

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (March 6, 2020)—Graduate school social life is notorious for this: groups of nerds spending a lot of time sitting around arguing passionately about very, very specific implications of certain words that people in other fields either use in a compl...
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2020
03
Mar

Feds’ Preferred Plan for Lands around Chaco Includes Oil-Gas Leasing

Feds’ Preferred Plan for Lands around Chaco Includes Oil-Gas Leasing The Bureau of Land Management Farmington Field Office, in coordination with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Navajo Regional Office, has prepared a joint Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMPA) and Environmental Impact State...
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