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2021
21
Sep

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Celebrates 25 Years of Learning from the Land

Dear Friends, From time to time I receive comments from readers who feel there is too much political content in my notes or in the articles we share. I read every comment I receive. And I respectfully consider the message that is being delivered. My goal, when I get “political,” is to a...
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2021
14
Sep

Overcrowding at National Parks

Dear Friends,  Last week’s note highlighted Utah Diné Bikéyah (UDB), the Indigenous nonprofit that played a critical role in building Tribal support for Bears Ears National Monument. Hold that thought.  Over this past week, I have found the news frustrating. I think President Biden is ef...
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2021
14
Sep

Mimbres Architecture (and Tucson Neighborhoods)

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School (September 14, 2021)—Household architecture has always carried meaning, now and in the ancient past. Almost a year ago, I moved to a Tucson neighborhood built in the late 1950s through 1970s. The...
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2021
08
Sep

What’s the Point: Folsom Technology, 12,800 to 10,200 BP

This is the third post in a new series called "What's the Point?" Allen Denoyer and other stone tool experts will be exploring various aspects of technologies and traditions. Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (September 9, 2021)—Folsom points are one o...
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2021
07
Sep

The Future of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante

Dear Friends, I spent a good bit of this Labor Day weekend doing background reading for a talk I am scheduled to give in mid-November. It’s a talk about Preservation Archaeology, and one topic will be Bears Ears National Monument. It turns out I have more than 500 files of Bears Ears-rela...
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2021
31
Aug

Legal and Cultural Barriers to Protecting Sacred Indigenous Places

Dear Friends, Just a short note on dental care and privilege. And responsibility. Two weeks ago on a Sunday, I made a quick stop at the nearby Sprouts grocery store. Given the COVID resurgence, I was masked and so was the cashier at checkout. The cashier apologized for not speaking clearly...
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2021
28
Aug

Robinson Collection Project—We’re BAAAACK!

Jaye Smith, Robinson Collection Project Team Lead  Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10:46:25 a.m.: “Last night [Arizona State Museum] was informed that at the directive of the Provost Office and the office of Research, Innovation & Impact (RII) the Museum will be closed to the public effective th...
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2021
24
Aug

Tribal Expertise Must Inform BLM Decision-Making

Dear Friends,  It’s good to be back after our one-week break.  It’s also exciting to share a couple of media events linked to Archaeology Southwest’s long-term Preservation Archaeology projects.  Two decades and five days ago, Paul Reed was hired as our Chaco Scholar. Paul’s init...
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2021
24
Aug

NEW REPORT: Former DOI Secretary, Pueblo of Acoma’s Governor, Preservation Group Discuss Impact of Broken Federal Oil & Gas System on West’s Cultural Resources 

Paper from Archaeology Southwest highlights need for overhaul of the federal oil & gas leasing system *** Read the paper here — listen to the press call here *** Washington, D.C. (August 24, 2021)—Today, Archaeology Southwest released a new paper on the impact of the federal government’...
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2021
10
Aug

“Now is the time to celebrate America’s public lands…”

Dear Friends, It would be interesting to ask today’s residents of cities in the US Southwest a simple question: “When was the last time you visited an archaeological site?” I predict many wrong answers. Many people would say “never,” and many more would try to recall when they last visi...
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2021
10
Aug

cyberSW 2.0: From Settlements to Households

Jeff Clark, Preservation Archaeologist (August 11, 2021)—Archaeological data allow us to address issues of contemporary relevance, such as identity, migration, and inequality. Unlike other social sciences, archaeological data are well-suited to examining changes in social networks, demographic ...
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2021
10
Aug

NSF Award Will Help Expand Massive Archaeological Database in Collaboration with Tribal Advisory Group

Researchers, Tribal cultural representatives, and community scientists to add data on ancient households to cyberSW platform Tucson, Ariz. (August 11, 2021)—Archaeology Southwest is pleased to announce that a research team led by Preservation Archaeologist Jeffery J. Clark has received a genero...
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