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2018
11
Dec

Do Better by Chaco

Commentary: Do Better by Chaco However, outside the pueblos, little information is available about the Pueblos’ ties to the Greater Chaco Region that would enable the BLM to meet its mandated duties. Pueblo ethnographic information is scarce or entirely absent from the archaeological and academic...
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2018
11
Dec

Life in the Cliff Valley, 1300-1450

Our guest author for this post is undergraduate Chris LaRoche. Chris received his Associate’s Degree from Pima Community College’s archaeology program, and also attended the Preservation Archaeology Field School as a Pima student. He is now an anthropology major at the University of Arizona, whe...
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2018
06
Dec

What Archaeology Can Tell Us about Migration

What Archaeology Can Tell Us about Migration Past societies hold lessons relevant to contemporary concerns Tucson, Ariz. (December 6, 2018)—Archaeology Southwest is pleased to announce the publication of an important paper examining human migration in deep time. “Resolving the migrant paradox:...
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2018
04
Dec

Thank You for Commenting

Unprecedented Number of Comments Submitted on Behalf of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante Organizations in Utah announced Tuesday that Americans across the country submitted more than 500,000 comments on the future of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. This outsized...
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2018
03
Dec

Celebrating a Mammoth Dust-up in Bluff (2018 Edition)

R. E. Burrillo, SWCA (December 4, 2018)—This is an update of an essay I posted here in December 2016. Bluff artist Joe Pachak and the gang are preparing for another Winter Solstice festival, and meanwhile a lot else has happened between then and now. Utah’s San Juan County is no stranger...
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2018
27
Nov

Thought-Provoking Essay on Archaeological Headlines

Commentary: Words Matter These myths of discovery and exploration are particularly damaging because they paint a picture where Indigenous groups are not able caretakers of their own histories and landscapes. Headlines that promote this contribute to the erasure of modern Indigenous connections to l...
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2018
27
Nov

Update on the Acoma Project

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (November 27, 2018)—Archaeology Southwest is working with the Pueblo of Acoma to document places of ancestral importance across the Greater Chaco Landscape. With the counsel of Acoma team members, we can better prioritize our shared protection efforts. ...
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2018
26
Nov

Along the Gila Watershed

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (November 26, 2018)—One of our current areas of research here at Archaeology Southwest is focused on how archaeological culture areas along the Gila River were connected in the past. Our Fluid Identities research program examines how people in th...
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2018
20
Nov

AZ State Parks Director Ousted

AZ Governor Fires State Parks Director Black's termination follows an Arizona Republic investigation revealing allegations from former department archaeologists that Arizona State Parks & Trails had repeatedly developed state land without regard for laws protecting Native American and other arc...
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2018
19
Nov

Where’s the Buff?

Aaron M. Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (November 20, 2018)—Pottery is nearly synonymous with archaeological research in the Southwest. Archaeologists rely on it for a quick and easy means of organizing their data into spatial, temporal, and cultural categories. They also use pot sherds t...
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2018
13
Nov

New Allegations in AZ State Parks Archaeology Scandal

New Allegations in AZ State Parks Archaeology Scandal An Arizona State Parks & Trails deputy director obtained nearly $80,000 for the department after signing a federal grant application as the agency's archaeologist even though he had no training in that field, documents obtained by The Arizon...
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2018
06
Nov

Continuing Coverage of the Arizona State Parks Archaeology Debacle

Continuing Coverage of the Arizona State Parks Archaeology Debacle Four Native American state lawmakers have called for criminal investigations of state Parks after The Arizona Republic reported this week that the agency may have bulldozed archaeological sites in a rush to develop state parkland. h...
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