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2019
13
Sep

Archaeology Southwest’s Archaeology Café Program Receives Grant Award from Arizona Humanities

Archaeology Southwest’s Archaeology Café Program Receives Grant Award from Arizona Humanities Funding will help encourage meaningful visits to some of the Southwest’s most special cultural sites and landscapes. Tucson, Ariz. (September 13, 2019)—Tucson-based nonprofit Archaeology Southwest ...
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2019
10
Sep

September Oil and Gas Lease Sale of Traditional Landscapes Criticized by Tribes

September Oil and Gas Lease Sale of Traditional Landscapes Criticized by Tribes For the third time since last year, the Bureau of Land Management is auctioning oil and gas leases on archaeologically rich canyons and mesas in San Juan County, but this time in the face of opposition from local electe...
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2019
04
Sep

Understanding When and How the Americas Were Populated

Understanding When and How the Americas Were Populated Most archaeologists would now agree that there were widely scattered, small but culturally diverse groups of people living in the Americas at least one or two millennia before the emergence of Clovis spear points. That estimate, then, placing p...
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2019
30
Aug

Cafés Are Complicated

Bill Doelle, President & CEO (August 30, 2019)—When Archaeology Southwest wholeheartedly embraced the “science café” movement more than a decade ago, we knew from the overwhelming response that we had started a good thing with Archaeology Café. And before we knew it, we’d hosted c...
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2019
28
Aug

Before Highway Realignment, Investigations Reveal an Important Archaeological Site

Before Highway Realignment, Investigations Reveal an Important Archaeological Site A large, extensive network of Native American ruins was recently discovered just outside Durango on top of Florida Mesa, and it’s kind of blowing archaeologists’ minds. “As an archaeologist with 30-plus years...
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2019
20
Aug

Celebrating Tucson (S-cuk Son)

Celebrating Tucson (S-cuk Son) The region is part of the traditional territory of the O’odham people, who have been here since time immemorial. The Spanish place name Tucson is in fact derived from the O’odham S-cuk Son, “at the base of the black hill,” also known today as Sentinel Peak—T...
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2019
13
Aug

Santa Clara Youth Crews Win New Mexico Heritage Preservation Award

Santa Clara Youth Crews Continue to Restore Ancestral Place, Win New Mexico Heritage Preservation Award Atop the mesa above the Puye Cliff Dwellings, ancient volcanic rock-wall ruins have been painstakingly rebuilt. Native mud made much the way it was a millennium ago is hand-plastered onto the wal...
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2019
06
Aug

Interview with Matthew Liebmann

Interview with Archaeologist Matthew Liebmann: “My work with the tribe…strives to work for tribal interests, instead of just my own academic interests” Archaeology Professor Matthew Liebmann has been collaborating with the Pueblo of Jemez in New Mexico for two decades, having served as tribal...
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2019
02
Aug

Learning with Adobe

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (August 2, 2019)—I wanted to follow up on Leslie’s post about how our 2014–2015 adobe structure helped us interpret walls at the Gila River Farm site in 2019. There is something almost metaphysical about mixing mud...
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2019
01
Aug

Clues from Experimental Archaeology

Leslie Aragon, Preservation Archaeology Fellow (August 1, 2019)—Now that we’ve wrapped up another field season of the Upper Gila Preservation Archaeology Field School, I thought I’d take a minute to talk about what we learned at the Gila River Farm site this season. I especially want to sha...
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2019
30
Jul

Bears Ears Monument Management Plan Roundly Denounced

Bears Ears Monument Management Plan Roundly Denounced Nearly two years after dramatically shrinking the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, the Trump administration finalized a management plan Friday that would allow trees to be plowed down using heavy chains, as well as utility lines and more ra...
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2019
29
Jul

Archaeology Southwest Opposes Final Management Plan for Reduced Bears Ears

Tucson, Ariz. (July 29, 2019)—On July 25, the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service released a Final Monument Management Plan for the 15 percent of Bears Ears National Monument that remains after an illegal reduction. Archaeology Southwest's President and CEO, Bill Doelle, has issued t...
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