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2021
17
Jun

The Transcendent Experience of Preservation Archaeology

Ruijie Yao, University of Arizona Mr. Yao’s first language is Mandarin. (June 17, 2021)—I have trained as a Mediterranean archaeologist, so Southwestern archaeology and its field methods are new to me. I had many ideas about archaeological fieldwork before I came to the field school, but I...
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2021
15
Jun

Haaland Report Recommends Monument Restorations

Dear Friends,  Once again, I want to share some of my recent reading matter.  Cover story photos: a man stands on his roof and stares at a raging forest fire in California; a family is ferried by boat from their flooded home in South Carolina; a woman contemplates her collapsed and shattered...
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2021
15
Jun

Renewal

Megan Eigen, SUNY Albany (June 16, 2021)—It may not come as a surprise, but I—like many others—was first introduced to the concept of archaeology by watching Indiana Jones movies as a child. Although there is much to be said about Indiana Jones and his practices, the films drew me into the ...
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2021
15
Jun

Diversity Across the Landscape

Ray Mills, University of Maine (June 15, 2021)—When I first came to the Southwest, I was expecting an arid landscape scattered with sparse, scraggly vegetation, and lots of sand. I was not expecting the high level of biodiversity that I have observed over recent weeks. Immediately, as I step...
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2021
10
Jun

The Ins and Outs of Survey

Gabby Pfleger, Glendale Community College (June 10, 2021)—Over the past week, I’ve been learning the processes involved in archaeological survey from the field school’s survey director, Michaelle Machuca. In theory, this work sounds like the dream—hiking and searching in the name of archa...
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2021
09
Jun

A Nonrenewable Resource

Taylor Cole, Arizona State University (June 9, 2021)—Within anthropology, archaeology serves as a tool to understand and piece together how cultures have changed over time and how material culture—things people make and use—helped us become one of the most widespread species on Earth. By ex...
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2021
08
Jun

115 Years of the Antiquities Act

Dear Friends, There is a strong theme in today’s articles. Anticipation. At the moment President Biden took his oath of office, he gained the potential to use the power of the Antiquities Act. There was a good bit of hopeful anticipation on Inauguration Day that Biden would immediately...
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2021
04
Jun

Field School in the Time of COVID

Beatriz Barraclough-Tan, Fordham University (June 5, 2021)—I think field school would feel a little like an island at the best of times, but COVID-19 has made everything even more isolated. It’s a bit weird, because for some of us, this is the biggest group of people we’ve been around mask-...
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2021
01
Jun

A Public Lands Primer

Dear Friends,  A three-day weekend has given me a respite. A chance to pause and ponder. A chance to consolidate my thoughts.  First: To my surprise, many of you have expressed what I take as gratitude for my brief, usually personal thoughts that introduce this weekly news digest.  Wow. ...
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2021
01
Jun

2021 Preservation Archaeology Field School Kickoff

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School (May 31, 2021)—The 2021 season of our Preservation Archaeology Field School just started, and it’s great to be back in New Mexico with this year’s students. Some things look a little diffe...
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2021
25
May

It’s Time for an African American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

Dear Friends,  The Archaeology Southwest–University of Arizona Preservation Archaeology Field School students arrived on Monday. Many are students who would have traveled to Tucson a year ago, had COVID not struck.  They’re a diverse group. A great triangle from Hawaii to Puerto Rico to ...
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2021
18
May

Native American Fire Management at an Ancient Wildland–Urban Interface

Dear Friends,  It’s getting warm in the southern Southwest. Triple-digit temperatures lead to thoughts about water as a necessity for life, about our homes as places of shelter and respite. Two of our longer articles today deal with water and houses, respectively. The Huhugam of the lower ...
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