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2020
09
Jul

Putting the People Back into Wilderness

Maxwell Forton, Binghamton University (July 9, 2020)—Normally this week I’d be wrapping up teaching survey on Archaeology Southwest’s Preservation Archaeology Field School. The past two summers, I’ve had the pleasure of leading our intrepid students in archaeological surveys in the Gila N...
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2020
08
Jul

Commentary: Oil-Gas Leasing Would Encroach on Arches, Canyonlands, Bears Ears

Dear Friends, For the second week in a row, I ventured from my home office. This time, only for a few hours. I “ventured” to the eye doctor, because I really needed some new glasses. I wore a mask. And all the people in the office wore masks. It turned out the technician fitting me for my ...
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2020
03
Jul

Hands-On Archaeology: How to Make a Discoidal Cutting Tool

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (July 3, 2020)—This project involved flintknapping, whittling, and drilling. I started with a roughly circular piece of rhyolite I’d gathered in Mule Creek, New Mexico. I flaked it into a biface, then thinned it so t...
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2020
30
Jun

Lessons, not Warnings, from the Past

Dear Friends, Working from home since mid-March has taken its toll. I had a chance to break out for almost 24 hours, and it was almost heavenly. On this last day of June, I went to Gila Bend and a bit beyond. (I realize you are all incredibly jealous! The weather was even unseasonably cool—only...
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2020
23
Jun

Commentary: Border Wall Desecrates Sacred Places, Violates Religious Freedom

Dear Friends, As I write, it’s hard to be upbeat here in Arizona this evening. COVID-19 is surging, regularly breaking daily records of new cases. Earlier today, President Trump came to Yuma to celebrate the border wall, followed by an indoor rally in Phoenix. Indigenous residents in this...
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2020
23
Jun

What Do Geoarchaeologists Do?

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School (June 23, 2020)—Today's (Un)Field School presentation is by internationally recognized geoscientist Gary Huckleberry. We've been fortunate to have Gary come to the Preservation Archaeology Field ...
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2020
23
Jun

Grant Award from NEH Funds Tribal Petroglyphs Team

Following on recent field research, specialists from the Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe will begin analysis and compilation project with Archaeology Southwest Tucson, Ariz. (June 23, 2020)—Archaeology Southwest is pleased to announce that it has received a generous $114,219 grant award from the N...
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2020
22
Jun

Welcome to (Un)Field School

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School (June 22, 2020)—Is your tent (blanket fort?) set up? That has to come first. Next is your camp chair. Pick a good spot. You have enough water? OK. Usually at this time of year, this blog featu...
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2020
16
Jun

From Bill Doelle

(June 17, 2020)—The Statement. Email after email these days from retailers to service providers to nonprofit organizations are making explicit statements that Black Lives Matter. Why haven’t I pushed for the organization I founded and still lead to make such a statement? Because I believe the...
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2020
16
Jun

Senate Vote on Great American Outdoors Act May Come This Week

Dear Friends, How are you today? It has been a week of serious introspection for me, ordering thoughts and finding words. I knew I had an important first step to take: acknowledging my role in systemic racism. I've gathered these thoughts into a blog post I hope you'll read (click here for tha...
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2020
12
Jun

A Brief Cultural History of Mesquite

Aaron Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (June 12, 2020)—Since moving to Tucson, I find June to be a welcome time of transition. The atmosphere shifts from hot and dry at the beginning to, well, hotter, but not so dry by the end as the summer monsoon sets in. Usually as the spring semester at...
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2020
09
Jun

CyberSW 1.0 Launches

Dear Friends, These are uncomfortable times. Even deeply discouraging times.  But momentum toward change is palpable.  To minimize discouragement, this week we dropped several links to articles on the business-as-usual of the administration and various federal agencies. And, looking forwa...
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