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There’s an old joke that we archaeologists do not tend to get our datasets finalized and published until the data themselves have become a part of the archaeological record. Because we have so many mandated deadlines to meet—which, among other things, ensure that such delays don’t happen to re...
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...
Where Most Research Happens
Katherine Dungan, Preservation Archaeologist (August 19, 2016)—Odds are good that when you think of archaeology, you’re thinking of an outdoor activity, whether that’s a bunch of dust-covered researchers poking around in square holes or just you, experiencing a place on the landscape with a...
Mule Creek in Memphis
By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant The Society for American Archaeology held its 77th Annual Meeting last week, and several of Archaeology Southwest’s staff, research associates, and friends traveled to Memphis to talk about archaeology, see old friends, and enjoy some barbequ...
Have Pottery, Will Travel: Trade Ware at Gamalstad
By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant If you’ve been following the blog, you already know a little bit about the Gamalstad site, where we worked in 2009 (you can find my earlier posts here and here). Before we set Gamalstad aside to focus on the upcoming field season, I’...
The Sherds of Gamalstad: Ceramic Chronology in Mule Creek
By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant In a post back in October, I discussed the Late Pithouse period at Gamalstad, one of the sites we investigated during the 2009 field season. As I wrote then, we have evidence of a substantial pithouse occupation (c. A.D. 550–1000), underneath s...
Talking Turkey: Unexpected Encounters with New World Domesticates
By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant With Thanksgiving nearly upon us, we thought that it would be fun to share with our readers our own memorable turkey experience, as captured on film when we were recording Archaeology Southwest’s Mule Creek videos. But first, a bit of...
Even Farther Underground: The Pithouses of Mule Creek
By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant As you know from previous posts, our work in the Upper Gila focuses on the Kayenta and Salado migrations of the late 13th through mid-15th centuries and on the 13th century occupation at the Fornholt site, where we worked this past summer. Mule Cr...
Tracking Kayenta, Understanding Salado
By Jeff Clark, Preservation Archaeologist Our work in Mule Creek and the Upper Gila is part of Archaeology Southwest’s long-term research project to assess the scale and impact of Kayenta migrations in the southern Arizona during the late 13th and 14th centuries A.D. The Kayenta were a r...
Follow the Center's Upper Gila Research
Team members Jeff Clark, Deb Huntley, Rob Jones, and Katherine Dungan share their Upper Gila research as it unfolds. New posts appear each Thursday.
Following the Kayenta and Salado Up the Gila
This issue of Archaeology Southwest presents the Center's ongoing research on the twelfth through fifteenth centuries in the Upper Gila and preliminary results of field efforts in Mule Creek, New Mexico.