Aaron Wright

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Kate Sarther Gann
Communications Coordinator
(520) 882-6946, ext. 16

2018
04
Apr

The Stones of Taliesin West: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Petroglyphs of Paradise Valley

Banner image: By Marine 69-71, courtesy of Wikipedia In early 1939, in the course of constructing Taliesin West atop the rim of Paradise Valley, Frank Lloyd Wright and his apprentices discovered nearly 100 petroglyphs at the base of the adjacent McDowell Mountains. The ancient carvings were on bo...
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2018
16
Mar

Michael Harner’s Early Years as an Archaeologist (In Memoriam)

Aaron Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (March 16, 2018)—Just a few weeks ago we lost one of the pioneers of Patayan archaeology. Michael Harner, who passed away on February 3 at the age of 88, is renowned as one of the world’s preeminent anthropologists of shamanism. After a successful ca...
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2017
08
Oct

Migrations Old and New

Migrations Old and New Major human migrations are a fact of history. Perhaps none has stirred the imagination more than the sudden, seemingly mysterious “disappearance” of the people of the Four Corners area. Centuries ago, an estimated 25,000 people farmed, hunted and raised turkeys around Col...
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2017
06
Aug

The Archaeological Backhoe Master and the Early Agricultural Period Footprints - 8/6/2017

The Archaeological Backhoe Master and the Early Agricultural Period Footprints Not long after Dan Arnit made the biggest archaeological find of his career, he had to go build a parking lot. The news of his discovery—3,000-year-old footprints made by a family walking through ancient fields—had ...
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2017
02
Aug

Archaeology and Oral History Project Receives Prestigious NEH Grant

Four American Indian Tribes will collaborate with scholars on three-year study Tucson, Ariz. (August 2, 2017)—Archaeology Southwest is pleased to announce that a team of affiliated researchers has earned a prestigious Collaborative Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH...
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2017
30
Jul

Visual Culture

Andrew Tegarden, Preservation Archaeology Intern (July 30, 2017)—I’ve managed to ride my bike in on the days that I come to the Archaeology Southwest offices for the internship that I’m working. It’s a somewhat long—and yes hot—ride to the office. They’re located downtown at the nor...
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2017
09
Jun

The Meaning of Monument

Aaron Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (June 11, 2017)—Monuments come in different shapes and sizes. For many, monuments bring to mind plaques or statues that commemorate some historical figure or event. It is important to recognize that places may also be monuments—from a dot on a map, as w...
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2017
30
May

New Site Protection Acquisition: The Fleming Parcel

Aaron Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (May 30, 2017)—Another site protection success! On May 22, 2017, we closed on the Fleming parcel, 120 acres in the lower Gila River valley. We purchased 40 acres, and Gail Fleming, Trustee for the Lawrence J. and Gail Fleming Trust, donated an addition...
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2017
03
Mar

Protecting Native Rock Art: Be a Good Guest!

Kirk Astroth, Archaeology Southwest Member and Volunteer (March 3, 2017)—For the past 7 weeks, a team of us (Jaye Smith, Carl Evertsbusch, Fran Maiuri, Lance Trask, and I) have been working under the guidance of Aaron Wright to document the 594 boulders at the Painted Rock Petroglyph Site. I have...
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2017
28
Feb

600 Boulders?

Doug Gann, Preservation Archaeologist and Digital Media Specialist (February 28, 2017)—"Don't bite off more than you can chew," the old saying goes. In this case, to paraphrase another idiom, my eyes were definitely bigger than my computer's hard drive. Painted Rocks Site by Doug Gann ...
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2017
17
Feb

Shade, Cultures, and Foxes

Carl Evertsbusch, Archaeology Southwest member and volunteer (February 17, 2017)—Gripping a pole lashed to one end of an 8x10 piece of dark plastic, I drift off into scenes of kneeling in dirt making earthshaking archaeological discoveries. With no warning a breeze hits our homemade contraption...
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2017
16
Feb

Volunteerism

Jaye Smith, Archaeology Southwest member and volunteer (February 16, 2016)—Volunteerism—I have thought about this word and its true meaning many times over the past 4 years, and when I originally decided to devote my remaining time on this magnificent planet to volunteer full time in the arch...
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