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New Data on the Domestication of Maize
New Data on the Domestication of Maize According to an international team of scientists who have sequenced the genome of a 5,310-year-old maize cob from the Tehuacan Valley, the maize (Zea mays) grown in central Mexico more than five millennia ago was genetically more similar to modern maize than to...
Salad Spinners, Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometers, and Bones
Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (October 28, 2016)—October introduced me to an unexpected new archaeological research tool: the salad spinner. I’ve just returned from a very busy two weeks in southwest Colorado, where archaeological chemistry expert Jeff Ferguson and I...
Gopher Jaws and the Past
Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (October 2, 2015)—I spent this week in beautiful southwestern Colorado working on the first phase of a new research project using animal bone chemistry to examine how people’s access to food animals changed over time in the Mesa Verde area. I ...
Cultural Conservatism in the Ancient Southwest - Research on the Edge of Salado
Introduction to Archaeology Southwest's Edge of Salado Research What slows or halts the geographic spread of an ideology—especially an ideology that brings people together? In our previous work, we focused on detecting Kayenta immigrants and determining their impacts in communities across the sout...
Plans in Place for Hydraulic Fracturing on Chaco Culture Park Boundary
Fracking Chaco Canyon? That's why so many are looking for salvation in two words: Mancos Shale. The formation, which extends from New Mexico into portions of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, is buried about a mile beneath the surface. Estimated to contain upwards of six billion barrels of oil, approx...
New Mesa Verde Interpretive Center Opens Thursday
New Mesa Verde Interpretive Center Opens Thursday No more artifacts moldering in the “Tin Shed.” No more storing archives in nooks and crannies. No more driving a long, narrow, winding road to learn what Mesa Verde National Park has to offer. After decades of fundraising and lobbying, and fiv...
New Craig Childs' Essay Examines Looters, Collectors, Museums, and Archaeologists
New Craig Childs' Essay Examines Looters, Collectors, Museums, and Archaeologists Human bones lie bleached and scattered, a ribcage stove in here, shoulder and arm bones over there. It looks as if a war was waged between armies of skeletons in this remote canyon south of the Arizona border. All thes...
Steve Lekson to be Honored by the Roy Chapman Andrews Society
Steve Lekson to be Honored by the Roy Chapman Andrews Society Archaeologist Steve Lekson is changing the past, or at least our ideas about the past. His work at prehistoric ruins throughout the Southwest convinces him that ancient Native American societies were more complex, connected, and cosmo...