archaeological survey

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Kate Sarther Gann
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2017
19
Jun

Watching the Landscape Change

Dylan Fick, New College of Florida (June 19, 2017)—Scarcely before we had finished digging our initial trench it was time for me to head out with two other students and a staff member to survey possible new sites for preservation and perhaps later investigation. This let me see a lot more of the ...
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2016
13
Jul

The Durability of an Ancient Technology

Alyssa Kyper, Eastern New Mexico University (Posted on July 13, 2016)—Today was an excellent day on survey with Evan, Karen, and Jon. We spent the cool, crisp morning showing Karen an array of check dams and terraces on a bench above the Gila River we had surveyed earlier in the season, double-...
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2016
28
Jun

Understanding the Landscape They Lived in

Evan Giomi, Survey Director, University of Arizona (June 27, 2016)—Archaeological survey is the activity of locating, identifying, and recording archaeological sites to build a record that can be later used by archaeologists looking to put shovels in the ground or monitor any damage to the sites ...
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2016
17
Jun

The Archaeology of Looting

Elissa McDavid, Hendrix College (June 16, 2016)—Before arriving at field school, I had imagined well-preserved sites disturbed by nothing more than a few animal burrows, adobe walls and floors that behaved nicely, and no looting. (Blame National Geographic glamour and the fact that no one reall...
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2016
14
Jun

Leave-No-Trace Archaeology

 Lexie Bennicas, University of Hawaii (June 14, 2016)—When my turn at archaeological survey came, Evan led us past rattlesnakes and through thick brush into the valley of the Gila to a hill on the outskirts of the floodplain. Within minutes of approaching the hill we found artifacts rangin...
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2016
08
Jun

Survey Says…

Adam Sezate, Graduate of United States Naval Academy (June 8, 2016)–Under our survey supervisor, Evan Giomi, my partners and I had the opportunity to help the Nature Conservancy survey their land along the Gila River. My team and I were in search of any clues of past human settlement in an ...
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2015
13
Jul

Learning the Landscape

Barry Price Steinbrecher, Survey Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School The 2015 survey component of the field school primarily focused on surveying land on the Pitchfork Ranch in the Burro Mountains south of Silver City. The ranch owners generously hosted us as we hiked our way through ...
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2015
23
Jun

Survey equals fun; sort of.

Diana Trevizo, Eastern New Mexico University The first time I heard that we were going to have the opportunity to participate in archaeological survey in addition to excavation, I was ecstatic! Before attending this field school, I had participated in mock excavations at Eastern New Mexico Universi...
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2014
13
Jun

Rusty American Dream

By Lewis Borck, Preservation Archaeology Fellow   Ahhhhhhh, the scent of green chiles, sage, piñon, dust, ponderosa…and a vehicle full of sweaty, tired folk who have lost all sense of societal norms. It must be field school season again. This year, my job is to lead the survey portion of ...
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2014
03
Apr

Tracking Canals in the Safford Basin: A Tale of Fate 34 & 54 Years in the Making

By James A. Neely, Professor Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin This story begins in the summer of 1994, when I accompanied Kyle Woodson—one of my graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin—into the field to get him started on excavations for his master’s thesis project at t...
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2013
06
May

The Brigadoon Effect

By Bruce Hilpert, Archaeology Southwest Member and Volunteer Springtime for southern Arizona archaeology means... the Brigadoon Effect! Now you see it, now you don't. As many of you probably know, vegetation can be an archaeologist's friend or foe. Trees and creosotes can  hide site features—...
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