Arizona State Museum

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Kate Sarther Gann
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2019
25
Nov

When Two Worlds Collide

Jaye S. Smith, Robinson Collection Project Volunteer Co-Team Leader (November 25, 2019)—Before my passion for archaeological research could take root, I spent 32 years traveling the world to serve the mineral specimen dealer and collector community. After my retirement, I devoted all of my avai...
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2019
06
Jun

New Places, New Faces

This post is one in our annual series of essays by our Preservation Archaeology Field School students. We invite you to follow along with their experiences over the next six weeks through their own words. Kailey Loughran, University of Vermont (June 6, 2019)—Being in a new place is always ha...
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2019
10
May

Robinson Collection Project Update—A Successful Season of Citizen Science Collaboration, Participation, and Research

Jaye S. Smith and Sheri Thompson, Robinson Collection Project Volunteer Co-Team Leads (May 10, 2019)—For more than 30 citizen-scientist volunteers, the “end of the season” for the Robinson Collection Project is both exhilarating and frustrating—the 2018–2019 session can’t be over yet!...
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2018
10
May

The Raymond F. Robinson Collection – A Successful Collaboration to Save Safford Basin Archaeological Artifacts

Linda J. Pierce, Deputy Director, Archaeology Southwest & Jaye S. Smith, Robinson Collection Volunteer Co-Team Leader, Archaeology Southwest (May 10, 2018)—A key element of Preservation Archaeology is a focus on working with existing collections and protecting sites still in the ground, ...
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2017
02
Apr

The Antiquities Act Is Threatened

Editorial: The Antiquities Act Is Threatened The heart of the Antiquities Act of 1906 is a mere two sentences. But a good argument can be made that this brief law — which authorizes the president to protect “objects of historic or scientific interest” on federal lands as “national monuments...
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2017
31
Jan

Teaching Archaeology

Leslie Aragon, Preservation Archaeology Fellow (January 31, 2017)—A couple of weeks ago, Lewis Borck and I (along with our friend and fellow archaeologist, Ashleigh Thompson) went to the Khalsa Montessori School here in Tucson to talk about archaeology to a group of first through third graders...
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2016
05
Jul

Investigating Kill Holes

Carolyn Barton, University of South Florida (July 4, 2016)—Nearly every budding archaeologist looks for a research area that captivates them; some immediately know what they want to specialize in. For me, that was far from the reality when I came to this field school. Every aspect of archaeolog...
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2016
28
Apr

The Students Are Coming!

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (April 28, 2016)—Our 2016 Preservation Archaeology Field School is only a month away! For me, late April brings a list of quirky archaeological tasks, such as ordering thousands of very specific plastic bags for artifact curation and re...
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2016
18
Feb

Where Are They Now? Part 1

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (February 18, 2016)—This summer’s field school in the Upper Gila area of southwest New Mexico will mark the fifth year of our successful partnership with the University of Arizona (UA) to offer archaeological field training as a college-level ...
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2016
21
Jan

An Adobe Pompeii

Doug Gann, Preservation Archaeologist and Digital Media Specialist (January 21, 2016)—When reading book reviews or other arguments in archaeology, one of the more common put-downs is the dreaded "Pompeii premise." An archaeologist accused of this, so it goes, has been naive in assuming that th...
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2014
30
Nov

Reexamining Curtis at the Arizona State Museum

Reexamining Curtis at the Arizona State Museum Two truisms to live by—“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and “One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor.” This dichotomy of perception is never more pronounced than when the subject of Edward S. Curtis’s photography comes up. The fam...
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2014
02
Nov

A Unique Preservation Opportunity

 Doug Gann, Preservation Archaeologist and Digital Media Specialist  We have a chance to preserve an intact ancient place, as well as a pristine stretch of Sonoran Desert. Some 700 years ago, a dynamic agricultural society flourished in the lowlands of the desert southwest, with large villages...
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