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

2018
06
Jul

The Making of a Preservation Archaeologist

Jojo Matson, Utah State University (July 9, 2018)—Throughout history, archaeology has often been viewed as invasive digging and robbing of burials and homes of Indigenous persons and places. In many respects that sometimes isn’t too far from the truth. Thankfully, not all archaeology follows ...
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2018
26
Jun

The Promise of Existing Collections

Bill Lipe: The Promise of Existing Collections The value (and excitement) of archaeological field work doesn’t end when the pits are backfilled, the artifacts are analyzed, and the reports written. At least that’s true if the collections are safely curated in a well-run museum. Specimens collec...
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2018
19
Jun

Chaco Canyon's Agricultural Potential Reappraised

New Appraisal of Agricultural Potential in Chaco Canyon Discussions of agricultural feasibility and its impact on local population levels at Chaco Canyon have been heavily influenced by studies of soil salinity. A number of researchers have argued that salinized soils severely limited local agricul...
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2018
12
Jun

Taking Stock at the 112th Anniversary of the Antiquities Act

Commentary: Taking Stock at the 112th Anniversary of the Antiquities Act Today, the nation benefits from roughly 160 national monuments—from Alaska and Hawaii to Maine and Florida—designated through the Antiquities Act. They are places where visitors explore, play, learn, and connect and serve ...
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2018
29
May

More News and Views on New Bill to Protect Greater Chaco

More News and Views on New Bill to Protect Greater Chaco The fight to preserve Chaco Canyon cannot take decades — too much would be lost — but passing this important legislation is a step in the right direction. Remember, too, that Chaco is not just a New Mexico treasure. Like Stonehenge in Eng...
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2018
15
May

The Uncertain Fate of Bears Ears

PBS News Hour Considers the Uncertain Fate of Bears Ears In the rugged and remote canyons of Southern Utah, scientists say they've barely scratched the surface of discoveries that can reach back millions of years, or shed light on the last 10,000 years of human history. But their work in Bears Ears...
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2018
08
May

BLM Staffers Disallowed from Attending SAAs in DC

BLM Staffers Disallowed from Attending SAAs in DC The Bureau of Land Management blocked at least 14 of its staff archaeologists and other specialists from attending a major scientific conference this year, at a time when archaeological sites have become a flashpoint in the debate over public lands ...
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2018
01
May

Shocking Reversal on Chaco-Area Drilling Case

Shocking Reversal on Chaco-Area Drilling Case Environmentalists were shocked and dismayed this week after a federal court rejected their claims against oil and gas development near Chaco Canyon, N.M., just weeks after the judge partially sided with them. Judge James Browning issued an opinion Monda...
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2018
08
Apr

Archaeology Southwest Is off to the SAA Meetings in Washington, DC

Bears Ears in DC: Two Forums Bears Ears, the Antiquities Act, and the Status of Our National Monuments, an SAA President-Sponsored Session, takes place Thursday, April 12, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the SAA in Washington, DC. (Registered attendees only.) The paneli...
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2018
06
Apr

Archaeology Southwest in DC

Banner image: Carol M. Highsmith, via Wikimedia Commons Kate Sarther Gann, Communications Coordinator, and Content Editor, Archaeology Southwest Magazine (April 6, 2018)—The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) will host its 83rd annual meeting in Washington, DC, next week, April 11–15. Th...
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2018
25
Mar

Trump Administration Auctions off Parcels in Bears Ears

Trump Administration Auctions off Parcels in Bears Ears The Interior Department on Tuesday is auctioning off 32 parcels of public lands in southeastern Utah for oil and gas development. The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) lease sale includes more than 51,000 acres of land near Bears E...
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2018
02
Mar

Greater Bears Ears as Borderlands

Today’s post is by our friend and frequent contributor R. E. Burrillo, who co-edited, with Benjamin A. Bellorado, the new issue of Archaeology Southwest Magazine, “Sacred and Threatened: The Cultural Landscapes of Greater Bears Ears,” released today. R. E. Burrillo, SWCA Environmental Cons...
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