For Bears Ears, Our National Monuments, and the Antiquities Act

Roosevelt at the Grand Canyon
Friday, May 12th, 2017

Bill Doelle, President & CEO (May 12, 2017)—The outraged community had the Swedish scientist arrested. The scientist, Gustav Nordenskiöld (1868–1895), had undertaken quite good archaeological excavations, by today’s standards, at cliff dwellings in southwestern Colorado’s Mesa Verde region. The trouble came in September 1891 when he tried to ship the materials back east by rail, bound […]



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Archaeology Southwest at Tucson’s March for Science

Archaeology Southwest's Booth
Monday, April 24th, 2017

Leslie Aragon, Preservation Archaeology Fellow (April 24, 2017)—Over the weekend, thousands of people across the country came together to march, rally, and speak out for science. In Tucson, an estimated 4,000 people came out to El Presidio Park to show their support for the S.T.E.M. fields. Looking across a sea of people and their signs, […]



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Archaeology Organizations Ask Interior Secretary to Support Bears Ears

Bears Ears
Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Scientific resources, cultural heritage and economic development at stake Tucson, Ariz. (March 6, 2017) – On the heels of Ryan Zinke’s confirmation as Secretary of the Interior, seven groups whose missions address the archaeology of Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico are urging the new Secretary to support the recently designated Bears Ears National Monument. […]



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Native America Victorious at Standing Rock

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Native America Victorious at Standing Rock The Army Corps of Engineers will not grant the permit for the Dakota Access pipeline to drill under the Missouri river, the army announced on Sunday, handing a major victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe after a months-long campaign against the pipeline. Assistant secretary for civil works Jo-Ellen Darcy […]



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A Special Person, Two Places, and My Dog

Bill Doelle and Linda Mayro
Friday, October 7th, 2016

As International Archaeology Day (October 15, 2016) approaches, we’re celebrating by sharing posts about what we’re working on now—the daily work of archaeology. But the author of today’s very special post, we’re happy to note, is, for once, NOT working! Bill Doelle, President & CEO (October 7, 2016)—On this day in 1975, Linda Mayro and I were married at the church […]



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Bears Ears Listening Session: Voices Not Heard

Advocating for Bears Ears
Monday, July 25th, 2016

Bill Doelle, President & CEO (July 25, 2016)—Some walked a few blocks. Others drove an hour or less. I drove seven hours. Not everyone wanted to speak. Some 500 of us (or more) who did want to speak entered a lottery. My guess is that roughly 75 got to speak because their lottery ticket was […]



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Interior Secretary Jewell Conducts Public Meeting on Bears Ears

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Interior Secretary Jewell Conducts Public Meeting on Bears Ears It’s only 10 a.m. on a mid-July morning, yet the mercury in Bluff, Utah, has already topped 80 degrees, and the folks milling around the local community center seek refuge in the rare shady areas.  A row of shiny SUVs with federal government and state or […]



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Archaeology Southwest Urges Action on Bears Ears National Monument

Cliff Dwelling in Cedar Mesa
Friday, July 15th, 2016

Archaeology Southwest Joins Native American Tribes in Calling for President Obama to Protect Bears Ears as a National Monument Tucson, AZ (July 15, 2016)—Archaeology Southwest urges officials from the U.S. Department of Interior and the U.S. Forest Service to recommend that President Obama protect the Bears Ears region in Southeastern Utah as a national monument. […]



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Archaeology Southwest’s Most Memorable Moments of 2015

Doug Gann at Pecos
Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Kate Sarther Gann, Communications Coordinator   (December 31, 2015)—Inspired by a clever post from our friends at the Friends of Cedar Mesa, we decided to compile our own list. So, with a hat-tip to Amanda Nichols and Josh Ewing at FCM, we give you, in no particular order, Archaeology Southwest’s Most Memorable Moments of 2015 […]



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Salt Lake Tribune Argues for Restoration of Federal Conservation Funding

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Salt Lake Tribune Argues for Restoration of Federal Conservation Funding The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was established in 1965 to invest in our nation’s land, water and wildlife heritage. For 50 years, the LWCF has helped support our parks and historic sites; conserved our forests, rivers, lakes and wildlife habitat; and provided access […]



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Invest in Ourselves, in Our Sense of Place

Honeybee Reconstruction by Rob Ciaccio
Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Bill Doelle, President & CEO (October 28, 2015)—Archaeology Southwest is an enthusiastic supporter of the seven Pima County bond proposals that are on the November 3 ballot. Our mission—to explore and protect the places of our past—is at the core of many of the bond projects. In previous bond elections, Pima County voters overwhelmingly approved […]



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Carrying Gila Bend to Washington and Making “National Significance” Personal

Great Bend of the Gila Advocates
Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Bill Doelle, President & CEO (October 22, 2015)—As the month of September drew to a close, a group of 13 set out early on a gray Washington, D.C. morning to fulfill an educational mission. We assembled at 7:00 a.m. at the offices of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Our team members included two from […]



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Happy International Archaeology Day!

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

(October 17, 2015)—So, by now you have read our stories. (If you haven’t, check out the links below). What ties all this to International Archaeology Day? There are a few common themes to consider: A sense of something bigger than this time and place An innate interest in and respect for humanity An interest in […]



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Santa Fe Underground: Archaeology in the City Different

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Santa Fe Underground: Archaeology in the City Different Latest edition of Archaeology Southwest Magazine reviews recent findings (Tucson, Ariz.) October 12, 2015—Tucson-based nonprofit organization Archaeology Southwest is pleased to announce the publication of “Santa Fe Underground.” Leading Santa Fe archaeologists Cherie Scheick and Stephen Post guest-edited this special issue of Archaeology Southwest Magazine, an ad-free, […]



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Archaeology Southwest President Bill Doelle Presented with the Raymond H. Thompson Award

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

An Informed Community Is a Strong Community—and Your Support Will Make It Stronger Did you realize that, by reading Southwest Archaeology Today each week, you are a member of a growing community of readers? Nearly 3,000 strong, our community values the places of the past, and we stay informed because of our commitment to the […]



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The Reluctant Archaeologist and Archaeology as a Gateway

Bill in Guatemala
Friday, October 9th, 2015

Between now and October 17, 2015, Archaeology Southwest is participating in the Archaeological Institute of America’s celebration of International Archaeology Day (10/17/15) by sharing blog posts about why—or how—we became archaeologists. We hope you enjoy this very personal look at our staff members and the experiences that changed their lives forever. We begin with our […]



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Doelle to Receive Thompson Award

Tour Guide
Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Archaeology Southwest Founder Honored for Unique Contributions to Anthropology at the University of Arizona (October 6, 2015)—Archaeology Southwest is pleased to congratulate our founder, president, and CEO William H. (Bill) Doelle on his receipt of the Raymond H. Thompson Award. Dr. Thompson will personally bestow the award on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Bill is the […]



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Arizona Archaeology Centennial Looks at Training the Next Generation

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Arizona Archaeology Centennial Looks at Training the Next Generation When the School of Anthropology opened its doors in 1915 under the direction of archaeologist Byron Cummings, it was called the Department of Archaeology and it was committed to training archaeologists in the desert Southwest. Since then, the scope of the school has grown tremendously, but it […]



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Raising the Roof

Salado Room Entryway at Night
Friday, August 7th, 2015

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (August 7, 2015)—The process began before the students arrived. After obtaining a Forest Service permit, I cut a couple of loads of juniper poles for the roof. I cut the poles when they were green, so they were heavy! I had the students use stone axes to […]



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Cedar Mesa and Preservation Archaeology

Petoglyph Vandalism
Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Bill Doelle, President & CEO   My number of waking hours in Bluff, Utah, was just slightly more than the 16-hour round-trip drive from Tucson to attend the annual Celebrate Cedar Mesa Weekend. It was well worth the effort. As the program rolled out to some 300 attendees, I was thrilled to see that it […]



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From the Editor’s Desk

Grand Gulch, by Adriel Heisey
Thursday, January 8th, 2015

By Kate Sarther Gann, Content Editor, Archaeology Southwest Magazine   Thoughts on Archaeology Southwest Magazine 28(3 & 4), “Tortuous and Fantastic: Cultural and Natural Wonders of Greater Cedar Mesa”: No doubt about it, this issue is a whopper. The biggest we’ve ever done, in terms of length, scope, and visual impact. Issue editor Bill Lipe, […]



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Putting the People Back in Camp Naco

John Powers Greets Visitors
Thursday, December 4th, 2014

By Bill Doelle, President & CEO Camp Naco saw more than 500 visitors in the two days after Thanksgiving as part of the annual Bisbee Home Tour. That’s more people than were ever stationed there at one time! The association of Archaeology Southwest with Camp Naco started a decade ago when Becky Orozco, now of […]



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Southern Arizona’s Camp Naco Begins Second Century

Camp Naco -- Icon
Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Preparing to Serve Again: Southern Arizona’s Camp Naco Begins Second Century Recent infusion of funding helps repair formerly derelict historical military installation and plan for 21st-century use (Tucson, Ariz.) September 30, 2014—Eight years of fervent grassroots efforts to save Camp Naco—a 95-year-old adobe military installation that once housed Buffalo Soldiers and CCC workers a mere […]



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Agnese Haury Bequeaths Her Legacy to the University of Arizona

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Agnese Haury Bequeaths Her Legacy to the University of Arizona The University of Arizona has received $50 million from the estate of philanthropist Agnese Nelms Haury. It will be used to fund scholarships and research on issues of the environment, social justice, and the Southwest. It will also establish an annual prize for what Dean of Science Joaquin Ruiz hopes […]



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Archaeology Southwest Acquires a Portion of Quail Point

Quail Point
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

New Protection for Ancient Rock Art Southern Arizona-based nonprofit Archaeology Southwest acquires a 360-acre parcel at Quail Point, an exceptional rock art site in the Gila Bend region Tucson, Ariz. (July 29, 2014) — Protection of millennia-old rock art in the Gila Bend region of Arizona was strengthened when heritage preservation organization Archaeology Southwest recently […]



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