Can National Monuments Be Dissolved?

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Can National Monuments Be Dissolved? As his presidential tenure winds down in the coming weeks, Barack Obama is expected to decide whether to designate some proposed national monuments, including Bears Ears in Utah and two others on Utah’s borders with neighboring states. But Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the race to succeed Obama likely changes the […]



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Department of Interior Announces BLM-BIA Cooperative Effort on Oil-Gas Leasing across the Greater Chaco Landscape

Great North Road
Friday, October 21st, 2016

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (October 21, 2016)—The Department of Interior has just announced that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Farmington Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be partnering on an expanded analysis of oil & gas leasing and management on public and tribal lands in the Greater Chaco Landscape. Read the press […]



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Update on Protecting the Greater Chaco Landscape

Looking north along Chaco's Great North Road toward the site of Pierre's.
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (August 23, 2016)—I’m overdue for an update on Archaeology Southwest’s efforts—with our partners—to protect the Greater Chaco Landscape. First, good news: we have produced a brochure highlighting the issues we face. This highly readable brochure explains why protecting the Greater Chaco Landscape is so important and describes how interested people […]



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Ancient Solar Storms Offer a New Method for Calibrating Dendrochronology

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

Ancient Solar Storms Offer a New Method for Calibrating Dendrochronology Archaeologists believe they have identified a new way of putting accurate dates to great events of prehistory. Rare and spectacular storms on the sun appear to have left their mark in forests and fields around the planet over the past 5,000 years. Michael Dee, of Oxford […]



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Will a Bears Ears Monument Declaration Lead to Armed Rebellion?

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Will a Bears Ears Monument Declaration Lead to Armed Rebellion? For centuries, humans have used the red sandstone canyons here as a way to mark their existence. First came archaic hunter-gatherers who worked in Glen Canyon Linear, a crude geometrical style dating back more than 3,500 years. Then about 2,000 years later, early ancestral Pueblo farmers […]



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Bringing Chaco Home

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Bringing Chaco Home Her favorite piece in the collection is easy to choose. Even though Wendy Bustard manages more than 1 million artifacts from 120 sites in Chaco Canyon that are in the custody of the National Park Service, it takes her just a few seconds to come up with it. “Probably, at the moment, the badger,” […]



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Groundbreaking Research on Post-Contact Demography Highlights Population Decline at Jemez

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Groundbreaking Research on Post-Contact Demography Highlights Population Decline at Jemez In the 1500s, the ponderosa pine forests of Jemez province in New Mexico were home to between 5000 and 8000 people. But after Europeans arrived in the area, the native population plummeted by more than 80%, probably because of a series of devastating epidemics. A […]



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Native American Tribes Ask for Better Protection of Ancient Places on BLM Lands

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Native American Tribes Ask for Better Protection of Ancient Places on BLM Lands A panel discussion Saturday at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center on the impacts of oil-and-gas to the land featured perspectives of prominent members of the Santa Ana and Acoma pueblos. Acoma Gov. Fred Vallo Sr. and Santa Ana official Timothy Menchego expressed […]



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August 2015 Update on Preserving the Greater Chaco Landscape

Oil Rig
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (August 19, 2015)—Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge James Browning rejected an effort by environmental groups to stop oil and gas development in northwestern New Mexico. This ruling was a disappointment, because a break in the action would have allowed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to complete work […]



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When is a Village? Defining the Beginnings of Village Life is the Topic of Archaeology Southwest’s Next Archaeology Cafe – Tucson

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

When is a Village? Defining the Beginnings of Village Life is the Topic of Archaeology Southwest’s Next Archaeology Cafe – Tucson On March 3, 2015, Dr. Lisa C. Young (University of Michigan) and Dr. Sarah A. Herr (Desert Archaeology, Inc.) will describe what makes a settlement a village. We meet on the patio of Casa […]



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Bruce Babbit Advocates for a Major Push in Public Lands Protection

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Bruce Babbit Advocates for a Major Push in Public Lands Protection When a racist rancher in Nevada and his armed supporters can command headlines by claiming to own and control publicly owned lands, perhaps it’s time to remind Westerners about the history of the nation’s public-land heritage. Recall that it is we, the American people, who […]



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Lawlessness in San Juan County Threatens Archaeological Record

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Lawlessness in San Juan County Threatens Archaeological Record Fed up with federal control over lands their families have used for generations, Blanding residents, along with out-of-town supporters, on Saturday drove all-terrain vehicles into Recapture Canyon, an area rich in prehistoric sites the Bureau of Land Management closed to motorized use seven years ago. San Juan County […]



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Patricia Crown Named to the National Academy of Sciences

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Patricia Crown Named to the National Academy of Sciences University of New Mexico archaeologist Patricia Crown was named Tuesday to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. In an interview, Crown said she was humbled by the surprise announcement. “It’s just an incredible honor,” she said. Crown was one of 84 new members named to the group, which […]



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Will the BLM Legitimize an Illegal ATV Trail through a “Mini-Mesa Verde”?

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Will the BLM Legitimize an Illegal ATV Trail through a “Mini-Mesa Verde”? In Utah, the Bureau of Land Management is seeking comments on what could be a precedent-setting mistake. In 2005, Blanding residents illegally constructed a seven-mile-long, 4-foot-wide, all-terrain-vehicle trail in Recapture Canyon, damaging archaeological sites. Now San Juan County is seeking a right of […]



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Feds Recover Ancient Inscriptions Stolen from BLM Land

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Feds Recover Ancient Inscriptions Petroglyph panels cut and chiseled off an eastern Sierra rock art site sacred to Native Americans have been recovered by federal investigators, U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials announced Thursday.The suspected thieves have not been identified and the investigation is continuing into one of the worst acts of vandalism ever committed […]



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Crow Canyon Presents an Interactive Presentation of Pueblo History for Kids

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Crow Canyon Presents an Interactive Presentation of Pueblo History for Kids The story of how Pueblo Indian culture developed from its ancient roots is an amazing story of adaptation, ingenuity and resilience. Now children can learn about this incredible chronicle in an engaging educational resource on the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s Web site—Pueblo Indian History […]



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Lawsuit Over Gas Drilling in Nine Mile Canyon Leads to Settlement Including Major BLM Policy Change

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Lawsuit Over Gas Drilling in Nine Mile Canyon Leads to Settlement Including Major BLM Policy Change A coalition of historic preservation and conservation groups announced yesterday that they settled a lawsuit with the Bureau of Land Management filed in the summer of 2008 challenging the BLM’s approval of 30 natural gas wells in the Nine […]



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