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Hands-On Archaeology at Catalina State Park
Join us for a special Hands-On Archaeology event at the Romero Trail in Catalina State Park on January 26! Archaeology Southwest’s Hands-On Archaeology program will connect you with daily life in ancient communities of the Sonoran Desert. Preservation Archaeologist and ancient technologies expe...
SunZia Transmission Line Must Avoid the San Pedro
Dear Friends, I mark the arrival of fall as the date that I head back to Catalina State Park to renew my hikes and my immersion in an incredible cultural landscape. Last year fall arrived on October 16. This year it arrived on November 12. That significant offset is yet another measure of climate...
Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition Ready to Work with New Administration
Dear Friends, How do you know when you have the perfect job? For me, it’s when you get home after an 11-hour day and you’re relaxed, energized, and ready to face the ever-mounting challenges to Archaeology Southwest’s Preservation Archaeology mission. I left home just before 7:00 a.m....
Adapting to Climate Change—80 is the new 70
Bill Doelle, President & CEO (October 10, 2018)—Every year as the fall temperatures slowly drop—100, 90, 80, 70 degrees Fahrenheit—I get the irresistible urge to spend at least one weekend day in Catalina State Park. It is a wonderland of archaeology that I have immersed myself in sin...
A Special Person, Two Places, and My Dog
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 ...
Heighten Your Awareness on March 29
By Matt Peeples, Preservation Archaeologist March is Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month for the State of Arizona. Setting aside a month to celebrate archaeology highlights the importance of our shared past, as well as the social and economic impacts of archaeology in the state. Of c...
Back to the 70s—Enjoying an Archaeological Preserve
By Bill Doelle, President & CEO Back to the 70s—I am talking temperatures, desert temperatures. Last weekend, daytime temperatures around Tucson kept to the high 70s for much of the day. For me, that means that hiking in the desert is once again possible. My time is always limited, s...
Celebrating Catalina State Park (and Getting Some Sherds Washed)
By Linda Pierce, Deputy Director Last Saturday, a number of us at Archaeology Southwest were happy to take part in the 30th anniversary celebration for Catalina State Park. Encompassing 5,500 acres on the north side of Tucson, the park is a haven for Sonoran Desert plants and wildlife, and ...
Did Protesting the Sale of Sacred Objects Compound the Sacrilege and Increase Auction Profits?
Did Protesting the Sale of Sacred Objects Compound the Sacrilege and Increase Auction Profits? I used to work in a Native arts gallery in Tucson. I quickly learned potential buyers of Native art want a story to go with their purchase. The better the story, the quicker the sale. The articulate plea...
1986-1987 - "Archaeology in Tucson" Volunteers Survey Catalina State Park
Archaeology in Tucson volunteers survey more than 2 1/2 square miles in Catalina State Park, north of Tucson. Twenty-nine new sites are recorded, and additional information is collected from thirteen previously known sites. In the mid-1800s, Francisco Romero built stone-walled ranch buildings atop a...