Cedar Mesa

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

2016
27
Nov

New Data on the Domestication of Maize

New Data on the Domestication of Maize According to an international team of scientists who have sequenced the genome of a 5,310-year-old maize cob from the Tehuacan Valley, the maize (Zea mays) grown in central Mexico more than five millennia ago was genetically more similar to modern maize than to...
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2016
10
Jun

A Memorable Success in Preservation Archaeology on Elk Ridge

Guest post by R. E. Burrillo, Archaeologist: Manti-La Sal National Forest, Moab-Monticello District, UT (June 9, 2016)—During the week of May 23, something wholly unremarkable and yet almost never talked about in the media took place in southeast Utah: a group of volunteers did important work an...
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2015
18
Oct

Support Building for Bears Ears Monument Declaration

Inter-Tribal Coalition Calls for New National Monument in Southeast Utah A coalition of Tribal Nations presented a proposal to the Obama Administration for a 1.9 million area National Monument in southern Utah. The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition (comprising the Hopi, Navajo, Ute Indian Tribe, Ute...
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2015
05
Jul

Preservation in Action at Cedar Mesa and Chaco

Efforts to Save Utah's Cedar Mesa Reach a Crescendo The gnats and mosquitos were out in force that mid-June evening at our campsite, as was the Indian paintbrush, the penstemon, globe mallow and other wildflowers whose names I don’t know. The long day’s last light slowly ran its fingers down th...
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2015
03
May

Western State Governments Pass "Dubious" Legislation Concerning the Transfer of Federal Lands

Western State Governments Pass "Dubious" Legislation Concerning the Transfer of Federal Lands For the last several decades, efforts to transfer the oversight of federal land to states has arisen only in isolated legislative initiatives that eventually died out. But in a mad rush since 2012, 10 of ...
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2015
12
Apr

New York Times Editorial Calls on the President to Preserve Cedar Mesa

New York Times Editorial Calls on the President to Preserve Cedar Mesa Cedar Mesa is one of the most sublime and culturally evocative landscapes on Earth. Since 1987, I’ve made more than 60 trips to that outback in southeastern Utah, hiking, camping and backpacking on forays lasting as long as 10...
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2015
05
Apr

Judge Rules Vandalism by ATV Is Not Protected Speech

Judge Rules Vandalism by ATV Is Not Protected Speech  A federal judge on Wednesday rejected San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman's claim that the First Amendment shields him from conspiracy charges stemming from his role in organizing a motorized group ride into southeastern Utah's Recapture Can...
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2015
15
Mar

Coalition Sues to Stop Fracking in the San Juan Basin

Coalition Sues to Stop Fracking in the San Juan Basin A coalition of environmental groups filed suit in federal court on Wednesday to push back against Bureau of Land Management's permitting of hydraulic fracturing wells near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The suit, which names the BLM and...
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2015
08
Mar

Can the Archaeology of Cedar Mesa Be Saved?

Ritual Racing on Perry Mesa Is the Topic of Archaeology Southwest's next Archaeology Café in Phoenix On March 17, 2015, Will Russell (Arizona State University) will discuss ritual racing and the Perry Mesa Tradition. We meet in the Aztec Room of Macayo’s Central, 4001 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, ne...
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2015
15
Feb

Ancient Southwestern Ceramics Point to the Survival of the Most Connected

Ancient Southwestern Ceramics Point to the Survival of the Most Connected In the late 13th century, the American southwest was hit by a major drought. When resources were exhausted and agriculture failed, some groups of people were forced to migrate out of the region. Entire areas of northern Ariz...
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2015
08
Feb

San Carlos Apache Lead Fight Against Mining at Oak Flat

San Carlos Apache Lead Fight Against Mining at Oak Flat Dozens of people sang, danced and prayed outside of the San Carlos Apache tribe's office on Thursday morning before heading out on a 44-mile journey in an attempt to protect their ancestral lands at Oak Flat campground. The protesters organize...
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2015
08
Jan

From the Editor’s Desk

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 ...
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