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New Guide Supports Grassroots Efforts to Change Derogatory Place Names on Public Lands
Dear Friends, Our Avian Archaeology series keeps leading me back to birds in these messages. This week I’m going extra-heavy on the bird theme. Yesterday evening, I enjoyed Kelley Hays-Gilpin’s talk on “Birds, Feathers, and Ancient Pueblo Pottery.” If you missed it, we’ll have it ...
Take Action Now to Protect the Greater Chaco Landscape!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qftRVuGNbxM& Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (September 15, 2020)—We want to thank everyone for supporting us over the last seven years on our efforts to protect the Greater Chaco Landscape from encroaching oil-gas development. Now it is time to ...
Postponed: Why You Should Experience Aztec and Salmon
UPDATE: 4/10/2020. This event has moved online. Join us on April 14, 2020 to participate safely from the comforts of your own home. Register here. Knowledge seekers of every kind are welcome at Archaeology Café at The Loft Cinema for a series of programs exploring the deep and diverse history of...
Fingerprints Show Chaco Potters Were Male and Female
New Research: Fingerprints Show Chaco Potters Were Male and Female In the Pueblo communities of New Mexico and Arizona, pottery is a skill that is traditionally passed down from grandmothers and mothers to younger women of the community. This custom was thought to have ancient origins, and archaeol...
Museum of Northern Arizona and the Glen Canyon Dam Project Today
Museum of Northern Arizona and the Glen Canyon Dam Project Today Archaeology is still an important research domain at the museum. In 2014, MNA began a cooperative agreement with Glen Canyon National Recreation area to monitor previously-recorded archaeological sites. These are sites known from the ...
2018’s Top Stories about National Parks
2018’s Top Stories about National Parks From volcanic fireworks and geothermal explosions to political upheaval, the past year frequently saw national parks in the forefront of news. Here's a look back at some of the top stories of 2018 from the National Park System and National Park Service. htt...
Origins of Chaco’s Scarlet Macaws
New Paper: Origins of Chaco’s Scarlet Macaws And for more than a thousand years, these birds were traded north into what is now the southwestern United States in exchange for turquoise. The ancient Pueblo great houses of Chaco Canyon (in what's now New Mexico) started importing scarlet macaws fro...
Interior Rescinds Science Policy for National Parks
Interior Rescinds Science Policy for National Parks As deputy director of the National Park Service, Michael Reynolds played a key role in developing a sweeping new vision for managing national parks. The new policy, enacted in the final weeks of the Obama administration, elevated the role that sci...
Comparing Community Histories at Chacoan Outliers—Morris 40 and Padilla Well
Kellam Throgmorton, Binghamton University (May 9, 2018)—Given that recent research keeps pushing back the dates of the really interesting things that happened in Chaco Canyon (macaws at AD 900! venerated leaders by AD 850!), it seems like it might be time to take a good look at the Early Bonito...
The President Could Save Bears Ears
Editorial: The President Could Save Bears Ears The president told Sen. Orrin Hatch Friday that he’s going to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, “For you, Orrin.” He’s not doing so for the American people. America needs what the Bears Ears can offer: “power...
Interior Secretary Zinke's Review of National Monuments Now Public
Interior Secretary Zinke's Review of National Monuments Now Public Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump modify 10 national monuments created by his immediate predecessors, including shrinking the boundaries of at least four western sites, according to a copy of the r...
Utah Requests Bears Ears Be Reduced in Area by Ninety Percent
State of Utah Requests Bears Ears Be Reduced in Area by Ninety Percent If maps Utah has submitted to the Interior Department are a guide, Bears Ears National Monument will be drastically cut in size. The state’s vision, shared with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, is to shrink Bears Ears to one-ten...