Chaco

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

2018
14
Aug

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...
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2018
01
Aug

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...
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2018
08
May

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...
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2017
05
Nov

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...
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2017
26
Sep

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...
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2017
17
Sep

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...
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2017
20
Aug

Preservation Efforts are Underway at Tumacacori Mission (8/20/2017)

Preserving Tumacacori A five-year project involving backbreaking, eyeball-bending work is underway to conserve Tumacacori National Historical Park's valuable heritage. And at the end of it all, visitors shouldn't notice a single change. That's the whole idea. Frank Matero, a visiting professor of ar...
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2017
02
Apr

The Antiquities Act Is Threatened

Editorial: The Antiquities Act Is Threatened The heart of the Antiquities Act of 1906 is a mere two sentences. But a good argument can be made that this brief law — which authorizes the president to protect “objects of historic or scientific interest” on federal lands as “national monuments...
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2017
19
Mar

The Bears Ears Report

Tribal Commission on Bears Ears Declares Revocation of Monument Status Would Be Tragic Members of a newly formed tribal advisory commission for the Bears Ears National Monument reminded Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in a letter Friday that his agency must partner with them, and warned him that resci...
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2016
05
Oct

Juggling

As International Archaeology Day (October 15, 2016) approaches, we'll celebrate by sharing posts about what we're working on now—the daily work of archaeology. Please don't hesitate to comment or ask questions! Katherine Dungan, Preservation Archaeologist (October 5, 2016)—One of the thing...
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2016
28
Feb

Bringing Chaco Home

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 m...
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2015
13
Nov

Public Forum to Promote Preservation of the Greater Chaco and Mesa Verde Landscapes

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (November 13, 2015)—Today, I want to send a fairly short message via blog to our supporters and members. Archaeology Southwest and Crow Canyon are pleased to announce a public forum to promote protection of the Greater Chaco and Mesa Verde Landscapes. The...
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