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What’s the Point: All about Clovis Points
This is the second post in a new series called "What's the Point?" Allen Denoyer and other stone tool experts will be exploring various aspects of technologies and traditions. Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (February 9, 2021)—In this post, I’ll ex...
What's the Point: Making an Impact
This is the first post in a new series called "What's the Point?" Allen Denoyer and other stone tool experts will be exploring various aspects of technologies and traditions. Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (December 28, 2020)—In this post, I want ...
Extensive Pleistocene Trackway Preserved in White Sands National Park
Dear Friends, It’s 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening. I just arrived home, fed the cats, fed myself, and sat down to write about my long, satisfying day out on the land. I'm glad that I first read the lengthy interview with Bruce Babbitt, one of the articles that follows. Bruce Babbitt’s story h...
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...
Migrations Old and New
Migrations Old and New Major human migrations are a fact of history. Perhaps none has stirred the imagination more than the sudden, seemingly mysterious “disappearance” of the people of the Four Corners area. Centuries ago, an estimated 25,000 people farmed, hunted and raised turkeys around Col...
Wild Potatoes Were on the Clovis Menu
Wild Potatoes Were Apparently Consumed by Clovis Era Peoples A team of archaeologists and anthropologists, led by the University of Utah, has discovered potato starch residues in the crevices of a 10,900-year-old stone tool in Escalante, southern Utah — the earliest evidence of wild potato use i...
Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Objects Sacred to Native Peoples Introduced in Congress
Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Objects Sacred to Native Peoples Introduced in Congress Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) reintroduced the bipartisan Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act, a bill to prohibit the exporting of sacred Native American items and increase penalties...
Bears Ears and Monument Reviews
Interior Department Lists Monuments under Review: Opportunity for Public Comments Opens May 13 The Department of the Interior today announced the first ever formal public comment period for members of the public to officially weigh in on monument designations under the Antiquities Act of 1906, and ...
Negative Propaganda about Proposed Bears Ears Monument Spreading in Southern Utah
Negative Propaganda about Proposed Bears Ears Monument Spreading in Southern Utah Forged letters and flyers appearing at gas stations and post offices in tribal lands in Utah are spreading false information about a proposal to create a national monument that protects Native American land. The propo...
Recent Work at Southern Arizona’s Guevavi Mission Featured at the Next Archaeology Café (Tucson)
Recent Work at Southern Arizona’s Guevavi Mission Featured at the Next Archaeology Café (Tucson) On April 7, 2015, Dr. Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman (University of Arizona) and J. Homer Thiel (Desert Archaeology, Inc.) will share the latest information from their excavations at Guevavi, an eighteenth-ce...
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...
The Case for Preserving Places of the Past
The Case for Preserving Places of the Past Archeologists and cultural experts define significant cultural places in various ways. Peter Nabokov, a professor of American Indian Studies and World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, puts it this way: "Their spirits of place dwelled among, could be identified ...