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The Archaeological Backhoe Master and the Early Agricultural Period Footprints - 8/6/2017
The Archaeological Backhoe Master and the Early Agricultural Period Footprints Not long after Dan Arnit made the biggest archaeological find of his career, he had to go build a parking lot. The news of his discovery—3,000-year-old footprints made by a family walking through ancient fields—had ...
Oil Drilling Closes in on Chaco Canyon
Oil Drilling Closes in on Chaco Canyon On January 25, the Bureau of Land Management leased nearly 850 acres of land for drilling in northwest New Mexico, netting close to $3 million. The agency offers leases on millions of acres of public land per year, but this latest sale was unusual. Not only was...
A Tohono O'odham View of the Legacy in the Landscape
Editorial: A Tohono O'odham View of the Legacy in the Landscape ‘Legacy” is a word we’re hearing a lot lately. Words and ideas are but one kind of legacy, though. For me and other American Indians, our legacy is through the land. Our history is in the land. So much of the nation’s rich histo...
Former Utah State Archaeologist Kevin T. Jones Makes the Case for a Bears Ears National Monument
Former Utah State Archaeologist Kevin T. Jones Makes the Case for Bears Ears National Monument Looting is a regular occurrence in the Bears Ears region and, according to archaeologists who patrol the area, is on the increase. First protected by the Antiquities Act and later by other statutes, herita...
Touring the Majestic Chaco Landscape
By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist May 21, 2015—Over the past few months, I have continued to advocate for protection of the Greater Chaco Landscape. This has included attending a number of meetings with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and other officials, conducting a tour of the Chaco ...
What I'm Doing This Week: Paul Reed
By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist This week, I’m continuing to advocate for protection of the Greater Chaco Landscape. We're pleased to announce the completion of a short film by EcoFlight, in cooperation with the Partnership for Responsible Business and Archaeology Southwest. T...
Plans in Place for Hydraulic Fracturing on Chaco Culture Park Boundary
Fracking Chaco Canyon? That's why so many are looking for salvation in two words: Mancos Shale. The formation, which extends from New Mexico into portions of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, is buried about a mile beneath the surface. Estimated to contain upwards of six billion barrels of oil, approx...