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The Politics of Public Lands
Dear Friends, Recently, I immersed myself in several books about the (rapidly dwindling) water supply of the Colorado River basin. It’s a complex story involving the political process, massive economic investments, and the ease with which boosters and politicians were able to convince decisi...
Indigenous Astronomy in the National Parks
Dear Friends, The pace has slowed a bit recently as the summer vacation season thins the number of colleagues who are in the office or available for the next Zoom call. That’s OK. Especially since I’ll be one of those vacationers next week. Like throngs of Arizonans, I’m off to ...
Life of the Gila
In this new series of essays at the Preservation Archaeology blog, we will highlight the deep history of the Gila River Watershed, focusing on how archaeology and knowledge shared by Tribal citizens come together to tell a story of continuity and change that began millennia ago and continues to the ...
The Greater Gila River: Public Lands, Tribal Lands, and Our Connections to These Places
Knowledge-seekers of every kind are welcome at Archaeology Café at Changing Hands for a season of programs exploring the deep and diverse history of Phoenix and the greater Southwest in a jargon-free zone. Join us as Dr. Bill Doelle challenges us to think big with a presentation entitles “The Gre...
Identity Politics, Past and Present
Aaron Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (August 7, 2018)—Social identity has emerged as a field of concerted archaeological inquiry in the Southwest and beyond. At Archaeology Southwest, we’ve been thinking a lot about how people create and express social identities at multiple scales, and...
Archaeology and Oral History Project Receives Prestigious NEH Grant
Four American Indian Tribes will collaborate with scholars on three-year study Tucson, Ariz. (August 2, 2017)—Archaeology Southwest is pleased to announce that a team of affiliated researchers has earned a prestigious Collaborative Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH...
The Durability of an Ancient Technology
Alyssa Kyper, Eastern New Mexico University (Posted on July 13, 2016)—Today was an excellent day on survey with Evan, Karen, and Jon. We spent the cool, crisp morning showing Karen an array of check dams and terraces on a bench above the Gila River we had surveyed earlier in the season, double-...
Study Reveals National Significance of the Great Bend of the Gila
Thursday, December 3rd NEWLY RELEASED STUDY SHOWS NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE OF ARIZONA CULTURAL RESOURCES ANALYSIS EMPHASIZES CULTURAL IMPORTANCE OF 'THE GREAT BEND OF THE GILA'; REINFORCES NEED FOR PERMANENT PROTECTION Phoenix, AZ. – An in-depth study released today by the National Tru...
Tracking Canals in the Safford Basin: A Tale of Fate 34 & 54 Years in the Making
By James A. Neely, Professor Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin This story begins in the summer of 1994, when I accompanied Kyle Woodson—one of my graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin—into the field to get him started on excavations for his master’s thesis project at t...
New Video Traverses the Great Bend of the Gila
This Archaeology Southwest video takes you on a spectacular journey to the Gila Bend region of southern Arizona, where you will experience the richness and fragility of this abiding cultural crossroads.
The Great Bend of the Gila
This issue of Archaeology Southwest presents several thousand years of human history along the Great Bend of the Gila River.