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Federal Report Recommends Uranium Mining near Grand Canyon, Bears Ears
Dear Friends of Southwest Archaeology Today, How are you—how was your week? Probably not unlike yours, mine was not what I had expected it to be a few months ago. This past Wednesday through Sunday, I would have been in Austin, Texas, attending the Society for American Archaeology’s (SAA...
BLM to Host Public Meetings on Bears Ears
BLM to Host Public Meetings on Bears Ears The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service will host three public meetings in Utah as part of the planning process for the Bears Ears National Monument. The draft management plans for the Shash Jáa and Indian Creek units and associated environme...
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...
Continued Momentum for Bears Ears
NY Times Recognizes Presidential Legacy through Monument Creation President Obama seems most comfortable outside on an 18-hole golf course, not hunting bear in Colorado, as Theodore Roosevelt did while president in 1905, or deep-sea fishing for tarpon in the Texas Gulf, as Franklin D. Roosevelt, an ...
Utah Considers Sale of State Land on Comb Ridge
Utah Considers Sale of State Land on Comb Ridge Officials with the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) are now considering a proposal to sell a 640-acre section on the southern tip of Comb Ridge in San Juan County. This scenic spot, located 6 miles west of Bluff on State...
Another Study Finds Kennewick Man Was Native American
Another Study Finds Kennewick Man Was Native American On Thursday, Danish scientists published an analysis of DNA obtained from the skeleton. Kennewick Man’s genome clearly does not belong to a European, the scientists said. “It’s very clear that Kennewick Man is most closely related to conte...
A Chance for Public Comment on the Fracking of the Chacoan Landscape
A Chance for Public Comment on the Fracking of the Chacoan Landscape The 10-member Farmington District RAC advises the Secretary of the Interior, through the BLM, on a variety of planning and management issues associated with public land management in the BLM's Farmington District. Planned agenda it...
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 ...
Research Reveals High Incidence of Violence around Ancient Mesa Verde
Research Reveals High Incidence of Violence around Ancient Mesa Verde It’s a given that, in numbers terms, the 20th century was the most violent in world history, with civil wars, purges and two world wars killing as many as 200 million people. But on a per-capita basis, Washington State Universi...
Paradise by the Antiquities Act
By Bill Doelle, President & CEO Paradise is defined many ways. For me, spending last week away from a cell phone and the rest of the electronic world was paradise. My personal paradise was at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. It can’t get much better than that! Grand Canyon National...