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Indigenous Landscapes of the Grand Canyon
Dear Friends of Southwest Archaeology Today, I hope this finds you well. My week was brightened by another bit of good news from a Preservation Archaeology Field School alumnus: Kiley Stoj (2018) was awarded a Fulbright, as reported by SUNY Cortland. Congratulations, Kiley. As I write this Tue...
Final Management Plans for Reduced Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante Open Lands to Extraction
Final Management Plans for Reduced Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante Open Lands to Extraction Thursday the Trump administration announced it was opening two national monuments to development. The culturally and geologically significant Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments will ...
Continuing Coverage: Chaco Buffer Zone
Continuing Coverage: Chaco Buffer Zone Months after the U.S. House passed a bill that would create a long-sought, 10-mile drilling ban on federal land around Chaco Culture National Historical Park, the Navajo Nation is demanding Congress cut the proposed protection zone in half. The Navajo Nation C...
New Mexico Senators Introduce Bill to Help Protect Greater Chaco
New Mexico Senators Introduce Bill to Help Protect Greater Chaco U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) introduced the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bill to withdraw the lands around Chaco Canyon from further development by the federal government. The bill woul...
New York Times Examines Three Threatened Monuments
New York Times Examines Three Threatened Monuments: Bears Ears, UT The archaeologist Benjamin Bellorado, a doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona, has conducted research in this area for 20 years. He led me down the side of a trailless canyon on one bright morning, as we stayed on the slic...
Looting Public Lands Steals Everyone's Heritage
Looting Public Lands Steals Everyone's Heritage I remember walking up the slope of tall grass waving in the breeze of a cool South Dakota morning. I was a young graduate student on my first archaeological project, and we were conducting site surveys along the east shore of Lake Oahe in the summer of...