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Mimbres Architecture (and Tucson Neighborhoods)
Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School (September 14, 2021)—Household architecture has always carried meaning, now and in the ancient past. Almost a year ago, I moved to a Tucson neighborhood built in the late 1950s through 1970s. The...
2021 Preservation Archaeology Field School Kickoff
Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School (May 31, 2021)—The 2021 season of our Preservation Archaeology Field School just started, and it’s great to be back in New Mexico with this year’s students. Some things look a little diffe...
Should We Stay or Should We Go? Farming and Climate Change, 1000–1450 CE
From our house to yours…The 14th season of Archaeology Café celebrates and shares Archaeology Southwest’s current Preservation Archaeology projects with you. Our staff members will bring you in on what we’re doing right now to learn more about the past and help protect special places. Join...
There’s an old joke that we archaeologists do not tend to get our datasets finalized and published until the data themselves have become a part of the archaeological record. Because we have so many mandated deadlines to meet—which, among other things, ensure that such delays don’t happen to re...
Life of the Gila: Was Mimbres a World?
Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (March 13, 2020)—In my last blog post on the diverse archaeological culture area archaeologists call “Mogollon,” I raised the question of whether the Mimbres part of that region could be called a “world” as we have characterized the Hohoka...
Plant and Animal Use in the Mimbres
Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (March 22, 2018)—One thing I enjoy about working at Archaeology Southwest is the opportunities we have to share new research beyond the specialized journals where a lot of our work gets published. In that spirit, I’m happy to share an update on ...
A Visit to New Mexico
Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (December 26, 2017)—One of my favorite things about working here at Archaeology Southwest is the great variety of projects we work on as we combine archaeological research, preservation, and public outreach. Two weeks ago, my colleagues Andy La...
Senses of Place
Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (June 16, 2017)—Our 2017 Preservation Archaeology Field School is off and running! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring posts by our students and staff members about all the things we’re seeing, learning, and experiencing together in the f...
Celebrating National Park Week
Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (April 19, 2017)—Happy National Park Week! This week, April 15–23, is a nationwide celebration of these public lands and the cultural and natural heritage they protect. Many of us here at Archaeology Southwest spend a lot of time in nationa...
Where Are They Now? Part 2
Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (March 1, 2016)—This is the second of two posts checking in with a few of our recent field school alumni to see what they’re up to now. Although we’ve been focusing on anthropological career paths in this series, I’ve also enjoyed watching...
Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (February 25, 2016)—Jeff Clark and I recently received the happy news that our Upper Gila Preservation Archaeology Field School has received three years of student funding from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Research Experiences fo...
A Refugee Story, A.D. 1275
Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (November 19, 2015)—I’m going to tell a story—as close to a true story as I can, but a story nonetheless. Seven hundred and forty years ago, groups of people fled their homes, seeking escape from political turmoil and economic hardships. A ...