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Life of the Gila: Salado—Bringing Worlds Together
Jeff Clark, Preservation Archaeologist (March 20, 2020)—In the late 1200s CE, during a great drought, a few thousand people left settlements in what is now northeastern Arizona. They immigrated south toward perennial streams in the central and eastern Gila Watershed, where they lived alongside ...
Clues from Experimental Archaeology
Leslie Aragon, Preservation Archaeology Fellow (August 1, 2019)—Now that we’ve wrapped up another field season of the Upper Gila Preservation Archaeology Field School, I thought I’d take a minute to talk about what we learned at the Gila River Farm site this season. I especially want to sha...
Life in the Cliff Valley, 1300-1450
Our guest author for this post is undergraduate Chris LaRoche. Chris received his Associate’s Degree from Pima Community College’s archaeology program, and also attended the Preservation Archaeology Field School as a Pima student. He is now an anthropology major at the University of Arizona, whe...
What Archaeology Can Tell Us about Migration
What Archaeology Can Tell Us about Migration Past societies hold lessons relevant to contemporary concerns Tucson, Ariz. (December 6, 2018)—Archaeology Southwest is pleased to announce the publication of an important paper examining human migration in deep time. “Resolving the migrant paradox:...
Archaeology, an Apache perspective
Shiloh V. Craig, University of New Mexico (July 13, 2018)—I am an enrolled member of the White Mountain Apache tribe. I am of the Made Yellow clan; born for the Navajo (Zia/Weaver), my paternal grandfather is of the Folded Arms clan, and my maternal grandfather is of the Rocks sticking out (Roa...
The Power of Symbols
Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (November 14, 2016)—As an anthropologist, I think about the power of symbols, and their power to unite or divide. When I taught traditional classroom anthropology courses, this was one of the key concepts we discussed. As a young teaching assis...
Kickoff of Our 2016 Field School Blog Series
Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (June 7, 2016)—The 2016 field season brings several exciting changes for the Preservation Archaeology Field School. One of the biggest changes for us is a new excavation site. We finished our fieldwork at the Cliff phase (A.D. 1300–1450+) D...
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 ...
Ideologies of Inclusion
Alexander Ballesteros, Northern Arizona University The Southwest United States has a long history of cultural coalescence, and as a fourth-generation Arizonan, I have a firsthand glimpse at the history of group aggregations in the region. Some historic instances of cultural coalescence in Arizona i...
Even the Smallest Piece
Will Russell, Field Supervisor One of the highlights of teaching is the look of discovery and excitement on a student’s face. Recently, I was wiping sweat from my eyes and filling out paperwork amidst a cloud of dust shaken from the screens when I heard Andrew say, “Hey, Will, take a loo...
This Post Is Not about the Borg or Peanut-Butter Cups—Or Is It?
Kate Sarther, Communications Coordinator, and Jeff Clark, Preservation Archaeologist (November 4, 2013)—One of the most rewarding aspects of serving as the content editor of Archaeology Southwest Magazine is the continual opportunity to learn new things directly from the finest scholars. I ha...
Migrants and Mounds
Archaeology Southwest Publishes Much-Anticipated “Migrants and Mounds” Preservation Archaeology in southeastern Arizona’s San Pedro River valley reveals a story of migration, tension, and integration in the distant past Tucson, Ariz. (November 14, 2012) — Archaeology Southwest is pleased t...