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Leslie Aragon, Preservation Archaeology Fellow and Field Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School (June 8, 2020)—I’m really missing the field school and some of what have become yearly traditions since I became field director in 2013. I miss going to the airport and trying to guess whi...
Life of the Gila: Hohokam Worlds
Leslie Aragon, Preservation Archaeology Fellow (February 28, 2020)—When contemporary O’odham talk about their ancestors, they use the term Huhugam. This is an important distinction between actual people (the ancestors) and the archaeological culture I’ll describe here. Hohokam is not really...
Eight Sites in 48 Hours
Stacy Ryan, Preservation Archaeologist (September 27, 2019)—I recently joined my Archaeology Southwest coworkers on our annual staff retreat, which entails exploring archaeological sites, connecting to landscapes, and learning a few new skills. This year, we experienced Salado and Mimbres arc...
Archaeology Southwest at the Gila River Festival
Gila River Archaeology and Ancient Technologies Field Trip with Karen Schollmeyer, Leslie Aragon, and Allen Denoyer September 22, 1:00–5:00 p.m. Fee: $20, first come, first served. Purchase your ticket here. Meet at the Murray Ryan Visitor Center at 12:45 p.m., and drive to the Gila Riv...
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...
Excavating a Hohokam Ballcourt
Leslie Aragon, Preservation Archaeology Fellow (July 27, 2018)—One of the best things about being a Preservation Fellow at Archaeology Southwest is that I sometimes have the opportunity to collaborate with people from other organizations. A few months ago, some of our friends and colleagues at ...
Finding Walls at the Gila River Farm Site
Leslie Aragon, Preservation Archaeology Fellow (June 12, 2018)—On Saturday we finished our first week of excavation at the Gila River Farm site. It has been a really fun and productive week, even though we have been dealing with record high temperatures (over 100˚F already!). The students have...
Archaeology Southwest at Tucson's March for Science
Leslie Aragon, Preservation Archaeology Fellow (April 24, 2017)—Over the weekend, thousands of people across the country came together to march, rally, and speak out for science. In Tucson, an estimated 4,000 people came out to El Presidio Park to show their support for the S.T.E.M. fields. Loo...
I Took My Dremel to Vancouver
Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (April 7, 2017)—Last week, several of us from Archaeology Southwest attended the Society for American Archaeology annual meetings in Vancouver, BC. Thousands of archaeologists migrated north and flocked to the Vancouver Convention Centre to s...
Leslie Aragon, Preservation Archaeology Fellow (January 31, 2017)—A couple of weeks ago, Lewis Borck and I (along with our friend and fellow archaeologist, Ashleigh Thompson) went to the Khalsa Montessori School here in Tucson to talk about archaeology to a group of first through third graders...
As International Archaeology Day (October 15, 2016) approaches, we'll celebrate by sharing posts about what we're working on now—the daily work of archaeology. Please don't hesitate to comment or ask questions! Katherine Dungan, Preservation Archaeologist (October 5, 2016)—One of the thing...
Happy International Archaeology Day!
(October 17, 2015)—So, by now you have read our stories. (If you haven't, check out the links below). What ties all this to International Archaeology Day? There are a few common themes to consider: A sense of something bigger than this time and place An innate interest in and respect for huma...