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Stacy Ryan, Preservation Archaeologist (December 19, 2018)—“How much money can I get if I find artifacts while I’m out hiking?” I occasionally hear some variation of this troubling question when someone learns of my profession, and each time it reinforces that there is much work to ...
"Kennewick Man" Repatriated
"Kennewick Man" Repatriated Less than 24 hours after they were inventoried in Seattle, the remains of the Ancient One — also known as Kennewick Man — were laid to rest at a private ceremony at an undisclosed location Saturday, according Colville tribal chairman Michael Marchand. The repatriat...
Alarming Surge in Archaeological Looting in Southeastern Utah
Alarming Surge in Archaeological Looting in Southeastern Utah In the past five years, the BLM has reported a surge of disturbing archaeological crimes. Between October 2011 and April 2016, the BLM’s field office in Monticello said it investigated 25 cases of looting, vandalism and disturbance of...
Archaeology Southwest President Bill Doelle Presented with the Raymond H. Thompson Award
An Informed Community Is a Strong Community—and Your Support Will Make It Stronger Did you realize that, by reading Southwest Archaeology Today each week, you are a member of a growing community of readers? Nearly 3,000 strong, our community values the places of the past, and we stay informed beca...
Indiana O’Brien and the Raiders of the Maze
Lewis Borck, Preservation Archaeology Fellow (October 8, 2015)—Over the last couple of days I’ve been attempting to fulfill a long-standing personal goal. This means that I’ve been frantically, frenetically, and furiously working on the last two parts of my dissertation with not much else on ...
NY Times Advocates for Land and Archaeological Conservation
NY Times Advocates for Land and Archaeological Conservation Fortunately, Mr. Obama has one other weapon with which to build a conservation legacy before he leaves office, and lately he has begun to use it. This is a wonderful statute known as the Antiquities Act, signed into law by Theodore Roosevel...
Museum of Northern Arizona Director Robert Breunig Announces Retirement
Museum of Northern Arizona Director Robert Breunig Announces Retirement Robert Breunig announced Tuesday he will be retiring next summer after more than 11 years as president and chief executive officer of the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. Breunig, 68, has been praised as both a stabili...
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...
Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference Scheduled for October 17-19 in Santa Fe
Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference Scheduled for October 17–19 in Santa Fe We invite you to attend the Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference—the largest gathering of Paleoindian researchers and artifacts since the Clovis and Beyond Conference in 1999. Santa Fe, New Mexico, is again in the spotlight for...
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...
Substantial Progress in Thwarting the Sale of Illicit Antiquities
Substantial Progress in Thwarting the Sale of Illicit Antiquities Across the country measures taken to curb the trade in looted artifacts are making it more difficult for collectors of antiquities to donate, or sell, the cultural treasures that fill their homes, display cases and storage units. Muse...
Archaeology Southwest's Statement on Televised Treasure Hunting
March 1, 2012 Here at Archaeology Southwest, we were deeply dismayed to learn that the National Geographic Channel and Spike TV are airing two new reality series that promote the willful destruction of our shared heritage. We brought this disappointing news to Southwest Archaeology Today readers ea...