Mesa Verde

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Kate Sarther Gann
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(520) 882-6946, ext. 16

2017
08
Oct

Migrations Old and New

Migrations Old and New Major human migrations are a fact of history. Perhaps none has stirred the imagination more than the sudden, seemingly mysterious “disappearance” of the people of the Four Corners area. Centuries ago, an estimated 25,000 people farmed, hunted and raised turkeys around Col...
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2017
13
Aug

Innovative Study of DNA of Domesticated Animals Used to Track Migrations from Mesa Verde

Innovative Study of DNA of Domesticated Animals Used to Track Migrations from Mesa Verde The 13th century Puebloan depopulation of the Four Corners region of the US Southwest is an iconic episode in world prehistory. Studies of its causes, as well as its consequences, have a bearing not only on arc...
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2017
02
Jul

New Journal for Bioarchaeology

New Journal for Bioarchaeology Bioarchaeology is a young but quickly growing field that studies how people from the past lived and died, and is most often described as a combination of biological anthropology, archaeology and social theory. However, this field also faces a problem: There are many di...
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2017
04
Jun

The Antiquities Act Turns 111 - Celebrate by Protecting the Law

The Antiquities Act Turns 111 - Celebrate by Protecting the Law This Thursday, June 8, is an important day. It marks 111 years since President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law. We at Archaeology Southwest cannot overstate this law’s significance. Through this act, America ha...
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2017
02
Apr

The Antiquities Act Is Threatened

Editorial: The Antiquities Act Is Threatened The heart of the Antiquities Act of 1906 is a mere two sentences. But a good argument can be made that this brief law — which authorizes the president to protect “objects of historic or scientific interest” on federal lands as “national monuments...
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2017
05
Mar

Editorial: Interior Secretary Zinke's Visit to Utah Likely a Defining Moment

Grand Canyon Trust Profiles Forest Service Archaeologist Connie Reid The words culture, conservation, and commitment all begin with the letter C. And so does the name of Connie Reid, the archaeologist for the North Kaibab Ranger District on the Kaibab National Forest. The Trust has been working with...
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2017
23
Jan

A Tohono O'odham View of the Legacy in the Landscape

Editorial: A Tohono O'odham View of the Legacy in the Landscape ‘Legacy” is a word we’re hearing a lot lately. Words and ideas are but one kind of legacy, though. For me and other American Indians, our legacy is through the land. Our history is in the land. So much of the nation’s rich histo...
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2016
11
Dec

Salt Lake Tribune Takes a Stand for the Antiquities Act

Salt Lake Tribune Takes a Stand for the Antiquities Act and Our National Monuments Rob Bishop has made it clear that he would like for the Antiquities Act of 1906 to just go away. And for all those who support the law to "die." Until one or both of those happen, though, neither the incoming preside...
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2016
30
Oct

Temporary Halt to Fracking near Chaco Canyon Overturned

Temporary Halt to Fracking near Chaco Canyon Overturned An effort to temporarily halt drilling across part of one of the nation’s largest natural gas fields has been rejected by a federal appeals court, leaving environmentalists to push their case against hydraulic fracturing in district court. A...
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2016
25
Sep

Utah Public Lands Initiative Clears House Committee

Utah Public Lands Initiative Clears House Committee The House Natural Resources Committee advanced the Public Lands Initiative on Thursday, moving the bill to the full House with a week to go before Congress adjourns until after the election. The PLI, sponsored by Utah Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Ch...
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2016
18
Sep

Don't Blame the Salt at Chaco?

Research Finds Salt Infiltration Was Not a Problem at Chaco Canyon Various salt compounds found deep in the soil of New Mexico’s desert may be the key to understanding how crops were cultivated in ancient Chaco Canyon – despite the backdrop of what seems an otherwise arid and desolate landscape...
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2016
21
Aug

Ancient Solar Storms Offer a New Method for Calibrating Dendrochronology

Ancient Solar Storms Offer a New Method for Calibrating Dendrochronology Archaeologists believe they have identified a new way of putting accurate dates to great events of prehistory. Rare and spectacular storms on the sun appear to have left their mark in forests and fields around the planet over t...
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