The Fornholt Retrospective: An Introduction

Fornholt fieldwork, 2008
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Katherine Dungan, Preservation Archaeologist (December 6, 2016)—The archaeological site that we call Fornholt sits on a ridge overlooking the grassy, well-watered valley that surrounds Mule Creek, in southwestern New Mexico. Today, the most visible parts of the site are the two architectural mounds—the remains of masonry room blocks that likely date to sometime between the […]



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Where Most Research Happens

Lab Research
Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Katherine Dungan, Preservation Archaeologist (August 19, 2016)—Odds are good that when you think of archaeology, you’re thinking of an outdoor activity, whether that’s a bunch of dust-covered researchers poking around in square holes or just you, experiencing a place on the landscape with a deep human history. Protecting those kinds of places is absolutely at […]



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Other Archaeologists

Karen in Ethiopia
Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Between now and October 17, 2015, Archaeology Southwest is participating in the Archaeological Institute of America’s celebration of International Archaeology Day (10/17/15) by sharing blog posts about why—or how—we became archaeologists. We hope you enjoy this very personal look at our staff members and the experiences that changed their lives. Today we feature Preservation Archaeologist […]



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Preparations

Loading Up
Monday, June 1st, 2015

Leslie Aragon, Excavation Director and University of Arizona Doctoral Program The beginning of the summer field school season is always an exciting time of year. Every year, the staff of the Upper Gila Preservation Archaeology (UGPA) field school (a partnership between Archaeology Southwest and the University of Arizona School of Anthropology) heads out a week […]



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Experimental Archaeology at Mule Creek

Mule Creek Point
Friday, June 28th, 2013

By David Loome, field school student from Northern Arizona University/Coconino Community College As students at the Preservation Archaeology Field School at Mule Creek, we are exposed almost every day to the tools and technology used by people in the past. By analyzing and studying artifacts like stone tools and pottery, we can gain important insights […]



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First Week in Mule Creek

Screening through Soil
Friday, June 7th, 2013

By Linda Pierce, Deputy Director   I spent most of last week at our Preservation Archaeology Field School headquarters in Mule Creek, New Mexico, helping out with (and documenting) the start of the 2013 field season. It was a busy week, and by the time I left late Friday morning, it seemed everyone was getting […]



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Settling into Camp

Field School Lab
Monday, June 3rd, 2013

By Kathryn Turney, field school student from Pima Community College There is much more to Upper Gila Archaeological Preservation Field School than learning the basics of Preservation Archaeology. There are fun and informative field trips and lecture opportunities and a lot of hands on learning. Additionally, archaeology may mean living in the field, literally in […]



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Student Post: Wrapping up the Season

Mac, Kelly, and Tom
Friday, July 6th, 2012

By Deborah L. Huntley, Preservation Archaeologist   Nathan Thrapp summarizes this season’s field school: With the field school coming to an end today, I thought a short summary of our shared experiences at Mule Creek would be fitting. Starting our journey in Tucson, Arizona, eleven strangers were put together to accomplish a task. We broke […]



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Student Post: Time Well Spent

First day in the field
Monday, July 2nd, 2012

  By Deborah L. Huntley, Preservation Archaeologist   Emily Kvamme reflects on the past month: I came to this program not knowing whether I would enjoy doing archaeology. Now I know that I do—thoroughly! Over the past month, I have learned so much by working with different supervisors and seeing how their methods differ slightly, […]



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Student Post: Reaching Out, part 2

Examining a carbonized corn cob
Friday, June 29th, 2012

  By Deborah L. Huntley, Preservation Archaeologist Elizabeth Newcomb describes our second community outreach event: I had expected that I’d be doing a lot of different things at the Preservation Archaeology field school, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that our assignments included two outreach events. My background experience includes outreach and public […]



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…And More Questions Raised!

Emily and Megan
Thursday, June 28th, 2012

  By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant In my last post, I described three goals for our research at Fornholt this year.  In this post, I’ll discuss the second of these goals. Last year, in the two-story part of the southern room block, we found a burned storage room filled with the carbonized remains of […]



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Student Post: For the Love of Obsidian

Obsidian outcrop
Monday, June 25th, 2012

  By Deborah L. Huntley, Preservation Archaeologist Jordan Taher’s encounter with the Mule Creek obsidian source has been a pilgrimage of sorts: One of the main reasons I wanted to attend the Archaeology Southwest-University of Arizona Preservation Archaeology field school at Mule Creek was the nearby obsidian source. Now, I’m kind of a rock fanatic—though, […]



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Student Post: Reaching Out

Andy and Madeline
Thursday, June 21st, 2012

  By Deborah L. Huntley, Preservation Archaeologist Andi Sei understands why we must share what we are learning with the community: Archaeology isn’t just for the academic. Public education is vital for the community and the archaeologist. This past Saturday, our field school held this season’s first public outreach event for the youth of the […]



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Student Post: The Importance of Field Training

Students Excavating
Thursday, June 14th, 2012

  By Deborah L. Huntley, Preservation Archaeologist Field training is proving invaluable to student Madeline Weinberger: If you have any doubts about the importance of field training in archaeology, let me end them. Attending a field school is incredibly important. After talking to other students and faculty members, I learned that field school training is […]



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Student Post: Blissfully Disconnected

Mule Creek campsite
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

  By Deborah L. Huntley, Preservation Archaeologist Field school student Megan Smith settles in to the rhythm of camp life: I often feel that I have lost sight of what is really important in my life as I scramble to meet deadlines and constantly focus my views so narrowly on stressful and pointless details. Am […]



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Student Post: First Days at Mule Creek

Arriving to Mule Creek
Monday, June 4th, 2012

  By Deborah L. Huntley, Preservation Archaeologist Our first student blog post comes from Tom Sprynczynatyk: As we drove up to the field school camp, I couldn’t help but feel some trepidation. Leaving Safford, about 50 miles southwest from Mule Creek, I could see smoke from the Whitewater-Baldy Fire on the horizon. As we drew […]



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Counting Down the Days

Rob Jones supervises a student crew member at the Fornholt site.
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

…to the 2012 Preservation Archaeology Field School!   By Deborah L. Huntley, Preservation Archaeologist It’s nearly here, and our staff is busy making final preparations for the 2012 Archaeology Southwest/University of Arizona Preservation Archaeology Field School at Mule Creek, New Mexico. Soon we’ll be loading up the vehicles and heading to our field camp! We […]



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Have Pottery, Will Travel: Trade Ware at Gamalstad

Point of Pines Polychrome
Thursday, March 15th, 2012

 By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant   If you’ve been following the blog, you already know a little bit about the Gamalstad site, where we worked in 2009 (you can find my earlier posts here and here). Before we set Gamalstad aside to focus on the upcoming field season, I’d like to discuss some of […]



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The Sherds of Gamalstad: Ceramic Chronology in Mule Creek

Gamalstad Ceramic Chronology
Friday, February 3rd, 2012

By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant In a post back in October, I discussed the Late Pithouse period at Gamalstad, one of the sites we investigated during the 2009 field season. As I wrote then, we have evidence of a substantial pithouse occupation (c. A.D. 550–1000), underneath smaller Mimbres pueblo (that is, Mimbres Classic Phase, c. […]



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Fruitful Discussions at the Southwest Symposium

Friday, January 27th, 2012

By Deborah L. Huntley, Preservation Archaeologist, with Katherine Dungan, Research Associate A few weekends ago, several Archaeology Southwest staff members had the opportunity to attend the 13th Biennial Southwest Symposium in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This year’s symposium title was “Causation and Explanation: Demography, Movement, and Historical Ecology.” Presenters were asked to explore causal explanations for […]



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Even Farther Underground: The Pithouses of Mule Creek

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant As you know from previous posts, our work in the Upper Gila focuses on the Kayenta and Salado migrations of the late 13th through mid-15th centuries and on the 13th century occupation at the Fornholt site, where we worked this past summer. Mule Creek’s archaeological record stretches back even […]



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A Day’s Excavation in 2 Minutes

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

By Rob Jones, Preservation Fellow This summer, during our work at Fornholt, we were lucky enough to be joined by Josh Gilbrech, a photographer from Tucson. He took a time-lapse video of excavations in progress at the deep test unit on the two-story section of the site. Josh’s video gives you a sense of the […]



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Reassignment of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office Director a Cause for Concern

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Reassignment of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office Director a Cause for Concern E-mails obtained by The Republic and interviews with Phoenix officials confirmed that the city’s internal investigation into Stocklin and the Historic Preservation Office relates to a complaint from homeowners. City officials declined to release other records requested by The Republic about the matter because the investigation is pending. http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/09/30/20110930phoenix-historic-preservation-director-move-stirs-debate.html#ixzz1Ze6EbG4y Gary […]



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Tracking Kayenta, Understanding Salado

Jeff Clark
Friday, September 23rd, 2011

By Jeff Clark, Preservation Archaeologist Our work in Mule Creek and the Upper Gila is part of Archaeology Southwest’s long-term research project to assess the scale and impact of Kayenta migrations in the southern Arizona during the late 13th and 14th centuries A.D. The Kayenta were a relatively small “group of groups” that substantially influenced […]



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Mapping the Past

Lindsey, one of our volunteers, draws a wall segment map at Fornholt in 2010.
Thursday, September 8th, 2011

By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant In our posts during the field season, we mentioned various aspects of Fornholt’s site layout—that it has northern and southern room blocks, two-story sections, a large depression in the southern room block—but we never posted a map of the site. I haven’t added our 2011 excavations to the master […]



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