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

2020
17
Nov

Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition Ready to Work with New Administration

Dear Friends, How do you know when you have the perfect job? For me, it’s when you get home after an 11-hour day and you’re relaxed, energized, and ready to face the ever-mounting challenges to Archaeology Southwest’s Preservation Archaeology mission. I left home just before 7:00 a.m....
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2020
10
Nov

Interior Appropriations Bill Excludes Chaco Protections

Dear Friends,  Weeks are longer than they used to be. I can barely remember the geologic era of the last time I sat down on a Tuesday evening to write to you.  That’s the problem with archaeologists: We expect time to be linear.  Sometimes, it can be helpful to consider the antitheses ...
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2020
06
Oct

Identifying Sites and Resources in Greater Chaco

Dear Friends, I was pleased to see a major new initiative by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation called the Monuments Project. Mellon has allocated $250 million over the next five years to this effort. From what I gather, the focus is likely to favor urban settings. According to the New York Times...
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2020
11
Sep

Connections to Place: An Interview with Todd Scissons

Stacy Ryan, Preservation Archaeologist, with Todd Scissons, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Pueblo of Acoma (September 11, 2020)—Several months ago, I attended a webinar that focused on efforts to stop vandalism at archaeological sites and heard Todd Scissons, the Tribal Historic Preser...
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2020
08
Sep

George Frison Passes

Dear Friends,  Less than three months ago, my note to you linked to a blog post I published on June 17 that called on conscientious individuals and organizations to do more than simply post statements of support for Black Lives Matter. Compared to the magnitude of confronting America’s systemi...
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2020
14
Jul

Continuing Coverage: Administration to Announce “Revisions” to Bedrock Environmental Law

Dear Friends,  This past week, a four-story adobe building built in the early 1300s and known today as the Casa Grande has consumed many hours of my time. On Monday of last week, the manuscript for the reissue of our 2009 Archaeology Southwest Magazine on the Casa Grande Community was turned ove...
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2020
30
Jun

Lessons, not Warnings, from the Past

Dear Friends, Working from home since mid-March has taken its toll. I had a chance to break out for almost 24 hours, and it was almost heavenly. On this last day of June, I went to Gila Bend and a bit beyond. (I realize you are all incredibly jealous! The weather was even unseasonably cool—only...
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2020
24
Mar

Educational and Public Archaeology Resources Online

Educational and Public Archaeology Resources Online Last week, Lewis Borck (University of Missouri) organized a community-crowdsourced spreadsheet of archaeology/history-oriented educational and public content online as a resource for teachers and students looking for activities/readings/videos the...
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2019
04
Jun

Fingerprints Show Chaco Potters Were Male and Female

New Research: Fingerprints Show Chaco Potters Were Male and Female In the Pueblo communities of New Mexico and Arizona, pottery is a skill that is traditionally passed down from grandmothers and mothers to younger women of the community. This custom was thought to have ancient origins, and archaeol...
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2019
26
Feb

Public Lands and Repatriation in the News

Congress Passes Major Public Lands Package “This robust, landmark package illustrates that it is possible for political agreement when it comes to caring for the country’s public lands that have natural, cultural and historic significance. The conservation gains in the bill are substantial, pro...
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2018
19
Dec

How You Can Help Protect Heritage Sites

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 ...
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2018
11
Dec

Do Better by Chaco

Commentary: Do Better by Chaco However, outside the pueblos, little information is available about the Pueblos’ ties to the Greater Chaco Region that would enable the BLM to meet its mandated duties. Pueblo ethnographic information is scarce or entirely absent from the archaeological and academic...
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