Archaeology Is Often the Last Line of Defense for the Places of the Past

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Archaeology Is Often the Last Line of Defense for the Places of the Past Sometimes I get the feeling that, as a field archaeologist, I am an undertaker for wild places, for I might be one of the last people to see a place before it is chained, leveled, mined, trenched or burned. The thought […]



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The Antiquities Act Turns 111 – Celebrate by Protecting the Law

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

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 has protected its singular landscapes and people’s stories therein. Increasingly, the […]



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Celebrate the 111th Anniversary of the Antiquities Act—By Defending It

Sonoran Desert
Sunday, June 4th, 2017

Kate Sarther Gann, Communications Coordinator (June 4, 2017)—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 has protected its singular landscapes and people’s stories therein. Increasingly, the Antiquities Act is […]



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Department of the Interior Receives Overwhelming Public Support for Bears Ears

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Department of the Interior Receives Overwhelming Public Support for Bears Ears Supporters of Bears Ears National Monument sent a flood of comments to the Department of the Interior urging that the Utah monument be protected, with more than 685,000 messages of support submitted in just 15 days….“Trump and Zinke need to listen to the American […]



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A Resolution of the Board of Directors for Archaeology Southwest in opposition to any efforts to revoke or diminish Bears Ears National Monument

Bears Ears
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

RESOLUTION A Resolution of the Board of Directors for Archaeology Southwest in opposition to any efforts to revoke or diminish Bears Ears National Monument. Whereas, Presidential Executive Order 13792 of April 26, 2017, directs the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a review of all Presidential designations or expansions of designations under the Antiquities Act […]



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For Bears Ears, Our National Monuments, and the Antiquities Act

Roosevelt at the Grand Canyon
Friday, May 12th, 2017

Bill Doelle, President & CEO (May 12, 2017)—The outraged community had the Swedish scientist arrested. The scientist, Gustav Nordenskiöld (1868–1895), had undertaken quite good archaeological excavations, by today’s standards, at cliff dwellings in southwestern Colorado’s Mesa Verde region. The trouble came in September 1891 when he tried to ship the materials back east by rail, bound […]



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The Antiquities Act Is Challenged

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Trump Calls for Review of 28 National Monuments, Revocation of Bears Ears President Donald Trump signed an executive order yesterday calling on the Department of the Interior (DOI) to review “all Presidential designations or expansions of designations under the Antiquities Act made since January 1, 1996.”  Why would a new president with so much on his […]



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Take Action: Stand with the Antiquities Act

Organ Pipe
Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Kate Sarther Gann, Communications Coordinator (April 27, 2017)—An attack on one national monument is an attack on all national monuments. On April 26, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order requiring the Department of the Interior to review national monument designations since 1996 that are greater than 100,000 acres or that might have occurred with […]



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Celebrating National Park Week

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (April 19, 2017)—Happy National Park Week! This week, April 15–23, is a nationwide celebration of these public lands and the cultural and natural heritage they protect. Many of us here at Archaeology Southwest spend a lot of time in national parks (and monuments too). Our work takes us to beautiful […]



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The Antiquities Act Is Threatened

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

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” — has done more than any […]



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Native America Victorious at Standing Rock

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Native America Victorious at Standing Rock The Army Corps of Engineers will not grant the permit for the Dakota Access pipeline to drill under the Missouri river, the army announced on Sunday, handing a major victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe after a months-long campaign against the pipeline. Assistant secretary for civil works Jo-Ellen Darcy […]



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U.S. Rep. Grijalva, Archaeology Southwest, Inter Tribal Association of Arizona Unite to Protect the Great Bend of the Gila with National Monument

Rock Art at Quail Point
Monday, August 29th, 2016

Collaboration Signals Greater Tribal Involvement in Federal Land Management PHOENIX (August 29, 2016)—During a two-year study process to examine the deep human history of 84,000 acres of federal land in Maricopa and Yuma Counties, Archaeology Southwest and study participants explored ancestral connections for 13 Native American tribes, most of whom were engaged in the development […]



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A View of American Politics from the Perspective of Southwestern Archaeology

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

A View of American Politics from the Perspective of Southwestern Archaeology Inequality. Economic recession. Wage stagnation. These are the buzzwords of the populist uprisings on both the left and the right during this 2016 election season. Although they’re running strikingly different campaigns, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are both capitalizing on anger with the so-called […]



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Archaeology Southwest’s Paul Reed Explains How Oil and Gas Development Threatens the Chaco Landscape

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Archaeology Southwest’s Paul Reed Explains How Oil and Gas Development Threatens the Chaco Landscape Chaco Culture National Historical Park, and affiliated sites on nearby Navajo Nation and Bureau of Land Management lands, are designated as a World Heritage Site – one of only 22 such sites in the United States and the only such site jointly […]



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Paradise by the Antiquities Act

Walking along the Colorado River
Thursday, September 5th, 2013

By Bill Doelle, President & CEO   Paradise is defined many ways. For me, spending last week away from a cell phone and the rest of the electronic world was paradise. My personal paradise was at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. It can’t get much better than that! Grand Canyon National Park is the […]



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President Declares Chimney Rock a National Monument

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Chimney Rock Declared a National Monument President Obama exercised his authority under the Antiquities Act to designate a new national monument at Chimney Rock Archaeological Area in southwestern Colorado. The president’s decision provides this irreplaceable site with permanent protection and a designation equal to its historical and cultural importance. Located in San Juan National Forest, the 4,726-acre Chimney Rock Archaeological […]



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Chimney Rock National Monument Established

Friday, September 21st, 2012

President Obama Establishes Chimney Rock National Monument in Colorado Archaeology Southwest joins the National Trust for Historic Preservation in applauding the president’s designation Tucson, Ariz. (September 21, 2012) — Today, President Obama exercised his authority under the Antiquities Act to designate a new national monument at Chimney Rock Archaeological Area in southwestern Colorado. The president’s […]



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