Archaeology Southwest Acquires Another Important Place of the Past: Baicatcan

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

Archaeology Southwest Acquires Another Important Place of the Past: Baicatcan In 2011, Daniel Baker donated a conservation easement to Archaeology Southwest over 8 acres of his 12-acre residence to protect a portion of the José Solas Ruin. In 2014, Daniel approached Archaeology Southwest about donating his 1/3 undivided interest in the Taylor site. In addition to Daniel’s […]



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Department of Interior Announces BLM-BIA Cooperative Effort on Oil-Gas Leasing across the Greater Chaco Landscape

Great North Road
Friday, October 21st, 2016

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (October 21, 2016)—The Department of Interior has just announced that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Farmington Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be partnering on an expanded analysis of oil & gas leasing and management on public and tribal lands in the Greater Chaco Landscape. Read the press […]



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It’s Complex

Chacoan Window
Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Daniel Agudelo, University of Michigan (Posted July 13, 2016)—On Saturday June 18 and Sunday June 19 we had the awesome pleasure of visiting Chaco Canyon and learning about Chacoan culture. Getting to Chaco was a trip in itself—over 10 miles of unpaved, hilly, and bumpy roads! I am so glad that this location as well […]



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Utah Considers Sale of State Land on Comb Ridge

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

Utah Considers Sale of State Land on Comb Ridge Officials with the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) are now considering a proposal to sell a 640-acre section on the southern tip of Comb Ridge in San Juan County. This scenic spot, located 6 miles west of Bluff on State Route 163, is […]



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New Mexico Park Visitation Rises

Pueblo Bonito Aerial
Monday, April 25th, 2016

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (April 25, 2016)—The latest statistics show a dramatic increase in visitation to National Park Service (NPS) parks and monuments in New Mexico, for March 2016. Several factors may be responsible for the uptick, including a promotional push by the Park Service in conjunction with its 100-year anniversary. Given the threats […]



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Expiration of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Was Also an Assault on Public Lands

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Expiration of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Was Also an Assault on Public Lands When armed men shut down the 107-year-old Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in the sagebrush steppes of the northern Great Basin on Saturday, their anti-government anger put federal management of public lands in the West in the spotlight for the second time in a […]



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Career Directions

Paul Reed at Chaco
Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Victoria Bowler, University of New Mexico Since graduating with an Anthropology degree three years ago, I have been putting off graduate school and roaming to and from National Park Service sites in the Southwest. My seasonal nomadic employment has supplied me with so many friends and networks and a glimpse into a possible lifetime career […]



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Preservation in Action at Cedar Mesa and Chaco

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Efforts to Save Utah’s Cedar Mesa Reach a Crescendo The gnats and mosquitos were out in force that mid-June evening at our campsite, as was the Indian paintbrush, the penstemon, globe mallow and other wildflowers whose names I don’t know. The long day’s last light slowly ran its fingers down the sinewy sandstone wave of Comb […]



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Vandalism in National Parks Is on the Decline, Except in Urban Areas

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Vandalism in National Parks Is on the Decline, Except in Urban Areas City dwellers can argue over whether graffiti is vandalism or art or some strange hybrid of the two. But when it appears in national parks, there should be no question: It’s desecration. Over the last several years, across the 400 parks that fall […]



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Judge Rules Vandalism by ATV Is Not Protected Speech

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Judge Rules Vandalism by ATV Is Not Protected Speech  A federal judge on Wednesday rejected San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman’s claim that the First Amendment shields him from conspiracy charges stemming from his role in organizing a motorized group ride into southeastern Utah’s Recapture Canyon last year. “Speech is not protected if it is the […]



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National Endowment for the Humanities Provides Grant to Digitize and Preserve Data from Salmon Pueblo

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

National Endowment for the Humanities Provides Grant to Digitize and Preserve Data from Salmon Pueblo Carrie Heitman, an assistant professor of archaeology at UNL, will lead the digitization of the Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection that tells the story of the indigenous Chacoan culture through its architecture, tools, and other artifacts. The Salmon Ruins Museum, project […]



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Park Service Considering New Rules for Deaccessioning Archaeological Materials

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Park Service Considering New Rules for Deaccessioning Archaeological Materials The National Park Service (NPS) has proposed a rule to allow deaccessioning of federally owned archaeological items determined to be of insufficient national archaeological interest. The amendment to the Code of Federal Regulations Chapter 36 part 79 is open for public comment for 90 days ending Feb. […]



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Woman Vandalizes 10 Western National Parks and Posts the Evidence on Instagram

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Woman Vandalizes 10 Western National Parks and Posts the Evidence on Instagram She calls it art, proudly signing her urban-influenced sketches and posting photos of them online, like a sort of Banksy in the wild. The National Park Service calls it criminal. The agency on Thursday announced it was investigating 21-year-old Casey Nocket’s recent cross-country jaunt during which […]



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National Park Service Bans “Drones”

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

National Park Service Bans “Drones” The National Park Service announced today that they are banning the use of drones and model aircraft in all National Parks, subject to a few limited exceptions. According to a policy memorandum released by Jonathan Jarvis, Director of the Park Service, the directive is an interim measure while the park […]



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European DNA Found in Remains of a 24,000-Year-Old Siberian Answers Many Questions about Ancient New World Populations

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

European DNA Found in Remains of a 24,000-Year-Old Siberian Answers Many Questions about Ancient New World Populations The 24,000-year-old remains of a young boy from the Siberian village of Mal’ta have added a new root to the family tree of indigenous Americans. While some of the New World’s native ancestry clearly traces back to east […]



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The Debate over Developing Lands Adjacent to Chaco Canyon

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

The Debate over Developing Lands Adjacent to Chaco Canyon As far as the Park Service is concerned, Binettnee Kirk suggested the resort might be pitched to the feds as a preferable alternative to fracking, to which the gas-rich Nageezians might resort if there’s no other way to harvest income from their land. In its quest […]



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Feds Recover Ancient Inscriptions Stolen from BLM Land

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Feds Recover Ancient Inscriptions Petroglyph panels cut and chiseled off an eastern Sierra rock art site sacred to Native Americans have been recovered by federal investigators, U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials announced Thursday.The suspected thieves have not been identified and the investigation is continuing into one of the worst acts of vandalism ever committed […]



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“Save America’s Treasures” Program to Close at the End of This Month

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

“Save America’s Treasures” to Close at the End of This Month For the past twelve years, Save America’s Treasures has been one of the country’s most important and effective historic preservation efforts, bringing hundreds of millions of dollars for restoration to nationally significant historic sites and special collections in all parts of the U.S. In the […]



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San Antonio and the National Park Service Demonstrate Economic Impacts of Heritage Sites

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

San Antonio and the National Park Service Demonstrate Economic Impacts of Heritage Sites The San Antonio missions aren’t just for history buffs or those looking for reflective prayer. The National Park service says they are also a boon to the economy. Last year was historic for its visitors to the missions. In commissioners court Tuesday, […]



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