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The Chaco Landscape Is Too Important to Lose
Chaco Canyon Might Lack the Monumentality of Egyptian Pyramids, but the Chaco Landscape Is Too Important to Lose In Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, it is still possible to wander the maze of rooms of an ancestral Puebloan village erected roughly 1,000 years ago. Visitors use the same staircases and duc...
Congress Takes Aim at Bears Ears
Congress Takes Aim at Bears Ears In January, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, called the recently designated Bears Ears National Monument in his state a “travesty.” Hatch vowed to work with President Donald Trump to reverse the December 2016 designation, a stance that many other Utah Republicans have ...
A View of American Politics from the Perspective of Southwestern Archaeology
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, ...
Continuing Efforts to Fight for the Preservation of the Chaco Landscape
Continuing Efforts to Fight for the Preservation of the Chaco Landscape Over the past few months, I have continued to advocate for protection of the Greater Chaco Landscape. This has included attending a number of meetings with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and other officials, conducting a tour...
Ancient Southwestern Ceramics Point to the Survival of the Most Connected
Ancient Southwestern Ceramics Point to the Survival of the Most Connected In the late 13th century, the American southwest was hit by a major drought. When resources were exhausted and agriculture failed, some groups of people were forced to migrate out of the region. Entire areas of northern Ariz...
Hohokam Village Excavated to Make Way for Future Strip Mall
Hohokam Village Excavated to Make Way for Future Strip Mall A “really nice picture” of the workings of early Hohokam civilization is emerging from a recent excavation that uncovered at least part of a prehistoric-era village at a planned Marana outlet mall site. “This site is revealing, becau...
The Debate over Developing Lands Adjacent to Chaco Canyon
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 th...
Looting Public Lands Steals Everyone's Heritage
Looting Public Lands Steals Everyone's Heritage I remember walking up the slope of tall grass waving in the breeze of a cool South Dakota morning. I was a young graduate student on my first archaeological project, and we were conducting site surveys along the east shore of Lake Oahe in the summer of...
New Evidence for Non-Clovis Paleolithic Occupation of the Americas
Paleolithic Site in Oregon Appears Unrelated to Clovis Archaeological work in Oregon's Paisley Caves has found evidence that Western Stemmed projectile points -- darts or thrusting spearheads -- were present at least 13,200 calendar years ago during or before the Clovis culture in western North Am...
Article Examines Contested Lands and Multiple Histories at Wupatki National Monument
Contested Lands and Multiple Histories at Wupatki National Monument On a nice day last fall, a young Navajo, Anthony (Tony) Davis, walked across his ancestral land in Wupatki National Monument, with his sights set on a two-room stone house on a bluff about a quarter mile from the modern visitor cent...
San Antonio and the National Park Service Demonstrate Economic Impacts of Heritage Sites
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 th...