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Designated! Avi Kwa Ame and Castner Range National Monuments
Dear Friends, When Archaeology Southwest takes on a conservation easement, we commit to caring for it “in perpetuity.” That’s clearly a very long time. Regularly thinking about the distant future is part of why I keep coming back to my deep concern over the climate crisis. I just finishe...
This post is one in our annual series of essays by our Preservation Archaeology Field School students. We invite you to continue following along with their experiences over the next few weeks. Alex Burden, University of Colorado Boulder (June 25, 2019)—We rode the RAV4 up along a single-lane c...
On the Hunt for Obsidian
Laura Rojas, Adelphi University (June 13, 2018)—On June 5, experimental archaeologist Allen Denoyer, fellow field school student Shiloh, and I spent the day in the Gila National Forest looking for obsidian in order to gain a better understanding of the process involved in flintknapping. This is...
Antelope Creek Obsidian
Kaitlyn Cometa, University of Delaware (July 12, 2016)—What is the first thing you think of when you hear someone refer to the obsidian at a specific source as “bomb” obsidian? Probably that you don’t want to be near it when it blows up. I however, was drawn to the idea of the “bomb” ...
Flakes, Points, and Little Obsidian Discs
Stacy Ryan, Lithics Lab Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School Now that excavations at the Dinwiddie site are complete, the students are focused on writing detailed summaries about what we’ve learned these past five weeks. Our days here have been incredibly full with fieldwork, ceramics ...
Student Research at the Dinwiddie Site: Raw Material Sources
Deb Huntley, Preservation Archaeologist Students attending the 2013 Archaeology Southwest/University of Arizona Preservation Archaeology Field School completed several interesting and valuable research projects covering a wide range of topics, from experimental ceramics and flaked stone st...
Migrants and Mounds
Archaeology Southwest Publishes Much-Anticipated “Migrants and Mounds” Preservation Archaeology in southeastern Arizona’s San Pedro River valley reveals a story of migration, tension, and integration in the distant past Tucson, Ariz. (November 14, 2012) — Archaeology Southwest is pleased t...
Student Post: For the Love of Obsidian
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 Cree...
Tracking Kayenta, Understanding Salado
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 r...
Follow the Center's Upper Gila Research
Team members Jeff Clark, Deb Huntley, Rob Jones, and Katherine Dungan share their Upper Gila research as it unfolds. New posts appear each Thursday.
New Videos - Center Archaeologists on Work in Mule Creek, New Mexico
Deborah Huntley, Rob Jones, and Katherine Dungan share their research questions and their perspectives on working in the Upper Gila River region of west-central New Mexico in these new Center-produced video segments.
Following the Kayenta and Salado Up the Gila
This issue of Archaeology Southwest presents the Center's ongoing research on the twelfth through fifteenth centuries in the Upper Gila and preliminary results of field efforts in Mule Creek, New Mexico.