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Archaeology Southwest Supports Leasing Reform
Taos N.M (March 25, 2021)—This afternoon, the Department of the Interior held a public forum as part of its comprehensive review of the federal oil and gas program. The forum highlighted perspectives from industry, labor and environmental justice organizations, natural resource advocates, Indige...
Leasing Pause Is Important First Step
Taos, N.M. (January 28, 2021)—Yesterday, President Biden signed an executive order pausing new oil and gas leasing on federal public lands and offshore water (section 208 of the order). The Department of Interior has been charged with reviewing current leasing and permitting practices. Archaeol...
Senate Vote on Great American Outdoors Act May Come This Week
Dear Friends, How are you today? It has been a week of serious introspection for me, ordering thoughts and finding words. I knew I had an important first step to take: acknowledging my role in systemic racism. I've gathered these thoughts into a blog post I hope you'll read (click here for tha...
Protecting the Greater Chaco Landscape: February 2018 Update
Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (February 2, 2018)—Two things of importance happened this week with implications for protection of the Greater Chaco Landscape. First, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Farmington Field Office and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Gallup Office release...
Take Action: Greater Chaco Landscape
Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (February 20, 2017)—DEADLINE TO COMMENT IS MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, MST, 2/20/17. (Original post dated 2/7/17 follows) First, thank you to everyone who has contacted me and Archaeology Southwest about taking action on behalf of the Greater Chaco Landscape...
Update on Protecting the Greater Chaco Landscape
Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (August 23, 2016)—I’m overdue for an update on Archaeology Southwest’s efforts—with our partners—to protect the Greater Chaco Landscape. First, good news: we have produced a brochure highlighting the issues we face. This highly readable broch...
Protecting the Greater Chaco Landscape: December 2015 Update
Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (December 29, 2015)—The last two months have been very busy and productive as we continue our efforts to protect the fragile and irreplaceable Greater Chaco Landscape. We convened two Southwest regional public forums. The first was held at Crow Canyon Arc...
Public Forum to Promote Preservation of the Greater Chaco and Mesa Verde Landscapes
Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (November 13, 2015)—Today, I want to send a fairly short message via blog to our supporters and members. Archaeology Southwest and Crow Canyon are pleased to announce a public forum to promote protection of the Greater Chaco and Mesa Verde Landscapes. The...
August 2015 Update on Preserving the Greater Chaco Landscape
By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (August 19, 2015)—Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge James Browning rejected an effort by environmental groups to stop oil and gas development in northwestern New Mexico. This ruling was a disappointment, because a break in the action would have all...
Meeting with Senator Tom Udall at Chaco Canyon
By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist June 30, 2015—As many of you know, I’ve been actively engaged in protecting the Greater Chaco Landscape for much of the last year. Impacts to this amazing landscape from the development of oil-gas facilities in association with the Mancos Shale play...
Connor Walsh, University of Notre Dame Several months ago, when I was considering my options for an archaeological field school, I hoped to choose a school which would broaden my experience; all of my previous work was in Ireland, and I knew that my base of knowledge was therefore limited to the id...