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Congressional Subcommittee Hearing Today: "Destroying Sacred Sites and Erasing Tribal Culture"
Continuing Coverage: Congressional Subcommittee Hearing Today on Desecration at Border Association on American Indian Affairs Executive Director and Attorney Shannon Keller O’Loughlin will testify to Congress Wednesday that recent U.S. government destruction of Native American sacred sites for th...
Life of the Gila: The Patayan World
Aaron Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (February 21, 2020)—Several years ago, a former archaeology professor of mine asked me, “What is this Patayan thing anyway?” After taking a moment to collect my thoughts, I responded with the kind of elevator pitch you might hear at some archaeolog...
Why You Should Experience the Painted Rock Petroglyph Site
Knowledge seekers of every kind are welcome at Archaeology Café at The Loft Cinema for a series of programs exploring the deep and diverse history of the Southwest. Join us on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, as Dr. Aaron Wright discusses the Painted Rock Petroglyph Site. Explore what makes this place s...
A Perspective on the Lower Gila River Ethnographic and Archaeological Project
Skylar Begay (April 22, 2019)—Before I begin, I feel it’s important to provide context for the reader as to who I am. My name is Skylar Begay and I’m 25 years old. I was born on the Navajo Reservation in Fort Defiance, Arizona. I have lived in various places on the reservation, but I call...
What’s West of Phoenix: Patayan Archaeology of the Lower Gila River
Knowledge-seekers of every kind are welcome at Archaeology Café at Changing Hands for a season of programs exploring the deep and diverse history of Phoenix and the greater Southwest in a jargon-free zone. Join us as Dr. Aaron Wright explores “What’s West of Phoenix: Patayan Archaeology of the ...
Identity Politics, Past and Present
Aaron Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (August 7, 2018)—Social identity has emerged as a field of concerted archaeological inquiry in the Southwest and beyond. At Archaeology Southwest, we’ve been thinking a lot about how people create and express social identities at multiple scales, and...
Michael Harner’s Early Years as an Archaeologist (In Memoriam)
Aaron Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (March 16, 2018)—Just a few weeks ago we lost one of the pioneers of Patayan archaeology. Michael Harner, who passed away on February 3 at the age of 88, is renowned as one of the world’s preeminent anthropologists of shamanism. After a successful ca...
As International Archaeology Day (October 15, 2016) approaches, we’re celebrating by sharing posts about what we’re working on now—the daily work of archaeology. Aaron Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (October 12, 2016)—What does the day-to-day life of an archaeologist look like? I c...
New Video Traverses the Great Bend of the Gila
This Archaeology Southwest video takes you on a spectacular journey to the Gila Bend region of southern Arizona, where you will experience the richness and fragility of this abiding cultural crossroads.
The Great Bend of the Gila
This issue of Archaeology Southwest presents several thousand years of human history along the Great Bend of the Gila River.