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New Site Protection Acquisition: The Taylor Site
Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative (December 21, 2016)—Beginning with a visit in 1692, Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino and various representatives of the Spanish crown traveled on several occasions along much of the San Pedro River within what is now Arizona. They encountered a number o...
You're Invited: Making Archaeology Public
Sarah Herr, Senior Project Director, Desert Archaeology, Inc. (January 12, 2016)—This Thursday night in Tucson, the 15th biennial Southwest Symposium opens. The Southwest Symposium has always been one of my favorite archaeological conferences, as archaeologists working in the Southwest United Sta...
Crow Canyon's Village Ecodynamics Project Clarifies Understanding of Mesa Verde
Crow Canyon's Village Ecodynamics Project Clarifies Understanding of Mesa Verde Vultures carve lazy circles in the sky as a stream of tourists marches down a walkway into Colorado's Spruce Canyon. Watching their steps, the visitors file along a series of switchbacks leading to one of the more impro...
What Most of Us Are Doing This Week: Ridiculously Long Titles Edition
Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist Many of us here at Archaeology Southwest will be spending part of this week in San Francisco, California, at the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting. Every year, thousands of archaeologists flock to a different North American city to o...
Bruce Babbit Advocates for a Major Push in Public Lands Protection
Bruce Babbit Advocates for a Major Push in Public Lands Protection When a racist rancher in Nevada and his armed supporters can command headlines by claiming to own and control publicly owned lands, perhaps it's time to remind Westerners about the history of the nation's public-land heritage. Recal...
Tanque Verde Brown and the Temper of Sand
By Lewis Borck, Preservation Fellow In the not-so-distant past, I organized a meeting of the minds to discuss problems and interesting phenomena associated with precontact southern Arizona pottery (“precontact” meaning “before the arrival of Europeans”). As I prepared for “Edge ...
Not Just for Sherd Nerds
By Matt Peeples, Preservation Archaeologist Although a holiday, this past Monday definitely was not a quiet day at Archaeology Southwest. The first full day of the Preservation Archaeology Field School kicked off with some introductory lectures and tours. I was fortunate to tag along for ...
Patrick Lyons Selected as Director of the Arizona State Museum
Patrick Lyons Selected as Director of the Arizona State Museum In the midst of its 120th year, Arizona State Museum (ASM) has named Patrick D. Lyons, Ph.D., as its new director. Lyons, an archaeologist, is ASM’s seventh director since its founding by the territorial legislature in 1893. Lyons repl...
Archaeologist Elisa Villalpando vs. the Narcotraficantes
Archaeologist Elisa Villalpando vs. the Narcotraficantes During the holiday season, my family always hosted the many archaeology graduate students from Binghamton University in upstate New York, where my father, Randall McGuire, was and still is a professor. After the dinner of turkey with all the ...
Besh-Ba-Gowah and the Salado Phenomenon
Besh-Ba-Gowah and the Salado Phenomenon Ancient ruins can be the most personal of artifacts, whispering with the voices of those they once sheltered. But such whispers often spark more questions than answers. Consider Globe's Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park, where rustic stone ramparts and reconst...
Pueblo Grande Indian Market Events Scheduled for Dec. 11 and 12
Pueblo Grande Indian Market Events Scheduled for Next Weekend Pueblo Grande Event Next Weekend Celebrate at the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park Saturday and Sunday, December 11 & 12, 2010. More than 200 Native American artists will participate in this major cultural event. Th...
Meetings of the American Anthropological Association Featured a Growing "Jargon Gap"
Meetings of the American Anthropological Association Feature Growing "Jargon Gap" This weekend's annual conference of the American Anthropological Association drew more than 6,000 scholars, making it among the best-attended meetings in the organization's history. But the robust numbers did not preve...