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Paul Reed at Chaco
Friday, July 14th, 2017

Stacy L. Ryan, Field School Staff Member (July 14, 2017)—For most of the year, we staff members of the Upper Gila Preservation Archaeology Field School work on a variety of projects that focus on our research interests and areas of expertise. But for six weeks in the summer, we converge in Cliff, New Mexico, with […]



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Archaeology Southwest’s Paul Reed on Protecting Chaco Canyon

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Editorial: Archaeology Southwest’s Paul Reed on Protecting Chaco Canyon Our public lands were at the center of many celebrations this past year. The centennial of the National Park Service allowed Americans across the country to celebrate what makes America so special: our public lands, cultural sites and natural wonders. This year, New Mexicans also were […]



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The Monument Wars

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

The Monument Wars In the West, where I currently live, we have our own unfinished wars: the Indian wars. I was reminded of how unfinished they are this fall, when I attended a demonstration led by Native Americans against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The protest took place in front of the statehouse in Bismarck, North […]



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The Santa Fe New Mexican Honors the Life’s Work of Polly Schaafsma

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

The Santa Fe New Mexican  Honors the Life’s Work of Polly Schaafsma Polly Dix Schaafsma, an archaeologist who has long specialized in Indian rock art, is featured in the current issue of the New Mexico Historical Review, and this month she is receiving two honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of her work — yet this […]



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Join the Fight to Protect Bears Ears

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Join the Fight to Protect Bears Ears The archaeological community has urged the preservation of the Cedar Mesa/Bears Ears region for at least 113 years, dating back to a report in 1903 by T. Mitchel Prudden. Thanks to the leadership of Native American Tribes, 2016 is finally the year to protect this internationally significant cultural landscape. If […]



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Archaeology Southwest’s Most Memorable Moments of 2015

Doug Gann at Pecos
Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Kate Sarther Gann, Communications Coordinator   (December 31, 2015)—Inspired by a clever post from our friends at the Friends of Cedar Mesa, we decided to compile our own list. So, with a hat-tip to Amanda Nichols and Josh Ewing at FCM, we give you, in no particular order, Archaeology Southwest’s Most Memorable Moments of 2015 […]



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Protecting the Greater Chaco Landscape: December 2015 Update

Reed and Vallo
Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

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 Archaeological Center, outside Cortez, Colorado, on November 21. Our panel […]



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Coalition Created to Protect the Chaco Landscape

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

Coalition Created to Protect the Chaco Landscape A coalition of conservationists has launched a campaign to raise awareness over oil and gas operations near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Paul Reed, a Chaco scholar and a preservation archaeologist with Tucson-based Archaeology Southwest, has been working on protecting the Chaco landscape for more than two years with other conservationists. He has just launched a […]



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Public Forum to Promote Preservation of the Greater Chaco and Mesa Verde Landscapes

New Alto and Pueblo Alto
Friday, November 13th, 2015

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 event will be held on Saturday, November 21, […]



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Happy International Archaeology Day!

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

(October 17, 2015)—So, by now you have read our stories. (If you haven’t, check out the links below). What ties all this to International Archaeology Day? There are a few common themes to consider: A sense of something bigger than this time and place An innate interest in and respect for humanity An interest in […]



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Deep Roots and Archaeological Obsession

Paul Reed at Rowe, 1984
Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Between now and October 17, 2015, Archaeology Southwest is participating in the Archaeological Institute of America’s celebration of International Archaeology Day (10/17/15) by sharing blog posts about why—or how—we became archaeologists. Today we feature Paul Reed, Preservation Archaeologist and leader of Archaeology Southwest’s efforts to address oil and gas exploration in the Greater Chacoan Landscape. […]



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Top Ten Myths and Misconceptions about Archaeology

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (October 3, 2015)—This past June, I joined Scott Michlin on the Morning Show (San Juan College KSJE) and offered my list of the Top Ten Myths and Misconceptions in Archaeology (link goes to podcast). I treated this as a fairly light-hearted exercise—certainly nothing to get too worked up over! […]



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Federal Court Denies Injunction Against Fracking of the Chaco Landscape

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Federal Court Denies Injunction Against Fracking of the Chaco Landscape A federal judge has rejected an effort by environmental groups to stall oil and gas development in northwestern New Mexico while they fight the approval of dozens of drilling permits issued over the past two years by a federal agency. U.S. District Judge James Browning issued […]



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August 2015 Update on Preserving the Greater Chaco Landscape

Oil Rig
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

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 allowed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to complete work […]



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Career Directions

Paul Reed at Chaco
Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Victoria Bowler, University of New Mexico Since graduating with an Anthropology degree three years ago, I have been putting off graduate school and roaming to and from National Park Service sites in the Southwest. My seasonal nomadic employment has supplied me with so many friends and networks and a glimpse into a possible lifetime career […]



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Meeting with Senator Tom Udall at Chaco Canyon

Looking north along Chaco's Great North Road toward the site of Pierre's.
Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

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 could be severe. I think that our efforts, […]



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Conservationists Push to Preserve Chaco Landscape

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Conservationists Push to Preserve Chaco Landscape Paul Reed, a preservation archaeologist with Tucson-based Archaeology Southwest and a Chaco scholar, led tribal members of the Acoma Historic Preservation Office and others to Chaco Culture National Historical Park and the park’s outlying areas last week to raise awareness of the impacts of oil and gas development on […]



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Contrasts

Chaco Ceiling
Thursday, June 25th, 2015

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 idiosyncrasies of archaeology […]



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Archaeology Southwest’s Paul Reed Explains How Oil and Gas Development Threatens the Chaco Landscape

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Archaeology Southwest’s Paul Reed Explains How Oil and Gas Development Threatens the Chaco Landscape Chaco Culture National Historical Park, and affiliated sites on nearby Navajo Nation and Bureau of Land Management lands, are designated as a World Heritage Site – one of only 22 such sites in the United States and the only such site jointly […]



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Continuing Efforts to Fight for the Preservation of the Chaco Landscape

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

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 of the Chaco Landscape with several Pueblo leaders, and […]



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What Is Public Archaeology?

Paul Giving Chaco Tour
Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist May 12, 2015—Scott Michlin welcomed me back to his morning radio program in March (listen here). We discussed the realm of public archaeology. “Public,” in this case, refers to the funding stream and to the nature of the work completed. The initiation of publicly funded archaeology on a large […]



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What Most of Us Are Doing This Week: Ridiculously Long Titles Edition

SAA Presentation Prep
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

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 overwhelm local hotels, convention centers, ethnic restaurants, and cheap bars, where […]



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National Endowment for the Humanities Provides Grant to Digitize and Preserve Data from Salmon Pueblo

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

National Endowment for the Humanities Provides Grant to Digitize and Preserve Data from Salmon Pueblo Carrie Heitman, an assistant professor of archaeology at UNL, will lead the digitization of the Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection that tells the story of the indigenous Chacoan culture through its architecture, tools, and other artifacts. The Salmon Ruins Museum, project […]



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The Case for Preserving Places of the Past

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

The Case for Preserving Places of the Past Archeologists and cultural experts define significant cultural places in various ways. Peter Nabokov, a professor of American Indian Studies and World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, puts it this way: “Their spirits of place dwelled among, could be identified with, or were embodied by stars, planets, clouds, mountains, caves, […]



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Museum of Northern Arizona Selects New Director

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Museum of Northern Arizona Selects New Director The Museum of Northern Arizona has a new director and CEO. Carrie M. Heinonen will be stepping in for Robert Breunig, according to information from the museum. Breunig announced his retirement from the position earlier this year and will be leaving in June 2015. Heinonen has more than 20 years […]



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