Preservation Archaeology

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Kate Sarther Gann
Communications Coordinator
(520) 882-6946, ext. 16

2021
11
Jan

From Opportunistic Reactivity to Proactive Stewardship

John R. Welch, Landscape and Site Preservation Program Director (January 11, 2021)—Archaeology Southwest’s 2020–21 Café season is pulling back the curtain to show how we pursue our Preservation Archaeology mission. We are still crunching the numbers and compiling the results of our recen...
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2019
15
Nov

Why Should We Care about the Past?

We're very pleased to share this guest post by our friend Jonathan Bailey. Jonathan is a photographer specializing in conservation, cultural resources, and public land. He is also the author of Rock Art: A Vision of a Vanishing Cultural Landscape. You can follow him on Instagram and Facebook. Jon...
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2019
27
Sep

Eight Sites in 48 Hours

Stacy Ryan, Preservation Archaeologist (September 27, 2019)—I recently joined my Archaeology Southwest coworkers on our annual staff retreat, which entails exploring archaeological sites, connecting to landscapes, and learning a few new skills. This year, we experienced Salado and Mimbres arc...
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2019
28
Jun

Fighting the Bears Ears Downsizing (with an Agèd Friend)

Bill Doelle, President & CEO (June 28, 2019)—On June 8, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law. And yet, 113 years later, in the year 2019, at about the same time, there were no headlines announcing that President Roosevelt had risen from his grave to ma...
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2019
20
Jun

Preservation in Practice

This post is one in our annual series of essays by our Preservation Archaeology Field School students. We invite you to follow along with their experiences over the next six weeks through their own words. James Margotta, Wheaton College (June 20, 2019)—As most students of archaeology do, I spe...
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2019
04
Jun

Fingerprints Show Chaco Potters Were Male and Female

New Research: Fingerprints Show Chaco Potters Were Male and Female In the Pueblo communities of New Mexico and Arizona, pottery is a skill that is traditionally passed down from grandmothers and mothers to younger women of the community. This custom was thought to have ancient origins, and archaeol...
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2018
06
Jul

The Making of a Preservation Archaeologist

Jojo Matson, Utah State University (July 9, 2018)—Throughout history, archaeology has often been viewed as invasive digging and robbing of burials and homes of Indigenous persons and places. In many respects that sometimes isn’t too far from the truth. Thankfully, not all archaeology follows ...
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2018
08
May

Comparing Community Histories at Chacoan Outliers—Morris 40 and Padilla Well

Kellam Throgmorton, Binghamton University (May 9, 2018)—Given that recent research keeps pushing back the dates of the really interesting things that happened in Chaco Canyon (macaws at AD 900! venerated leaders by AD 850!), it seems like it might be time to take a good look at the Early Bonito...
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2018
16
Feb

Group Identity and the Hohokam Ballcourt World

Leslie Aragon, Preservation Archaeology Fellow (February 16, 2018)—I’ve been thinking a lot about identity lately. Group identity, in particular. We all have them…a lot of them. The great thing about group identity is that you don’t have to choose just one. Identity is an active social co...
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2018
02
Feb

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...
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2017
27
Dec

A Visit to New Mexico

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (December 26, 2017)—One of my favorite things about working here at Archaeology Southwest is the great variety of projects we work on as we combine archaeological research, preservation, and public outreach. Two weeks ago, my colleagues Andy La...
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2017
06
Dec

BROAD COALITION SUES TO STOP TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S UNLAWFUL DISMEMBERMENT OF THE BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT

For Immediate Release December 6, 2017 CONTACTS: See list below Archaeology Southwest Stands with Coalition to Defend Bears Ears in Court (Washington, D.C.)–A broad coalition of Native American, conservation, and historic preservation organizations, outdoor industry, scientists, and ou...
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