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Acoma Project Fieldwork
Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (November 27, 2018)—Archaeology Southwest is working with the Pueblo of Acoma to document places of ancestral importance across the Greater Chaco Landscape. With the counsel of Acoma team members, we can better prioritize our shared protection efforts. ...
Greater Chaco from the Air
Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (August 22, 2018)—Together with EcoFlight, a nonprofit based in Aspen, Colorado, Archaeology Southwest participated in a series of flights over Chaco Canyon and the Greater Chaco Landscape on August 2, 2018. Bruce Gordon, EcoFlight's president, piloted t...
Daniel Agudelo, University of Michigan (Posted July 13, 2016)—On Saturday June 18 and Sunday June 19 we had the awesome pleasure of visiting Chaco Canyon and learning about Chacoan culture. Getting to Chaco was a trip in itself—over 10 miles of unpaved, hilly, and bumpy roads! I am so glad...
How Bad Poetry Can Lead to a Career in Archaeology
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. We hope you enjoy this very personal look at our staff me...
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...
Touring the Majestic Chaco Landscape
By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist May 21, 2015—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 ...
Seeing is Believing: The Importance of Field Trips
Danielle Gilbert, Preservation Archaeology Field School Student Preservation, excavation, and education are just a few of the goals of the Preservation Archaeology Field School, and after only three weeks in the field, I feel that I have a new appreciation and understanding of these concepts. I h...
Turquoise Trade among Ancestral Pueblo Groups
By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist and Chaco Scholar at Salmon Ruins Scott Michlin welcomed me back to his radio show last month, and I came bearing tales of turquoise (click here to listen to our discussion). Sharon Hull (University of Manitoba, Department of Geological Sciences) and her ...
Visiting Chaco Canyon
By Thatcher Rogers, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse The weekend field trip to Chaco Canyon began splendidly with an informative visit to Zuni. Due to purchasing a large number of zoomorphic figures associated with water, we were unfortunately deterred by rains from accomplishing our original g...
Report on the NMAC Conference: Chuska and Chaco
By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist and Chaco Scholar at Salmon Ruins The New Mexico Archaeological Council (NMAC) 2012 Fall Conference convened on Saturday, November 10. The theme was Chuska–Chaco relationships across the San Juan Basin. A series of papers summarized recent initial...
Student Post: Road Trip!
By Deborah L. Huntley, Preservation Archaeologist Sarah Griffith shares her impressions of our recent field trip: This past weekend, the crew and staff packed up and headed out for a fun-filled weekend. Little did I know how incredible our road trip would be. First, we stopped ...
Student Post: Chaco Canyon Field Trip
Early on a Friday morning, the students of the Mule Creek Field School dragged themselves from their tents and piled into the Suburban and the fifteen-passenger van. After an eventful drive in very close quarters—a trip that was supposed to take seven hours, but ended up taking ten due to a tire...