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Extensive Pleistocene Trackway Preserved in White Sands National Park
Dear Friends, It’s 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening. I just arrived home, fed the cats, fed myself, and sat down to write about my long, satisfying day out on the land. I'm glad that I first read the lengthy interview with Bruce Babbitt, one of the articles that follows. Bruce Babbitt’s story h...
CyberSW 1.0 Launches
Dear Friends, These are uncomfortable times. Even deeply discouraging times. But momentum toward change is palpable. To minimize discouragement, this week we dropped several links to articles on the business-as-usual of the administration and various federal agencies. And, looking forwa...
Archaeology Southwest Submits Formal Comments on Grazing at Sonoran Desert National Monument
Tucson, Ariz. (June 8, 2020)—On Friday, June 5, Archaeology Southwest submitted formal comments to the Lower Sonoran Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding the agency's draft resource management plan to open more than 255,000 acres in the north unit of the Sonoran Desert Mon...
Understanding When and How the Americas Were Populated
Understanding When and How the Americas Were Populated Most archaeologists would now agree that there were widely scattered, small but culturally diverse groups of people living in the Americas at least one or two millennia before the emergence of Clovis spear points. That estimate, then, placing p...
What We're Doing This Week
Kate Sarther Gann, Communications Coordinator, and Content Editor, Archaeology Southwest Magazine (November 1, 2017)—Every so often, I ask our staff to say a few words about what they're working on that week. Here's this week's edition: Aaron Wright: I'm managing data and records fr...
For Bears Ears, Our National Monuments, and the Antiquities Act
Bill Doelle, President & CEO (May 12, 2017)—The outraged community had the Swedish scientist arrested. The scientist, Gustav Nordenskiöld (1868–1895), had undertaken quite good archaeological excavations, by today’s standards, at cliff dwellings in southwestern Colorado’s Mesa ...
Groundbreaking Research on Post-Contact Demography Highlights Population Decline at Jemez
Groundbreaking Research on Post-Contact Demography Highlights Population Decline at Jemez In the 1500s, the ponderosa pine forests of Jemez province in New Mexico were home to between 5000 and 8000 people. But after Europeans arrived in the area, the native population plummeted by more than 80%, pro...
Petrified Forest National Park Expands by 26,000 Acres
Petrified Forest National Park Expands by 26,000 Acres The federal government is gaining control over an even larger expanse of rainbow-colored petrified wood, fossils from the dawning age of dinosaurs and petroglyphs left by American Indian tribes who once lived in eastern Arizona. The National Pa...