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Samuel J. Redman Examines "Bone Rooms" and the Practice of Scientific Racism
Samuel J. Redman Examines "Bone Rooms" and the Practice of Scientific Racism Skeletons and mummified remains of nearly 30,000 people dwell in the vaults of the Smithsonian Institution. Though their voices have long been silenced, what we say about them speaks volumes. In “Bone Rooms,” biological...
The Landscape of the Chacoan World Is Being Lost to Hydraulic Fracturing
The Landscape of the Chacoan World Is Being Lost to Hydraulic Fracturing Environmental groups argue if the wells are built close to Chaco Canyon and along a corridor that runs to other ancient sites, they might destroy cultural heritage and endanger Chaco’s designation as one of the best places ...
Cultural Conservatism in the Ancient Southwest - Research on the Edge of Salado
Introduction to Archaeology Southwest's Edge of Salado Research What slows or halts the geographic spread of an ideology—especially an ideology that brings people together? In our previous work, we focused on detecting Kayenta immigrants and determining their impacts in communities across the sout...
Will the BLM Legitimize an Illegal ATV Trail through a "Mini-Mesa Verde"?
Will the BLM Legitimize an Illegal ATV Trail through a "Mini-Mesa Verde"? In Utah, the Bureau of Land Management is seeking comments on what could be a precedent-setting mistake. In 2005, Blanding residents illegally constructed a seven-mile-long, 4-foot-wide, all-terrain-vehicle trail in Recapture ...
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We're Approaching Our Goal - Donate Today to Keep SAT Free! Thank you to the many generous donors who stepped forward with a gift of support for Southwest Archaeology Today (SAT). Because of you, we are well on our way to reaching our goal of $5,000. If you haven’t donated yet and you'd like ...
The Museum of Northern Arizona Celebrates Annual Hopi Heritage Festival
The Museum of Northern Arizona Celebrates Annual Hopi Heritage Festival Hopi people dance to bring rainfall. On Saturday, the Hopi people shared this dance at the Hopi heritage festival at the Museum of Northern Arizona. They also shared glimpses into the history and culture of the Hopi people. Al...
National Trust Seeking Nominations for Threatened Native American Heritage
National Trust Seeking Nominations for Threatened Native American Heritage Recognizing the importance of preserving the Native American traditions, history and culture, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is asking for nominations of Native American endangered sites for its 26th annual list...
Chocolate in the Southwest by AD 800?
Chocolate in the Southwest by AD 800? They were humble farmers who grew corn and dwelt in subterranean pit houses. But the people who lived 1200 years ago in a Utah village known as Site 13, near Canyonlands National Park in Utah, seem to have had at least one indulgence: chocolate. Researchers repo...
Cultural Heritage: Publicize and Perish?
Cultural Heritage: Publicize and Perish? In a story that went around the world two weeks ago, thieves with power saws raided a sacred American Indian site and cut out a series of ancient rock carvings. In the face of such a horrific event, the question is this: Should outdoors writers, like me, who...
Archaeological Insight on Modern Mexican Migration
Archaeological Insight on Modern Mexican Migration Jason de Leon regularly traipses the deserts of the American southwest, in search of artifacts and information that could help him understand how Mexican migrants move across the border and into the United States. In the process, he's trying to unde...
The City of Mesa Plans to Open Interpretive Park for Mesa Grande
The City of Mesa Plans to Open Interpretive Park for Mesa Grande Once the center of a thriving, powerful Hohokam village, the Mesa Grande ruins may be available for regular public viewing for the first time this winter when the Arizona Museum of Natural History opens a long-anticipated "welcoming c...
Homol'ovi Ruins State Park to Reopen
Editor's Note Welcome to the newly redesigned Southwest Archaeology Today newsletter, published by the Center for Desert Archaeology. We hope you will find the revised formatting easier to read, and more useful as we continue to make improvements on the ways we can share information about archaeol...