Southwestern Archaeology

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Kate Sarther Gann
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2016
28
Jun

Understanding the Landscape They Lived in

Evan Giomi, Survey Director, University of Arizona (June 27, 2016)—Archaeological survey is the activity of locating, identifying, and recording archaeological sites to build a record that can be later used by archaeologists looking to put shovels in the ground or monitor any damage to the sites ...
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2015
02
Aug

Projectile Points Made and Used by the Southwest's Earliest Farmers

First Comprehensive Study of Dart Points Made and Used by the Southwest’s Earliest Farmers Just Published by Archaeology Southwest and Desert Archaeology, Inc. Tucson, Ariz. (August 1, 2015)—A new monograph by flaked stone expert Jane Sliva of cultural resources management firm Desert Archaeo...
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2015
06
Feb

What I'm Doing This Week: Doug Gann

Doug Gann, Preservation Archaeologist and Digital Media Specialist This week's tasks involve all my favorite things: ancient architecture, 3D modeling, Autocad, LIDAR scans and photogrammetry. Through the Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Study Unit (CESU), I've been tasked with digitally docu...
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2013
22
Dec

Peabody Coal, the Black Mesa Archaeological Project, and Repatriation Problems

Peabody Coal, the Black Mesa Archaeological Project, and Repatriation Problems In 1967 Peabody Energy needed to clear land it was leasing on the Navajo reservation to strip mine coal, but ancient Indian dwellings and graves were in the way. So, as required by law, it hired a team of archeologists ...
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2013
28
Nov

Back to Basics, Part 3: Broad Research Themes

By Matt Peeples, Preservation Archaeologist   The archaeological culture areas I described on Wednesday are really just a means of conceptualizing similarities and differences among people living in different parts of the Southwest. These constructs do not represent cultures in the way we def...
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2013
27
Nov

Back to Basics, Part 2: Archaeological Cultures in the Southwest

By Matt Peeples, Preservation Archaeologist   On Monday, I wrote about how archaeologists define culture areas, which represent geographic zones in which people were living in generally similar ways and across which people were connected through shared history and practices. Before we look at...
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2013
25
Nov

Back to Basics, Part 1

By Matt Peeples, Preservation Archaeologist   As I reviewed recent posts, I thought we should take a moment to break it down for those who are interested in learning what Southwest archaeology is about, at the most basic level. This week, in three successive posts, I’ll try to summarize a...
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2013
03
Nov

We're Approaching Our Goal - Donate Today to Keep SAT Free!

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 ...
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2013
27
Jan

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...
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2012
14
Oct

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...
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2012
29
Jun

Student Post: Reaching Out, part 2

  By Deborah L. Huntley, Preservation Archaeologist Elizabeth Newcomb describes our second community outreach event: I had expected that I’d be doing a lot of different things at the Preservation Archaeology field school, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that our assignment...
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2012
28
Jun

...And More Questions Raised!

  By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant In my last post, I described three goals for our research at Fornholt this year.  In this post, I’ll discuss the second of these goals. Last year, in the two-story part of the southern room block, we found a burned storage room filled wit...
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