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Now Online: A Tale of Two Cities: Casa Malpais, Kinishba, and the Elusive Promise of Archaeological Tourism
Even though this event has passed, you can explore extended content and soon watch a video recording of this presentation at the link below. Extended Content Knowledge seekers of every kind are welcome at Archaeology Café—now happening live and online for all to enjoy from the comfort of ho...
A Zuni Ahayuda Goes Home
A Zuni Ahayuda Goes Home For four decades, the Zuni tribe has scoured the world looking to reclaim its war god idols [sic]. While most are found in southwest museums, one was found at Albion College. The war god—also known as an Ahayuda—is being returned to the Zuni, a southwestern U.S. Native ...
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...
The Uncertain Fate of Bears Ears
PBS News Hour Considers the Uncertain Fate of Bears Ears In the rugged and remote canyons of Southern Utah, scientists say they've barely scratched the surface of discoveries that can reach back millions of years, or shed light on the last 10,000 years of human history. But their work in Bears Ears...
Johnny Schaefer, University of Missouri (July 11, 2017)—My Intro to Archaeology instructor once told me that an Archaeologist is only as good as the notes he or she takes. (Well, actually, it wasn’t just once.) I have had that statement repeated like a mantra ever since I began my coursework in...
The Nature of Archaeology
Lara Fields, Bryn Mawr College (July 7, 2016)—Since flying into Tucson, the Southwestern landscape has kept me in awe. From the dark orange expanse of the Sonoran desert to the tumbling grasslands of the Gila valley, I continue to be enthralled by a seemingly endless expanse of wilderness. Look...
On Origins and Homecomings
Katelyn (Katie) Jacobson, University of California at Santa Cruz (July 1, 2016)—Listening to an origin story is a commitment. Migrations, war, a fall, an exodus, generations, exile, and a homecoming; crawling out of the sludge took 3.2 million years and if you want to stand out in the desert an...
When is a Village? Defining the Beginnings of Village Life is the Topic of Archaeology Southwest's Next Archaeology Cafe - Tucson
When is a Village? Defining the Beginnings of Village Life is the Topic of Archaeology Southwest's Next Archaeology Cafe - Tucson On March 3, 2015, Dr. Lisa C. Young (University of Michigan) and Dr. Sarah A. Herr (Desert Archaeology, Inc.) will describe what makes a settlement a village. We meet on ...
Tracking Maize in the Southwest over 4,100 Years
Tracking Maize in the Southwest over 4,100 Years After it was first domesticated from the wild teosinte grass in southern Mexico, maize, or corn, took both a high road and later on a coastal low road as it moved into what is now the U.S. Southwest. The study, reported in the journal Nature Plants (o...
Southwestern Archaeology Provides Insights on Disaster Recovery
Southwestern Archaeology Provides Insights on Disaster Recovery Following a natural disaster, vulnerability to food shortage appears to depend more on a group's ability to migrate and its positive relationships with other groups than on resource factors. That's according to a research team led by A...
Movement Is Life
By Andy Laurenzi, Southwest Field Representative “Movement is life. Movement is seen everywhere… Movement was characteristic of our ancestors, who moved across the landscape like the clouds across the sky.” —Tessy Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo, quoted on the Bandelier National Monumen...
Did Protesting the Sale of Sacred Objects Compound the Sacrilege and Increase Auction Profits?
Did Protesting the Sale of Sacred Objects Compound the Sacrilege and Increase Auction Profits? I used to work in a Native arts gallery in Tucson. I quickly learned potential buyers of Native art want a story to go with their purchase. The better the story, the quicker the sale. The articulate plea...