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Tortuous and Fantastic

Archaeology Southwest Magazine Vol. 28, Nos. 3 and 4

Issue editor: William D. Lipe, Washington State University

ASWM 28-3/4
Cover image: Aerial view of the southern edge of Cedar Mesa along the San Juan River in morning light. In this view to the east, the San Juan River Gorge is visible at upper right, and Johns Canyon is at left. Although such spectacular geology draws visitors today, people in the distant past lived and farmed where there was arable soil on the mesa top and in some of the canyons. Image © Adriel Heisey.

Greater Cedar Mesa’s archaeological record documents thousands of years of human innovation, change, and movement. The rock art, buildings, and artifacts left by the people who made this landscape their own enable today’s visitors to understand something of those past lives. Now, the challenge is to powerfully protect that record while continuing to provide meaningful opportunities for discovery and reflection.

Links of interest related to each article are listed below. A bibliography for this issue is available here (opens as a PDF).

Tortuous and Fantastic: Cultural and Natural Wonders of Greater Cedar MesaWilliam D. Lipe

American Museum of Natural History

Nels C. Nelson

Richard Wetherill

Visiting Cedar Mesa (Bureau of Land Management; includes links to activities, regulations, and permit information)

To watch Visit with Respect, click here.

San Juan Mountains Association

Anasazi Heritage Center

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

More on visitor etiquette

In Brief: Change through Time in the Northern Southwest — William D. Lipe

Image credits, page 6: (top) pair of sandals, cat. no. 1468.164802, Laurie D. Webster, courtesy of the Field Museum; (middle) Clovis point, Jonathan D. Till; (bottom left) petroglyph panel © Donald J. Rommes.

Image credits, page 7: (top) Jeddito Black-on-orange (ancestral Hopi) pottery sherd, Jonathan D. Till; (middle) two-story masonry structure © Donald J. Rommes; (bottom left, and bottom right of page 6) cliff dwellings © Donald J. Rommes; (bottom right) pottery sherds at a site dating to the Pueblo II period, William D. Lipe.

Cliff Dwellers of Cedar Mesa, by Donald J. Rommes and William D. Lipe (Canyonlands Natural History Association, 2013)

More on the Pecos Classification: Archaeology Southwest Magazine Vol. 27, No. 3, “Before the Great Departure”

A Natural History of Cedar MesaStewart Aitchison

Learn more about microbiotic soil crusts

Cedar Mesa Sandstone (U.S. Geological Survey)

Permian Cutler Group (U.S. Geological Survey; opens as a PDF)

Early Archaeological Expeditions in Greater Cedar MesaFred M. Blackburn

A bibliography including works referenced in this article is available here (opens as a PDF).

In Brief: Reverse Archaeology — Fred M. Blackburn

Cowboys & Cave Dwellers: Basketmaker Archaeology in Utah’s Grand Gulch, by Fred M. Blackburn and Ray A. Williamson (SAR Press, 1997)

Documenting Early Collections of Perishable Artifacts from Greater Cedar Mesa — Laurie D. Webster

Webster’s table linking early expeditions to current collections repositories is here (opens as a PDF).

The Field Museum

Martin Ryerson

NEW! October 2015, sideshow, Cedar Mesa Perishables, by Laurie Webster and Paul Stavast (opens in YouTube)

Culture History of Cedar Mesa Before 1300: Findings of the Cedar Mesa Project and Its Successors — William D. Lipe

Cedar Mesa Project web hub at Washington State University

Photo Essay: Canyons of Danger

Adriel Heisey

Donald J. Rommes

The Lime Ridge Clovis Site — William E. Davis and Jonathan D. Till

Davis and Till’s expanded essay on the Lime Ridge Clovis site is available here (opens as a PDF).

Cedar Mesa Basketmaker II: The Story ContinuesR. G. Matson

A bibliography including works referenced in this article is available here (opens as a PDF).

In Brief: Ancient Turkeys — Brian M. Kemp and William D. Lipe

Monumental Landscapes on Cedar Mesa — Jonathan D. Till and Winston B. Hurst

Photo Essay: Petroglyphs and Paintings of Greater Cedar Mesa —  Sally J. Cole

Cole’s expanded photo essay is available here (opens as a PDF).

Younger Traces: Other Cedar Mesa Archaeologies — Winston B. Hurst and James G. Willian

The San Juan Mission — Stewart Aitchison

Hole-in-the-Rock Foundation

Photographing Cedar Mesa — Donald J. Rommes

Cedar Mesa’s Uncertain FutureJosh Ewing

Read Josh’s Preservation Archaeology blog post, “What Does Protection Really Mean?”

Friends of Cedar Mesa

Antiquities Act of 1906

National monuments

National conservation areas

Poem: Cedar Mesa, Cedar Mesa — Vaughn Hadenfeldt

Back SightWilliam H. Doelle

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