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Articles in category Anthropology: 43

  • We are having great success in the field and finding all kinds of features related to past land use in the Chicama Valley, such as relic fields and ancient canal systems.  We have also found tons of previously unrecorded archaeological sites in the now barren desert.  I am excited to return and upda…
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  • In one week two Teen Science Scholars, Kimi McBryde and Lauren Phan, and DMNS volunteer Clare Hoenig, will join Anthropology Department Postdoctoral Fellow Michele Koons in Peru for three weeks of archaeological and geological fieldwork.  We will be investigating past human-environmental interaction…
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  • No more artifacts moldering in the “Tin Shed.” No more storing archives in nooks and crannies. No more driving a long, narrow, winding road to learn what Mesa Verde National Park has to offer. After decades of fundraising and lobbying, and five months after a “soft” opening, the Mesa Verde Visitor a…
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  • The Bureau of Land Management’s Anasazi Heritage Center near Dolores, Colo., houses collections from one of North America’s most important archaeological regions: the Four Corners area. The public is invited to explore behind-the-scenes, for an intimate glimpse into the curated collection in the dep…
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  • If you caught the documentary "Urban Rez," on Rocky Mountain PBS on May 2, some of the featured American Indian people might have seemed familiar, as if you had encountered them along the very streets of Denver.     Yes, it’s true: you did meet them before—35 years ago in the Denver Museum’s own e…
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  • MAYA PYRAMID DESTROYED

      A construction company destroyed a major Maya ceremonial center in Belize while quarrying for materials to build a road. Even though the site was on private property, it is illegal to destroy any ancient Maya site in the country.  The blind destruction of archaeological …
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  • It is a very exciting time for archaeology indeed! Recently there have been a bunch of amazing new archaeological discoveries.  I thought I would share a few here and continue to update as new ones are made.   The combination of new scientific techniques applied to archaeological materials, such as …
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  • Steve Nash, Curator of Archaeology, and Rick Wicker, Photographer Today, we had the remarkable experience of actually going into the Gokhran, roughly translated as "Reserves of the Diamond Fund". This Russian institution has held the most valuable national treasures since 1920. The Gokhran supplies …
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  • Stephen E. Nash, Curator of Archaeology and Rick Wicker, Museum Photographer Today, we finished our work at the Samotsvety. In total, we have high quality images of 24 sculptures (20 originals and 4 duplicates/variants) and 2 stone butterflies. In order to finish the work on Thursday, Rick put in a …
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  • Steve Nash and Rick Wicker Today we had a special treat, spending much of the day with Corey Flintoff of National Public Radio, who is stationed here in Moscow. He absolutely loved the Konovalenko history, project, and sculptures, so hopefully we'll hear his account on NPR in the coming weeks. Rick'…
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