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  • Archaeology’s poisonous past

    Archaeology’s poisonous past

    Most U.S. ethnographic collections are contaminated with toxins. Will new cleaning methods help tribes reclaim artifacts?

  • Following the Old Spanish Trail across the Southwest

    Following the Old Spanish Trail across the Southwest

    Archaeologist Jack Pfertsh looks for marks on the landscape and artifact fragments to retrace the historic route near Delta, Colo.

  • Following the Oregon Trail, digitally and on foot

    Following the Oregon Trail, digitally and on foot

    Following a childhood fascination with the computer game Oregon Trail, a young archaeologist meets the real thing during a rugged, exhausting Wyoming summer.

  •  Richard West Sellars' accidental but distinguished National Park Service career

    Richard West Sellars' accidental but distinguished National Park Service career

    Historian Richard West Sellars didn't intend to spend a career in the Park Service. But after 35 years, his impact still resonates.

  • Restoring a Presence: American Indians and Yellowstone National Park

    In Restoring a Presence, Peter Nabokov and Lawrence Loendorf shine a light on Yellowstone’s largely forgotten American Indian heritage

  • Teetering on the Edge of the Cedars

    Teetering on the Edge of the Cedars

    The Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum in Blanding, Utah, fights for its life as the state cuts funding.

  • Dry to the bone

    Despite a relatively snowy winter here in western Colorado, the season itself seems to have shrunk, with spring arriving weeks earlier than it once did in a trend with ominous consequences for the desert Southwest, particularly Phoenix.

  • Case in point

    Case in point

    Archaeologist Bonnie Pitblado uses a program modeled on Antiques Roadshow to introduce scientists to the artifacts collected by Westerners.

  • Heard Around the West

    Biodiesel pirates; dinosaur bones for sale; archaeological developments; hot weather and cool bankrobbers; what to do with a big dead moose.

  • How to return a pot

    How to return a pot

    The BLM offers advice for those who decide to return pilfered artifacts.

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