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  • A Utah rancher’s secret was a gift to us

    The writer praises a Utah man for keeping an ancient Native American village safe from vandals for half a century

  • An ancient place to wonder about our survival

    Andy Gulliford delights in the vast Canyon of the Ancients National Monument-- a living museum subject to increased gas drilling.

  • Anasazi: What's in a name?

    The name "Anasazi" has fallen out of favor, but none of the other names now used for this vanished civilization are satisfactory, either

  • Ancient archaeological secret is revealed

    Archaeologists are thrilled about the state of Utah’s acquisition of Waldo Wilcox’s Range Creek Canyon ranch, site of a thousand-year-old Frement Indian settlement

  • Ancient conversations

    Ancient conversations

    Archaeologist Carol Patterson works with Ute tribal elder Clifford Duncan to interpret the enigmatic patterns in Southwestern rock art.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Earth Notes

    Earth Notes, edited by Peter Friederici, is a tasty selection of tidbits about the Southwest’s canyon country

  • Exodus

    The abandonment of the American Southwest by the Anasazi 700 years ago – and the destruction of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina today – show that all civilizations are fragile, complex, and ultimately at the mercy of the climate

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