Photo by Greening Ways reening Ways         for earth-wise days
UPDATED 12/3/2014 (see also Resources - Groups - Archaeology) SUMMARY A major objective of modern society should be the shift from the most negative parts of its culture toward those which flow with the laws of nature and promote healthy and wise stewardship of the land.  Wisdom includes intellectual and cultural diversity.  Connections with the environment and diverse cultures across a wide time continuum give us a broader perspective.  Museums as curation centers help preserve artifacts, sites, and features as well as natural world objects which would otherwise be lost.  Archaeology as an applied science provides the material data upon which studies of the past can be projected.  It brings the concrete to the intangible; as new material from the past is discovered and preserved, it usually helps to fill in the blanks and to stretch our awareness about ancient capabilities.  As we learn more about our roots, we become more in tune with what it means to be human. There is a type of thought which goes into archaeological study which helps people to step outside of the box.  People who engage in intellectual reading and application of archaeology tend to incorporate a large array of different subjects and concepts.  Most archaeologists with a committed approach to study and professionalism are thoughtful, intelligent and multidisciplinary.   The way or process of archaeological query and thought encourages survival beyond that of the grunt level because it recognizes success beyond the short-term.  Looking at human lifeways across time and space provides a perspective for what works and does not work today. Archaeologists usually make good citizens. They are frequently concerned about things like environmental exploitation, human rights violations, and governmental abuses.  Most are not lost focused only on “the dig”, which is a stereotype.  They are frequently delving into a variety of topics because they encounter so many different things during their research - geology, botany, zoology, soils, history, politics, anthropology, anatomy, to name a few.  They also learn to work collaboratively with different departments and experts.  That kind of social and professional connectivity encourages an increased awareness of the human and planetary condition, as well.  They learn to be both generalists and specialists within a certain area.  They think both holistically and with detail. As the government tries to cut down on social sciences and other things referred to as “frills” (see articles found in the SAA November 2013 issue below), archaeology is one of the targeted groups.  It should be a concern to all of us if we lose archaeology in our country.  It provides an enriching space in another wise dry continuum of business, economics and military.  Most totalitarian regimes (like the Nazis) wipe out enrichment in favor of control and monotany.  Archaeologists often represent diversity, creativity, and thoughtful anti-mainstream. Many of them are hippies, or hippie-like.  They often belong to the intellectual tree-hugging groups.  This is a form of health and is a type of repellent of mass production and melting pot sag.  Journals, Magazines Archaeology http://www.archaeology.org/ SAA - Society For American Archaeology - Journals and Magazines 1111 14th Street NW Suite 800 Washington, DC 20005 Advances In Archaeological Practice - quarterly peer-reviewed, digital journal addressing the techniques, methods, technology and business of archaeology The SAA Archaological Record: Society For American Archaeology American Antiquity:  Society For American Archaeology http://www.saa.org/AbouttheSociety/Publications/AmericanAntiquity/tabid/124/Default.aspx American Archaeology http://www.archaeologicalconservancy.org/aamagazine.html Articles See the SAA Archaeological Record’s November 2013, Volume 13, Number 5 issue for several articles relating to past and current sustainability.  It’s a special issue on “The Archaeology of the Human Experience.”  Articles: “The Archaeology of the Human Experience” by Michelle Hegmon.  “Challenging Our Questions: Toward an Archaeology of Food Security” by Amanda Logan.  The Social Costs of Sustainability in the Faroe Islands, by Seth Brewington.  “Security in the City”,by Timothy Dennehy. “Agricultural Intensification and Long-Term Changes in Human Well-Being”,by Laura Swsntek and Jacob Freeman.  “Human Securities and Tewa Origins” by Scott G. Ortman.  There are also two nice articles in this issue in the “Editor’s Corner” and “From The President” sections.  They discuss the impacts on archaeology by what happens in Washington, the need to demonstrate archaeology’s usefulness in terms of shedding light on current issues and the broad human condition, and other issues.  At the time the president was putting together his column for this issue, he wrote:  “.... the United States government is entering the second week of a government shutdown with no end in sight.” Southwestern Archaeological Ruins (Often include museums as well) Aztec Ruins - Aztec, New Mexico http://www.nps.gov/azru/index.htm Salmon Ruins - Near Bloomfield, New Mexico http://www.salmonruins.com/ Hovenweep - Near Southern Colorado & Utah State Lines http://www.nps.gov/hove/index.htm Chaco Canyon - In New Mexico Between Bloomfield & Albuquerque http://www.nps.gov/chcu/index.htm See note on article on Chaco road project below Mesa Verde - Near Cortez, Colorado http://www.nps.gov/meve/index.htm Chimney Rock - In Colorado Between Bayfield & Pagosa Springs http://www.chimneyrockco.org/mainnew.htm <Return to TOP OF PAGE MUSEUMS & ARCHAEOLOGY> Museums, Etc. Colorado Anasazi Heritage Center 27501 Hwy 184 Dolores, CO (970)882-4811 http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/ahc.html Animas Museum 3065 W. 2nd Ave Durango, CO (970)259-2402 http://www.animasmuseum.org/ Cortez Cultural Center 25 N. Market St. Cortez, CO  (970)565-1151 http://www.cortezculturalcenter.org/ Durango Discovery Museum 1333 Camino Del Rio Durango, CO (970)259-9234 http://www.durangodiscovery.org/ San Juan Historical Society Museum 1st Hwy 160 Pagosa Springs, CO (970)264-4424 http://www.pagosamuseum.org/ San Juan County Historical Society 1569 Greene St. Silverton, CO (970)387-5838 http://www.silvertonhistoricsociety.org/ New Mexico Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village 125 N. Main Ave. Aztec, NM 87410 (505)334-9829 http://www.aztecmuseum.org/ Utah The Dinosaur Museum 754 S. 200 West Blanding, Utah (435) 678-3454 http://www.dinosaur-museum.org/ Frontier Museum 216 S. Main Street Monticello, Utah (435) 587-3401 http://www.fourcornersgeotourism.com/content/frontier-museum-monticello-utah/fcaF0BD81D28731B0C2A <Return to TOP OF PAGE MUSEUMS & ARCHAEOLOGY> Archaeologists Aztec Archaeological Consultants 2 County Road 2957 Aztec, NM (505)334-6675 aac@aztecarchaeology.com Center For Desert Archaeology 6131 US Hwy 64 Bloomfield, NM (505)632-0657 Dykeman Roebuck Archaeology 333 E Main Farmington, NM (505)330-1825 Navajo Nation Archaeology Dept. POB 580 Shiprock (505)368-1214 Salmon Ruins Division of Conservation Archaeology 6131 US Hwy 64 Bloomfield, NM (505)632-2779 Western Cultural Resource Management 2603 W Main Ste B Farmington, NM (505)326-7420 Complete Archaeological Svc. Associates 631 E. Main, Cortez, CO (970)-565-9229 La Plata Archaeological Consultants 26851 Co Rd P, Dolores, CO (970)565-8708 Stratified Environmental & Archaeological Services LLC 210 Goddard Ave., Ignacio, CO (970)563-4615 www.stratified.biz Woods Canyon Archaeological Consultants 12283 Co Rd W, Yellow Jacket, CO (970) 562-4884 NOTES Article on Chaco Road Project Issue: "County cancels Chaco Canyon road project."  By Chuck Slothower. cslotower@daily-times.com.  Article in Native Sun.  12/7/2012 http://www.daily-times.com/http://www.daily-times.com <Return to TOP OF PAGE MUSEUMS & ARCHAEOLOGY>
Native American ruins often help remind us of a time when people had less widespread destructive approaches to the land; the American continents were mostly intact before western civilization took over.  Most of the forests were still here after thousands of years of Native American habitation, but within only a few hundred years of primarily Western and Eastern European occupation, major forest destruction and overall environmental degradation has occurred.
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