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A Southwestern archaeologist and author who excelled at helping the public understand her field has died.


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Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is gearing up for their 2016 excavation season at a group of sites north of Cortez that may hold clues about the changes that prehistoric inhabitants of the area were going through in the seventh and eighth centuries. KSJD's Tom Yoder talked with Caitlin Sommer, supervisory archaeologist at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, about their work at the sites so far, and what they hope to learn during their investigations this year.

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In this episode of Canyon Chronicles, host Mike Woodrow talks with archaeobotanist Dr. Karen Adams about her research into the plant foods that prehistoric people of the Southwest domesticated and ate, and how it sheds light on the food systems of today.


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Archaeological sites in the Four Corners area are increasingly threatened by development of various kinds, but especially from oil and gas exploration and extraction. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with archaeologist Paul Reed from Archaeology Southwest about how archaeologists are trying to protect fragile cultural resources, how tribes are getting involved, and how development is changing how archaeologists do their work.

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The Native American Graves and Repatriation Act was enacted 25 years ago to help bring human remains and sacred objects back to the tribes to who they are affiliated with. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Dan Simplicio, a Zuni tribal member and Cultural Specialist at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, about his views on NAGPRA, how it has been problematic for the Zuni tribe, and what needs to change.

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

In this episode of Canyon Chronicles, host Mike Woodrow talks with Crow Canyon Archaeological center supervisory archaeologist Caitlin Sommer about their upcoming excavations at Indian Camp Ranch, what has been learned about the sites in this area so far, and how the shift to agriculture seen at these Puebloan archaeological sites can be seen as a common history for all of humankind.

Outdoor Museum On The Ground

Mar 4, 2015
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

The Outdoor Museum On The Ground program brings local students to archaeological sites to teach them about ancestral Pueblo culture, the environment, and concepts of stewardship and preservation. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Kathy Stemmler, Director of Education at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, and Marietta Eaton, Manager and Director of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and the Anasazi Heritage Center, about this collaborative field day program, and how it is impacting the students who participate.

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In this episode of Canyon Chronicles, host Mike Woodrow talks with Dan Simplicio, a tribal member from the Pueblo of Zuni and Cultural Specialist at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, about the decimation of the Zuni population after European contact, and how the Zuni people raise their children to maintain a strong cultural identity throughout their lives.

The Dillard Site and the Neolithic Revolution

Jan 29, 2015
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The Dillard Site is an archaeological site in southwestern Colorado occupied beginning in the 7th century A.D. that has been excavated over the past three years. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Caitlin Sommer, supervisory archaeologist at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center who has been excavating the Dillard Site, about what information from the site is telling archaeologists about early social organization in the prehistoric Southwest.

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