CRM, Kinteel, and the Community of Wide Ruins

Part of: Society for American Archaeology 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2015)

Northland Research, Inc. completed excavations on the Wide Ruins Road on the Navajo Nation in the summer of 2014. Excavations yielded important archaeological data and provided tangible public benefit to the community of Wide Ruins. Project data also generated research questions that had not been fully considered prior to the beginning of the project. These posters cover a range of topics related to the Wide Ruins project including; its important public benefit, the social significance of recovered fauna, an assessment of the role of oral history in today's archaeology and commentary on significance testing for this road project.

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  • Ceremonially and Ritually Associated Archaeofaunal Remains from Two Sites Near Wide Ruins, Arizona (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Donelle Huffer.

    Zooarchaeological analyses of faunal bone assemblages often focus on the role of animals in human diet and subsistence and as sources of raw materials. Yet animals also fill social and symbolic roles in human societies, and ceremonially and ritually associated archaeofaunal remains have significant interpretive potential. Recognizing the special emphasis accorded to certain animals and their remains and the social factors that shape faunal bone assemblages permits explanation within broader...

  • The Public Benefit of Archaeology: An Economic Perspective from the Wide Ruins Community. (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Johna Hutira.

    A re-occurring theme in current Cultural Resource Management activities involve the term "Public Benefit". A majority of the discussions using that term refer to archaeological contributions to our understanding of a shared cultural patrimony. A lesser known aspect of Public Benefit is the direct monetary gain a community sees as a result of CRM work. On a general level, archaeological projects contribute via payroll and sales taxes. On a local level, area businesses benefit from spending by...

  • "Soundcheck": On the Status of Native American Oral Histories in Archaeological Practice (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Kerry Thompson.

    Many archaeologists support the inclusion of Native American oral histories in archaeological practice; however, the use of oral histories in archaeology is not systematic or singular. In order to develop a clearer picture of the application of oral history in American archaeology, I quantified and analyzed the use of oral histories in peer-reviewed articles. This poster presents the results of an analysis of journals in American archaeology from 1980 to the present that demonstrate the...

  • To Retest or Not To Retest: A Case Study at Wide Ruins (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Eric Cox.

    To conduct an archaeological data recovery project using another’s testing results as your guide can be problematic, especially when those results are over a decade old. In 2014 Northland Research, Inc. undertook a large data recovery project at two sites located at the Wide Ruins Community on the Navajo Nation. Both of these sites had been previously tested by a company other than Northland. One of these sites AZ P-37-42(NN) was an obvious habitation with the remnants of a room block and an...