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Native American Petroglyphs in the Rio Grande Gorge – My Shot of the Day April 7, 2014

It is odd how some things just fall into place sometimes. Saturday evening I was at the Taos Mesa Brewery for the first anniversary celebration of our new El Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.  Outside we had typical northern New Mexico spring weather.  A storm was snowing, raining, sleeting, hailing, graupel-ing (?!), blowing and [...]

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The Supernova of 1054 – My Shot of the Day – March 5, 2014

It’s not like it’s a hard hike. There really isn’t any elevation change but the four miles to get to the “ Supernova of 1054 ” petroglyph takes you across an open valley bottom of soft sand held in place by rather hard-done-by Four-wing saltbush, sagebrush and cactus.  There is some tough grasses out there [...]

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Dust Storm Hits Chaco Canyon Park – My Shot of the Day – Feb 21, 2014

The wind howled out at Chaco Canyon park all day Wednesday, February 19, 2014.  I spent the day hiking around in the wind.  But by three in the afternoon a huge cloud of dust was moving up the canyon from the southwest.  It looked like one mean, angry pile of cold blowing dirt heading my [...]

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That DNA Clovis Story? It Doesn’t Mean What They Say It Means

This kind of lead in to a scientific article really upsets me: “DNA harvested from the remains of an infant buried 13,000 years ago confirms that the earliest widespread culture in North America was descended from humans who crossed over to the New World from Asia, scientists say.” Why am I upset? Because the DNA [...]

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A City in the Jungle – El Guayabo National Monument – #ecocostarica

From the crest of the hill above the center of the site there was a clear view south and an odd, pointy mountain jutting from a plateau several miles distant. It stood out like a sore thumb. In fact, it looks like a giant thumb. I asked my guide, Rosa Fernandez, if it was a [...]

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Top 5 Archaeological Sites in Cyprus

For something like 12,000 years the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus has been at the crossroads of some of the greatest empires of the world.  From the Assyrians to the British, the depth of history on the island is astounding.  You can’t really visit Cyprus without checking out some of the amazing archaeological sites to [...]

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Ancient Games of Daldøsa. How did an Islamic Game Travel to the North?

Editors note: this is an updated version of an article I published here nearly three years ago. Ancient Games Go North Here’s a study I stumbled across that combines three of my favorite things: The Arctic, the Arab world and cultural connections in the ancient world. The question is, how could a board game that [...]

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SA Luxury Expeditions Reviews Archaeological Tourism Impacts in Peru

SA Luxury Expeditions Reviews Link Between Archaeology & Tourism in Peru “Tourism dollars, used right, can go a long way towards building local economies and preserving archaeological treasures.” So says Nick Stanziano, co-founder of the Peru-based tour operator SA Luxury Expeditions. “Tourism dollars, used right, can go a long way towards building local economies and preserving [...]

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What to do about Barriles? Archaeology Travel in Panama

Below the grassy parking area where the majority of the stone artifacts were on display I crawled into a cool, tiny sandy nook. The hole at the edge of El Sitio Barilles was made into a cave by the dangling roots of bright green bamboo stands that teetered overhead. I was looking at the layer [...]

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The Ancient City of Hoi An – Travel to Vietnam

Long before GATT, the TWO and global trade, there was the Vietnamese port city of Hội An. From 2,000 years back the little settlement with the giant harbor served as a conduit for goods coming and going throughout the Pacific Rim and beyond. In the 10th Century spices, silks and ivory from Hội An were [...]

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La Bastida – Spain’s Most Unique Archaeological Park

Just last September (2012) archaeological excavations at La Bastida in Murcia, Spain revealed some astonishing discoveries. La Bastida Spain was perhaps the most powerful Bronze Age (~4000 years ago) city in Europe, and excavations turned up a unique and imposing construction and fortification system matched only by the Minoans. For travelers, these discoveries are now [...]

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Five Archaeological Sites in the Dominican Republic

I’m planning a return trip to Haiti sometime in 2014. In short, I was deeply taken by the place. This second visit will be in a radically different way than the first trip down. A second trip will involve a much better look at Haiti’s history and cultures. Interestingly, much of my research into Haitian [...]

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