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Inter-site Alignments of Prehistoric Shrines in Chaco Canyon to the Major Lunar Standstill

by Anna Sofaer, Robert Weiner, and William Stone. 2017. In The Science of Time 2016: Time in Astronomy & Society, Past, Present and Future, edited by E. Arias, L. Combrinck, et al, pp. 79-102. Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings 50. Springer, Cham.

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BLM at it Again! Act Fast to Save Chaco Region!

BREAKING NEWS:

Despite the cancellation of a 4,434-acre lease of oil and gas parcels north of Chaco Canyon, Secretary Zinke and the BLM continue an assault on the cultural resources of ancient America throughout the Four Corners states. Tomorrow, on March 20, the BLM will proceed with a lease of 41,000 acres in southeastern Utah in an area rich with archaeological sites.
At least 10 Chaco Great Houses are within 2 miles of these parcels, including at least two Great House sites within the new lease boundaries. In addition, at least 4 prehistoric road segments are adjacent to or within the parcels.

 

There are also countless archaeological sites and rock art panels spanning thousands of years in and near the leases. In the words of Jim Allison, a professor at Brigham Young University, “There are so many sites [in the area], it would take an army of archaeologists decades to map them… they shouldn’t do oil and gas extraction there.” Make your voice heard and stand up against further attacks on these invaluable traces of America’s indigenous history!

Call or e-mail Secretary Zinke at

(202) 208-7351, exsec@ios.doi.gov

and Utah BLM State Director Ed Roberson at

(801) 539-4010, eroberson@blm.gov

 

 

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The Solstice Project Submits Testimony in Defense of Chaco!

We are excited to share that the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Natural Resources will be touring New Mexico to discuss with archaeologists and native peoples how best to preserve our sacred land: historical sites and natural resources.

Solstice Project President Anna Sofaer and Petuuche Gilbert of Acoma Pueblo will be attending the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources public hearing, on Monday 15 April, at 10:00 AM in the Roundhouse, Room 307.

You can read the testimony we have shared with the committe members here: