2007.03.25 - I'm
on the road again, doing photography and site studies. Grimes
Point Archaeological Site, Nevada, was my first archaeology stop.
Check out the new photo gallery.
You will also find linked there, a 4.5 Mb PowerPoint intended for educator
use with images of petroglyphs and interpretations. Yesterday, I photographed Betatakin
Ruin and Tsegi Canyon. Recent rains brightened the red rock colors,
and clouds kept the light subdued. Download the deskpicture.
Today, I had an unusual experience. I'm in the library on the San Juan
Campus of Eastern Utah College. I was trying to upload the Natural
Bridges National Monument photo gallery, but could not access my
server in Los Angeles. I found I could not FTP, could not see site
stats, and then found I could not access my domain. For some reason,
purportedly unknown even to college administration, my site was inaccessible
on the college IT system. Imagine how this impacts potential online
students and student research!
Apparently, I was blocked. When I raised
freedom" issue, administrator Bob McPherson asked, "Are you
from California?" Finally later, as several staff were trying
to access the site, it became available. Mr. McPherson said, "See,
it is not a communist conspiracy." I was not taking the matter
as lightly. I find this issue alarming. They did not admit the domain
was blocked. Why would a college in a remote county in Utah block an
educational web site? I shall have to inquire further to unravel the
mystery. It cut into my work time. First, I spent an hour making sure
I was not hacked, and that the site was actually online elsewhere.
New postings today include Great
Basin National Park, more images on the Travel page,
and the Natural Bridges page.
First light, near Holly House,
Hoveweep National Monument. It is freezing cold. The keyboard is
still cold to the touch, a new sensation. I just discovered the
laptop will not start when too cold. Ten minutes under my down
vest warmed it and chilled me. I'm car camping and awaiting sunrise.
Yesterday was spent filling a 1 GB memory card with images at the
main concentration of ruins and at Cajon House, another of the
Hovenweep NM outlier ruins.
Early yesterday morning I met
Rob Bowring, the IT specialist at Eastern Utah College in Blanding.
Rob said "It
ain't me blocking it" in reference to the unavailability of
my domain the previous day on the Utah Education Network. Perhaps
I've been listening to too many Congressional hearings, because
I noted the present tense of his statement. Rob reports he does
not block any domains, and believes he isn't supposed to either.
The San Juan Campus connection is "piped in" by
the state network. So the issue remains a mystery.
The sky is very clear for the first time in about
a week. The east face of the Abajo Peaks are brightening. Sleeping
Ute Mountain is dark, but I'm on the shade side. And now the first
rays of sunshine are striking this longitude. Time to get to work.
There is a solar hierophany nearby I don't want to miss.
New today, several Hovenweep
Download the 1280 pixel
deskpicture of Hoveweep Castle with a raven taking flight.
I awoke at first hint of light, and made my way to Yellow
Jacket pueblos for sunrise and GPS readings. Alignments of site features
with distant mountains has been noted here, so I wanted to capture the horizon
sharply silhouetted. I'm now sitting in Spruce Tree Coffee House in Cortez, taking
advantage of the dark roast and free wireless.
The local site stewards, archaeologists,
and museum personnel have been very helpful. Yellow Jacket is private
property, owned by the Archaeological
Conservancy, and site steward Dennis Boon assisted in accessing
the site. Crow Canyon Archaeological
Center provides a wealth of online information about the site,
including a database with survey maps. These resources and the
people I've encountered are making field work both pleasant and
New today, images of Cliff Palace and the Sun Towers on Mesa
Verde. More Mesa Verde photo galleries will follow soon, from
the same link. I had a great day atop the mesa, complete with a
very close encounter with a coyote. The calm morning at near 7,000
feet above sea level, at the Far View pueblos, allowed GPS readings
with 2m 3-D accuracy.
Yesterday, I visited Aztec Ruins
National Monument and Salmon Ruins, both sites in northwestern
New Mexico. Due to National Park Service regulations, my research
was restricted to only one trail at Aztec. What a contrast to the
collaborative assistance I encountered from fellow archaeos in
the Cortez area. I'm accustomed to the NPS treatment, and yet it
is very frustrating to have public servants running bureaucratic
interfence with research. I just want to take a few GPS readings,
not dig up pottery! I was able to obtain readings for a tri-walled
structure, parts of the West Ruin, and a survey datum.
Before departing the Cortez area,
I also visited Yucca House ruins, an undeveloped National Parks
property protecting a large pueblo and a great kiva. Also, I've
added new images to the Spruce
Tree House page.
Aztec Great Kiva, the only reconstructed Great Kiva in the American Southwest.
After three days at Chaco Canyon, I'm resting in a warm shelter.
Some of the Chaco Canyon images
are updated, and many more will follow in additional photo galleries
of great houses.
I also visited Coronado State Monument, site of
Kuaua Pueblo at the time of Coronado's visit.
I call this day "Cover-Up Day" due to the Royal
Decree of 1577, signed
on April 22, outlawing writing anything about Native Americans and
confiscating writings for review by the Holy Offce of the Inquisition
and the Council of the Indies. A few years after the Cover-Up Day idea
manifested, Nixon died on April 22. Enjoy Cover-Up Day by
celebrating truth. With new GPS readings from Chaco Canyon, some truth
of the knowledge involved in constructing the Great Houses may be forthcoming.
What did the royals and clerics in 1577 not want us to know?
During the last week, while not visiting with friends
old and new, I've made an effort to catch up with many GBs of new photography.
Soon, the Southwest Archaeology pages will be greatly expanded. Meanwhile,
here are a few views, previews of new web pages to follow. In this
part of the Southwest, ancient pueblos evidence the imperialism of
the crown and the theoracy. Their mission building efforts lay in ruins
along with the pueblos they decimated.
Pecos National Historical Park
Abó Mission, Salinas Mission Pueblos National Monument
Gran Quivira pottery canteen.
The Southwest Anthropology and Archaeology
Pages are now all updated. More new photo galleries remain to be
inserted, and more text will be added. I'm also focused on archaeogeodesy study
of the Chacoan and other monumental sites using the new GPS readings,
and some interesting results will be announced soon. I'll post the
new GPS readings throughout the pages too, and several are there now.
The 2007 GPS survey data is now published online. All waypoints and
current derived coordinates are in a Southwest Waypoints spreadsheet
A first version of the placemarks file is now uploaded.
The placemarks illustrate a difference between current Google Earth
coordinates in this area and the WGS84 coordinate system. Accuracy
on the digital globe varies by region, and coordinates change
as updates improve imagery placement. The GPS data is more reliable
2010.02.23 - I
posted a dozen PowerPoints of Southwest
Photo Galleries. Educator
tip: Most of my recent imagery links to high-quality,
900-pixel-wide, 90-dpi JPEGs, or other suited formatting to paste
into PPTs at 100%. There are more images in my photo galleries than
in the presentation format.
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