is a source for "dispatches from the American ancient West." Posts are sorted into three main categories: Dinosaurs & Ancient Life
(Paleontology, split into Dinosars
, The Ice Age
and All Fossils
), Prehistoric Americans
(Archaeology, split into Ancient Southwest
and The Mississippians
]), and Modern Artifacts
(Historic Archaeology, including the subset The 20th Century
). If you're not sure where to start reading, here are Western Digs’ Top 5 Paleontology Stories of 2013
and Western Digs’ Top 5 Archaeology Stories of 2013
A Traveling Photographer
is a short video by Kevin Russ
, who has been journeying thought the American west taking amazing pictures with his iPhone. [via]
No Place for Your Kind
Photojournalist Tim Greyhavens documents sites
of anti-Chinese violence in the American West around the turn of the last century. NYT blog post
on the project.
Snowpack in the northern Rocky Mountains
has declined over the past 30 years
more than at any other time in a least 1,000 years
(30-year decline is old news, 1000 year perspective is new). Snowmelt from the Rockies provide water for at least 70 million people. Snow is also melting weeks earlier in the American West
. Some consequences of earlier snowmelt (of less snow) are drier forests, more wildfires and less water for people in a West heating up and drying out.
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has declined
to pardon William H. Bonney, aka Kid Antrim, aka Henry McCarty, but best known as Billy the Kid
. [more inside]
"Rock Springs is a mining town - coal mainly. All the men who lived here in town were not shaving in honor of the Frontier Days Celebration and did they look terrible. We heard that a prize was to be given to the one who had the best growth of alphaalpha on his mug." -- The travel scrapbooks of Ruby and Sam Anglund, 1935-1956. [more inside]
Poppin' Fresh from the newly launched QueerMeta
community weblog: We'Wha: The Zuni Man-Woman
. How could a six-foot tall Indian man be mistaken for a "maiden" and a "princess"?
This was no Pocahontas! Even more intriguing is the relationship
between Stevenson and We'wha. According to one gossip, "she" regularly
entered the ladies rooms and boudoirs of Washington. How could
Stevenson not know that her intelligent Zuni informant was really, in
the words of one gossip, a "bold, bad man"?
More about the 'berdaches' of the Zuni [ 1
]. Google cache of last (Geocities) link here.