Kate and Aaron are joined by Rachel Morgan, author of Sins of the Shovel: Looting, Murder, and the Evolution of American Archaeology. Rachel is an archaeologist based near Washington, DC, and her book, which was published last month, is largely focused on the Southwest. She gives a detailed account of the Wetherill family, which settled in southwest Colorado in the 1800s and explored Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, and Grand Gulch extensively. She also talks about how legal and scientific transformations have given rise to the science we know today as archaeology.
- Sins of the Shovel: Looting, Murder, and the Evolution of American Archaeology – University of Chicago Press
- Lawmakers mull $100M Kelly parcel sale to Grand Teton Park – WyoFile
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Music: Purple Planet
Featured image: Step House, Wetherill Mesa, Mesa Verde National Park; Source: Ken Lund, Flickr