Last week I wrote a blog post for the MAPA Blog on current legislative threats to archaeology, including efforts to gut the Antiquities Act and, most urgently, the tax bill. Although the Senate has since passed a bill, the effects are still unclear since the House bill and the Senate bill are very different. Most notably, the worst provisions for graduate students (taxation of tuition waivers) appear only in the House version. The two bills will have to be reconciled this week, so it's not over yet!
The post is here: mapabing.org/2017/11/29/legislative-attacks-on-archaeology/
I am an archaeologist and a PhD candidate in the SUNY Binghamton University Department of Anthropology, where I work on southwestern archaeology and specifically on Chaco Canyon outliers. I am currently writing my dissertation about our recent archaeological testing at the Aztec North great house of Aztec Ruins National Monument.