Some of you may have caught the National Geographic article detailing the environmental effects of the wall currently being built on the US/Mexico border. Additionally, the wall poses serious concerns for conservations worried about the wall obstructing the ability of animals to nove back and forth. Yahoo News has an article on the impact of the wall on archaeological sites. Ostensibly, the article concerns a three way squabble between tribal members, tribal authorities and the Border Patrol, but reveals some interesting information:
The tribal government said in a news release that the areas in which the human remains were found were among 11 archeological sites identified by the tribe that lie in the path of the barrier.
These eleven sites occur within a 75 mile stretch of land belonging to the Tohono O’odham nation. This makes me wonder how many other archaeological sites are being impacted by the wall. Given the Bush administration’s hostility to science one wonders if the significance of some of these sites isn’t being downplayed or flatly ignored.