Caliche (n) 1. A form of calcium carbonate found in thick stratigraphic accretions and thin depositional lenses, and widely dispersed in desert soils;
2. In prehistoric times, an economic mineral material mined by Native peoples of the American Southwest and Mexico and used for plaster in the construction of pit house floors, granaries, platform mounds, ball courts and other types of community infrastructure; 3. The bane of backhoe operators and gardeners when found in concrete-like deposits; 4. A gritty, powdery substance (not unlike industrial-gauge sandpaper) that shreds nasal mucous membranes and whipsaws and desiccates the exposed flesh of archaeologists; 5. Keyword-filtered journalism, short-lived news blurbs and timely press releases -- information about the archaeology, anthropology and history of the American Southwest -- received from individual contributors, and from media wire feeds and search bots crawling the World-Wide Web.
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