Friday, July 27, 2007

Southwestern Archaeology Today for July 27, 2007

Archaeology Making the News
A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology

- Anthropologist and Former Hopi Tribal Chairman Ferrell Secakuku Passes Away: Former Hopi Chairman Ferrell Secakuku, who helped resolve a longtime land dispute between his tribe and the Navajo Nation, died Wednesday at a friend's home in Flagstaff. He was 69. Secakuku, who disclosed earlier this month that he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, had been in hospice care. He was surrounded by family and died peacefully, his daughter, Kim, told The Associated Press. - Arizona Daily Sun

- Rock Art Archaeologist Alanah Woody Passes Away: Alanah Woody, died July 19th following a heart attack suffered a few days earlier. She was surrounded by her family throughout her hospitalization; her family and friends are devastated and shocked as Alanah was in good health. Alanah was a vibrant, energetic woman who transformed the lives of those fortunate to have known her. Famed for her wit, compassion, good humor, and drive, she was a co-founder of the Nevada Rock Art Foundation and its first Executive Director. . Alanah specialized in the archaeology of rock art and was a well-known researcher in the field with numerous professional publications and magazine articles about her. She always felt a connection with the past and the peoples of the past by being at rock art sites—her primary interest was always the human aspect of the material expression of past cultures. Alanah was a tireless advocate for the protection of the rock art of the Desert West, and developed public interest in the cause in a way that no other professional archaeologist could do.

- Schedule for Pecos Conference now Available:

- American Indian Groups Protest Closure of Museum NAGPRA Department in Berkeley: A group of American Indian tribes has formed a coalition asking for a chance to voice their opinions on last month’s decision to eliminate a campus museum department created to mediate claims of tribal representatives. A coalition of five tribes is asking for a review of the decision to integrate the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology’s department focused on compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act into the broader museum structure.

Texas Archaeologist Jay Blaine Given SAA Crabtree Award: Allen archeologist Jay Blaine turned a hobby into a profession that has gained him national recognition, he was presented with the Society for American Archaeology’s Crabtree Award for his services to the archaeological communities. “There were thousands of people there from everywhere,” Blaine said, “I was tickled to death, because this was the first plaque I had gotten. There it was a piece of wood with all that stuff on it.” - Allen American

- Travelogue, Sunset Crater: The mountain we see today, almost 1,000 feet high, formed as a lava fountain spewed magma, cinders and ash. It must have been an interesting time for the ancient Hisatsinom, ancestors of the Hopi and Zuni people, who lived in the area. - Arizona Republic

- Employment Opportunity, Principal Investigator (El Paso) A national consulting firm needs a Principal Investigator (Archaeologist) with extensive writing experience in our El Paso office to direct compliance projects for both federal and commercial clients. Successful candidate will direct and conduct work in southeastern New Mexico and west Texas. Prior archeological experience in the Southwest and a research interest in the dynamics of hunter/gatherer subsistence are preferred. Requirements - Responsibilities will include the direction of archeological projects being conducted by the El Paso office. Linear right-of-way experience and prior experience with NEPA documentation is a plus. Demonstrated experience in directing the production of quality reports, managing multiple projects, and budgeting is essential. Individual must meet permitting requirements for work in multiple BLM districts. Previous experience with working with SHPOs of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona is desired. Candidates must have an M.A. degree in Anthropology, 8 years of work experience and three-five years of experience as a Principal Investigator. Compensation package will be commensurate with experience. We are presently accepting applications only from US Citizens and permanent residents. To apply, send resume to Steve Silva, Recruiter, at

- Employment Opportunity, Temporary Field Technicians (Arizona): EcoPlan is seeking several temporary archaeological field technicians to participate in ongoing field projects throughout Arizona. The successful applicant will have previous archaeological survey and excavation experience and a familiarity with current archaeological methods.
Preference will be given to applicants with a Bachelor's degree in anthropology or archaeology who are currently based in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Upcoming projects may require the ability to hike for up to 10 hours over rough terrain in extreme heat. Wages for field technicians generally range from $12 to $15 per hour, commensurate with experience. Applicants must provide their own transportation and
lodging for projects based in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Projects outside the metropolitan area include travel, per diem, and lodging. If interested in this position, please send resume, cover letter, and list of references by mail, fax, or e-mail to: Cultural Resources Group, EcoPlan Associates, Inc., 701 West Southern Avenue, Suite 203, Mesa, Arizona, 85210, Email:, FAX: 480 733 6661. No
telephone calls, please.