Monday, August 13, 2007

Southwestern Archaeology Today for August 13 , 2007

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

- Quechua Tribe Asserts Heritage Rights in Case that May Test Bounds of Cultural Resource Law: Squinting against the harsh desert sun, Mike Jackson, leader of the Quechan Indians, looks out past his tribe’s casino and the modern sprawl of Yuma and points to the sandy flatlands and the rust-colored Gila mountain range shimmering in the distance. “They came this way,” he says, describing how his ancestors followed the winding course of the Colorado River and ranged over hundreds of miles of what is now western Arizona and southeastern California. “There’s a lot of important history here, both for the Quechan and the U.S.”. And if it’s up to him, that history will go a long way in determining the future of this corner of the West, one of the fastest-growing parts of the country and a place where developers are increasingly running up against newly powerful but tradition-minded American Indian leaders like Mr. Jackson. - NY Times. (Link Expires 8/19/2007)

- Santa Fe Indian Market Begins This Week: The event is held annually in August, with this year's market getting underway this week. There's a preview show Friday night, which will be followed by the market on Saturday and Sunday. Nearly 80,000 collectors, artists and tourists are expected to attend. Craftsmen and artists say it's the place where Indian art meets the world.

- (Related Story) New Publications on the Art and Archaeology of the Southwest: As Santa Fe prepares to host the world's largest show of American Indian arts and crafts, thousands of visitors travel to New Mexico to see and collect traditional and contemporary Indian art. Before you visit shows, exhibits and galleries, you might want to do a some research online to learn more about your favorite art and collectibles or pick up a book that will offer insights on American Indian heritage, as well as arts, crafts and culture. Here are a few publications to get you started.

- 14th Annual New Mexico Archaeology Fair Scheduled for Oct 12-13 in Grants: Cibola County is rich with history that includes more than just fire and ice. Its past is full of natural geological activity, including volcanos and lava flows that are the region’s signature, but it also has a past that includes ancient and some not so ancient artifacts. Many people are familiar with pueblos and cultures that date back thousands of years, but archeology unearths the past of others in the region including Anglo and Hispanics. It’s not surprising then that the 14th annual New Mexico Archaeology Fair will be in Grants on Oct. 12-13 at the city hall park on Santa Fe Avenue.

Arizona SHPO Publishes New “Guidance Point” Guide to Surface Collections Online: Dear Friends of Historic Preservation, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is pleased to announce its newest document in the SHPO Guidance Point series: Guidance Point No. 7 provides guidance on “Surface Artifact Collection During the Survey/Identification Phase” and is available for downloading on the Arizona State Parks website, SHPO pages, at

- Ranger Guided Hikes Showcase the Hohokam Petroglyphs of the White Tanks (Near Phoenix) : In the bright and burning sun, Park Ranger Bill “Doc” Talboys pointed out a rock to a group of six hikers. The large stone bore symbols that resembled a moon, a human and possibly a river. Known as petroglyphs, the markings were made thousands of years ago, he said, by the Hohokam Indian tribe in parts of the White Tank Mountains.

- Hohokam Site Slows Sale of Property in Mesa: The city's plan to sell park property to the developers of the Waveyard resort has hit a snag after an ancient system of irrigation canals built by the Hohokams has been found beneath Riverview Park. Mesa can't sell 25 acres of parkland at the Riverview softball fields until the area has been surveyed for artifacts and excavated. - East Valley Tribune

- Planning Meeting for Arizona Archaeology Expo Planned for Sept 7th: Please come and share your ideas as the SHPO initiates planning for the 2008 Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month (AAHAM) celebration. We will be deciding on a theme for the month, identifying our partners, discussing the 2008 Arizona Archaeology Expo (to be held at the Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson), and exchanging ideas for the promotion of this important educational program within our state. Friday, September 7, 2007 at 10:00 a.m.State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Arizona State Parks, 1300 W. Washington, Phoenix, First Floor Meeting Room (off ASP Reception Area). For More Information, Please Contact: Ann Howard, Public Archaeology Programs Manager, SHPO, 602/542-7138,

- AZ SHPO Seeking Proposals for 2009 Archaeology Expo: Dear Friends of Historic Preservation, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is in the process of seeking a host location for the 2009 Arizona Archaeology Expo which will be an important component of the celebration of 2009 Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month (March of 2009). If you are interested in being a host, please complete the proposal form and submit it to Ann Howard, Public Archaeology Programs Manager, either by e-mail or snail mail. We hope to hear from you! For More Information, Please Contact: Ann Howard, Public Archaeology Programs Manager, SHPO, 602/542-7138, - Ms Word Document

- Employment Opportunity: EcoPlan has an immediate need for an experienced field archaeologist to assist construction crews along Interstate 10 near Tucson, Arizona. Construction is anticipated to begin in late August 2007 and employment will last between 8 and 12 months. The archaeologist would accompany crews during ground disturbing activities, halt construction if archaeological or human remains are encountered, complete daily logs, and prepare status reports. The successful applicant would be able to work independently, would live in the greater Tucson area, have previous archaeological survey and excavation experience, and a familiarity with current archaeological methods. EcoPlan will provide a vehicle for transportation and lunch compensation. Maximum wages are set at $20 per hour, commensurate with experience. 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.