Friday, August 17, 2007

Southwestern Archaeology Today for August 17 , 2007

Southwestern Archaeology Making the News - A Service of the Center For Desert Archaeology

- New Mural in Tucson Depicts Hohokam Designs: The mural's background design is taken from motifs from Hohokam pots, said one of the designers, Desert View High School teacher Brenda Semanick. "We decided on the Hohokam design because there are a lot of Hohokam ruins in the nearby Tanque Verde basin," she said.

- Settlement Reached in Fraudulent Native Arts Case. An American Indian arts group has reached a settlement in its lawsuit accusing a St. George store owner of misrepresenting goods as being made by Indian artists. The Chicago-based Native American Arts Inc., representing Ho-Chunk tribal members, had demanded $8 million from Milne Jewelry Co. in a complaint filed in 2005. A confidential settlement was reached on Aug. 6, according to court records. Company owner Irwin Milne did not admit guilt but agreed not to violate the Indian Arts and Craft Act, essentially a truth-in-advertising law that makes it unlawful to sell counterfeit Indian artwork.

- GILA Cliff Dwellings Announces Centennial Events For September: Throughout 2007, Gila Cliff Dwellings’ theme Celebrating a Century of Storytelling will guide the special events and programs at the monument, leading up to the actual 100th anniversary on November 16, 2007. Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Superintendent Steve Riley announced September centennial celebration activities. - Ms Word Document

- Bighorn Sheep Returned to Ancient Range: For the hunters and gatherers who called northern New Mexico home in prehistoric times, seeing Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep roam from the state's highest peaks down the 800-foot basalt cliffs that form the Rio Grande Gorge was part of life. Petroglyphs chiseled into boulders up and down the river depict big-horned mammals, but it was long ago that the majestic animals disappeared from the area. State and federal wildlife managers have been working years on the prospect of reintroducing the past, and they took a major step over the weekend as they lifted the latch on a livestock trailer and a group of bighorn sheep -- after bit of hesitation -- thundered out, scrambling one after the other up the rocks - Casper Tribune

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- Employment Opportunity - City Of Phoenix Historic Preservation Planner: Coordinates and assists in the implementation of the City's Historic Preservation Program. Prepares and processes historic preservation zoning cases; performs design reviews of Certificate of Appropriateness applications; manages major rehabilitation work on city-owned historic sites; reviews city projects for compliance with city, state and federal historic preservation regulations; performs historic research and survey work; helps to manage historic preservation incentive programs; performs public outreach; prepares reports and makes public presentations; enforces the city historic preservation ordinance; and provides technical, architectural and historical design guidance to City staff, elected officials, citizens, boards and commissions.