Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Southwestern Archaeology Today for August 22, 2007

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

- Ancient Bead Trade in the Southwest: A leading expert on prehistoric Southwest jewelry has claimed Indian beads were one of the marvels of Native technology. Even a casual glance at some of the tiny, beautifully made examples recovered by archaeologists would force us to agree. Ancient trade routes stretching across the Southwest connected important manufacturing and trading centers at which redistribution of goods occurred. In this early-day commerce, beads had high value and were much in demand.

- Nevada’s Most Endangered Historic Treasures: The Goldfield school, Commercial Row in Wells and the rail yard in Ely are among Nevada's most endangered historic treasures, a preservation group said in a new report. The Virginia Street Bridge in Reno also remains on the list issued by Preserve Nevada, along with Reno's Hillside Cemetery, the Round Hill Pine Resort at Lake Tahoe and the First Presbyterian Church in Carson City.

- Historical Context and Inventory Study of WWII Internment Camps Available Online:
The final edition of the Context, Inventory, and Heritage WW II POW Camps on DoD Installations (Legacy Project 05-256) is now available on DENIX. The PDF file includes the historic context, inventory of POW camps, and seven documentation reports of existing features on current DoD installations. The report is 110MBs, so expect downloading to take a few minutes. The report is available to the public at: - US Department of Defense

- Lecture in Tucson to Focus Upon Pioneering Hispanic Family: Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 6:30 PM, at the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson park. Archaeologist Homer Thiel will present “Francisco Solano Leon and Ramona Elias: A Presidio Family." The park is located at the southwest corner of Church Avenue and Washington Street, one block north of the domed Pima County Courthouse. Refreshments will be served.