Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Albuquerque Ordinance, Festival at Pueblo Grande, Improvements at Honey Bee

Southwestern Archaeology Today - A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology

- Albuquerque City Council Approves New Archaeological Ordinance: Last Wednesday, September 5th, the Albuquerque City Council voted 7 - 0 to approve an archaeological ordinance. The Albuquerque Archaeological Ordinance, sponsored by City Councilor Martin Heinrich, was forged through intensive negotiations between representatives of the archaeological community and commercial and subdivision developers. It establishes a City Archaeologist in the planning department; and, requires that major developments 5 acres and above be reviewed for potential impacts to significant archaeological resources as part of the City's development review and approval process. This is the culmination of 21 years worth of effort on the part of archaeologists and conservationists in Albuquerque. The bill will go to the mayor for signature within the next few days. - City of Albuquerque

- Celebration at Pueblo Grande Highlights Ancient Regional Links to Mexican Culture: On Sunday, a few hundred people gathered at Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park to celebrate the cultural connections between the prehistoric cultures of the Hohokam people of the Salt River Valley and the Meso-American cultures of Mexico and Central America.

- Fundraising Party for El Paso Museum of Archaeology this Weekend: El Pasoans can sip tequila against the backdrop of the Franklin Mountains during a fundraising event for the El Paso Museum of Archaeology this weekend. The El Paso Archaeological Society is hosting the Tequila Sundown membership drive and fundraising event from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 4301 Transmountain. Bill Luther, president of the El Paso Archaeological Society, said the organization needs to raise $27,000 to help keep the museum open.

- Oro Valley Funds Improvements at Honey Bee Village: The Oro Valley Town Council awarded $774,679 in contracts at last Wednesday’s meeting. The largest contract, totaling $491,979, was granted to K.A.Z. Construction to build screening and retaining walls at Honey Bee Village, near Moore and Rancho Vistoso boulevards.

- Employment Opportunity: Desert Archaeology Inc. is seeking temporary archaeological field technicians to participate in testing and data recovery projects in and around Phoenix, Arizona. Work is expected to begin in late September 2007 and continue through the end of the year. One of the upcoming projects will be outside the Phoenix metropolitan area and will include per diem and lodging. Previous excavation experience is necessary, including familiarity with feature plan and profile mapping, excavation, and form completion. 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. Wages are competitive and commensurate with experience. To apply for these positions, please submit a resume and cover letter stating your interest and qualifications to Beth Bagwell at the address below. Submittals via email are preferred. Elizabeth A. Bagwell, Ph.D. Desert Archaeology, Inc. 509 S. 48th Street, Suite 104
Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 967-8580, (480) 967-9221 FAX,

Thanks to David Cushman for contributing to today's newsletter.