Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Pottery Project, New Journal Announcement, I-17 Sinagua Sites,

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

- The Arizona State Museum's Pottery Project: It's called ''The Pottery Project: 2,000 Years - 20,000 Vessels''; and while China may have its ancient Great Wall, the Arizona State Museum in Tucson has its brand-new Great Wall of Pots. The wall, actually a floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall display of whole-vessel ceramics, is just a portion of the pottery that spans 2,000 years of life in the unique environments of the American desert Southwest and northern Mexico. ''Every one of the contemporary tribes in the Southwest that makes pottery is represented here in the largest and most comprehensive collection on Southwest cultures anywhere,'' conservator Nancy Odegaard said. ''You can find other fantastic museum collections elsewhere, but ours is far-reaching and outstanding in the breadth of our older works. Our oldest vessel, discovered not far away from the museum location on the University of Arizona campus, is about 2,000 years old.

- New Journal Announcement: Left Coast Press announces that they are launching a new journal of Heritage Management for 2008. Editors are Kelley Hays-Gilpin and George Gumerman IV at Northern Arizona University. Preliminary information on the journal is available at:

- Visiting Sinagua Sites: Montezuma's Well holds a fascination of its own. 800 to 1,200 years ago, two Indian cultures, known by archaeologist as the Sinagua and the Hohokam, lived and flourished here. A number of Pueblo-style structures once stood around the high cliffs above the sinkhole, or were built into its alcoves. Men, women, and children lived and died here, some probably never knowing about any other place on Earth.