Monday, September 10, 2007

Simulated Digs in California, MNA Named Top Travel Destination, ASM Booksale

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

- Simulated Excavations Funded in Southern California: Students from elementary school age through college will soon have a chance to dig in the dirt for artifacts and fossils, thanks to an infusion of grant funds at the Western Center for Archaeology and Paleontology. Linda Parker, the center's chief development officer, said fundraising is going strong and that a number of grants have been secured, including a $353,000 state award that will be used to build three simulated archaeological digs near the museum's Diamond Valley Lake site. - The Press Enterprise

- Museum of Northern Arizona Hopi Festival Named Top Group Travel Destination for 2008: The American Bus Association presented the Museum of Northern Arizona Thursday morning with a special plaque naming the 75th annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture the top 2008 event in the United States. The presentation, hosted by the Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau, took place on the grounds of the Museum of Northern Arizona. Ben Nuvamsa, chairman of the Hopi Tribe, attended the ceremony, as did MNA Director Robert Breunig. - The Arizona Daily Sun

- Book Sale and Book Signing at Arizona State Museum: Friday and Saturday, September 14 and 15, 2007 the "Very Nearly Annual Discount Benefit Booksale" will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. Save 40-70% on remainders and first-quality NEW books: visual arts, humanities, poetry, ethnology, Southwest studies, world archaeology, anthropology, cooking, lifestyle, architecture, and children’s books. ASM members admitted one hour early on Friday for best selection! On Saturday, co-authors Pat and Kim Messier will sign copies of their new book Hopi and Pueblo Tiles, 10-1 PM. All proceeds benefit the Arizona State Musuem.

- Employment Opportunity (Mesa) Historic Preservation Planner: A Historic Preservation Planner is responsible for coordinating, promoting, and implementing the City’s Historic Preservation Program. This position functions as the designated Historic Preservation Officer for the City and is the primary contact for historic preservation activities. Duties include developing and administering City policies and procedures for the protection of cultural and historical resources; ensuring that City activities comply with historic preservation regulations; and providing technical, architectural, design, historical, and policy guidelines to City staff, City Council, governmental officials, boards and committees, and regional, state, and national preservation agencies.

Thanks to Brian Kenny for contributions to today's newsletter