Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Bill to Enlarge Mesa Verde, Big Demolition Gaffe in Tucson

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

- Bill to Expand Mesa Verde National Park Passes House or Representatives Vote: A bill sponsored by Rep. John Salazar authorizing the expansion of Mesa Verde National Park unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday. The Mesa Verde National Park Boundary Expansion Act of 2007, sponsored by Salazar, will next go to the U.S. Senate for a vote. - The Cortez Journal

- Contractor for City of Tucson Mistakenly Demolishes Historic Structure: A historically significant U.S. Magnetic Observatory building that was supposed to be left standing in Udall Park while others around it were demolished was mistakenly taken down.
The gaffe by a city contractor leaves only four of the original 15 buildings standing.

- Lecture Tonight on Mesa Verde Migrations at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science: William Lipe will present "Four Corners, Then and Now." Late in the 13th century, the cliff dwellings and pueblos of the Mesa Verde region fell silent as a population of thousands melted away within a generation. Where did all these people go? Ricketson Auditorium, $12 member, $15 nonmember. - Denver Museum of Nature and Science

- Tucson to Dedicate Cultural Walk at the Julian Wash Site: According to a news release, the cultural walk project is located on an archaeologically-significant Hohokam village that used to be the St. Josephs Children’s Home location. The Julian Wash Cultural Walk now contains landscaping that avoids any sensitive archeological areas. It will also offer visitors a multi-use path, an interpretive path with educational signs and displays, ramadas and benches. -

- Arizona State Museum Library Celebrates its 50th Year: ASM is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its renowned library with a year’s worth of special events. Join us for the kick-off event and enjoy guest speakers, tours of the building’s architectural features, an unveiling of a newly designed on-line catalog, and a “retiring” of the old card catalog. The event is free and open to the public. Donations requested at event will help fund the library's future upgrades.
Saturday, October 27th, from 1 to 4 PM.

-Employment Opportunity, (Washington DC): The ACHP is seeking qualified applicants to fill the position of Native American Program Assistant in the Native American Program. The program is responsible for advising and assisting federal agencies, Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations and others regarding tribal and Native Hawaiian consultation in the Section 106 process. Applications are being accepted through Thursday, November 15, 2007.