Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Southwest Symposium, El Camnio Real at ASM, Maxwell's 75, AAC Conference

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

- 20th Southwest Symposium Announced: Movement, Connectivity, and Landscape Change. January 17-19, 2008. The 2008 symposium will begin with a session that honors our 20th anniversary. In this opening session, the topics from the first Southwest Symposium (foraging, mobility and migration, social power and interaction, the protohistoric, and the history of Southwest archaeology) will be revisited by leading scholars in the field. They will look back over the last two decades of our accomplishments and forward toward new directions.

- Multiple Events at the Arizona State Museum to Celebrate Opening of the Camino Real Exhibit: wonderful, free programs at arizona state museum October 5th and 6th: Oct. 5th to Oct. 28 Exhibition of photographs El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, photographs by Eniac Martinez. October 5th, Friday, 6:30pm? Opening reception with panel discussion, reception, booksighing, exhibition viewing. October 6th, Saturday, 1-4 Family Culture Craft Saturday program of music, stories, arts activities, and exhibit tours. Note: Teachers can receive professional development credit for attending these programs. No registration necessary. Sign in when you arrive.

- AAC Fall 2007 Conference Abstracts Available Online. The 2007 AAC Fall Conference - " Going with the Flow - Current Research In Prehistoric Irrigation Technology" will be held October 12 and 13 at Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa. program and abstracts are now available at

- Maxwell Museum Celebrates 75 Years of Interpretation in the Southwest: The museum was the brainchild of pre-eminent New Mexico anthropologist Edgar Lee Hewett, who, at the request of UNM President James Zimmerman, had started UNM's anthropology department in 1928. In 1930, Hewett proposed to Zimmerman the creation of a museum for the care and display of artifacts rapidly accumulating as the result of UNM's field work in Southwestern archaeology.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/b1t4 - The Albuquerque Tribune

- Stabilization at Mesa Verde: nside a small room at Square Tower House ruins and Mesa Verde National Park, archaeologist Jim Hampson scooped up a shovel-full of dirt and dumped it behind a wall in the picturesque, 800-year-old alcove ruin. Hampson is part of a four-person team of archaeologists working this fall to repair a wall that was crushed in late 2006 when a large slab of rock sheered off the alcove above and crushed a 12-foot-high wall and pierced another wall of a kiva.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/kpis - Cortez Journal

- Shiprock Navajo Fair now in Progress: Imagine dancing from dusk to dawn. That's what traditional Ye'ii-Bi-Chei dancers will do this Saturday night at the 96th annual Shiprock Navajo Fair. The fair is held to coincide with the ancient Ye'ii-Bi-Chei ceremony, a nine-day sacred healing chant usually held after the season's first frost. The chant began Friday and will continue through Saturday morning with the grand finale beginning at 10 p.m. Friday.

- Cave Creek Museum is Worth the Trip: The Cave Creek Museum may be small, but it packs an afternoon. “If people really get into it, they could be here two hours,” says Evenly Johnson, the museum’s executive director. Hidden away on Skyline Drive in view of Black Mountain, the volunteer-run, member-supported museum will open Oct. 3 for the fall and winter season. “This museum almost draws you back in time,” says Johnson.

- The Archaeology of Blackbeard, a New Feature on the Archaeology Channel: Legendary personages are not always purely mythological or simply the stuff of Hollywood movies: sometimes they are very real. Such is the case with the pirate Blackbeard, the subject of Queen Anne's Revenge Overview, the latest video feature on our nonprofit streaming-media Web site, The Archaeology Channel

Position Announcement: Executive Director of the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum, Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce is accepting applications for the position of executive director. Applicants should apply in writing to: Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Human Resources J-491, P.O. Box 26980, Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0980, or via email: Christina_Hamilton@odoc.state.ok.us. Deadline was Friday, September 28, 2007 -- Open Until Filled. Anyone interested in being considered must submit a resume, cover letter and a list of reference sources to Human Resources. Bachelors degree required and a Masters Degree preferred in an arts/cultural field, arts/museum administration or related area. Requires at least 8 years experience working successfully in a cultural organization and or museum, with at least 5 years in a senior leadership / management position. Required experience working with Native American communities to achieve cultural, community or economic development goals. Experience leading the establishment of a new institution/organization an asset. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.Reference Job number: J-491

Position Announcement: Tenure-Track Position in Paleolithic Archaeology
Department of Anthropology, New York University, New York, NY. The Department of Anthropology invites applications from outstanding scholars for a tenure-track position in Archaeology at the rank of Assistant Professor, to start September 1, 2008, pending administrative and budgetary approval. The department is looking for scholars with exceptional records in teaching and research in Paleolithic Archaeology, with a geographical focus on Africa or Asia. It is anticipated that the candidate will complement and strengthen departmental interests in Paleolithic and medieval archaeology of Europe, state formation in ancient Near East and South Asia, prehistoric art, technology, zooarchaeology, skeletal morphology, dental anthropology and human paleontology. Application deadline is November 15, 2007. Please send letter, curriculum vitae, and names of three referees to: Professor Terry Harrison, Department of Anthropology, New York University, 25 Waverly Place, New York, NY, 10003. NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Multiple Positions Available: EcoPlan Associates is currently accepting applications for the following positions: Archaeological Project Director, Architectural Historian, Historian/Research Assistant, and Archaeological Field Technicians. If interested in any of these positions, please send resume, cover letter, and list of references by mail, fax, or e-mail to: Cultural Resources Group, EcoPlan Associates, Inc., 701 West Southern Avenue, Suite 203, Mesa, Arizona, 85210, Email: CulturalJobs@EcoPlanAZ.com FAX: 480 733 6661. No telephone calls, please. All applicants for Project Director, Architectural Historian, and Historian/Research Assistant must be available for in-person interviews, must be able to provide their own transportation, possess a valid driver’s license, and live (or be willing to relocate) within driving distance of our Mesa, Arizona office.

Thanks to Dianna Hadley, Gerald Kelso, and Bruce Phillips for submissions to today's newsletter.