Monday, October 22, 2007

SRI Cemetery Excavation Gets Expensive, More on the Road to Chaco, Parking Lot Excavation in Phoenix

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- Costs Mount on Tucson's Joint-Courts Cemetery Excavation: he dead buried under downtown are long gone, but they left behind quite a bill. Pima County has sunk almost $15 million into the project to unearth and rebury the deceased, most of whom have lain for over a century in what was then the official cemetery of a territorial town but are now beneath city streets and downtown buildings.

- Parking Lot Excavation Reveals Phoenix History: The prehistoric pit houses, a century-old cosmetic-cream jar and antique bricks tell the story of the first merchants in downtown Phoenix. Archaeologists earlier this month found those artifacts deep beneath the downtown parking lot where on Monday crews will begin building a $900 million hub of shops, offices and restaurants.

- Lecture on Native American Painting, This Friday at the Arizona State Museum: The inaugural lecture of the Arnold and Doris Roland Distinguished Speaker Series features scholar and author J. J. Brody, professor emeritus of art history, University of New Mexico. Dr. Brody will speak on early 20th century Native American painting. The talk will be held at the Marriott University Park (880 E. Second St.). 6:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. lecture. Free and open to the public. Sponsored and produced by the Friends of the ASM Collections.

- Plans to Encapsulate Historic Tempe Homestead Rejected by Arizona SHPO: The developer that wants to build a high-rise building that would partially hang over Monti's La Casa Vieja steakhouse faced the Tempe Historic Preservation Commission Thursday evening and was sent "back to the drawing board." La Casa Vieja, once home to the Hayden family that founded Tempe, was built in 1873 and is considered one of the most historic buildings in the Valley. But the development team wishing to put a high rise above Monti's - while preserving the old building - was told by the commission that plans to have the new structure overhang the Monti's site didn't sit well.

- Debate over Paving the Road to Chaco Continues: Several concerned New Mexicans gathered Thursday night at the San Juan County Commission chambers and voiced concerns regarding potential improvements to County Road 7950, which provides primary vehicle access to Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

- Tohono O'odham open Village Trading Post: The gallery will present American Indian works by pre-eminent artists who have created a name for themselves throughout the world, artists like Navajo stone sculptor Lance Yazzie and his father, famed stone and bronze sculptor Larry Yazzie. Celebrated O'odham basket weaver Terrol Dew Johnson has several pieces on display, and New Mexico jewelry designer Elloise Padilla will showcase her serpentine and turquoise necklaces, each piece of which was handcrafted, said Travis P. Nabahe, CEO of the development authority.

- Graduate Student Focuses Research on Western Puebloan Sandals: His focus is on Yucca sandals he said, most likely from the Pueblo 1 period. The Pueblo 1 period is from approximately 700 to 900 AD, according to an article by Dr. Linda Cordell, archaeologist and former director of the Colorado University Museum. Yoder said not much is known about the sandals, how they were made or where they were found in the Anasazi region. This is the information he is trying discover. Additionally, he is studying them to see if there are different types of these sandals that might allow him to associate different groups of people. - Hurricane Valley Journal

- November Centennial Events at Gila Cliff Dwellings: Everyone is invited up to Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument for the official centennial ceremony on Saturday, November 17, 2007. Natural and cultural demonstrations will take place from 11:00 am-1:00 pm. A free lunch will be served at 12:30 pm. The ceremony (which includes assembling a time capsule of modern artifacts to be opened at the 150th Anniversary in 2057) begins at 2:00 pm, followed by cake, ice cream, and special tours through the monument’s archeological sites. The trail through the dwellings will be open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, and the admission fee is waived for the day. Call 505-536-9461 to RSVP for lunch by November 10.
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- Travelogue, Betatakin and Navajo National Monument: On a crisp, fall-like Saturday morning, Cassandra Parrish leads five hikers into a deep, salmon-to-red tinted canyon south of the Arizona-Utah border. Their goal is Betatakin, an ancient pueblo nestled precariously inside a stunningly cavernous grotto.,5143,695219267,00.html

- Employment Opportunity, Cultural Resources Programs Manager (Pima County): Assists Cultural Resources Manager or Program Manager in planning, organizing, coordinating, and administering activities of the Cultural Resources and Historic Preservation Office within Pima County. - MS Word Document

- Employment Opportunity, Field Technicians and Crew Chief (Phoenix): PaleoWest Solutions in Archaeology is seeking to fill positions in the greater Phoenix area for one crew chief and five field technicians for archaeological survey and excavation projects beginning October 22, and extending at through the fall. A Bachelors degree is required. Crew chiefs must also have experience and provide references related to excavating and effective interpreting of Hohokam habitation sites. Crew members must have excavation or survey expertise. Contact PaleoWest Solutions in Archaeology. 928.776.7253 office | 602.980.6687 cell | 866-706-7253 toll-free