Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Threats to Nine Mile Canyon, Arizona Archaeology Expo Events

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

- Nine Mile Canyon - Loosing a Treasure for Very Little in Return: My heart sank when I picked up the paper and read "Nine Mile Canyon at risk" above a photo of this Utah treasure. I had already read stories on rapid oil and gas development in northeast and central Utah, but this particular story brought back a flood of memories and drove home just how far we seem willing to go for 17 short days worth of natural gas to feed our growing demand.

- Mount Taylor Preservation Efforts Focus Upon State Register Nomination: The state Historic Preservation Division says a committee has agreed to an emergency listing of Mount Taylor in the State Register of Cultural Properties

- Video Presentation on Excavation of Tucson's National Cemetery. KUAT presents an on-demand video presentation on one of the largest cemetery excavations to have ever taken place in North America.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/j698 - KUAT Television

- New Leadership at Colorado Historical Society: The Colorado Historical Society has filled three key positions: Mr. William J. Convery III, State Historian; Ms. Jill Cowperthwaite, Director of Development; and Ms. Sheila Goff, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Liaison.

- Cameron Arizona, Cultural Crossroads: Trading posts in the Southwest were historically gathering places, economic bridges between ranchers, Native American artisans, and passing traders. That spirit continues at the Cameron Trading Post. Founded by brothers Hubert and C.D. Richardson in 1916, the trading post now comprises a modern hotel with Southwestern decor, RV park, restaurant, gift shop, gallery, and gardens, but it remains a place for cross-cultural interaction.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/74u2 - Boston Globe

- Archaeological Damage Assessement Class Offered at Mesa Verde: Archaeological Resource Investigations (ARI) has scheduled an offering of the firm’s five-day advanced Archaeological Damage Assessment Class in Dolores, Colorado, Monday, April 7 through Friday, April 11, 2008. The National Park Service (NPS) at Mesa Verde National Park will be the sponsor for this class. Information on the class location, lodging and logistics is provided as part of this announcement.
http://www.cdarc.org/sat/arpa.doc - MS Word Document

- Class in Photography for Cultural Heritage Professionals Offered by NPI & National Trust for Historic Preservation: The National Preservation Institute, a nonprofit organization founded in 1980, educates those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of
our cultural heritage. The 2008 National Preservation Institute seminar schedule is now available online at www.npi.org. The 2008 NPI News Release includes
the calendar and seminar descriptions.

Arizona Archaeology Expo This Weekend (March 1 & 2) at the Arizona State Museum.

-- Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Expo: Saturday and Sunday, March 1–2, 2008
9–4 p.m. Free and open to the public. After 7 years, ASM is again the proud host of this wonderful annual celebration. Enjoy two full days of educational and interactive displays and activities related to Arizona’s rich past and present. A used booksale hosted by the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society, book signings, lectures, tours, food, and much more round out the festivities. Teachers can earn professional development hours. No need to pre-register: simply sign in at the Learn About Tent for a teacher resource packet and certificate, as well as a Archaeology Expo Discovery Map.

-- The Arizona Archaeology Expo Sponsorship: The Archaeology Expo is sponsored by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Arizona State Parks, and the Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission. The Arizona State Museum (ASM) is host and partner for the highlight event for 2008 Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month (AAHAM). Many other partners will be joining together to present a varied Expo format offering two days of educational, hands-on archaeology programs to the public. Audio Updates and more information at:

-- Tucson Presidio Annual Brunch: We will be dining in the Courtyard of the reconstructed historic Presidio. At 11:00 a.m., a delicious brunch catered by El Charro CafĂ© will be served followed by an informative and entertaining presentation on “Laws and Outlaws in Territorial Days” by Robert Clark. Mr. Clark has spoken numerous times on a variety of subjects but is especially fond of history because of the many colorful characters and interesting stories.
Reservations Required, a $25 fee will benefit the Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation.
http://www.cdarc.org/sat/presidio_invitation.doc - MS Word Document

-- Center for Desert Archaeology Partners with the AZ LIVE Lab and the Arizona State Museum to Present the Pottery Project in Three Dimensions. Visitor's to the Arizona Archaeology Expo will have the opportunity to explore an immersive virtual reality display of based upon the virtual vault, part of an effort to digitize and interpret the State Museum's new Pottery Vault. A display of Southwestern Ceramics in Time and Space, as well as an Ancestral Puebloan Village will be displayed in the AZ LIVE immersive digital display environment. Sign up for tours of this program in the Pottery Vault Gallery at the Archaeology Expo.

-- Arizona State Musuem Library Benefit Booksale, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday, ASM south uilding. This very popular annual booksale is hosted by the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society. Save on USED Southwest books, magazines, journals and more. Proceeds benefit the ASM Library. ASM and AAHS members admitted one hour early on Saturday for best selection!

-- Archaeology Expo Lecture Opportunity Mesoamerican Style and Symbolism in Hohokam Architecture and Artifacts, Saturday, March 1, 2008 11 a.m. at Arizona State Museum, room 309. A panel discussion with Randall McGuire (Department of Anthropology, Binghamton University), Elisa Villalpando C. (Centro Sonora, Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia), Suzanne Fish (Arizona State Museum) and Paul Fish (Arizona State Museum). This is one of a series of lectures pertaining to the museum's upcoming travel tour TUCSON, TULA & TLAXCALA: 4,000 Years of Cultural Interaction, June 2008. This lecture series is made possible in part by a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council and is designated a "We the People" project by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

-- Lecture Opportunity: Hopi History in Stone: The Tutuveni Petroglyph Site, 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. Wesley Bernardini from the University of Redlands discusses his research and documentation of Tutuveni, the famous petroglyph site on the Hopi Salt Trail. This lecture celebrates the publication of the 200th volume in the Arizona State Museum Archaeological Series. Lecture takes place at the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) auditorium, one building east of ASM north. Enjoy a post-lecture reception at ASM.