Monday, March 17, 2008

ASU Asked to Revise Conservation Easement, Public Archaeology at Queen Creek

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

- Arizona State University's Plan to Preserve the Kerr Center Rejected by Scottsdale Historic Preservation Commission: The commission said this week that Arizona State University would have to do a better job on a conservation easement for the Kerr Cultural Center. After listening to artists and residents blast the reputation of ASU for historical conservation, the commissioners delayed a vote for the easement Thursday and sent it back to the negotiating table.

- San Tan Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society Shares the Archaeology of the Queen Creek Region with an Interested Public. The Queen Creek and San Tan area was once a fertile delta that brought prehistoric farmers, known as the Hohokam, to the area and kept settlers coming. Hundreds of years later came a stage stop on a route from Florence to Mesa. Now, a group of local archaeologists is forming a local chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society to educate residents about the area's history. The group's first meeting is this month with speaker Bruce Phillips, a geomorphologist, or a specialist in soil and prehistoric canals. "We want to get people to realize what's underneath their feet," he said.

- Sonoran Artist Sentenced For Filming Native Cerimonies At Yosemite: A Sonora artist who got in trouble for filming American Indian ceremonial dances in Yosemite National Park must complete 198 hours of community service and be on unsupervised probation for one year, a federal judge ruled.

- Lecture on Geoglyphs Tonight at Monthly Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society Meeting.(Tucson). John Fountain will present "Geoglyphs, The Orphans of Rock Art, 7:30 pm at the Duval Auditorium In the University Medical Center, 1501 N Campbell Rd. 7:30 pm

- Lecture on Excavations at an Ancient Pithousse Village On the San Pedro, this Thursday at Old Pueblo Archaeology (Tucson): Thursday March 20, 2008. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center's "Third Thursdays" program presents "Excavations at a Prehistoric Gateway Community in the Upper San Pedro Valley." Archaeologists Douglas Craig and Maren Hopkins of Northland Research, Inc., will discuss recent excavations by Northland at a prehistoric pithouse settlement in the San Pedro River valley of southeastern Arizona. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center is located at 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 8 (northwestern Tucson metro area). 7:30 to 9 p.m, Free and Open to the Public