Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Tucson Presidio Park, Native Tube, Dendroglyphs

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

- Living History at Tucson's Presidio Park: The Transamerica Building looms to the south, sometimes blocking the sun. Across the street is a parking garage. Trains can be heard rumbling in the distance. And plunked in the middle of all this modern urbanity sits Tucson's distant past: the re-created Presidio San Agustín del Tucson.

- Visitor's Dilemma, Chaco or Mesa Verde? Do you like your ruins difficult to reach, over dirt washboard roads, with the only food around what you bring yourself and the only place to sleep a campground? Are you thrilled to see rattlesnakes slither by? Do you like the feeling of peering down into a grand kiva, imagining its long-ago religious ceremonies, with no other tourists in sight? Chaco's your choice. Prefer to take a twilight tour of ancient cliff dwellings led by a guide dressed up as an early archaeologist, then eat a gourmet dinner at your hotel restaurant? Would you enjoy scooting along a high mesa on a tram, chatting first with Bostonians and next with Louisianans, hopping off this time to see pit dwellings, next time to see a dramatic overlook? Mesa Verde's your ticket. (Literally; you have to buy tickets to see the main sights.)
http://www.cdarc.org/page/2zbp - The Seattle Times

- Using Internet Video to Preserve Tribal Tradition - Native Tube: The Rubios turned to the Web and built their own online TV network, Native American Tube (natube.magnify.net) - and it has changed their life and the lives of others. They have literally plugged in, and are proving to be a powerful tonic for tens of thousands of culture-hungry Native Americans. As Mya explains it, "Our community is built on love and respect for our culture. Each day our community grows larger. We created Native American Tube to bring our people together. We hope to bring non-Natives here so that they can learn what our culture is all about."

- Basque Dendroglyphs in Southern Colorado: Known as arborglyphs or dendroglyphs, the impressions divulge the raw isolation of men far from the warmth of family and home. A vast majority of the carvings are simply names and dates or utilitarian notes sharing the location of a spring or warning of some danger. But there are yearnings for distant loves. Etchings of horses, mosquitoes, snakes, crosses. Boastful descriptions of forays into a nearby bordello.

- Archaeology of the Anza - Borrego Desert will be Featured at the Next Meeting of the Pacific Coast Archaeology Society: Pacific Coast Archaeological Society's March 13th meeting will feature Dr. Joan Schneider speaking on “What's Doin' Down South and Over the Mountains: Recent Archaeology in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the Surrounding Region.” Meeting information: Thursday, March 13, 2008, 7:30 pm at the Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine, CA. Meeting is free and open to the public. For information:

- Underwater Archaeology is the Next Topic on the Archaeology Channel: Undersea exploration of shipwreck sites is rapidly growing in frequency, popularity and sophistication with improvements in technology and methodology. The potential value of this kind of research is illustrated by Anthropology Field Notes 6: Shipwrecks - with Odyssey Marine Exploration, the latest video feature on our nonprofit streaming-media Web site, The Archaeology Channel