Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Archaeology @ Crow Canyon, Grand Canyon Uranium Mining Halted, ASNM Meetings

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

- Field Research Continues At Crow Canyon: Coffey and his fellow archaeologists at Crow Canyon are embarking on the second phase of a six-year research project this year. They recently finished the first three years of an excavation at Goodman Point Pueblo, and are now moving to examine peripheral sites in the areas that predate the village. The goal of the second part of this research is to understand why a group of people who lived in smaller, scattered sites might have coalesced into a large village centered on a natural spring, Coffey said.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/91ih - Cortez Journal

- Rock art subject of lecture, symposium (Pueblo, CO): The archaeologist who's overseeing a project to record rock art in the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site will speak in Pueblo as part of Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month activities. Lawrence Loendorf will speak on "Pigments of the Imagination: Rock Paintings in Canyon de Chelly, Arizona" at 7 p.m. May 1 at Robert H. Rawlings Public Library. The public is welcome to attend his lecture at the meeting of Pueblo Archaeological and Historical Society.

- Native and Environmental Groups Join Forces to Stop Uranium Mining Close to Grand Canyon: A federal judge in early April blocked the British company Vane Minerals from continuing exploratory uranium mining near the Grand Canyon. The judgment was a victory for environmental groups and for the 13 tribes that are affected by uranium mining in the western United States. But the renewed interest in an old mineral has tribal leaders on edge. At a congressional field hearing in Flagstaff March 28, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. said Navajos ''do not want to sit by, ignorant of the effects of uranium mining, only to watch another generation of mothers and fathers die.'' Representatives from the Kaibab Paiute, Havasupai, Hualapai and Hopi tribes also testified at the hearing, along with representatives from the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service, local counties, mining companies and the scientific community.

- 2008 Archaeological Society of New Mexico (ASNM) Annual Meeting: The 2008 Archaeological Society of New Mexico (ASNM) Annual Meeting will be held at the Best Western Inn & Suites, Farmington, NM on Saturday, April 26. Registration is $30 at the door. Center for Desert Archaeology Preservation Archaeologist Paul Reed will be giving the Bandelier Lecture (Sat. night, 8pm): Salmon, Aztec, and Their Roles in the Chacoan and Post-Chacoan Worlds of the Middle San Juan Region. Contact mathiefj@unm.edu or visit the conference website for more information.

- The Arizona Archaeological Council Presents an Arizona Bioarchaeology Roundtable: Friday, April 25th, 10 am - 4 pm at the Pueblo Grande Museum. The event features informal presentations and discussions of current research/issues facing the bioarchaeological community in Arizona and across the Southwest. For members and students the event is free of charge, for non-members admission is $10. Please Note: The Pueblo Grande Museum would appreciate participants reserving those parking spaces closest to the museum for museum visitors.

- "Archaeology's Nightmare" - Indiana Jones: "Forget any ideas you've got about lost cities, exotic travel and digging up the world," the professor tells his adoring students. "We do not follow maps to buried treasure, and X never, ever marks the spot." True enough, at least in that professor's day job. Teaching at a swanky college, Indiana Jones wears tweed and a bow tie. During his "field work," however, it's leather jackets, a pistol, a fedora, and of course, , the bullwhip.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/ghvy - National Public Radio