Friday, May 30, 2008

Oil Drilling and Ancient Sites in Nine Mile Canyon, Rio Nuevo Museums Delayed Again

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

- More on the Oil Drilling in Nine Mile Canyon: Along Utah's Nine Mile Canyon lies what some call the longest art gallery in the world - thousands of prehistoric rock carvings and paintings of bighorn sheep and other wildlife, hunters wielding spears, and warriors engaged in hand-to-hand combat. But now, a dramatic increase in natural gas drilling is proposed on the plateau above the canyon, and preservationists fear trucks will kick up dust that will cover over the images.

- Director of Art Institute of Chicago Argues that Partage is more Important than Patrimony: In an already controversial new book out later this month, "Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the Battle Over Our Ancient Heritage," author James Cuno argues for a return to the idea of "partage." The term refers to the system that persisted for many years in which foreign-led experts — typically Europeans and Americans — worked with locals to excavate antiquities in countries like Iraq and Egypt. Some of the material went to local museums, but much of the rest ended up in the museums in the experts' home countries.|

- Public Meeting on Traditional Cultural Property Designation for Mt. Taylor to be Held June 14th. A public meeting to reconsider the emergency nomination of Mount Taylor as a Traditional Cultural Property will take place June 14 at in the Cibola County Convention Room. The state's Cultural Properties Review Committee is holding a regularly scheduled meeting, set to start at 10:30 a.m. The discussion and vote on the mountain's emergency listing is item number nine on the agenda. The Mount Taylor portion is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.. That item includes a summary of comments of the Feb. 22 special meeting, witness presentations and public comments.

- Tucson Origins Heritage Park Delayed Again: The projects that were set for groundbreaking were the mission and an underground parking garage. Hein postponed the start of work, he said, because the layout of the site is not resolved and only the University Science Center and the Arizona State Museum, which will be in one building, are in the design process. "There is no halt to the project. But you do not build a parking garage without knowing how you're going to pay for it. Yes, we will have TIF (tax increment financing) money for sure, but there will also be license agreements with museums for a certain number of spaces. We're looking at retail, a restaurant," Hein said. "You don't want an empty garage with no revenues to pay for it, and you don't want a convento with nothing else there."

- Reminder, Discussion of Coronado and Colonial History Offered In Tucson: The Center for Desert Archaeology is pleased to invite you to a special evening with historian Richard Flint and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tony Horwitz. Richard and Tony will discuss and sign their new books on European exploration of North America at the Tucson Botanical Gardens on Saturday, May 31st, 2008.

- Documentary will Highlight Kanab Earthfest: From early pottery making by the Anasazi to the grandeur of condors, documentary films, and learning about southern Utah's cultural heritage and resource management, there was something for everyone at Amazing Earthfest in Kanab. For the second year in a row, Kanab, Kane County Travel Council and area businesses joined forces to sponsor the free event highlighting the splendor, history and resources of Colorado Plateau public lands, with their many state and national parks.

- First Ancient New World City is the Topic of a New Video on the Archaeology Channel: Recent research shows that the earliest phase of Andean Civilization took place simultaneously with earliest stages of civilization on the Old World. This remarkable phenomenon and its manifestation at the ancient city of Caral in Peru are described in Caral Supe: The Oldest Civilization in the Americas, the latest video feature on our nonprofit streaming-media Web site, The Archaeology Channel

Tour Opportunity: Pima Community College and Old Pueblo Archaeology Center are sponsoring the "Mimbres Ruins, Rock Art, and Museums of Southern New Mexico" (ST585) study tour: Friday June 20 through Tuesday June 24, 2008. Registered Professional Archaeologist Allen Dart leads this comprehensive tour to southwestern New Mexico's Silver City area to visit Classic Mimbres pueblo ruins, Early Mogollon village archaeological sites, the Gila Cliff Dwellings, spectacular petroglyph sites, and a museum with one of the world's finest collections of Mimbres Puebloan pottery.