Friday, June 6, 2008

Looted Mimbres Pottery Recovered, Crow Canyon Looks at Ancient Agriculture

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

- Mimbres Pottery Recovered from Possible Looters: Taos, Chama and Silver City homes were searched last month in an ongoing probe into illegal excavation of Mimbres pottery. The investigation began in late April when someone witnessed what they believed was an illegal dig in the Gila National Forest and called the Catron County sheriff. "They responded, and they found items in the car, interviewed the individuals and then forwarded it on to the Forest Service for additional investigation," said Kathy DeLucas of the Carson National Forest in Taos. - Santa Fe New Mexican

- Crow Canyon Studying Ancient Agricultural Techniques: Corn may seem like an impossible dryland crop for the Four Corners region. With an annual rainfall of 13 inches and soils full of clay, it's certainly not Iowa. Yet the early Ancestral Puebloans successfully grew enough corn, beans and squash without irrigation in a short growing season to support populations that equaled today's population in Montezuma County. How did they do it? That’s the answer being sought by a Pueblo Farming Project at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center northwest of Cortez. - Cortez Journal

- Grand Canyon Archaeology Topic of Special Program at the Museum of Northern Arizona: Learn about the process of conducting archaeology in the Grand Canyon. Flagstaff adventure photographer Dawn Kish and archaeologists from the National Park Service and Museum of Northern Arizona will discuss images of recent archaeological research done by MNA in partnership with Grand Canyon National Park. Saturday, June 7 from 5:00 p.m.—6:30 p.m.

- Preserve Petroglyphs: They look a little like ancient graffiti — the doodlings of an ancient hunter who was better with a chisel than a bow. And maybe that is why prehistoric petroglyphs don't garner the care or respect they deserve. People look at them and don't see the value. But the value is there.,5143,700231226,00.html

- The Southwest as a Tri-Cultural Region: From my roof I can look west and see Mount Taylor, which looms above Grants, a small New Mexico city built on the dreams of unmeterably cheap electricity, thanks to the existence there of vast seams of uranium ore. Mount Taylor is one of the four sacred mountains of the Navajo, and you can't see Mount Taylor without also thinking about San Francisco Peaks, a mountain whose three peaks rise above Flagstaff, Arizona, 400 miles west of here. It's another mountain sacred to the Navajo and is also the winter home of the Hopi rain spirits, the kachinas. When you see clouds building up over San Francisco Peaks, the Hopi say, it is the kachinas rehearsing the business of bringing rain to Hopi cornfields. - Mother Earth News

- Rafting though Ancient Places: Our first stop was Butler Wash, where a series of petroglyphs 100 yards from the river’s northern bank stretched so far along an overhanging hunk of sandstone they resembled an elaborate frieze. About 10 feet off the ground, bighorn sheep, ducks, spirals, zigzags and human figures scratched in white and dating from 5000 B.C. covered the terra-cotta-colored rock. - New York Times, Site may require user regsistration.

- University of Arizona Archaeology Student Wins American Anthropology Association Dissertation Fellowship: Kerry F. Thompson received the award for the dissertation " A?k'ida;a; 'da hooghanée (They used to live here): An archaeological study of 19th century Navajo households." This annual Fellowship is intended to encourage members of ethnic minorities to complete doctoral degrees in anthropology, thereby increasing diversity in the discipline and/or promoting research on issues of concern among minority populations. Dissertation topics in all areas of the discipline are welcome. Doctoral students who require financial assistance to complete the write-up phase of the dissertation are urged to apply. A nonrenewable dissertation fellowship of $10,000 will be provided annually to one anthropology graduate student.

-The Historical Growth of Phoenix will be the Topic of a Lunchtime Lecture at the Carnegie Center: Professor VanderMeer, as his students like to call him, will be the Lunchtime Speaker at the Carnegie Center on June 12. The title of his talk is Transforming Desert Visions: The Growth of Phoenix, 1860 – 2006." If you've ever wondered how Phoenix could get so big, with 100 plus degree weather like were having now, here in the desert, on a horse with no name. Well, at this lunch time chat, the illustrious Dr. Phil will explain why Phoenix grew and how it was able to surpass in size and success other cities such as Tucson, El Paso, Albuquerque, and Winkleman. So come on down to the historic Carnegie Center next Thursday (June 12) from noon to 1:00 in Downtown Phoenix at 1100 W Washington St, Phoenix, 85007. There will be light refreshments and the parking is free as is the lecture.

- Reminder, there is still time to register for next week's 2008 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference!

- Archaeology of the Western Mohave Desert to be Lecture Topic at the Next Meeting of the Pacific Coast Archaeology Society: Pacific Coast Archaeological Society's June 12th meeting will feature Dr. Mark Sutton speaking on "Excavations at the Koehn Lake Site, Western Mojave Desert." Excavations undertaken at the Koehn Lake site (CA-KER-875) revealed a Rose Spring Complex site situated on a lakeshore containing an extensive deposit and structures. The work at this site is important to an understanding of changing settlement and subsistence patterns across the Mojave Desert for the last several thousand years and may be related to larger-scale population movements into southern California and across the Great Basin. Meeting information: Thursday, June 12th, 2008, 7:30 pm at the Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine, CA.
Meeting is free and open to the public.

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