Thursday, July 10, 2008

Arizona State Museum Director Hartman Lomawaima Passes, The Gault Site

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

- Arizona State Museum Director Hartman Lomawaima Passes: Hartman H. Lomawaima, director of the Arizona State Museum, died Tuesday in Tucson after an 11-month battle with colon cancer, which he fought with great determination. He was 58. Mr. Lomawaima was the 115-year-old museum's sixth director and the first Native American in that post. He became associate director in 1984, stepped up to interim director in 2002 and in 2004 was named director of the museum at the west edge of the University of Arizona campus.

- Newspaper lists Phoenix Locations to Explore Arts of the Ancient World: Native American artifacts are all around us. Here are some places in the Valley to admire and ponder the work and dwellings of the native people. South Mounatin petroglyphs, Hohokam Indians who inhabited the Salt River Valley over a thousand years ago created an al fresco art gallery for us in what is now the South Mountain Preserve. The hundreds of petroglyphs that cover the rock faces in the canyons are visible to visitors even away from the hiking trails. - Arizona Republic

- Excavations at the Gault Site Refine our Views of the First Americans: Peck, sorting soil that had been disturbed by a recent thunderstorm, is a volunteer looking for artifacts in the Gault Valley in central Texas, some 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Austin. The valley hasn't changed much over the last several thousand years: A spring-fed creek still runs among live oaks and pecan trees, jackrabbits and deer still live on the nearby uplands, and cobbles of chert, ideal for making stone tools, still bulge from the valley's limestone walls. Today, however, instead of working hides and shaping stones as they did 13,000 years ago, humans painstakingly sift the soil in search of ancient artifacts that will overturn long-held assumptions about the earliest Americans.

- Lecture Canceled at Anasazi Heritage Center: Dr. Tessie Naranjo's program "Protecting and Preserving Pueblo Culture" scheduled for Sunday, July 13 at the Anasazi Heritage Center has been canceled. The AHC apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and hope that they might be able to reschedule at another date.

- "The Shovel Bum" Back on the Archaeology Channel " The life of an itinerant archaeological field technician alternates memorable thrills with spells of boredom, proud accomplishment with tedious frustration, and takes lots of just plain work. See more about how this plays out as the T-Bone saga of fieldwork life continues in Shovel Bum in Alaska, the latest video feature on our nonprofit streaming-media Web site, The Archaeology Channel

Thanks to Melinda St. Clair for Contributing to Today's Newsletter