Friday, August 29, 2008

CAA 2009 Call for Papers, Colorado Pestles, Chico State Anthropology Gift

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- Call for Papers, Computer Applications in Archaeology 2009: The 37th annual conference on Computer Applications to Archaeology (CAA) will take place at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia from March 22 to 26, 2009. The conference will bring together students and scholars to explore current theory and applications of quantitative methods and information technology in the field of archaeology. CAA members come from a diverse range of disciplines, including archaeology, anthropology, art and architectural history, computer science, geography, geomatics, historic preservation, museum studies, and urban history. For full information, please see the conference web site.

- Arizona SHPO Seeking Proposals for the Hosting of the 2010 Arizona Archaeology Expo: The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Arizona State Parks, is requesting proposals for voluntary hosting of the 2010 Arizona Archaeology Expo (Expo), an outdoor educational fair that will be held during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month in March of 2010.

- Have You Seen Any Elusive Colorado Pestles? About 20 large, nearly-cylindrical stone tools, commonly called pestles, have been collected from areas in and around Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. They seem to have been made by early native people for crushing or grinding food or other materials, and are extremely rare in Colorado. The National Park Service and archaeologists (RMC Consultants, Inc.) are seeking information about pestles and similar tools from the San Luis Valley. The largest known specimen was collected by Jack Williams, and is 26 inches long. Elleen Hill collected many of the pestles known for the San Luis Valley, and others were collected by Ray Lyons. - Animas Valley Courier

- Chico State University Given Three Million Dollar Gift for Anthropology Department: The big news out of President Paul Zingg’s annual convocation of Chico State University personnel last Thursday (Aug. 21) was that a retired faculty member had donated a staggering $3 million to benefit the anthropology program and its Museum of Anthropology. The donor is emerita professor Valene Smith Posey, who taught in the Anthropology Department from 1967 to 1998. She remains plenty active—and lively. When Zingg called on her to stand up to be feted, she bounced to her feet and, waving her arms in the air, did a kind of victory dance.

- Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Offering Section 106 Course in Tulsa: The Section 106 Essentials is a two day course designed for those who are new to Section 106 review or those who want a refresher on its basic operation. This course explains the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, which applies any time a Federal, federally assisted, or federally approved activity might affect a property listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. - MS Word Document

- New Winter Hours at Gila Cliff Dwellings: After Labor Day weekend, the Cliff Dwellings will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Visitors will be admitted on the trail and at the dwellings up to 4:00 p.m., and are asked to complete their visit by 5:00 p.m. A guided tour will be available every day at 12:00 noon. Visitors for the noon tour, which begins at the Cliff Dwellings, need to arrive at the trailhead by at least 11:30 a.m. to walk up the trail to the dwellings. The Cliff Dwellings are open each day of the year, and are not closed holidays. - Ms Word Document

- Hispanic and Native American Heritage Celebration to be Held and Pueblo Grande: Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park will offer free admission from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, to celebrate the cultural connections between the Mesoamerican culture and the Hohokam culture of the southwest Salt River Valley. - East Valley Living

- Dig In at the The Center For Desert Archaeology's "Archaeology Café:" Whether you're a native Tucsonan or a recent transplant, you are sure to learn something new about our city's past at the first (of many, hopefully) Archaeology Café. The "café" is sponsored by the Center for Desert Archaeology and Casa Vicente, and is modeled after the "science cafés" that are popular in Europe, said Kate Sarther of the Center for Desert Archaeology.

- Employment Opportunity (Boulder): Anthropology Collection Manager, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Boulder, CO. Full-time position responsible for day-to-day operations of Anthropology Section; manages registrarial and curatorial needs of the object and library collections; supervises students, volunteers and contract staff; participates in teaching; works with Anthropology Curator to develop policy, procedures, and grant proposals; responds to collection inquiries and provides access to the collection for researchers and community. Applicant should have extensive registration/collection management experience; experience with database programs, NAGPRA, budget management, and supervising; and knowledge of North American anthropology especially the Plains and Southwest regions. Open until filled, application review begins Sept 30, 2008. APPLY AT: posting # 804491 at http://www.jobsatcu/ or Contact:

Monday, August 25, 2008

Archaeology Cafe in Tucson, Environmental History of the Southwest

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- Reminder: The Center For Desert Archaeology's "Archaeology Café" series begins Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008. Join us in a discussion of ancient Tucson and new views on the first Southwestern farming villages with City of Tucson Historic Preservation Officer Jonathan Mabry. We will meet at 6:00 p.m., with presentations beginning at 6:15 p.m. The forum will be held at Casa Vicente, a downtown Tucson gem serving an outstanding selection of Spanish tapas and libations, which has graciously offered its vibrant patio for our gatherings:, 375 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson 85701.

- Presenting the Environmental History of the Southwest as a General Education Course: Environmental History of the Southwest is a general science education course at the University of Arizona with an emphasis on human-environment interaction of the past and an objective of preparing non-science majors to understand and critically evaluate contemporary environmental issues. The American Southwest is well suited for such a course, as it is rich in many data sets of paleoenvironmental reconstruction techniques and has been inhabited by humans for thousands of years. - Sheppard, Hallman, and Towner, via Red Orbit

- Call for Papers (Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites) This is a call for papers for a special issue of the journal Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites. This special issue will focus on North American Indian and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers’ perspectives of Cultural Heritage Management and how this relates to 1) archaeological site management (by whom for whom); 2) the role of conservation and management in contemporary North American Indian communities and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices; 3) approaches to site management and conservation according to tribal traditions and/or protocols; 4) interpretation and display of cultural items; and 5) the impact of cultural tourism and development on North American Indian communities.
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- Photographic Project Examines Tourism, Ancient Places and Native America: "We peered down through an opening in the rocks at our ruin. Right there before our eyes was an upended slab of stone. On it we read these words: What fools these mortals be. R. Wetherill." Perhaps when Wetherill left this cryptic message, he was anticipating what would follow in the years to come, as more and more tourists would descend on Indian lands, cameras in hand, ready to stake their photographic claims. Perhaps his statement was aimed at himself, critical of his own folly. - Santa Fe New Mexican

- The Death of George Benjamin Wittick: Western pioneer photographer George Benjamin Wittick, casually known as Ben, loved to bring gifts to his Hopi friends. In 1903, having photographed their lives and rituals — as well as those of many other tribes — for decades, the 58-year-old found what he thought to be a perfect present. It was a rattlesnake, the reptile the Hopi honored and released in their annual Snake Dance to pray for rain. - Santa Fe New Mexican

- Talking With the Clay: When we first visit the American Southwest, we bring with us lifetimes of expectation. We've heard about the miracle of American Indian people still living close to their homelands. We've seen a thousand photos of the stunning traditional crafts of Pueblo artists displayed on sun-warmed adobe walls. Then we arrive in New Mexico or Arizona. And we indeed find these expectations fulfilled -- along with disconcerting casinos at the edge of every reservation. Along with more young Indian people attending Santa Fe's prestigious Institute of American Indian Arts than working in cornfields or herding sheep. Along with native artists who own high-status galleries, manage sophisticated websites and create designer fashions along with their hand-coiled jars.

- Day Trip to the Past in the Verde Valley: Montezuma Castle isn't a castle and has nothing to do with Montezuma. The five-level cliff dwelling in a limestone alcove above Beaver Creek, near Camp Verde, was home to the Sinagua people more than 600 years ago. It is one of three popular ruins in the Verde Valley, about 90 miles north of Phoenix. Along with Montezuma Well and Tuzigoot National Monument, the dwelling makes a scenic, informative day trip from the Valley. - Arizona Republic

- Lecture Opportunity (Tucson):Thursday, August 28. "Archaeology and Cultures of Arizona" free presentation at Pima County Public Library, 101 N. Stone Ave., Tucson. Cosponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center's director, archaeologist Allen Dart, illustrates and discusses Arizona's earliest Paleoindians and Archaic period hunters and foragers, the development of archaeological villages, the Puebloan, Mogollon, Sinagua, Hohokam, Salado, and Patayan archaeological cultures, and the connections between those ancient peoples and Arizona's historical cultures. Funding for program provided by the Arizona Humanities Council. No reservations needed. For meeting details contact Librarian Coni Weatherford at 520-791-4391 or in Tucson; for information about the presentation subject matter contact Allen Dart at Tucson telephone 520-798-1201 or

- Employment Opportunity (Boulder): Anthropology Collection Manager, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Boulder, CO. Full-time position responsible for day-to-day operations of Anthropology Section; manages registrarial and curatorial needs of the object and library collections; supervises students, volunteers and contract staff; participates in teaching; works with Anthropology Curator to develop policy, procedures, and grant proposals; responds to collection inquiries and provides access to the collection for researchers and community. Applicant should have extensive registration/collection management experience; experience with database programs, NAGPRA, budget management, and supervising; and knowledge of North American anthropology especially the Plains and Southwest regions. Open until filled, application review begins Sept 30, 2008. For more information: posting # 804491 at http://www.jobsatcu/ or Contact:

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Puebloan Skull Found in Garage, Kanab Pithouse

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- Ancient Puebloan Skull found in a Garage in Washington State: Experts say part of a skull found in a Wenatchee home is likely a 700- to 1,110-year-old specimen from the American Southwest. A portion of a skull and part of a palate were discovered May 27 in a paper bag in a garage by relatives who were cleaning an elderly woman's home in the 1100 block of Pershing Street. Also found were seven pottery shards. The woman who lived at the house had moved to an assisted-living facility and was unable to provide information about the origin of the items. - Wenatchee World

- Lecture Opportunity (Tucson): "The Art History of Arizona: Cultural Encounters with the Southwest" with Arizona State University Professor of Art History Betsy Fahlman, Ph.D., at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 8 (northwestern Tucson metro area). 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tonight, Aug 21, Free. Arizona has a rich art history, and many of the visiting and resident artists who recorded the landscape and native peoples helped create a national image of the state. This presentation explores Arizona's identity against the backdrop of the larger history of the art of the American West, and illustrates what "The West" was for those who had never visited. Material relating to archaeology, tourism, movies, pulp magazines, mining, industry, and the iconography of the state seal will also be discussed. Please join us for this fascinating perspective on Arizona's art history! Old Pueblo Archaeology Center's monthly "Third Thursdays" lecture programs are held on the third Thursday of each month, free, no advance reservations required. Contact Old Pueblo at 520-798-1201 or for more information.

- Well Preserved Pithouse Found in Kanab Region: "Amazing" and "pristine" were the words archaeologists used to characterize the site of the ancient settlement just north of Kanab in southern Utah. It is believed that the single-family dwelling belonged to the Virgin Anasazi, who once flourished in the region, said Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Kevin Kitchen. The Virgin Anasazi was a prehistoric American Indian culture that lived along the Virgin River.

- Interview With an Archaeologist: Frank Rupp has been helping to discover and preserve Grand County’s ancient and historic past for the last two decades. He is the staff archaeologist at the Kremmling Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

- Deer Valley Rock Art Center Cited as an Excellent Outing for Both Parents and Children: The center is a museum, nature preserve and archaeological site with a large concentration of Native American rock art, or petroglyphs, dating back 5,000 years. It's managed by Arizona State University's School of Human Evolution and Social Change. Kids programs include storytelling, summer camps, free festivals, tours on archaeology and desert wildlife, and art exhibits. Kids also can go on a scavenger hunt for petroglyphs and earn a prize if they find them all. - Arizona Republic

- National Park Service Drops Plans to Expand Little Big Horn Vistor Center: The National Park Service has dropped its plan to expand the visitor center at Little Bighorn Battlefield, saying the $1.1 million project would have blemished historic Last Stand Hill.

- American Anthropologist Seeking to Review Volumes in Applied and Practicing Anthropology: Rrecently published applied and practicing books are being solicited from government agencies, international and non-governmental organizations, non-profit institutions, museums, cultural resource management firms, corporate businesses, and other associations for review in the American Anthropologist. “Books” refer to the range of meaningful writings that practitioners undertake, including but not limited to, monographs, reports, manuscripts, and edited volumes. The ideal book for review will have been written by anthropologists reporting original research that addresses real and immediate problems or issues, creatively implemented and critically evaluated, and offers theoretical insights for the discipline. Five general principles are being used to guide the selection of books for review: Authorship: The volume should be a research report that has been authored by anthropologists or have substantial input from anthropologists. Scholarly Merit: The volume should be of high academic caliber, with apparent methodological, evidential, and theoretical strengths. Significance: The volume should have been published within the last two years and have the potential to broadly contribute to anthropological knowledge, as an exemplary case study or its engagement with theoretical and methodological issues. Policy-oriented volumes should have, or exhibit the potential to have a major impact on policy. Interest: The volume should be of interest to the journal's general readership by focusing on the application of anthropological knowledge and practice. Availability: The volume should be easily accessible, already widely distributed, available for purchase, or obtainable through online sources. The AAA’s Committee on Practicing, Applied, and Public Interest Anthropology is working with the American Anthropologist Book Review Editors to bring this initiative to fruition. If you would like to recommend a specific book for review, or if you know of organizations that publish multiple books appropriate for review; and/or if you, or someone you know, would like to serve as a possible reviewer, please send this information to Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh (

- Employment Opportunity (Prescott): The Sharlot Hall Museum, an 80 year old regional history and natural history institution situated on a 3+ acre campus in the heart of Prescott, Arizona, seeks an experienced, energetic professional to lead the Museum Education Department at an exciting time. The Museum is AAM-accredited and welcomes over 30,000 visitors/year. This Education Curator position includes managing staff, overseeing gallery interpretation, group visits, visitor services, educational outreach, public programming, museum volunteers and staff and volunteer training. -

Monday, August 18, 2008

Historic Designation for Tempe Butte, A Visit to El Morro National Monument

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- Historic Designation Recommended for Tempe Butte: The history of Tempe Butte is written in stone, and city officials want to keep it that way, which is why they're seeking a "historic" designation for the site. Tempe Butte is the big desert hill adorned with an "A" that towers over Sun Devil Stadium. It's from the top of that butte that Charles Trumbull Hayden, founder of Tempe, in 1869 looked out on the largely deserted Salt River Valley and decided it would be a good place to settle. The butte also is where the Hohokam Indians lived between about A.D. 500 and 1450. They considered the butte holy and left upon its rocks some 500 petroglyphs. - Arizona Republic

- University of New Mexico Restarts Popular Lecture Series: University of New Mexico Press has resurrected the popular 'Voices of the Southwest' lecture series, featuring authors speaking on evolution, immigration, medicine, archaeology and the writing process. The series begins Wednesday, Sept. 3 and continues into October, with lectures scheduled at 7 p.m. at the Bank of America Auditorium at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. S.W. The auditorium opens at 6 p.m. for a UNM Press exhibit and book sales.

- A Global Perspective on Economic Development and Heritage Preservation: When the Olympic torch passed through the Chinese province of Shanxi in June, only one foreigner carried the flame — Jeff Morgan, founder of the Palo Alto-based Global Heritage Fund. Located on Emerson Street, the group's goal is to help Third World economies preserve their local, historical gems — while building responsible, thriving tourist industries, Morgan said.Too often, heritage is thrown aside as modernity marches on.

-Learn the Ancient Art of Sash Belt Weaving: Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum presents a special textile workshop - Sash Belt Weaving with Clotilde BarrettBlanding, Utah – Master weaver, Clotilde Barrett of Torrey, Utah, will be leading a two day instruction class on weaving the sash belt at Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum in Blanding, Utah. The workshop will be held Friday and Saturday, September 19 and 20 from 9:30 AM until 4:30 PM each day and all materials and looms will be provided. The tuition for this class is $100.00 and includes all materials. This class is filling quickly so be sure to call the museum at 435-678-2238 and reserve your place today.

-Travelogue - El Morro National Monument: You may not have heard of El Morro National Monument, a.k.a. Inscription Rock, because it's out of the way, even by rural New Mexico standards. South of Gallup, west of Grants. Just up the road from the Pueblo of Zuni, just down the road from the ancient cinders and lava tubes of El Malpais National Monument. In landscape terms, it's a not a mesa but a cuesta, because it rises in a gradual slope at one end, then drops straight down at the other. Pine and juniper congregate on and around it. A pre-Columbian condo complex sits on top -- about a dozen rooms exposed among an estimated 875 that once held 1,000 residents in the 13th and 14th centuries. - LA Times (site may require free user registration)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Heritage Management Journal Published, NE Arizona Archaeology Fair, Pecos Photos

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- Inaugural Issue of Heritage Management Published: Heritage Management is a global, peer-reviewed journal that provides a venue for using scholarly, professional, and indigenous knowledge to address broader societal concerns about managing cultural heritage. We address issues of resource management, cultural preservation and revitalization, education, legal/legislative developments, public archaeology, and ethics. The journal presents an engaging forum for those who work with governmental and tribal agencies, museums, private CRM firms, indigenous communities, and colleges and universities. It facilitates a multivocal arena for disseminating and critically discussing cultural heritage management issues collaboratively among professionals and stakeholders.

-Northeastern Arizona Archaeology Fair Scheduled for This Saturday (Showlow, Az): The Northeastern Arizona Archaeology Fair will be held on Saturday August 16th from 10 am – 4 pm in Show Low, Arizona at the Torreon Centre Park located at Summit Trail and Sugar Pine Way (behind the Coffee Connection). The Fair will be outdoors and is FREE and open to the public. It is an ideal educational event for the whole family and will provide hands-on activities for kids, information for teachers about Project Archaeology and an opportunity for scouts to fulfill requirements that will help them earn their Archaeology Merit Badge through fun and interactive activities. For more information please call Cheryl Ford at 928-205-3188 or check the web site!

- Planning Meeting for Arizona Archaeological Expo Announced: Monday, August 25, 2008 at 10:00 a.m., Boardroom of the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Arizona State Parks, 1300 W. Washington, Phoenix. Please come and share your ideas as the SHPO initiates planning for the 2009 Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month (AAHAM) celebration. We will be deciding on a theme for the month, identifying our partners, discussing the 2009 Arizona Archaeology Expo (to be held at the Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix, Arizona), and exchanging ideas for the promotion of this important educational program within our state. We value our partnerships with you, and hope to see you at this meeting and at future planning efforts for AAHAM public programming. For More Information, Please Contact:Ann Howard, Public Archaeology Programs Manager, SHPO, 602/542-7138, email:

- News From Salmon Ruins: Salmon Ruins Museum has been awarded the Institute of Museum and Library Services "Connecting to Collections Bookshelf." This collection of texts, DVDs, charts, online resources, and other materials were prepared and assembled with the help of experts from across the nation. The Bookshelf is actually three sets of resources. The "Core Collection" set contains eleven publications that all awardees will receive. The "Living Collections" set contains six additional resources that will be distributed to those institutions caring for living, biological collections. The "Nonliving Collections" set contains five additional publications focused on specialized collections and on library preservation issues. Salmon Ruins expects to receive the Core and Nonliving Collections. These resources will be available for public use within the next several weeks. For additional information, please contact the museum. Salmon Ruins Museum and Research Library. PO Box 125 Bloomfield, New Mexico 87413. (505)-632-2013,

- Mesa Verde Set to Expand Boundaries, With an Eye to Protection of Endangered Species: Mesa Verde National Park has been expanded with a 364-acre addition that park officials said will allow the park to protect an endangered species. Federal officials are planning a Saturday unveiling of the property. Mesa Verde, in southwestern Colorado, is home to the cliff dwellings of some of America’s earliest inhabitants and it is the first World Heritage site recognized by the United Nations. - Grand Junction Sentinel

- Bush Administration Prepares to Eliminate Environmental Protection Regulations for Federal;Projects: The Bush administration yesterday proposed a regulatory overhaul of the Endangered Species Act to allow federal agencies to decide whether protected species would be imperiled by agency projects, eliminating the independent scientific reviews that have been required for more than three decades. - Washington Post

Images from the 2008 Pecos Conference
All photos by Linda Pierce, Center for Desert Archaeology

Pecos Conference 2008

Early Agriculture Plenerary Session

Everyone Says "It is Not Pecos Without Rain"

Pecos Gathering

Center For Desert Archaeology Chief Security Officer, Bernard

Monday, August 11, 2008

9th Circuit Court Reverses Itself on Native American Religious Freedom, 2008 Pecos Conference

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- 9th Circuit Court Overturns Ruling Protecting Native American Religious Rights, Effluent Will Be Allowed at Snowbowl: A federal appellate court on Friday sided with a Flagstaff ski resort, ruling that its plan for using reclaimed wastewater to make artificial snow does not violate the religious freedom of Native Americans. The ruling sets up a potential showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court, where Arizona tribal leaders, environmental groups and their attorneys pledge to appeal their case. - Arizona Republic

- 2008 Pecos Conference a Smashing Success: Despite two drenching thunderstorms, over 600 professional and avocational archaeologists gathered in tents near Flagstaff to review field research and special topics in southwestern archaeology. With the gracious assistance of professional videographer Betsy Hamilton of Interpark, Inc., the Center for Desert Archaeology recorded many of the presentations for future online educational purposes. Brian Kenny's digital efforts allowed for remote internet access and online blogging. Brian's "twitter" diary of the conference is available at

- Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society Awards Recognize Outstanding Contributions to Southwestern Archaeology: Four persons were honored at the 2008 Pecos Conference. Bryant Bannister and David R Wilcox received the Byron S. Cummings Award; Agnese Nelms Haury and Adriel Heisey were presented with the Victor R. Stoner Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Archaeology or Historic Preservation.

- New Arizona State Museum Exhibit Gallery Construction Slated to Begin in 2009: The University of Arizona intends to start building the combined UA Science Center and Arizona State Museum in the summer of 2009 if the city can secure funding for Rio Nuevo projects. UA is nearing completion of schematic designs that provide the basic layout for two museums sharing a lobby, loading docks, and other facilities, said Robert R. Smith, UA's assistant vice president of design and construction.

- Debunking Grand Canyon Egyptians: Yes, indeed—on April 5, 1909, The Phoenix Gazette, my Arizona journalism alma mater, did run a story over a stacked headline that read EXPLORATIONS IN GRAND CANYON! Mysteries of Immense Rich Cavern being brought to light—Jordan is enthused—Remarkable finds indicate ancient people migrated from Orient. The story below these headlines went on to tell of an exploration sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution involving S.A. Jordan and G.E. Kincaid, an adventurer.

- Travelogue, Navajo Nation: This is not America. The Navajo own a slice of Arizona almost as big as Scotland, where history and culture predate Columbus—and John Wayne. They say Americans don't walk. Well, they do in the Navajo Nation—because even if northern Arizona has gigabytes of photogenic vistas, getting out of the car is the only way to get your boots covered in desert dust and soak up the silence. - The Guardian

- Comcast Blocks Delivery of Southwestern Archaeology Today for Roughly 400 Subscribers: If you’re a regular reader of the Southwestern Archaeology Today newsletter, and noticed that we have not been in your inbox of late, odds are that Comcast's anti-spam system blocked delivery of your copy of SAT. If you wish to catch up, newsletters are archived at Blogspot and the Center for Desert Archaeology's website.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Energy Policy Threatens the Archaeology of the Southwest, Pecos Booksigning

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- Energy Policy Threatens the Archaeology of the Southwest: The dusty documentation of the Anasazi Indians a thousand years ago, from their pit houses and kivas to the observatories from which they charted the heavens, lies thick in the ground near here at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Or so archaeologists believe. Less than a fifth of the park has been surveyed for artifacts because of limited federal money.

- New Book on Post Chacoan Life on the Middle San Juan to be Unveiled at Pecos Conference: At 7pm, Thursday, Aug. 7 at the opening Pecos reception, Paul Reed will sign copies of his new edited volume: Chaco’s Northern Prodigies: Salmon, Aztec, and the Ascendancy of the Middle San Juan Region after AD 1100, just published by the University of Utah Press. Expanding on re-invigorated Chacoan studies of the last decade, Chaco’s Northern Prodigies highlights new research by a diverse group of institutions and individuals over the last decade. Authors explore the dual status of the Salmon and Aztec pueblos, and other communities, as 11th- and 12th-century Chacoan Outliers and central places in the 1200s landscape of the Middle San Juan region. The book’s contributors elucidate aspects of Middle San Juan archaeology with previously unexplored methods, and for the first time, highlight the unique, local configuration of ancient Middle San Juan history and culture. Reed is a Center for Desert Archaeology Preservation Archaeologist, working at Salmon Ruins Museum, New Mexico.

- 2008 Leupp Kiln Conference Scheduled: Don Montoya ( is hosting the 2008 Leupp Kiln Conference at the Anasazi State Park in Boulder, Utah (not Boulder, Colorado) August 30 - 31, 2008. Guest lectures are planned for Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. For those able to arrive early there will be a Saturday morning trip to collect nearby clay sources. Various firings will be done on Saturday and the big Black-on-white conflagration is scheduled for Saturday evening with opening sometime Sunday. Contact Don for schedules, registration fees, campground and hotel accommodations and other questions. Everyone is welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

- Corrected Link for Detailed Journal of Archaeological Reconnaissance along Utah's Green River.

- Tucson Prepares to Celebrate Birthday #233: Tucson's birthday isn't until Aug. 20, but a host of city groups and businesses want the party to last all month. More than 100 events were tagged to Tucson's big day last year, according to, and it certainly seems as if we're on par to at least match that number for the Old Pueblo's 233rd. The official kickoff was Friday morning, with proclamation readings, flag presentations, etc.

- Tucson Presidio Trust Prepares Lecture Series: Recapturing the Spanish colonial period. The Tucson Presidio Trust will be presenting a 3-lecture series, this Fall, starting in September. Sept. 14: Reconstruction of Presidio San Agustin del Tucson. Speaker: Gayle Hartmann, anthropologist and former president of the Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation. Oct. 19: The Apache Pacification Policy/Pacification by Dependency: Apaches Mansos (Tame or Peaceful Apaches). Speaker: Julia Arriola, museum curator, Arizona Historical Society. Nov. 16: A Day in the Life of the Presidio. Speaker: Jim Turner, historian, Arizona Historical Society. The talks will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoons at the presidio, 133 W. Washington. Street parking is free on weekends. Lectures are free of charge. Save the dates and join us for entertaining and educational afternoons. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Gayle Hartmann, Tel. 520-325-6974.

Thanks to Tom Garrison and William Lucius for contributions to today's newsletter

Friday, August 1, 2008

Arizona State Museum Collections Honored, Troubling Preservation Issue in Santa Fe, Pecos Conference Update

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- Arizona State Museum Honored with National Preservation Award: The Arizona State Museum and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners have been selected to receive the 2008 Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections from Heritage Preservation and the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. The Arizona State Museum is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest caring for a world-renowned collection of artifacts from indigenous peoples of the American Southwest and northern Mexico.

- Demolition of Homes on Santa Fe Indian School Raises Troubling Preservation Questions: Elaine Bergman, executive director of the Historic Santa Fe Foundation, said it was unfortunate no one from the school or pueblo council had alerted preservation groups of their plans. "At the minimum, it would have been nice to document the homes before they were demolished," she said. "We can learn from the interiors and exteriors about how they were constructed. But once they're gone, they're gone." - Santa Fe New Mexican

- New Website for the Arizona Archaeological Council: The Arizona Archaeological Council is pleased to announce the unveiling of the organization’s new website. Along with the new look, we have added some new features. For example, newsletters from 1977 to 2007 are now accessible as pdf files; the Links section has been expanded; previous conferences are listed and abstracts are included where available. We have plans for additional features so stay tuned.

- Advance Schedule for Pecos Conference now On-line: Brian Kenny has complied the initial conference speaker's abstracts and schedule of Presentations. - Conference Abstracts - Afternoon Speaker's Schedule

- Digital Video Recording at Pecos Conference: The Center for Desert Archaeology and Southwestern Archaeology Today would like to record a variety of presentations during the Pecos conference, with the goal of placing the resulting digital video online for future research and educational uses. Participation is strictly voluntary, and the digital videos will be released with a creative commons license so that the resulting presentations can be shared freely within the southwestern archaeological community. All digital video will be carefully examined to ensure that sensitive information such as specific site locations are not publicized. If you have any specific questions, comments or concerns regarding this effort, please contact Doug Gann at

- Controversial Merger of Southwest Museum and the National Autry Center Sparks an Interesting Blog: The purpose of the blog is to reach out to museum, accounting, legal, education professionals, students, and concerned individuals across the nation to inform, discuss, and analyze the implications of an ongoing effort of the former Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage to move the entire Southwest Museum from its nationally significant landmark campus into an expanded single Autry Museum building in Griffith Park. The proposal has been severely condemned by historians, archaeologists, historic preservationists, civil rights leaders, and community activists. Over 7,000 people have signed a petition demanding that the Autry not be granted City of Los Angeles permission to use City park land to carry out this plan.

- Detailed Journal of Archaeological Reconnaissance along Utah's Green River: As we clamor up the scree slopes and up on the lower ledges of the cliffs, someone spots an unrecorded granery. Now the real work began. It isn't like the movies where Indiana Jones swoops in and sees if there are treasures to take. Mostly, it is about careful measurement, sketching the site and surroundings. It also involves the recording of details on the paper work that is brought to each site. They do not dig into a site, but leave it as untouched and undisturbed as they can.

- Theories of Possible Polynesian Migrations to the Americas Challenged by Reanalysis of the DNA of South American Chickens: A new study of DNA from ancient and modern chickens has shed light on the controversy about the extent of pre-historic Polynesian contact with the Americas. The study questions recent claims that chickens were first introduced into South America by Polynesians, before the arrival of Spanish chickens in the 15th century following Christopher Columbus.

- Employment Opportunity (Field Directors and Principal Investigator): Environmental Planning Group (EPG) is looking for 2 field directors for our Arizona office. These individuals will have experience leading field crew, writing up sections of larger reports, and completing smaller survey reports. The ideal candidate will have an advance degree in Anthropology/History, at least five years of experience, and is already permitted in Arizona (ASM, BLM, etc.). These positions are for full time salaried staff for our Phoenix Office. This position requires the ability to complete tasks in a timely and efficient manner while managing field personnel. Salary is negotiable. EPG is also looking for a senior archaeologist/principal investigator. This individual will have a Masters Degree or PhD in Anthropology or History, experience managing projects and/or people for at least 10 years, and is permitted as P.I. for Arizona. Other areas of expertise such as ceramic or lithic analysis is also a plus. This candidate will have an attention to detail, the ability to review documents for technical completeness, and exceptional communication skills (both written and oral) for interacting with other disciplines within the company and also agency personnel. This position is for a full time salaried staff for our Phoenix Office. This position requires the ability to complete tasks in a timely and efficient manner while managing field personnel. Salary is negotiable. Please send curriculum vitae to

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