Friday, August 29, 2008

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

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

- 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: