Monday, August 18, 2008

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

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

- 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)