Thursday, August 21, 2008

Puebloan Skull Found in Garage, Kanab Pithouse

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

- 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. -