Friday, October 10, 2008

Memorial for Hartman Lomawaima, National Register Status for Nine Mile Canyon, Waco Countersues CRM Firm. National Trust News

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

- Memorial for Hartman Lomawaima Tomorrow at the University of Arizona: A memorial service for Hartman H. Lomawaima will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Student Union Memorial Center, South Ballroom, which is now ADA-compliant. Lomawaima was the director of the Arizona State Museum when he died last July 8 at age 58 after a year-long battle with cancer. A native of Second Mesa on the Hopi Nation in northern Arizona, Lomawaima spent his career bridging Native and non-Native cultures over contentious issues such as repatriation of culturally sensitive materials housed in museum collections.

- BLM to Nominate Nine Mile Canyon Sites to National Register: In cooperation with Utah's historic preservation office, the United States Bureau of Land Management plans to nominate the cultural resources sites within Nine Mile Canyon to the National Register of Historic Places. Nine Mile Canyon is perhaps best-known for its thousands of petroglyphs and pictographs. Listing in the National Register would further acknowledge the unique and irreplaceable cultural resources.

- City of Waco Countersues American Archaeology Group Over Texas Ranger Musuem: The city of Waco is countersuing an archaeological firm, blaming American Archaeology Group for allowing the city to expand the Texas Ranger Museum into an unmarked cemetery. In a counterclaim to the firm’s breach of contract lawsuit, the city alleges AAG was negligent in green-lighting the construction of an annex behind the museum. - Waco Tribune

- Excavations Continue Northwest of Tucson: It was a foregone conclusion that work on a two-pronged construction project along North Silverbell Road would unearth some archaeological findings, Marana officials say. Just not this many. "We knew there would be a few things under the road," said Su Benaron, Marana's cultural resources manager. "But there was a lot we weren't expecting." - Northwest Explorer

- National Trust Launches Website for Heritage Travelers: Washington, DC | The National Trust for Historic Preservation today announced the creation of Heritage Travel, Inc., a comprehensive, online resource for heritage travelers and historic destinations. Heritage Travel, a new, for-profit subsidiary, will launch its new website in early 2009. The site will provide extensive visibility for historic destinations, enable consumers to find and share heritage-rich experiences and provide a professional forum where historic destinations can network and share best practices.

- Heritage Travel, Connecting Places That Matter: Coming in early 2009 – the premier online destination for heritage travel content, planning, and community where people collaborate to enjoy and interpret heritage-rich experiences.

- Lecture Opportunity (Aztec NM): Paul Reed will speak at Aztec Ruins National Monument, Oct. 16, 6pm. The presentation will highlight Reed's new edited book: Chaco’s Northern Prodigies: Salmon, Aztec, and the Ascendancy of the Middle San Juan Region After AD 1100 (University of Utah Press, 2008). The lecture will be followed by a book signing with Reed, and contributors Gary Brown and Linda Wheelbarger.

- National Trust Accepting Most Endangered Places Nominations: National Trust for Historic Preservation is accepting nominations for its annual list of endangered places, which identifies examples of America's architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk. Nominations are due Dec. 5. The 2009 list of 11 endangered historic places will be announced May 6.

-Texas Archaeology Fair has Strong Draw for the Public: (Saturday Oct 11) Anyone who plans to go to the 9th annual Archaeology Fair at Fort Concho National Historic Landmark better plan on spending a few hours. Some people expect to spend an hour or so, but they end up not wanting to leave, said Ginger Hudspeth of the Concho Valley Archeological Society, which sponsors the event.

- Developer Plans to Raze Historic Mesa Home: The fate of what's believed to be the oldest house in Mesa's Temple Historic District will be on the line when the city's Historic Preservation Committee meets Thursday night. But the best the committee can do, chairman Jared Smith said, is give the building a six-month reprieve. After that, the owner will be legally free to tear it down. The property at 55 S. Mesa Drive is owned by T. Dennis Barney, according to Mesa's historic preservation officer, Anne Mullins. - Arizona Republic

- Bubonic Plague Returns to Four Corners Region: A northeast Arizona man has contracted bubonic plague and health agencies are urging Four Corners residents to help prevent the spread of the disease. The Apache County, Ariz., man who contracted the disease began showing symptoms in late September, the Navajo Nation said, including a 103-degree fever, chills, diarrhea and groin tenderness.

- Call for Papers, 11th Annual Julian D Hayden Student Paper Competition: The Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society is pleased to announce the competition, named in honor of long-time AAHS luminary, Julian Dodge Hayden. The winning entry will receive a cash prize of $500 and publication of the paper in Kiva, The Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History. The competition is open to any bona fide undergraduate and graduate students at any recognized college or university. Co-authored papers will be accepted if all authors are students. Subject matter may include the anthropology, archaeology, history, linguistics, and ethnology of the American Southwest and northern Mexico, or any other topic appropriate for publication in Kiva. Papers should be no more than 25 double-spaced, typewritten pages (approximately 8,000 words), including figures, tables, and references, and should conform to Kiva format (see: If the paper involves living human subjects, author should verify, in the paper or cover letter, that necessary permissions to publish have been obtained. Previous entries will not be considered, and all decisions of the judge are final. If no publishable papers are received, no award will be given. Judging criteria include, but are not limited to, quality of writing, degree of original research and use of original data, appropriateness of subject matter, and length. Deadline for receipt of submissions is January 15, 2009; late entries will not be accepted. Send four copies of the paper and proof of student status to: Julian D. Hayden Student Paper Competition, AAHS, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0026.