Friday, November 14, 2008

Ancient Places on Google Earth, Nabhan Joins UA Southwest Center, Antler House Village Tour Update

Southwest Archaeology Making the News—A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology

- UCLA/UVA Team and Google Earth Present Digital Visualization of 4th-Century Rome: Obviously, there were no satellites to snap pictures of Rome two millennia ago. But that hasn't stopped experts from giving Web surfers a bird's eye view of the ancient city.

- Grant Money Furthers Site Protection, Part I (Goat Camp): The grant would pay for about 1.5 miles of trail leading from the Payson Campus of the Gila Community College to Goat Camp Ruins, the inconspicuous remains of a village that once formed the hub for a network of surrounding settlements. - The Payson Roundup

- Grant Money Furthers Site Protection, Part II (Mesa Grande): After more than 20 years, Mesa finally has enough money to begin work on an architectural park at the Mesa Grande ruins. A $100,000 grant from the Arizona Historic Preservation Heritage Fund, coupled with a previous $150,000 from Indian gaming money, will allow the public to begin touring the ruins as early as next year.

- Renowned Heritage Foods Scholar Returns to Tucson: Calling all locavores: It’s celebration time! Gary Nabhan has come home. This longtime mover and shaker on the American heritage foods scene recently left his post as director of the Center for Sustainable Environments in Flagstaff for a research social scientist position at University of Arizona’s Southwest Center. - Northwest Explorer

- Additional Opportunity to Tour Antler House Village: Due to overwhelming response, Arizona Department of Transportation and EcoPlan Associates will offer professional archaeologists a second tour of the "Antler House Village" archaeological site in Cordes Junction. Tours will now be offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday November 18. Advance reservations are required and should be made no later than Friday November 14. For more information and to make reservations contact Allen Dart (EcoPlan) at or 480-733-6666, extension 168.

- Native Eyes Film Festival Begins Today: The Hanson Film Institute and the Arizona State Museum, in collaboration with the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution, began the Native Eyes film showcase five years ago. Included in the film offerings from across the United States are movies with Tucson ties. The murder-mystery "Imprint" was produced by Chris Eyre, a UA media arts alum and the director of the widely successful 1998 independent film "Smoke Signals."

- Fossil Pelvis Provides Evidence for Larger-Brained Newborns: “This is the most complete female Homo erectus pelvis ever found from this time period," said Indiana University Bloomington paleoanthropologist Sileshi Semaw. "This discovery gives us more accurate information about the Homo erectus female pelvic inlet and therefore the size of their newborns.”