Thursday, November 6, 2008

Upcoming Antler House Village Tour, Navajo Language Textbook Adopted, Life at the Presidio of Tucson

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

- Nation's First Navajo Language Textbook Adopted in New Mexico Schools: People come from all over the world to experience the American Indian culture of the Southwest, so it's disheartening to see the Four Corners lose more of that culture with each generation. The recent celebration of a Navajo language textbook is a reassuring sign that an effort is being made to help bring our American Indian culture back to life.

- Site Tour Opportunity, Antler House Village: The Arizona Department of Transportation and EcoPlan Associates, Inc. will offer tours of the Antler House Village archaeological site in Cordes Junction. Advance reservations are required. The first tour, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 18, is for professional archaeologists. Three tours are offered for avocational archaeologists and the general public on Friday, November 28. For further details and to make reservations, contact Allen Dart (EcoPlan) at or 480-733-6666 extension 168.

- Lecture Opportunity, "A Day in the Life of the Presidio." Jim Turner, historian at the Arizona Historical Society, will speak as part of the Tucson Presidio Trust's fall lecture series. The talk will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 16, at the presidio, 133 W. Washington, Tucson. For more information, contact Gayle Hartmann, (520) 325-6974.

-Coronado National Forest Encourages Participation in Plan Revision Meetings: The Sky Island Alliance is preparing for public meetings by the Coronado National Forest as it revises its forest-wide management plan. It is important that conservation-minded individuals attend these meetings across Southeast Arizona. For more information, follow the link below. - MS Word Document.

- Louisiana Officials Offer Legal Guidance on Archaeological Finds: So if you do find something that may have historical significance, what should you do? There are laws governing the acquisition and sale of genuine artifacts - and they vary a little from state to state. Ryan Seideman, a lawyer and archaeologist, is the person in Louisiana whose job it is to determine if private citizens have a right to any artifacts in their possession.

- Egypt's Supreme Council Welcomes UCLA Field School, Embraces Blogging: Wendrich also won SCA over by offering to include Egyptian SCA inspectors-in-training in the dig. These future inspectors are all college graduates in archaeology, but few have field experience, Wendrich said. That gives everyone involved not just archaeology experience, but also a deeper exposure to another culture. The new inspectors have blogged enthusiastically about their first field experiences, posting their thoughts in both English and Arabic.

-Travelogue, Canadian Students Discover the American Southwest: There is no better teaching tool than exposing students to the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touch of a subject. That is the objective behind Okanagan College’s Southwest Studies course, put on by Salmon Arm campus professors Stephen Doyle, Rod Watkins and Tim Walters. “In the text books I use, there are big sections on the Grand Canyon, San Juan River, and it’s one thing to lecture and show pictures but it’s totally another to take students out there... get their hands dirty and hike through there,” said Doyle who teaches geography, earth and environmental science at the college and played an integral part in creating the program.

- Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Hosts Benefit Book Sale: The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe will be holding its 16th Annual Book Sale to benefit the Laboratory of Anthropology Library on Saturday and Sunday, November 8 & 9, 2008. Doors are open from 10 am – 4 pm. Free admission on both days. More information is available at the link below.

- Exhibit Opening, Arizona State Museum, "Beyond the Naked Eye: Science Reveals Nature's Art." Art and science have always been connected - from alchemists' experiments producing art materials to Renaissance explorations of anatomy - and artists still draw on scientific technology in their process and as inspiration. This exhibition aims to reverse traditional roles by presenting science as art and looking beyond what is accessible to the unaided human eye.

- Position Announcement, University of Arizona: The Department of Anthropology seeks an archaeologist on a part-time, temporary basis to teach Tier I level general education course TRAD 101 – Patterns of Prehistory during the 2009 spring semester; contingent upon available funding. This is a course of explicitly global perspective exploring some important events in the history of humankind. The Patterns in Prehistory course examines global migration, sedentism, origins of agriculture, and the development of complex social systems through different times, places, and cultures. The Ph.D. in Anthropology (prior to January 2009) is required. - MS Word Document

- Employment Opportunity, Rocky Mountain National Park: Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is currently advertising for a permanent, full-time GS11 Cultural Resources Specialist. The announcement will be open until December 5. The job announcement may be found at the link below.