Monday, December 29, 2008

Mount Taylor GIS Coming Soon, Archaeology Cafe, Ancient American Horticulturalists

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

- The State of New Mexico and Tribal Governments Move to Map Traditional Cultural Properties on Mount Taylor: The Navajo Land Department would provide Geographic Information Systems mapping services to further the permanent classification of Mount Taylor as a Traditional Cultural Property under a cooperative agreement approved Monday by the Resources Committee. The Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe, and the Pueblos of Acoma, Laguna and Zuni would share in the $143,841 cost for the mapping under the agreement and use the information to pursue the permanent nomination of Mount Taylor as a Traditional Cultural Property.

- The Horticultural Lifestyles of the Ancient Americans: Long before early humans in North America grew corn and beans, they were harvesting and cooking the bulbs of lilies, wild onions and other plants, roasting them for days over hot rocks, according to a Texas archaeologist. The evidence for this practice has long been known of in fire-cracked rock piles found throughout the continent, but archaeologists have tended to ignore it "because a new pyramid or a Clovis arrow point is much sexier," said archaeologist Alston V. Thoms of Texas A&M University.,0,6385869.story

- Archaeology Cafe (Tucson) " Human Adaptation to Catastrophic Events: Lessons from the 11th Century A.D. Eruption of Sunset Crater Volcano ." What happens when your world seems to come to an end? Archaeologist Mark Elson shares the story of the prehistoric farming communities that lived around Sunset Crater Volcano at the time of its eruption in the 11th century A.D. Learn what happened to the refugees and how their agricultural strategies-and indeed their worldview-were forever changed. Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 6:00 pm on the patio at Casa Vicente, 375 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ. Free and open to the community-all are welcome. Guests are encouraged to support our host, Casa Vicente, by buying their own food and drinks.

- Arizona Republic Offers Guide to the Old and Ancient Southwest: Let's face it. We know more these days about lattes than lassos. More about stocks than livestock. Spurs, in our book, are nemesis athletes from Texas. Cowboys, likewise. And chaps - isn't that what they call guys in England? We tenderfeet might as well admit as to how we're not exactly a ridin,' ropin' and wranglin' bunch out here in the Southeast Valley, where some of us can watch jetliners almost at eye-level from our high-rise condos and where the Old West might as well, like darlin' Clementine, be lost and gone forever. - Arizona Republic

- Volunteers Make a Difference at Salmon Ruins: Larry Baker has been the director since 1993 and says he considers it a "terminal sentence." This affable man obviously is doing work he loves. Salmon Ruins offers a variety of programs. The research library is a treasure, and the museum itself and the gift shop are real treats, widely expanded since my first days there. Larry and I talked about volunteers to help keep all the programs going. He indicated those on board were invaluable, but he could certainly use more. He particularly praised the dedication of Victor Boulanger who comes in faithfully every Wednesday to work as a docent and at the reception desk.

- Field School Announcement, NIU Archaeological Field School in Sicily: The primary goal of this program is to teach practical archaeological skills in a research environment. The field school is part of the Monte Polizzo Archaeological Project, a multinational Sicilian, Scandinavian, and American project focusing on the site of Monte Polizzo and the surrounding Belice Valley in the western-central portion of the Sicily. Monte Polizzo is a proto-urban hill top site used for nearly 1200 years and encompasses the Bronze, Early Iron, Elymian, and Hellenistic periods in the island's history. The surrounding valley settlement system is filled with additional Neolithic, Hellenistic and Roman sites. The valley's long occupation period, coupled with the diversity of archaeological cultures present in the area, make it an ideal training ground in archaeological methodology and provide ample evidence for introducing participants to the fascinating aspects of both classical and prehistoric archaeology. This field school is undertaken in conjunction with the universities of Gothenburg, Oslo, Palermo, and Stanford.

Thanks to Brian Kenny for Contributions to today's newsletter.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Presidential Pardon for Pothunter, New Discoveries in Sierra Vista

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

- President Bush Pardons Pothunter: A St. George man convicted in 1992 of digging up ancient Indian ruins on public lands in Garfield County has been pardoned by President George W. Bush. David Lane Woolsey is among 19 people being pardoned for various crimes as the president prepares to leave office. Woolsey was convicted of an aiding and abetting violation of the federal Archaeological Resources Protection Act and sentenced to three years probation and 100 hours of community service.,5143,705272608,00.html

- Early Pithouse Village Located in Sierra Vista: Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient village in the West End. Based on artifacts found there, the prehistoric pit-house village is believed to have belonged to a desert Mogollon people who lived here early in the first millennium. “It’s amazing,” property owner Karol George said during an interview in May. “You can always find something out there when you’re kicking around, but this site is a very unique site, is what I’m being told.”

- Related Story, Inscribed Stone Artifact Found in Sierra Vista Fascinates Archaeologists: A mysterious “circle stone” is puzzling archaeologists who unearthed it with an ancient village in the West End. “You don’t find little pieces of rock art like that very often,” archaeologist Avi Buckles said Wednesday. Buckles works for WestLand Resources Inc., an Arizona engineering and environmental consultancy that has been studying the site for more than a year. The company has offices in Tucson and Phoenix.

- Volunteers Prove Priceless at Aztec Ruins National Monument: People who are able to volunteer their time at Aztec Ruins National Monument enter a world where they can choose anything they want to do. The only hitch is the lack of salary, but volunteer Judy Hollar said her pay comes in myriad other ways. "What a great opportunity volunteering there can be," she said. "You get to do what you want to do and you get paid in other ways."

- Mesa Verde Requests Economic Stimulus: Washington lawmakers are talking about an $850 billion economic stimulus, and Mesa Verde National Park leaders want a share of it. The park has requested stimulus money for three projects - reconstruction of the main park road, work on a new visitor center and weed control. - Durango Herald

- Preserving Ancient Chinese Sites the Newest Release on the Archaeology Channel: Ongoing changes in China are accompanied by significant threats to some of the world’s most remarkable cultural heritage sites. Efforts to address this issue are highlighted by Saving the Last Living Ancient Town in China: Lijiang, Yunnan, China, the latest video feature on our nonprofit streaming-media Web site, The Archaeology Channel.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Financing Archaeological Preservation, Suburban Petroglyphs

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

- New Publication Examines Innovative Financing for Cultural Heritage Preservation: From a farmer’s field in Cambodia to a mantle in a New York penthouse, the path of a looted antiquity is profitable for some, but leaves behind a wide swath of economic, environmental and cultural degradation. Despite increased awareness and global attempts at enforcement, the growth of the illicit antiquities trade into a $4 billion market is a clear sign that there are more rewards than actual risks. However, according to this report from the Milken Institute, an overhaul of incentives could change the market to create significant cultural and economic value. According to Financial Innovations for Developing Archaeological Discovery and Conservation, there are market-based solutions that can promote legal discovery and conservation, while at the same time stop or at least mitigate the effects of looting. The report offers three possible solutions to explore: long-term leases for museums and exhibitions, museum/collector partnership sponsored digs and the design and development of archaeological development bonds. - The Milken Institute

- Restoring American National Parks Would be an Excellent National Economic Stimulus Package: The nation's crown jewels, 391 National Park Service properties, are losing their luster. Years of deferred maintenance and inadequate federal funding have taken a terrible toll on our national parks, monuments, seashores, lakes, battlefields, recreation areas and historic sites. Bridges need replacing, roads need repaving, and historic buildings need restoring. Visitor centers, restrooms, trails, boardwalks, piers and outbuildings need refurbishing. The price tag: $8.7 billion, and growing at a rate of $700 million a year. It sounds like a lot, but it's not. The money needed to restore and preserve our parks would be just a fraction of the massive stimulus plan -- estimates range from $400 billion to $1 trillion -- that the Obama administration and a Democratic Congress hope to approve in January to stoke the embers of a dying economy. And it would be money well spent.

- Petroglyph National Monument Preserves Ancient Art in a Suburban Context: Suburbia is on one side of the street, traces of an ancient people on the other. But it's easy to forget the 21st century within Petroglyph National Monument, which is home to more than 20,000 images pecked into dark boulders by the ancient ancestors of today's American Indians, Spanish settlers and later visitors. - Dallas News

- Deer Valley Rockart Center is Another Suburban Preservation Success Story: The quail are calling, the cottontails stirring. It's late afternoon, and the desert has come to life outside Deer Valley Rock Art Center. Two owls sit in a Paloverde and wait things out while a few visitors stroll and look up at a rocky hillside. Thousands of years ago, travelers scratched symbols on these rocks, symbols now preserved in a family-friendly museum setting in north Phoenix. Javelina, bobcats and coyotes wander from the surrounding desert into the 47-acre park. The owls wait and shadows grow long.

- Help Study Petroglyphs in Suburban Tucson: Old Pueblo Archaeology Center to offer archaeological field school training in cultural resources survey techniques. - MS Word Document

- National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers Offer Museum Design Workshop: " "Telling Our History I: Exhibition Development." This week-long workshop is four and one-half days of learning through presentations, dialogue, and a site visit to museums in area. Tribal museum and cultural center directors and staff will learn about and share information that address the basics of exhibit development. Each day will include interactive activities, lessons from case studies and model museums, and opportunities for participants to learn from one another.

- Numerous Archaeological Titles Make Reviewer's Lists of the Top 12 Southwestern Books of 2008: Just in time for Christmas giving, the Pima County Public Library's Southwest Literature Project has announced its top Southwest reads for 2008. Eight panelists, two who concentrated on children's books, reviewed more than 270 books with a Southwest theme or setting published this year.

- Controversial Changes at University of Pennsylvania Archaeology Musuem: A venerable archaeology museum plans to lay off 18 researchers and focus on upgrading its exhibits in an effort to attract more visitors and shore up its finances. Several prominent scientists are among the researchers being laid off from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, though some could keep their jobs if grant money to cover their salaries is found. - Art Info

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Archaeological Controversy Continues in Waco, Spanish Trail Reception at Anasazi Heritage Center

Archaeological Controversy Continues in Waco, Spanish Trail Reception at Anasazi Heritage Center

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

- Waco Texas Ranger Archaeology Controversy Continues: The Waco City Council today will be asked to bite the bullet once again for the Texas Ranger Museum annex project and spend another half-million dollars for its archaeology and construction budget.. That brings the city’s total tab to about $1.9 million for dealing with the unmarked graves that stand in the way of utility lines needed for the new Texas Ranger Company F headquarters and education center behind the museum. That’s in addition to the $2.1 million the state of Texas had agreed to pay for the new building. - Waco Tribune

- Old Spanish Trail Exhibit Reception & Program At Anasazi Heritage Center: Dolores – The public is invited to the Bureau of Land Management Anasazi Heritage Center for a special reception on Sunday, December 14, 2008 from 1pm to 3pm. The reception celebrates the new special exhibit “The Old Spanish Trail: A Conduit for Change” which was jointly produced by the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango and by the Museum of New Mexico’s Palace of the Governors. This exhibit traces the trail's history through Spanish colonial artifacts, textiles, maps, and illustrations. Special guest Jeanne Brako from the Fort Lewis College Center of Southwest Studies, will conduct a tour through the exhibit beginning at 2pm. The Bureau of Land Management Anasazi Heritage Center is 3 miles west of Dolores on State Highway 184. The museum is free during the winter. Hours are 10 to 4 daily (November through February). The Center will be closed Christmas Day and New Years Day. For more information, call the Center at (970)882-5600.

- Construction on Tucson Rio Nuevo Musuem Complex to Begin in 2009: There's been a lot of talk for many years, plenty of false starts, endless chapters of public discord. No construction cranes currently fill downtown, but two major Rio Nuevo projects have quietly reached milestones, with real start dates on the horizon. Construction is set to start in the summer on the $130 million University of Arizona Science Center/Arizona State Museum just west of Interstate 10. Formal design work will start next week on the hotel for the Tucson Convention Center following a Monday open house where public input will be sought for the hotel's look.

- Public Historian Noel Stowe Passes Away: Dr. Noel J. Stowe died on December 13, 2008 Professor Stowe came to Arizona State University in 1967, after receiving his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and teaching briefly at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. In 1978, he became the History Department's director of graduate study. In his eight years in that position he expanded the master's and doctoral degree programs and founded the Public History Program, which under his direction achieved national and international recognition. He directed more than fifty graduate theses and dissertations. His students have gone on to direct public history programs at other universities, and to work in museums, historical societies, and archives across the country. - Ms Word Document

- Nevada Historian and Preservationist Frank Wright Honored with Courtyard Dedication: A courtyard at the restored Fifth Street School in downtown Las Vegas has been named in honor of Frank Wright, the late historian known for his infectious enthusiasm for local history and historic preservation. "Frank really loved this building," said his wife, Dorothy, at a ceremony Thursday night. "He spent a long time working with the state historic preservation office to get it on the national register. He was so pleased, as we all were, when it was listed."

- Archaeology Magazine Lists the Top Ten Archaeological Discoveries of 2008: Archaeology magazine's top 10 finds of 2008 include Maya paint and ancient poop. And there are bonus finds as well, including a monumental discovery that the discoverers have been trying to keep under wraps. Most of these revelations haven't gotten the kind of hype that we saw this year for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Agua Fira National Monument, Nine Mile Canyon Struggle Continues

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

- Auga Fria National Monument a Hidden National Treasure: It is a noticeably barren and often windswept tract of low-lying hills and volcanic grasslands that, at first glance, lack any redeeming value. But don't be fooled by the cover. The Agua Fria National Monument is worth a closer look. President Bill Clinton created the monument in 2000 at the behest of his Secretary of the Interior, former Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt. Babbitt was one of a limited group of Arizonans keenly aware of what lay among the basalt hills and remote canyons. From the 13th through the mid-15th century, the intermittent waters of the Agua Fria River, Silver Creek, Larry Creek, Sycamore Creek, Ash Creek, Bishop Creek, Indian Creek and a handful of lesser drainages across the mesa supported a thriving culture.

- The Struggle to Save Nine Mile Canyon Continues: Preservation groups said Monday they want the Bureau of Land Management to pull 16 parcels near Utah's famed Nine Mile Canyon that are proposed for oil-and-gas lease sales. The National Trust for Historic Preservation said additional energy activity in the area will drive up truck traffic and raise the risk that dust will damage thousands of prehistoric paintings and carvings in the canyon. - MyFox Utah

- Lecture Opportunity, Raffle, and Live Auction at This Month's Meeting of the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society (Tucson): December 15th, 7:00 pm. "An Instance of Hopi Clowning? The Case of Juan Suni, 1659" sponsored by the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society and given by Anton Daughters. DuVal Auditorium, UMC, 1501 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson. The annual raffle and live auction, featuring Jeff Reid as auctioneer, will also be held at the December meeting. The raffle raises funds for student grants. Note that the meeting starts one half hour earlier than usual.

- New Home for Arizona State Archives: Asked to show some of the more notable items in the Arizona State Archives, Jennifer Albin held up a rusty hatchet used in 1926 to commit one of the state's most notorious murders. It might seem out of place amid the documents, maps and records dating back to territorial days, but this too tells Arizona's story, she said.

- University of Arizona Press Publishes Several Interesting Archaeology Texts in Time for the Holiday Gift Season: New titles in categories such as anthropology, American Indian studies, border studies and archaeology have been published by The University of Arizona Press, including Kristin T. Ruppel's "Unearthing Indian Land" Eugene S. Hunn's "A Zapotec Natural History. Trees, Herbs, and Flower, Birds, Beasts, and Bugs in the Life of San Juan Gbëë," "Cultural Transmission and Material Culture. Breaking Down Boundaries" edited by Miriam T. Stark, Brenda J. Bowser and Lee Horne, and Stephen W. Silliman' "Collaborating at the Trowel's Edge."

- Does a Remote Mexican Pyramid Signify a Previously Unknown Ancient Culture? Several stone sculptures recently found in central Mexico point to a previously unknown culture that likely built a mysterious pyramid in the region, archaeologists say. Archaeologists first found the objects about 15 years ago in the valley of Tulancingo, a major canyon that drops off into Mexico's Gulf Coast. - National Geographic

- Peru Files Lawsuit Against Yale Over Machu Pichu Artifacts: Peru has filed a lawsuit against Yale University to recover relics taken nearly a century ago from the ancient Incan capital of Machu Picchu, the country's top tourist spot, the American school said on Wednesday. Peru says Yale has more than 40,000 pieces -- a precious mix of mummies, pottery and jewelry -- taken by U.S. explorer and Yale alumnus Hiram Bingham after he rediscovered the ancient city in 1911. Yale said it was disappointed by the suit, which Peru had threatened to file for years, and promised to fight it.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Excavations at Antler House Village, Arizona's King Cotton has an Ancient Southwestern History

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

- Archeologists Uncover Ancient Civilization: Where wide concrete ribbons of Interstate 17 and State Route 69 intersect is the community of Cordes Junction, Ariz. Little else of significance marks the area, other than the presence of the ADOT maintenance office, a DPS outpost, and a motel. A McDonald’s restaurant and a Subway sandwich shop offer an oasis of sorts in an otherwise rural setting where long ago, there once was a thriving community. These devoted sleuths are archaeologists, piecing together the tapestry of history, much like they piece together the shards of found pottery. They are attempting to assemble from artifacts, a picture of the people who lived centuries ago in the Antler House Village.

- Ancient Southwestern Roots of a Modern Commodity - The History and Marketing of Superior Pima Cotton: On the dusty fringes of Phoenix where Arizona still looks like itself - a little rough and tumble with barbed wire 'round the edges - lies a cotton field gone fallow. It's sprinkled with tumbleweeds, beer bottles and a cast-off couch cushion, cotton upholstery peeling in the sun. This little plot of nothing is where one of the world's finest cottons began, where Supima was born in 1910. Later it would get all gussied up to travel the globe, tucked into the briefcases of the Supima cotton posse, two men strong, with something to tell the world. - Arizona Republic

- Mesa Museum to Host Holiday Themed "Nights at the Museum:" Enjoy holiday themes from around the world at the next “Nights at the Museum” at the Arizona Museum of Natural History, 53 N. Macdonald, Friday, Dec. 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

- Book Collection Helps Debunk Pesudohistory: In the expertly researched and nicely sardonic "Fantastic Archaeology," Stephen Williams -- a former professor of archaeology at Harvard -- explores "the wild side of North American prehistory." The pages brim with cranks, mystics and peddlers of dubious historical claims who were determined to prove that America was discovered by -- well, take your pick: Phoenicians, Africans, Irish monks, Lost Tribes of Israel.

- New Navajo Hotel Shares Monument Valley with a Fascinated Public: The hotel clings to the cliff face, its long, angular lines and rust-red stucco mirroring the vibrant contours of the rock. Far below, a Jeep labors across the desert floor: a silver speck against a vast canvas of earth and sky. It disappears into the folds of the land like an ant exploring an eiderdown, emerging now and then in a cloud of dust. Before it, the earth rises in tortured peaks and spires, sculpted by wind and time – or perhaps the hands of some diabolical god. - Daily Telegraph

- Website Helps Explorers Explore Modern Episodes of Abandonment: WebUrbanist has covered everything from abandoned wonders of the world to the illicit art of exploring deserted places. These thirty-three core articles cover hundreds of abandoned buildings, vehicles, towns and cities from around the world - highly organized, summarized and collected for the very first time. Consider this our must-bookmark essential guide to the world of haunting abandoned places and daring urban exploration.

- Editor's Note to Comcast Internet Subscribers: Despite numerous attempts to reassure Comcast that the Southwestern Archaeology Today Newsletter is not "spam," the delivery of this newsletter is being blocked on a regular basis. Should you be missing past issues of Southwestern Archaeology Today, you can find all of our newsletters stored at the web links provided below. Given the degree to which Comcast is blocking legitimate internet traffic, I would now advise Comcast customers to find a more reliable Internet service provider.

Thanks to Dan Garcia and Brian Kenny for contributions to today's newsletter.

Friday, December 5, 2008

The Story of Folsom and Clovis, Innovative History Program from PBS Coming Soon.

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

- Correction: "Set in Stone but Not in Meaning: Southwestern Indian Rock Art" free presentation at the Pima County Public Library will be held on December 11, instead of December 9th, as was listed in the Dec 2 issue of this newsletter. On December 9th, Allen Dart will present "Ancient Native American Pottery of Southern Arizona" in a free presentation for the Friends of Sonoita Creek, at Sonoita Creek State Natural Area Visitor Center near Patagonia, Arizona. Cosponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council. 7-8:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public

- Folsom and the First Americans: The countryside around Folsom, New Mexico, is possessed of an air of primeval antiquity. Ragged hills and mesas rise wild to the west and north. Eastward lies a sloping, undulating plain, its contours engraved in hardened lava from prehistoric eruptions. Southward lies Mount Capulin, the mortal remains of a volcano. Outcroppings of lava rock, splashed with varicolored lichens and crowned with evergreens, lend an eerie texture to the grassy valleys.

- "We Shall Remain" PBS to Air 350 Years of History from Native American Perspectives: After almost five years of planning and production, a groundbreaking television series depicting more than 350 years of history from an American Indian perspective is scheduled to premiere next spring. Producers of the award-winning PBS history series “American Experience” are nearing completion of “We Shall Remain” – a five-part series of 90-minute documentary films that will air each week for five consecutive weeks beginning on April 13.

- Native Americans Examine Heritage Tourism as a Possible Avenue for Economic Development: "Job creation on tribal land means economic opportunity but also translates into cultural preservation," says Joe Shirley, president of the Navajo Nation. "When family members can find employment close to their traditional homes, they stay connected with their culture and their language."

- Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's 2009 Course Offerings Now Online:
The only Section 106 course taught by the federal agency responsible for administering the National Historic Preservation Act’s Section 106 review process, this two-day course is designed for those who are new to Section 106 review or those who want an in-depth refresher on its basic operation. The course explains the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, which applies any time a federal, federally assisted, or federally approved activity might affect a property listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

- Volunteers Invaluable in Southwestern Archaeology: Archaeology is good dirty fun! Or so proclaims the bumper sticker on the truck owned by the Kaibab National Forest's heritage program manager. And, many people seem to agree, if the volunteer turnout at this year's Passport in Time project is any indication. From Sept. 21-27, 17 volunteers contributed 880 hours to helping Forest Service archaeologists understand more about the prehistoric people who lived in the lands south of the Grand Canyon that are now part of the Kaibab National Forest. - Williams

- Mesa Verde Holiday Celebration Scheduled for Dec 11: People of all cultures and traditions are invited to join the park staff in this holiday celebration featuring special tours, luminarias, musical entertainment and refreshments. The regularly scheduled ranger-guided tours of Spruce Tree House, the third largest cliff dwelling in the park, will be presented at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Special evening tours will be offered at 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Luminarias will glow along the pathways throughout the headquarters area, a National Historic Landmark District, and along the trail to Spruce Tree House. The Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum will remain open until 9 p.m. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. - Cortez Journal

Employment Opportunity (Phoenix): Cultural Resources Program Manager, State of Arizona Military Affairs & Emergency Management. - Arizona State Jobs

Thanks to Gerald Kelso and Brian Kenny for contributions to Today's Newsletter

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Archaeology Café Tonight, Escalating Collections Management Costs, Field School Promotes Heritage Management

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

- Archaeology Café Tonight with Paul F. Reed: Join the Center for Desert Archaeology at Tucson’s own Casa Vicente tonight, December 2, at 6:00 pm for the third meeting of Archaeology Café, a happy hour-style forum. Paul Reed will lead us in a consideration of "Chaco’s Unruly and Disobedient Prodigies" and share his insights about the distinctive nature of Puebloan culture and settlement history in the Middle San Juan region of northwest New Mexico. More information is available at the link below.

- The Cost of Curation: "A Decade of Study into Repository Fees for Archeological Curation" is the sixth in the series Studies in Archeology and Ethnography on the National Park Service's Archeology Program's website. The report, authored by S. Terry Childs and Seth Kagan, presents the results of a third informal study into fees charged by non-federal repositories for the long-term curation of archeological collections. The report also examines trends in the cost of archeological collections management over the last decade.

- Boston University Field School Embraces Heritage Management: But according to Ricardo Elia, a College of Arts and Sciences associate professor and archaeology department chair, the field school training has yet to address one critical component of excavation: what now? So this summer, he will join the field school as its co-director and leader of a new heritage management curriculum. “There’s a responsibility we have as archaeologists that goes beyond pure research,” says Elia. “Sites are being destroyed, lost to development, and looted to fuel the antiquities trade. In recent decades, there’s been a growing awareness that archaeologists need to engage in policy-making and with the public to protect sites and plan for preservation, which has really transformed the field.”

- 9 out of 10 Dentists Might Not Agree on This Way to Ensure Your Archaeological Significance: Thanks to the poor dental hygiene of people who lived thousands of years ago in what is now Peru, researchers are getting a more detailed understanding of what they ate. Dental plaque scraped from the teeth of people who lived as much as 9,200 years ago revealed traces of cultivated crops, including squash and beans, according to a report in the latest online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

- Research, Scholarship, and Travel Grant Opportunities, Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society: Awards are offered to students and researchers who are members of AAHS and involved in the study of archaeology, anthropology, American Indian studies, ethnohistory, and history of the Greater Southwest. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 15, 2009. Awards will be made by the AAHS Board of Directors and announced during Arizona Archaeology Month. All of the details, including instructions and application forms, are available at the following link. - Ms Word Document

- Rock Art Tour Rescheduled: Old Pueblo Archaeology Center's "Deer Valley & Spur Cross Ranch Petroglyphs" guided fundraising "flex-tour" that was originally scheduled for Saturday December 6, 2008, has been rescheduled to Saturday February 28, 2009. Contact Old Pueblo at (520) 798-1201 or for more information or to make reservations.

- Lecture Opportunity, "Set in Stone but Not in Meaning: Southwestern Indian Rock Art." Join Old Pueblo Archaeology Center director Allen Dart at noon on Thursday, December 11, at the Pima County Public Library, 101 N. Stone Ave., Tucson. This free lecture is open to the public. Dart will discuss how even the same rock art symbol may be interpreted differently from popular, scientific, and modern Native American perspectives. For meeting details contact Librarian Coni Weatherford at 520-594-5570 or in Tucson; for information about the presentation subject matter contact Allen Dart at Tucson telephone 520-798-1201 or

- Position Announcement, Heritage Stewardship Group, USDA Forest Service, Supervisory Archaeologist: This position provides leadership and skills required to operate an Enterprise Team based, in part, on private sector principals in order to improve and streamline the business of government. Further, the position provides leadership and management in areas that are distinct to the public sector. In addition, the position also requires the ability to manage a large and diverse group of employees over a wide geographic area. This position also serves as a lead for all heritage resource, both archeological and historical, activities and is responsible for providing program direction and setting priorities for a comprehensive heritage program with emphasis on stewardship and public service. Much more information on this unique opportunity is available at the following link. - MS Word Document

Thanks to Gerald Kelso and Cherie Freeman for contributions to today’s newsletter.