Friday, January 30, 2009

Ancient Olla Repatriated to Acoma, Hopi Basketry Exhibit to Open at Arizona State Museum

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

- Ancient Jar Repatriated to Acoma Pueblo: The U.S. Attorney's Office and investigators with the Bureau of Land Management returned an ancient clay jar to its rightful owners Wednesday after it had been stolen from a New Mexico archaeological site. Dignitaries of Acoma Pueblo accepted the jar, called an olla, during a ceremony. The jar was made sometime between 900 and 1100 A.D. - Santa Fe New Mexican

- Hopi Basketry Exhibit to Open at the Arizona State Museum: On the surface, they're just baskets. Take a second look, and the hand-woven works of art become insightful symbols of an ancient culture full of mystique. The Arizona State Museum is hosting the Opening Celebrations for a new exhibit, "Circles of life: Katsina Imagery in Hopi Basketry." - Arizona Daily Wildcat

- Arizona National Parks Intend to Fight Invasive Plants: The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to treat invasive plant species at Chiricahua National Monument in Willcox, Ariz., Fort Bowie National Historic Site in Bowie, Ariz. and Coronado National Memorial in Hereford, Ariz. An invasive plant inventory has been completed by the NPS Sonoran Desert Inventory and Monitoring Network, Tucson, Ariz. We are assessing the impacts of implementing integrated pest management practices to treat non-native and native plants that become invasive (or out of balance) with the natural plant communities, primarily due to disturbance. Treatments on invasive species that are present in the monuments or become established over the next ten years will be assessed.

- Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument Centennial Celebration Lecture Series Begins in February: Join the SPMNM every Friday Evening in February and March to hear visiting scholars from all over New Mexico share their stories, expertise and experience as a part of the Monument's Centennial Celebration.

- Southwestern Artistic Dynasties: There are dynasties in art. Consider the Carter Family in country music or the Brueghels in painting. In Germany, there once were so many Bachs in music, the family name became a synonym for musician. It would be difficult to count the Nampeyos in Hopi pottery. And among the Santa Clara Pueblo potters, there is the extended Naranjo family, descended from matriarch Rose Naranjo (b. 1915). - Arizona Republic

- Registration Now Open For the 12th ICOMOS International Symposium on Preservation: March 11-15, 2009 in New Orleans, "Preservation in Peril -Disaster Planning, Rapid Response, and Sustainable Recovery in the 21st Century."

- ICOMOS Earthen Architecture Bilbleography Now Online: This bibliography is based on the publications on this topic available at the Documentation Centre. It includes also the earthen architectural heritage on the UNESCO World Heritage List. - ICOMOS

-Summer Heritage Documentation Internship/Fellowship Opportunites With HABS/HAER: Heritage Documentation Programs seeks applications from qualified individuals for summer employment documenting historic sites and structures of architectural, landscape and technological significance throughout the country. Duties involve on-site field work and preparation of measured and interpretive drawings and written historical reports for the HABS/HAER/HALS Collections at the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Projects last 12 weeks, beginning in late May or early June. Salaries range from approximately $6,000 to approximately $11,000 for the summer, depending on job responsibility, locality of the project, and level of experience. Applications Due: February 17, 2009 (postmark date).

Call for Volunteer Assistance (Tucson) Old Pueblo Archaeology's new home is located at the Tucson Unified School District's Ajo Service Center: 2201 W. 44th Street, about 1/4-mile west of La Cholla Blvd. (44th Street is between Ajo Way (on the south) and 22nd Street/Starr Pass Blvd.). Our next big thing that we need some volunteers to help with is the construction of our new simulated archaeological dig site - the "OPEN3" site - that will be used to teach classrooms of children about archaeological fieldwork and interpretation methods. We will be constructing the site the coming Saturday starting at 9 a.m., so if you'd like to get your hands dirty with us (and probably some of your other body parts and clothes) and can spare some time, could you please volunteer to help us with this effort? We need to have the new "dig" site ready in time for our first school program of the year on February 6, so this weekend is our biggest push to get it done. We really need some help this Saturday, so if you can join in please contact our children's program instructor Cris Wagner at Old Pueblo's phone number 520-798-1201 or at Cris's email address:

Thanks to Gerald Kelso for contributions to today's newsletter.