Friday, April 10, 2009

NMSU Students Excavating Near Santa Teresa Pueblo - Tucson Presidio Living History

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

- NMSU Archaeological Fieldwork Near Santa Teresa Pueblo After taking Bill Walker's native ceramics anthropology class, New Mexico State University students should be able to recognize and identify a variety of pottery from the region. They should also be able to endure a bee sting or several. About 10 students spend one afternoon per week mapping, digging and excavating a site behind the Tyson Chicken factory in Santa Teresa. Through this course, students are exposed to a great deal of "Indiana Jones-type" moments, from digging in the dirt with archaeological tools to being chased away by swarms of bees.

- Living History at Tucson's Presidio Park: Soldiers will march and cannons will roar this weekend in downtown Tucson. Living-history volunteers will re-create daily life at the Tucson Presidio (or El Presidio Real de San Agustín del Tucson, if you want to be formal), dressing as residents might have when the garrison was established in the latter half of the 18th century - the men in Spanish military uniforms and the women in period clothing. "The volunteers are there to answer any questions people may have," said Eryn Kirkpatrick, a Tucson city staff member with the presidio. "Some stay in character and pretend to be living here in 1775. It really does transport you back to a different time and place." - Arizona Republic

- Reminder: Early Registration Deadline for Arizona Preservation Partnership Conference is April 15th.

- Travelogue - Trail of the Ancients: As Americans start to plan summer vacations, many are looking to combine fun, scenery, outdoor adventure and education - all in interesting destinations that fit the budget. They may be pleasantly surprised to find it all in on one of the country's newest national byways, in a part of Colorado that sports few crowds, stunning vistas and the most archaeologically dense area in the United States. - Yahoo News

- Sea Level Changes Impacting Archaeological Sites: Perched on the edge of this wind-swept Southern California island, archaeologist Jon Erlandson watches helplessly as 6,600 years of human culture — and a good chunk of his career — is swallowed by the Pacific surf. It was not long ago that this tip of land on the northwest coast cradling an ancient Chumash Indian village stretched out to sea. But years of storm surge and roiling waves have taken a toll. The tipping point came last year when a huge piece broke off, drowning remnants of discarded abalone, mussel and other shellfish that held clues to an ancient human diet.

- Hieroglyph Canyon Makes a Fine Day Hike Near Phoenix: There are so many great places to hike in the Phoenix area. How about the Hieroglyphic Canyon Trail? You'll enjoy the views. One sunny and slightly windy day we headed east from Phoenix to the beautiful Superstition Mountains. Leaving the freeway we wound our way through beautiful home sites to the Lost Gold Mine Trail trailhead. While the kids in our group hoped to find a real lost gold stash, we were a bit more realistic and looked forward to the views and the sight of springs where ancient Hohokam Indians left evidence of their lives many years ago. - Examiner.Com