Friday, June 26, 2009

7th Annual Leupp Kiln Conference in Snowflake, Pecos Reminder

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

- 7th Annual Leupp Kiln Conference to be held September 5th – 7th near Snowflake, AZ: The Leupp Kiln Conference, which began in Old Leupp, Arizona in 2003, is an informal gathering of archaeologists, potters and other interested folks with an interest in ancient and modern ceramic technology in the Southwest. The primary sponsor of the event is the Institute for Archaeological Ceramic Research. This year’s conference will be hosted by Jo Ann and Bill Weldon at their property 11 miles east of Snowflake, Arizona, on Labor Day weekend, September 5th – 7th.

- (Reminder) There is still time to submit an abstract for this year's Pecos Conference: The 2009 Pecos Conference will be held in Cortez and Dolores, Colorado, on August 6-9. The Program Chairman for this year's conference is Chuck Riggs at Fort Lewis College. As in past years, we are soliciting field reports and archaeological research presentations for the Friday and Saturday programs. These reports should be no more than 10 minutes in length and informal in presentation. As usual, there will be no audio-visual equipment available for these presentations. The presentations will be held in a separate tent from the one with the vendors and poster sessions. Please submit a title and short abstract (30-35 words) to Chuck Riggs at: The registration form and further information on papers can be found on the Pecos web site at the link below. Deadline for early registration is June 30.

- Navajo Textiles to be Featured at University of Colorado Museum: A collection of rare Native American textiles will be on display for the next year at the University of Colorado's Museum of Natural History. The exhibit -- "Navajo Weaving: Diamonds, Dreams, Landscapes" -- features approximately 100 blankets, rugs and belts, including many that haven't been previously shown, from the museum's Joe Ben Wheat Southwest Textile Collection. - Colorado Daily

- Kibab National Forest Archaeologists Honored at Arizona Preservation Conference: Kaibab National Forest archaeologists received statewide recognition Friday as part of the Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Awards. The awards recognize people, organizations, and projects that represent outstanding achievements in preserving Arizona’s prehistoric and historic resources. Specifically, the Kaibab National Forest Heritage Program received the Government Agency Award in Public Archaeology. The Kaibab National Forest is also a partner in two organizations that received the Private/Non-Profit Entity Award in Public Archaeology. Those organizations are the Grand Canyon Flagstaff Stage Coach Line Partnership and the Kaibab Vermilion Cliffs Heritage Alliance.

- Anthropology, Geography, Politics and the Environment Intersect at Unique University of Arizona Conference on the Borderlands: Understanding ways people interact with the land and also the social, cultural, political and historical influences shaping interactions is increasingly critical in studying and understanding environmental and borderlands history. This is particularly true among college and university faculty working with and within those disciplines. That is why The University of Arizona's history department coordinated and is hosting an institute to help 25 faculty from across the nation to think and teach more critically about cultural and environmental history in a broader and binational context

- Numbers of Heritage Tourists Around Mesa Verde Remains Stable, Despite Economic Downturn: The economy hasn't slowed down tourists visiting Montezuma County, but it has changed how they travel. "Things are going OK - especially for this economy," said Lynn Dyer, tourism director of Mesa Verde Country. "None of us were expecting it to be a blockbuster, banner year, but things seem to be doing well." According to the Cortez Colorado Welcome Center, visitation is up 3 percent from the same period last year, totaling 12,613 between January and May. - Durango Herald

- Travelouge - Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada: The vivid red hued sandstone cliffs that you see before you were thrust upwards through the floor of the Mojave Desert, around 150 million years ago, by subterranean pressures beyond imagining. Whilst the Petroglyphs carved by stone knives on the rock’s weathered surface bear silent testament to the passing of the ancient “Anasazi” people some 3,000 years before. - Phoenix Examiner

- New 'Molecular Clock' Aids Dating Of Human Migration History: Researchers at the University of Leeds have devised a more accurate method of dating ancient human migration – even when no corroborating archaeological evidence exists.

- Employment Opportunity (Austin): We have the following Archaeologist III (Archaeologist & Interpretive Guide) position open for experienced professionals at Big Bend Ranch State Park, our State Park that adjoins the eponymous National Park on its western side. So think Chihuahuan Desert, Basin & Range Cenozoic volcanics and mixed sediments, confirmed human activities over the past ~11,000 years, and paddling or rafting in the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo.

Thanks to Adrianne Rankin for contributions to today's newsletter.