Monday, June 1, 2009

Call For Papers for the 2009 Pecos Conference

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- Pecos Conference Call For Papers: 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.

- Festival of Native American Culture to be Held in Sedona / Verde Valley June 5 through June 13: Hosted by the Verde Valley Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, the festival is a non-profit event with proceeds dedicated to the protection, preservation and interpretation of the Native American cultural heritage sites of Sedona and the Verde Valley.

- PBS Bringing "Time Team" to America: WATCHING archaeologists sift through dirt to find pottery shards and Indian artifacts doesn’t seem like the most compelling Web video fare. But when PBS unveiled a video player on its Web site ( in mid-April, it was an episode of “Time Team America,” a new series that doesn’t even make its broadcast debut until July, that became the most viewed — more popular than selections from “Masterpiece Theater” or “Nova.”

- Preparations Underway for 13th Annual "Sheep is Life" Celebration: Sheep is Life celebrates sheep, wool, fiber arts, and the Navajo Lifeway with free events for the whole family on Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20, at the Navajo Preparatory School campus in Farmington, New Mexico. The public is invited to enjoy hands-on
activities, demonstrations, lectures, exhibits, and sheep and wool shows from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days. Fiber arts and land management workshops are offered on Tuesday through Friday, June 16 – 19. Visit our website for a complete schedule, or call 505-863-3192.

Editor's note: June 1st marks the fourth anniversary of the Southwest Archaeology Today Newsletter and blog. The Center for Desert Archaeology would like to thank everyone who has helped us share news and information about southwestern archaeology and archaeology with an interested public audience. The Center has a number of improvements and surprises in store for our fifth year of publication, and we invite you to follow these developments as they are announced here.