Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Excavations at Las Capas Come to an End

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- Excavations at Las Capas Come to an End: The discovery of a prehistoric irrigation system in the Marana desert is giving archaeologists a deeper glimpse into one of the first groups of people to farm in the Tucson basin. "What we're looking at is, perhaps, the earliest sedentary village life in the Southwest with people depending on agriculture as a primary food source," said project director Jim Vint. For more than 3,000 years, an elaborate ancient irrigation system has remained hidden deep beneath the sand in Marana.

- NPI Seminar in Native Cultural Property and the Law: The National Preservation Institute presents "Native American Cultural Property Law" in Phoenix, AZ on December 8-9, 2009 in cooperation with the Public History Program, Department of History,
Arizona State University and the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office. Advance registration rate available through October 27, 2009. National NAGPRA Program scholarships may be available through NPI for this seminar. A registration form is available online at www.npi.org/register.html. The advance registration rate is valid until October 27 - $375 (2 days). The regular registration rate after that date is $425. National NAGPRA Program scholarships may be available through NPI for this seminar see http://www.npi.org/schol-NAGPRA.html.

- Traditional Indigenous Scholar Honored By Tohono O'odham Charitable Trust: Richard Goodridge is a self-made farmer, weaver and carver who is giving back to the Gila River Indian Community, where he lives near Phoenix. The 49-year-old is Maricopa and Apache, and since since the age of 8 he has been seeking knowledge about his heritage and culture. It started with the name — Shavillquinnor — that his grandmother gave him. It means "feather of many colors." The quest for knowledge that he now imparts to children, families and elders, through presentations at museums and to university students, has won him the trust's Golden Eagle Feather Award.

- Lecture Opportunity (Glendale): The Agua Fria Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society will offer a free lecture on excavations at Antler House Village at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Glendale Library Auditorium, 5959 West Brown St., south of Peoria Avenue. Membership is not required, and refreshments will be served.

- Southwest Symposium Update: The Southwest symposium web site has been updated with travel and hotel information. Please spread the word!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Hopi Nation Restores Twin Arrows

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- Hopi Tribe Restores and Plans to Reopen Historic Route 66 Icon: It started with the arrows. The iconic namesakes of Twin Arrows, once reduced to battered telephone poles leaning into the wind that sweeps across Interstate 40, now glisten red and gold, new heads and fletchings -- tail feathers -- in place after a recent volunteer restoration effort. But refurbishing the arrows wasn't so much about public art or tidiness as preserving a piece of culture and opening up a new economic portal, both for Flagstaff and the area Native Americans who hope to return the old rest stop to its former glory. In its halcyon days, Twin Arrows -- a rest stop at exit 219, about 20 miles east of Flagstaff -- was a slice of Americana, a gas station, diner and souvenir central for travelers along the famed Route 66; it operated for about 60 years before closing in 1998. Well before that, it was a trading post for the Hopi, who left petroglyphs etched into the walls of nearby Padre Canyon.

- Passport in Time Volunteers Work to Preserve the Past on the Arizona Strip: History can be found in a variety of places by those interested enough to seek it out. Museum display cases, interpretive signs and thick volumes on library shelves come to mind. But before those facts, dates and stories can be made so accessible, someone has to gather all the little pieces and figure out how they fit together. For history buffs fortunate enough to visit the Arizona Strip, those “pieces” are often still found scattered in the dust where they’ve sat undisturbed for many lifetimes. “To think that you’re probably the first person to touch this in 1,000 years; that gets me every time,” said Brent Layton, as he held up one of many small, textured pottery fragments scattered about an ancient pueblo site on the North Kaibab Ranger District.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/dtok - The Spectrum.Com

- Hike into El Malpais National Conservation Area this Weekend! El Malpais National Conservation Area Offers Hike to a Seldom Seen Mesa Top Site: Enjoy archaeology amid the Fall plants, volcanoes & migrating birds in the Cebolla wilderness. Hike 3 miles
round trip to the Citadel, from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM on Saturday, September 26th (600 ft elevation rise). Discover how the ancestors lived vs. how we live. Explore clues on their views of the heavens, culture and politics, along with their building and food. Bring at least 2 quarts of water and protection from weather. Options: binoculars for the views and the migrating birds; hiking poles for the steeper parts; & camera for the views and the amazing rock art. 505.280.2918

- Historical Photos from Wilcox Arizona Published: The just released "Images of America: Willcox," combines selected photographs from 1880 to the early 1950s depicting the cattle town's rich western history, including "true tales of Apache Indians, train robberies and shootings." The Images of America series, published by Arcadia Publishing, preserves the local heritage of neighborhoods, towns and cities across the country using archival photographs that tell distinctive stories from the past. The photographic books preserve and make history available to everyone.

- Sales "Uneven" at Indian Market: Each year at the end of the summer, more than a thousand American Indian artists converge in Santa Fe, N.M., to sell their work at Indian Market. It's the largest showcase of its kind, and a place for artists, museum curators and tourists to mix. At dawn of the first day, the sluggish economy isn't immediately apparent as artists inch along in bumper-to-bumper traffic on their way to set up their booths along the plaza. But there is some anxiety mixed in with the cool mountain air.

- (Geology News) The International Commission on Stratigraphy Moves the Quaternary Temporal Boundary Back 800,000 Years: It has long been agreed that the boundary of the Quaternary Period should be placed at the first sign of global climate cooling," said Professor Philip Gibbard. "What we have achieved is the definition of the boundary of the Quaternary to an internationally recognised and fixed point that represents a natural event, the beginning of the ice ages on a global scale."

Thanks to Margaret Hangan for contributing to today's newsletter.

Monday, September 21, 2009

First Sentencing from Blanding Raids, Tribes Plan to Request Repatriation

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- Native Tribal Nations to Request Repatriation of Blanding Artifacts: American Indian tribes should be given the first opportunity to reclaim thousands of ancient Southwest artifacts being seized by the government in its sweeping prosecution of theft and trafficking, the federal appointee in charge of Indian affairs said Friday. Tribal leaders will have something to say to the government on this issue, said Larry EchoHawk, assistant Interior secretary for Indian Affairs.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/b4fl - Deseret News

- First Sentencing On Blanding Raids Case: A federal government crackdown on black-market Indian artifacts and the looting of dozens of sacred objects from Indian ruins in Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico continued to unfold this week as a mother and daughter were sentenced to three and two years of probation respectively.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/vha - USA Today

- Lecture Opportunity - Silver City: Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, in conjunction with Western National Parks Association and Western New Mexico University, will be hosting a free lecture by noted archaeologist Stephen Lekson on October 7th at 7 p.m. at the WNMU Global Resource Center Auditorium. Dr. Lekson, will speak about his new work A History of the Ancient Southwest, a book that has been described as “among the most provocative and forward-looking books in archaeology today.” In recognition of this special evening, Gila Cliff Dwellings WNPA bookstore will offer signed copies of A History of the Ancient Southwest at the special tax-free price of $35.00 (regular price $39.95). Proceeds from the sales provide funding for this and other Park programs. For more information or to reserve a copy of A History of the Ancient Southwest please contact Becky Latanich at (575) 536-9461 or becky_latanich@nps.gov.

- Lecture Opportunity - Tubac: “The Chaco Phenomenon” is Topic of Tubac/SCC AAS Program October 8. Archaeologist Jeremy Moss will give a presentation to the Tubac/Santa Cruz County Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society (Tubac/SCC AAS) on October 8, 2009, 7 PM, at the North County Facility at 50 Bridge Road in Tubac. His topic will be Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, one of the largest archaeological sites of the American Southwest and both a national historical park and a United Nations World Heritage site. The presentation is free and open to the public.

- Old Pueblo Archaeology Hosts a "Food for Thought Dinner:" Tucson's not-for-profit Old Pueblo Archaeology Center announces a change in place, time, and format for the October 2009 edition of our monthly Third Thursday program. Our next event in this series, on Thursday, October 15, 2009, will be a "Third Thursday Food for Thought" dinner presentation by archaeologist William L. Deaver, titled "Anarchy in Ancient Arizona: Breakdown in Society at the End of the Hohokam Colonial Period." The October 15 Third Thursdays program will be held at El Parador Mexican Restaurant, located at 2744 E. Broadway Blvd. in Tucson, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. An entry fee of $18 per person will include a Mexican food buffet with coffee, tea or soft drink, tax and gratuity, plus the presentation. The buffet is one time through the serving line (not all you can eat). Please contact Old Pueblo Archaeology Center at 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org for reservations and to pay the $18 dinner fee. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and Diners Club credit cards are accepted. Registrations and payments are due by 3:00 p.m. Monday October 12.

- The Archaeology of St. Louis featured on the Archaeology Channel: “Ancient history” didn’t happen just in famous places like Rome, Tikal and Angkor Wat. It happened also in the heart of North America. Modern St. Louis residents may not realize that their city once hosted a complex Native American culture, represented by a cluster of mounds, possibly an actual city rivaling Cahokia across the Mississippi River. A small army of scientists, while uncovering thousands of prehistoric Native American archaeological sites around this fertile convergence of rivers, has some fascinating questions about what took place here.

- Undisturbed Late Classic Mayan Villages Might Provide Insights on the Transition to the Post Classic: Ringing two abandoned pyramids are nine palaces "frozen in time" that may help unravel the mystery of the ancient Maya, reports an archaeological team. Hidden in the hilly jungle, the ancient site of Kiuic (KIE-yuk) was one of dozens of ancient Maya centers abandoned in the Puuc region of Mexico's Yucatan about 10 centuries ago. The latest discoveries from the site may capture the moment of departure.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/c4hw - USA Today

- Congratulations to Jessica MacLellan, a University of Arizona School of Anthropology graduate student who has been awarded the Jacob K. Javits fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education. Javits fellows study arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

More on Loot and Looting in Arizona

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- Loot and Looting in Arizona: The underworld was brought to light on June 10, when federal agents busted 23 people who allegedly looted archaeological sites in the Four Corners region of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. Ranking among the largest crackdowns ever against the black market in Native American antiquities, the sting drew praise from archaeologists—and outrage from rural Four Corners communities where artifact collecting is a traditional pastime, and sentiment against the federal government runs high.

- The Myth of Sierra Azul: Sierra Azul is first mentioned in a memorial of Diego de Penalosa, governor general of New Mexico from 1661 to 1664. as written by his aide de camp, Dominquez de Mendoza. Little is known of the author. Penalosa was a notorious liar. Mendoza's account tells of Penalosa's well-planned expedition to "Sierro del Azul, the ores of which have been assayed and are known to be rich in gold and silver." However, according to Mendoza, Penalosa never made the trip, due to Apache wars and other obstacles. Mendoza mentions neither his source of the information on Sierra Azul or its location.

- Lecture Opportunity (Albuquerque) Open and Free to Public a Lecture on: Virtual Reality in Archaeology and Public Education, Monday, September 21, 4:00-5:00pm University of New Mexico, Hibben Center, Room 105 (Auditorium). Dr. Maurizio Forte, Professor of World Heritage at UC Merced and Director of the Virtual Heritage Museum in Rome, will give a lecture on using 3D, geospatial technologies (GIS, GPS, and remote sensing), and CAD to reconstruct ancient landscapes that serve as the basis for VR environments that students, internet users, and museum visitors can interactively explore. The interdisciplinary nature of Dr. Forte's work speaks to archaeologists, art historians, architects, educators, geographers, and others. The event is sponsored by the Anthropology Graduate Student Union, Department of Art History, and the Alfonso Ortiz Center of Intercultural Studies at UNM.

- Lecture Opportunity (Tucson): Tonight, September 17, as part of Old Pueblo Archaeology Center's "Third Thursdays" a free presentation of "Mesoamerica and Hohokam Symbolism, Public Architecture, and Ideology" with archaeologist Dr. Paul R. Fish at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 2201 W. 44th Street, Tucson (in Tucson Unified School District's Ajo Service Center, just west of La Cholla Blvd., ½-mile north of John F. Kennedy Park). 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free.

- Lecture Opportunity (Tucson): Monday, Sept 21st, 7:30 pm Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society presents "Zeckendorfs and Steinfelds: Merchant Princes of the Southwest" by Bettina Lyons. DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N Campbell Ave., Tucson. Free and open to the public. For more information 520-907-0884.

Monday, September 14, 2009

University of Arizona Researchers Awarded Grant to Study Hopi-Spanish History

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- University of Arizona Researchers Awarded Grant to Study Early Hopi - Spanish Relations: UA anthropology professor Thomas E. Sheridan has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to lead a team that is collecting Hopi oral histories about their ancestors' early counters with Spaniards.

- Obama Administration Publishes Paper on Tribal Consultation and Tribal Sovereignty: Two of President Obama’s key campaign commitments to Indian country were that he would meet with tribal leaders on an annual basis, and that his Administration would respect the Nation-to-Nation relationship with Indian tribal governments. Recently, the White House Domestic Policy Council sent an invitation to tribal leaders for two listening sessions on August 31, 2009 in Washington, DC. The purpose of the sessions is to bring together tribal leaders and White House staff, led by Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs Kimberly Teehee, to engage in an informal dialogue on the process of tribal consultation. These meetings are intended to prepare the Obama Administration to address Tribal Consultation and the Nation-to-Nation relationship.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/19jl - NCAI.org

- United States Department of the Interior Formally Approves Peter L. Steere as the Tohono O'odham Tribal Historic Preservation Officer.

- Archaeologist Explore Ancient Clovis Shoreline: In one of the more dramatic moments of an underwater archaeological survey co-led by Mercyhurst College archaeologist James Adovasio along Florida’s Gulf Coast this summer, Andy Hemmings stood on an inundated river’s edge where man hasn't set foot in more than 13,000 years. Donning full scuba gear, Hemmings stood in 130 feet of water on a peninsula at the intersection of two ancient rivers nearly 100 miles offshore from Tampa. The last time humans could have stood in that spot, mammoth and mastodon roamed the terrain.

- Archaeology Day at Casa Malpais: The Casa Malpais Archaeological Park in Springerville Arizona is holding archaeology day festivities on Saturday, September 19, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The ancient village of Casa Malpais is open to guided tours and features some of the most unique archaeological features in the region. Archaeology Day includes Zuni and other craft vendors, and a number of free lectures. Tours of the pueblo by will be offered at 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Tour fees are $8 adult, $6 seniors and $5 for children. Tour reservations are requested by calling 928-333-5375.

-"Rock Art 2009" to be held at the San Diego Museum of Man: The San Diego Museum of Man is pleased to announce Rock Art 2009, our 34th Annual Rock Art Symposium, scheduled for Saturday, November 7, 2009. This day-long event offers participants the opportunity to share in the results of rock art research around the globe, presented in slide-illustrated lectures. Registration is $40 for students and Museum members, $50 for general admission, including a commemorative ceramic mug. Visit the Rock Art 2009 website for full information and links to the Registration Form.

- Edge of the Cedars Museum Publishes Collections Guide: State agencies don't often publish full color books of the quality of the new publication Edge of the Cedar State Park Museum Collections, which is now available from the Blanding museum or from the Division of Parks and Recreation. The paperback book sells for $29.95 and includes photos the museum's extensive collection of ancestral Puebloan artifacts which have been gathered from around the Four Corners area.

- Deadline Extended to October 1st for Native American Scholarships: In 2008, the Department of Anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science began a series of programs designed to enhance Native American youth and young adult participation in science. Through the generous support of our donors, last year we offered a Native American Science Career Day for indigenous middle school students, and in 2009 we expanded that offering to a larger number of students with a larger number of mentors present. In 2008, we offered five $1,000 Native American Science Scholarships to college-bound high school seniors and continuing college and graduate students. In 2009, we again have five $1,000 scholarships to offer, but we have a small problem—we did not receive enough complete applications from qualified students by yesterday’s September 1 application deadline to award the full allotment of scholarships for which we already have funding in hand!

El Malapis National Monument Offers Hike to Seldom Seen Petroglyphs: Enjoy archaeology at the Cretaceous outcrops amid the Fall plants & migrating birds in the Cebolla wilderness. Hike 3 miles round trip to a seldom visited archaeological site, Aldridge Petroglyphs, from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM on Saturday, September 19th (300 ft elevation rise). Discover how the ancestors lived vs. how we live. Explore clues on their views of the heavens, culture and politics, along with their building and food. Bring at least 2 quarts of water and protection from sun and weather. Options: binoculars for the views and the migrating birds; hiking poles for the steeper parts; & camera for the views and the amazing rock art.

- Traveling Exhibit Available For Booking: "Pieces of the Puzzle: New Perspectives on the Hohokam." Created by Pueblo Grande Museum and the Center for Desert Archaeology, this traveling exhibit focuses on recent archaeological findings regarding population movement and decline in the American Southwest prior to the mid-1500s. The exhibit is based upon National Science Foundation-funded research that allowed archaeologists at the Center for Desert Archaeology to investigate the role of long distance migration and aggregation in precontact population decline. The traveling version of this exhibit consists of 26 flat panels and two computer stations. The exhibit requires approximately 150 linear feet of space. NO RENTAL FEE. Facilities interested in displaying the exhibit will be responsible for shipping and insurance costs. Contact Linda Pierce, Programs Manager, Center for Desert Archaeology, at lpierce@cdarc.org for more information.

- National Park Service Volunteers at Rocky Mountain National Park on the Sept 26th "Day of Service" Will be Treated to a Sneak Preview of "America's Best Idea:" Volunteers will build a new trail along the Continental Divide in the western side of the park. Throughout the day and across the park, a special sneak peak of The National Parks: America’s Best Idea will be viewed. Beginning at 6pm, Rocky Mountain PBS and Etown.org will celebrate Ken Burns and his new documentary at Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder. Local musicians will play music from the film and a special preview screening will be offered.

- The Border Project: Deep in the heart of the Tohono O’odham Nation in southern Arizona, an exhibition created by students from the tribe as well as Anglo and Hispanic students from the United States and Mexico is challenging how many Americans view the U.S.-Mexico border. The Border Project is a mixed-media art installation highlighting the perspectives of high school students living along the borders of Arizona, Mexico, the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation and the town of Ajo. This exhibit is the result of the students sharing their views through artistic expression and will be on display Sept. 11 – Nov. 6 at the Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson.

- Tempe Canal Park to Feature Interpretation of Hohokam Irrigation: LED light columns, varying in height up to 10 feet, will illuminate every intersection and park connection along the trail, Iwersen said. "They'll work as kind of a way-finder for people looking for the Western Canal," he said. A graphic explaining the importance of water and electricity in the area will sit at the base of each pillar. Decorative plaques and changes in concrete texture will indicate sites of prehistoric Hohokam settlements and canal systems, Iwersen said.

- Travelogue, Visiting Wupatki National Monument: It's mid-afternoon on a hot summer day, and ranger Chuck Sypher is talking about farming. Volunteers at this park northeast of Flagstaff have planted a garden, Sypher says, to see how Pueblo farmers made a go of it in this bare, windswept country that, in some years, gets less rain than Phoenix does. It doesn't look much like farm country. The terrain is dry and rocky, with vast stretches of saltbush and broom snakeweed growing in the shadow of a volcanic mountain range.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/a2v6 - Arizona Republic

- Travelogue, Mesa Verde, One of the Most Beautiful National Parks in the United States: The first time a white man set eyes on the extraordinary ancient cliff dwellings dug into the canyons of Mesa Verde in south-western Colorado, a local Ute Indian chief warned him to back off before it was too late. "When you disturb the spirits of the dead, you die too," he warned. This was in 1888, and the white man was Richard Wetherill, a Quaker rancher whose family had already proved it was bold enough to tend cattle right up to the boundaries of the Ute tribes, even though the Utes were furious at the preceding generation of settlers and troops who had encroached on their lands, attacked and uprooted them.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/abuv - Daily Telegraph

- Employment Opportunity - Navy Cultural Resources Manager: The title is "Supervisory
Interdisciplinary (Acquisition). The Announcement # is NW9-01XX-03-K1460020-HQ. The Closing Date is 17 September. This is a YC-0170/0190/0193-3 position here at NAVFAC HQ.

Thanks to Carrie Gregory and Gerald Kelso for contributions to today's newsletter.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Innovative On-line Bibliography for Repatriation and Reburial

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

- Innovative On-line Bibliography for Repatriation and Reburial: A roughly 1000-item online bibliography for Repatriation and Reburial, collected and contributed to by Robyn G. Ewing, MA candidate at Simon Fraser University, T.J. Ferguson, and John R. Welch is now available via RefShare. While not exhaustive, this database contains materials referencing the long history of the repatriation and reburial movement, predominantly in North America. We hope this will be of assistance to Indigenous communities, museum professionals and archaeologists.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/bqqq - RefShare Repatriation and Reburial.

- Clovis Point Found Near Tucson: A rare architectural relic (sic) discovered in Sahuarita and on its way to the Arizona State Museum in Tucson could help illuminate the way early humans lived in this part of the state. A Clovis point spearhead, named for the city in New Mexico where the first of its kind was unearthed in the 1930s, was recovered near Sahuarita this month. The artifact itself isn’t so exceptional — they’re found all over North America. What’s significant is where it was found, said Arthur Vokes, who has curated the museum’s architectural (sic) repository for nearly 30 years.

- Archeo-Nevada Society Starts Fall Meetings (Las Vegas): Fall meetings begin September 10th at 7pm. Our president Dr Kevin Rafferty will speak on his ongoing research at The Valley of Fire State Park. His research is conducted by the Survey Field School of the College of Southern Nevada. Meetings are held monthly on the second Thursday of each month through May. All meetings are in the K building room K-228 (at the far south end of the College of Southern Nevada W. Charleston Campus). Anyone interested in archaeology of the Southwest are welcome to attend.

- Employment Opportunity (El Paso): There is a current job opening for Curator at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology. Candidate must have a Master’s degree in archaeology, anthropology, museum studies, or American history, and one (1) year of museum exhibit development or design or curatorial experience.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/fsox - City of El Paso Employment

Thanks to Terry Colvin for contributing to today's newsletter.