Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Excavations at Las Capas Come to an End

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

- 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!