Thursday, January 7, 2010

Agreement to Protect Ancient Places in Nine Mile Canyon Signed, but Far from Complete

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

- Agreement to Protect Ancient Places in Nine Mile Canyon Far from Complete: An agreement aimed at protecting ancient rock art, housing ruins, granaries, graves and artifacts in Nine Mile Canyon is visionary or toothless or everything in between, participants say, and could have happened at least three years ago if the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Utah hadn't resisted.

- Arizona Budget Problems Complicate Opening of Mesa Grande: Workers finished installing a new trial through the Mesa Grande Ruins that will someday become the backbone of the pre-historic site's development as a tourist attraction. But the timing of the next step, the installation of an audio interpretation system and shade structures to protect against erosion, remains in doubt as authorities brace for a legislative dive into monies earmarked for heritage projects.

- Visiting a Place of the Past - Romero Ruin: Part of the landscape at Catalina State Park is in ruins. Not to worry. We're talking about an archaeological site — not environmental damage. The Romero Ruin Interpretive Trail at the park north of Tucson winds past the scant remains of ancient dwellings built by Indians known as the Hohokam . The three-quarter-mile loop route also takes visitors to the crumbling walls of a house built by rancher Francisco Romero in the mid-1800s.

- Travel Guide to Historic Southern Arizona: If you had visited southern Arizona back in the 1880’s, you wouldn’t have found the place nearly as hospitable as it is today. Restless Apaches, armed incursions from Mexico, the rough landscape and summer temperatures that exceeded 115 degrees made life rough around these parts. Times have changed for the better, and if today you’d like to re-enact a modern day version of Cowboys and Indians, this is the place to do it.

- Lecture Opportunity (Tubac): Archaeologist Jeremy Moss will give a presentation to the Santa Cruz Valley Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society on January 21, 2010, 7 PM, at the North County Facility at 50 Bridge Road in Tubac. His topic will be “Prehistoric Agricultural Adaptation in the American Southwest.” The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information about the Santa Cruz Valley AAS Chapter and its activities, call Alan Sorkowitz at 520-207-7151 or inquire via e-mail at

- Lecture Opportunity (Florence): The Apache Kid was a highly respected First Sergeant of Scouts with the United States Army. Unfortunately, in 1887 he and other scouts were involved in a fracas at the army post at San Carlos. He was arrested, tried in court in Globe, and unjustly found guilty of assault with intent to commit murder. A free program on this piece of Arizona history will be presented at the Pinal County Historical Museum by Doug Hamilton. If you are interested in learning about this area’s history, this is a way to do it. Come and learn the details of this exciting Arizona tale. The free program is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11 as part of our continuing Speakers Series. Come early so you have time to explore this unique museum before the program begins. The museum is located at 715 S. Main St. in Florence. For more information please call 520-868-4382. - Tri Valley Central