Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Gathering in Tucson to Honor the Memory of Dwight Riggs

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

Gathering in Tucson to Honor the Memory of Dwight Riggs

Dwight left his friends with many memories. Memories yet to share. There is now a chance to meet with Dwight's diverse cadre of friends and give him the honor he is due. Dwight's family will be visiting Tucson on May 2, 2010, please plan to join them at Agua Caliente Park, 9:30 am to 12 pm.

Utah State University Plans to Convert Historic Barn into Anthropology Museum

The aging, roughly 90-year-old "Art Barn" will be transformed into the USU Museum of Anthropology as early as December 2012. The remodeling will need a $4 million fundraising drive, said Museum of Anthropology Director Bonnie Pitblado. But even in a sagging economy, Pitblado is confident donors will pitch in. The project is a top priority for the university's College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, she said.
http://tinyurl.com/y9xm69o - Deseret News

Two Accused In Blanding Raids Expected to Plead Guilty

Two Moab residents accused of selling ancient tribal artifacts including a scrap of blanket or clothing, a loom component and a stone hoe stolen from public land may plead guilty next week. Brent Bullock, 62, faces five felony charges. His co-defendant, Tammy Shumway, 40, faces four felonies. They are scheduled to appear at a plea hearing Monday before U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball, court papers say. Bullock and Shumway, previously had been set to go to trial on May 3.

Update on Grapevine Canyon Petroglyph Vandalism

A 20-year-old Bullhead City, Ariz., man is suspected of vandalizing petroglyphs at Grapevine Canyon in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Federal officials said the man was cited for defacing/disturbing an archaeological resource, using and discharging a weapon, littering and vandalism.
http://tinyurl.com/ykoarba - Arizona Republic

Archaeology Month to Be Celebrated at the V-Bar-V Ranch Near Sedona

In celebration of Archaeology Month, the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest and volunteer partners are hosting V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Days and Agave Roast, Friday April 16 through Sunday April 18, 2010, 9:30 am - 3pm.

National Park Service Plans Another Week of Free Admissions

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that all 392 national parks will have free admission during National Park Week, April 17 to 25. Parks will also offer additional family friendly activities and special offers on tours, lodging, food, and souvenirs. A listing of parks and promotions is available at the link below.

Museum of Northern Arizona Announces Summer Festival Schedule

The Museum of Northern Arizona has been a strong supporter of the region’s natural and cultural heritage for more than 80 years. This year the museum will feature four festivals and a variety of shows that will continue to promote the strong cultures in the area; cultures that reflect those of the Zuni, Hopi, Navajo and Havasupai along with many others.

Reminder - Huhugam Ki Museum to Host New Exhibit

"Pieces of the Puzzle - New Perspectives on the Hohokam" opens on Saturday March 27th 2010 at 10am, the Huhugam Ki Museum will open its doors allowing the public to view the traveling exhibit from the Center for Desert Archaeology, entitled "Pieces of the Puzzle: New Perspectives on the Hohokam." Research for this particular exhibit includes artifacts already excavated and cataloged in museum repositories from the state including Arizona State Museum and Pueblo Grande Museum. Research and theory had been put together by leading archeologists and museum fellows to present new perspectives on how the Hohokam are viewed by the scientific and anthropological fields.
http://www.cdarc.org/sat/pieces_press_release.doc - MS Word Document

Lecture Opportunity, Deer Valley Rock Art Center (Phoenix)

For prehistoric Southwest peoples, ceramic art was more than something to set on a shelf and admire. It was something to use for meals, for drinking, to carry water and store food, or to incorporate into a ceremony. Barbara Moulard, a faculty associate in the Herberger Institute School of Art, will give a free lecture on the painted ceramic art of prehistoric Southwest peoples, titled “Re-Creating the Word: Painted Ceramics of the Prehistoric Southwest,” at 1 p.m., April 3 at Arizona State University’s Deer Valley Rock Art Center.

National Preservation Institute to Offer Class in Conflict Resolution

Conflict Resolution and Consultation Tools for Cultural and Natural Resource Projects, Richmond, VA - May 18-20, 2010 in cooperation with the University of Virginia, Institute for Environmental Negotiation, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Laws and regulations related to cultural and natural resources often require participatory processes that can be mired in conflict and misunderstanding. Projects frequently can be more effectively navigated when stakeholders use collaborative processes to identify and resolve problems during consultation. Learn how to design and manage a collaborative process and how to use a range of tools associated with negotiation and consensus building through participatory role-plays, interactive exercises, and case studies. An agenda is available online at the link below.

Employment Opportunity (Silver City)

Silver City Mainstreet Project seeks a new manager. The position is full time, with a salary of $30,000, and the application deadline is April 16, 2010. Contact Name: Laurie Bentley, Vice President at 575-534-9005 or by email at scmainstreetasst@gilanet.com. The national award-winning Silver City MainStreet Project is celebrating 25 years of service to Silver City in May 2010. It is recognized as one of the most successful programs in New Mexico. The Mission Statement is "To encourage a vibrant, historic downtown which is recognized as the heart of our diverse community."

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