Monday, May 10, 2010

Its Time to Start Planning for the Pecos Conference

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Its Time to Start Planning for the Pecos Conference
The Pecos Conference is an annual conference of archaeologists which is held in the southwestern United States or northern Mexico. This year the conference will be held in Silverton Colorado, August 12-15th.

Legislation to Declare Chimney Rock a National Monument Introduced in the US House of Representatives
The Chimney Rock National Monument Act of 2010 (H.R. 5223) was introduced on May 4, 2010, and was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources. The Chimney Rock National Monument Act of 2010 (S. 3303) was introduced on May 4, 2010, and was referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. - National Trust for Historic Preservation

Hohokam Modifications to Salt River Factor into Legal Evaluations of Property Rights
The judge, in sending the issue back to the commission, acknowledged that that still leaves the question of what should be the test for the river's "natural" condition. "The obvious answer is that it was in its natural condition before the Hohokam people arrived many centuries ago and developed canals and other diversions," Winthrop wrote. But he conceded there is little, if any, historic data from that period. - Arizona Republic

Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation to Host Adobe Workshop
The Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation will be hosting a hands-on adobe workshop May 21st -23rd in the Historic Fort Lowell Neighborhood. The workshop will be led by David Yubeta and Oscar Villa of the National Park Service. This three day workshop is being held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Exact times and details are still being determined, but the workshop will likely run most of the day on Friday and Saturday and until noon on Sunday. The cost is only $65 for members and $75 for non-members. Space is limited.

Mills Collection of Ancient Ceramics on Display at Eastern Arizona College
he new Visitor Learning Center at the Discovery Park Campus of the Eastern Arizona College features a display that reveals information about the ancient Indian cultures that once inhabited southeast Arizona, including the Gila Valley. Many Gila Valley residents — especially if they're Eastern Arizona College students — are familiar with the Mills collection of colorful American Indian pottery displayed at the Student Services Building.

Bolsa Chica Archaeology is the Topic of the Next Meeting of the Pacific Coast Archaeology Society
The Pacific Coast Archaeological Society's May 13th meeting will feature Dr. Nancy Anastasia Wiley speaking on “Bolsa Chica Archaeology: A Tribute to Hal Eberhart - Part Two: The Cogged Stones.” Meeting information: Thursday, May 13, 2010, 7:30 pm at the Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine, CA. Scientific Resource Surveys, Inc. will have an interactive display on cogged stone documentation in the meeting room from 6:30-7:30 pm, prior to the lecture. SRS Photo Director Rezenet Moges will have two computer slide shows running presenting 3-D Photosimile photography and 3-D NextEngine replication scanning; processes used on all the cogged stones collected by SRS. Meeting is free and open to the public.

Ancient Petroglyphs are Often Targeted for Vandalism
Art older than the Mona Lisa graces the Mojave Desert’s vermilion rocks, yet the only security system that protects it is secrecy and a harsh landscape. Ancient people once carved animals, human figures and intricate patterns into canyon walls at thousands of sites throughout the desert. But with people accessing these remote areas with off-road vehicles, vandalism and theft has increased.

New Feature on the Archaeology Channel Highlights Film Festival
The seventh annual installment of The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival will take place May 18-22, 2009. This event, which includes a keynote address by leading First Americans researcher Dr. Jon Erlandson, is highlighted in TAC Festival 2010 Preview, the latest video feature on our nonprofit streaming-media Web site, The Archaeology Channel

Employment Opportunity (Albuquerque)
Parametrix is seeking a Principal Investigator/Senior Cultural Resources Specialist for our Albuquerque office. This is an opportunity for an experienced archaeologist to become an integral team leader for cultural resource projects as well as a collaborative member of multi-disciplinary teams involving NEPA, planning, and natural resources staff. Interest and knowledge of historic archaeology literature and practices is required. The anticipated first assignment for this position is archaeological lead for a mitigation project that includes testing and data recovery excavations and historic research at a twentieth-century historic mining site in northern Idaho.

Thanks to Carrie Gregory for contributions to today's newsletter.