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National Trust Seeking Nominations for Threatened Native American Heritage

National Trust Seeking Nominations for Threatened Native American Heritage
Recognizing the importance of preserving the Native American traditions, history and culture, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is asking for nominations of Native American endangered sites for its 26th annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. “It’s especially important now to nominate a site with the recent news of rock carvings and petroglyphs stolen from some sacred American Indian sites,” states a press release from the National Trust. http://bit.ly/XueqYo – Indian Country Today

Tour the New Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research – Tucson
Come join the Laboratory of Tree Ring Research open house on Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Bryant Bannister Tree-Ring Building, on the University of Arizona Campus at 1215 E. Lowell Street, Tucson. Guided tours of the new building will be offered along with exhibits about tree-ring science, hands-on activities for kids, and demonstrations on coring trees. The open house is free and open to the public.  http://bit.ly/Xua97t

Tour University Ruin – Tucson
The University of Arizona’s School of Anthropology, Desert Archaeology, Inc., the Arizona State Museum, and the Arizona Humanities Council will hold two free community open houses at University Indian Ruin, a Hohokam village on Tucson’s northeast side on March 2 and 16, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A subsequent panel discussion and Q & A session with experts will take place on March 30, 2012, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Udall Park Community Center.  Site tours will occur at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 a.m. on March 2 and 16, 2013. University Indian Ruin is located in east Tucson just off Tanque Verde Rd. between Grant/Kolb Rd.  and Sabino Canyon Rd., at 2799 N. Indian Ruins Rd. To access the site, turn north from Tanque Verde onto N. Indian Ruins Rd. (in the Indian Ridge Estates neighborhood), and follow event signs; event personnel will meet guests and direct them to parking areas. Because parking is limited, carpooling is encouraged. The site covers 13 acres, and the tours will involve moderate walking over uneven ground. Sunscreen and hats are encouraged, as is a personal supply of water, although water will also be available at the site. The Udall Park Community Center, the site of the March 30 presentation, is located at 7200 E. Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson, AZ.

At the Next Tucson Archaeology Cafe, Archaeology Southwest’s Matt Peeples Discusses Cooking Pots and Culture in the Zuni Region
“Food and cooking are some of the most important and conservative aspects of culture. Thus, archaeological examinations of cooking technology can often tell us quite a bit about the social and historical relationships among individuals and communities.”  Enjoy a stimulating discussion while partaking in some fine tapas at our next Archaeology Cafe.  We gather after 5:00 p.m., and presentations begin by 6:15 p.m. Outdoor seating is open and unreserved, but limited. Be ready to share a table and make new friends!  The event is free. Please support our hosts at Casa Vicente by ordering refreshments from the menu. http://bit.ly/Wd08NI

Exhibit Opening – Boulder
“Ancient Southwest: Peoples, Pottery and Place” a new exhibition at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History will open on Thursday, February 21. The opening reception will be held at 6:30 p.m., with a curator’s lecture at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27. Curated by Steve Lekson, this exhibition features more than 100 rarely viewed ancient southwestern pots from one of the museum’s richest collections and photographs of ancient southwestern ruins by aerial photographer Adriel Heisey. This exhibition takes visitors through more than 1000 years (AD 500-1700) of southwestern history. http://bit.ly/Yoxupt

2013 ARARA Rock Art Conference Scheduled for Albuquerque
The American Rock Art Research Association invites Scientists, Researchers, Educators, Conservators, and all interested people to the XVII International Congress of IFRAO in conjunction with the ARARA 2013 Conference. Our meeting in the heart of the American Southwest provides an atmosphere where rock art continues to be a daily presence in the lives of those in the area. Field trips will provide opportunities for all Congress attendees to learn about the rock art of this region. The nearby Petroglyph National Monument will allow attendees continual access to the local rock art throughout the Congress. The Congress theme “Ancient Hands Around the World” is designed to bring together the diverse interests of the many people who study and work to conserve the pictographs and petroglyphs in all countries. Depictions of hands are found in rock art of all cultures and in all time periods, and their symbolism portrays our goal of assembling people from across the globe to share their experiences and knowledge.  http://bit.ly/YQx49Q

Video Link – The School of American Research presents Acequias, Trails, and Land Grants of Southeast Santa Fe
In this video, Stephen Post presents “Acequias, Trails, Land Grants, and Early Twentieth-Century Urban Expansion: Archaeological and Historical Perspectives on Southeast Santa Fe.” The acequias and arroyos of Santa Fe’s southeast neighborhood supported an agrarian lifestyle and served as important landmarks for Spanish land grants.  http://bit.ly/YOtH4F

Verde Valley Archaeology Center’s Past and Future Evaluated
The ultimate goal for the Center, after all, is being able to curate the historic items it helps find and examine. While it has a fine collection of pottery, tools and other fascinating ancient articles on display its current premises fall short of the model. Graceffa said the Center uses its converted lab to investigate items from excavations through a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, but those items will then be sent to the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. http://bit.ly/VG1tu9 - The Camp Verde Bugle

Arizona Archaeology Month Activities at Red Rock State Park
Red Rock State Park is the perfect place to experience the red rocks of Sedona, several hiking trails, bird-watching and daily special events. Red Rock’s diverse habitat, which is abundant with plants and wildlife, creates the perfect environment to provide environmental education programs. In March 2013 the programs will feature the opportunity to learn about archaeology. http://bit.ly/Yot9Tf - The Camp Verde Bugle

Arizona Archaeology Month Celebrated this Saturday at Cave Creek
The 4th Annual Spur Cross Archaeology Expo, sponsored by The Desert Foothills Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society and The Cave Creek Museum will be held Saturday, March 2, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. Learn about the archaeology of the region through hikes, booths, goldpanning, guest speakers and live demonstrations. There will be hikes of varying difficulty scheduled throughout the day to various archaeological sites in the Spur Cross area. Tonto National Forest archaeologist, Scott Wood will be also be speaking. There will be booths from the Desert Foothills Chapter, the Cave Creek Museum, Wild at Heart, Desert Awareness Group, and Animal Health Services. Live demonstrations include Glen Dotson with pottery making, Richard Bachman with flintmaking, and outdoor survival expert Al Cornel using four prehistoric methods to produce fire. There will be other children’s activities and crafts as well as the opportunity to view and hold prehistoric artifacts from the area. http://bit.ly/YuBenf

Lecture Opportunity - Glendale
The public is invited to a free lecture by Arizona State Univeristy graduate Student Chris Watkins, who will present An Archaeological Survey of Arizona Public Service Transmission Lines offered by the Agua Fria Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society at 7:00 PM on Monday, March 11, 2013 at the West Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 5904 W. Cholla St., Glendale, AZ (off 59th  Avenue, south of Cactus).  Membership in the Society is not required.

Lecture Opportunity – Santa Fe
Southwest Seminars presents Dr. Jeanne Brako, Curator, Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College and former Head Textile Conservator, Rocky Mountain Conservation Center, who will present a lecture, The Durango Collection, on Feb. 25 at 6pm at Hotel Santa Fe, a Picuris Pueblo enterprise, as part of the Ancient Sites Ancient Stories Lecture Series. Admission is by subscription or $12 at the door. Refreshments are served. No reservations necessary. Call or email Connie Eichstaedt tel: 505 466-2775 email: southwestseminar@aol.com http://bit.ly/YhJddr

Lecture Opportunity – Santa Fe
Southwest Seminars presents Dr. Kelly L. Jenks, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Coordinator, Cultural Resource Protection Certificate Program, Fort Lewis College, who will present a lecture, Five Centuries of Cross-Cultural Contact and Trade: Pecos Pueblo ‘Gateway’ in Perspective, on March 4 at 6pm at Hotel Santa Fe, a Picuris Pueblo enterprise, as part of the Ancient Sites Ancient Stories Lecture Series. Admission is by subscription or $12 at the door. Refreshments are served. No reservations necessary. Call or email Connie Eichstaedt tel: 505 466-2775 email: southwest seminar@aol.com http://bit.ly/YhJddr
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