– Endangered Places of the Past, Canyon of the Ancients: Canyons of the Ancients National Monument – Declared one of the 11 most endangered places in the US.
– Vandalized Monument Rededication (Colorado):
The Ludlow Massacre Monument north of Trinidad will be rededicated 25 months after it was desecrated. Anthropologist Dean Saitta continues an analysis of the first excavation of the Ludlow site. Saitta’s team has turned up thousands of artifacts since 1997 that were forgotten under the surface of the parched field a mile west of Interstate 25.
– Nine Mile Canyon Land Trade (Utah):
A proposed land trade would give the public new access to some of the most spectacular Fremont artifacts previously hidden on private land in Nine-Mile Canyon, called by devotees the ‘world’s longest art gallery,’ its walls carved and painted with more than 10,000 images. Two land-exchange watchdog organizations, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and the Western Land Exchange in Seattle, hint at possible benefits of the trade, though neither is expected to endorse it. See http://tinyurl.com/alnoa or
– Rock Art Threatened by Pollution:
Invisible gas is probably ruining rock art. It is a more insidious form of pollution because the problem is as expansive as people are. http://tinyurl.com/cnsvq or
– New Arizona Refinery? 100 miles southwest of Phoenix, Glenn McGinnis is trying to build an oil refinery. Arizona’s preservation office needs to be convinced that the refinery does not trample on any ancient historic site or trail. http://tinyurl.com/bzj62 or
– Historic Preservation: The singular Eurocentric vision bias is so entrenched in our institutions that it is still part of the received tradition in every school. Local governments and historic preservation committees have developed a keen sensitivity to the needs of historic buildings, which
are being protected and renovated for contemporary usage around every corner. But the carriers of our intangible cultural assets, the traditions that informed the construction of those buildings in the first place and that now struggle to hold their own, have not been
invited to the table.
– Biotic Impact of Domestic Horses on the Desert Southwest: Horse droppings can introduce exotic weeds into environmentally sensitive desert terrain. http://tinyurl.com/exo6c or
– Anthropology Students and the CIA: Felix Moos, a University of Kansas anthropologist, conceived the program. The program’s most vocal critic is David H. Price, an anthropologist in Washington state. Espionage is a long-festering issue within anthropology.
– Social Network Analysis Software:
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/news_columnists/article/0,1299,DRMN_86_3829011,00.html and see http://www.ire.org/sna for additional links.