Archaeology Making the News – a service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Senate Unanimously Passes Four Wilderness Bills: The Ojito Wilderness Act (S.156 and H.R.362), preserves wilderness in the state of New Mexico, the largest wilderness to be designated in the state in 18 years. Introduced by Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Pete Domenici (R-NM), with the companion bill in the House sponsored by Representatives Tom Udall (D-NM) and Heather Wilson (R-NM), the Ojito Wilderness Act would permanently protect more than 11,000 acres of picturesque public land northwest of Albuquerque. The area is home to mule deer, antelope, and elk, as well as Navajo and Pueblo cultural sites.
– Archaeologist to speak at the Anasazi Heritage Center, Saturday July 30: The public is invited to hear archaeologist Donna Glowacki speak about Canyons of the Ancients National Monument archaeological research at 2 pm on Saturday July 30 at the BLM Anasazi Heritage Center. Ms. Glowacki’s research is focused on pottery manufacture and trade. Her studies identified similarities in artifact and architectural styles between villages occupied during the late 13th century. These similarities indicate that people living in places like Sand Canyon Pueblo and Castle Rock Pueblo were in frequent contact with one another and exchanged pottery vessels and ideas about material culture. These were years of dynamic change with rapid population growth followed by rapid migration from this area into New Mexico and Arizona.
The Anasazi Heritage Center is 10 miles north of Cortez and 3 miles west of Dolores on State Highway 184. A $3 admission fee is charged for adults; visitors under 17 and Golden Pass holders are free. This program is sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management’s Anasazi Heritage Center and the San Juan Mountains Association. For more information all 970.882.5600.
– Writers on the Range – A lesson from the Mesa Verde old ones: A green-tailed towhee is down in the canyon, hidden amid the green leafy oaks, singing his heart as all male towhees do. I am in Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park, gazing at the spectacle of Cliff Palace.
– Run supports Sacred Sites: The Dineh Bidziil Coalition, comprised of 23 Navajo organizations, is collaborating with several tribal and other organizations to bring the “Abalone Mountain Run: Journey to Protect Sacred Sites” from Albuquerque to Flagstaff.
– Connect with beauty, harmony: The Navajo Nation is the largest tribe in the country, extending into the corners of three states — Arizona, New Mexico and Utah –and covering nearly 27,000 square miles. Getting an inside look at this Navajo culture is a rare experience. The 56th annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture will open this cultural door and provide visitors with a total immersion in the Navajo language, artistic techniques and traditions Saturday and Sunday at the Museum of Northern Arizona.
– Bones Found in Texas Likely a Mammoth (AP via Yahoo! News): Bones accidentally unearthed by a city crew last month probably were that of a Columbian mammoth that roamed Texas 9,000 to 40,000 years ago, a paleontologist said.