Archaeology making the news – a service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Debate over Kennewick Man’s remains now with lawmakers: Though his 9,300-year-old remains rest in a Seattle museum, Kennewick Man is at the center of a debate 3,000 miles away over a two-word amendment to a Senate bill that has sparked sharp controversy between the nation’s Indian tribes and parts of the scientific community.
– Here are some of the latest books published by New Mexico authors:”The Late Archaic Across the Borderlands” edited by Bradley J. Vierra (University of Texas Press, $60, 352 pages). The Southwest is one of the most fruitful areas in which to study the issue of why and when human societies shifted from nomadic hunting and gathering to settled agriculture. The 12 papers in this volume synthesize previous and ongoing research and offer new theoretical models to provide the most up-to-date picture of life from 3,000 to 1,500 years ago.
– Teotihuacan tombs found during Mexico dig: Mexican archaeologists carrying out exploratory digs near the famed Teotihuacan pyramids have stumbled upon a pre-Hispanic domestic altar and three tombs.
– Taylor: No question of Hopi sovereignty: Hopi Chairman Wayne Taylor Jr. said the Hopi Tribe is struggling to maintain its ancestral lands and sacred …
– Suit to halt Kitt Peak scopes dismissed:A suit filed by the Tohono O’odham Nation in U.S. District Court in March, asking that the National Science Foundation’s $13.5 million telescope project on Kitt Peak be halted, was dismissed Tuesday.
– Historic farming community may alter route of South Mountain Freeway (Phoenix): One of three potential alignments for the western leg of the proposed South Mountain Freeway might have to be altered to spare a historic Hispanic farming community.
-White House opposes legal change on graves law change: Supporters of a change in federal law that would expand the claims of American Indian tribes and native Hawaiian groups to ancient burial remains and cultural artifacts have found an unlikely foe: the Bush administration.
– Hispanic Culture Celebrated on Postal Service’s New Mexico Rio Grande Blanket Stamps: The rich Hispanic culture of Northern New Mexico was celebrated today as the U.S. Postal Service issued the New Mexico Rio Grande Blankets commemorative postage stamps at the 54th Annual Traditional Spanish Market on the Plaza Community Stage.
– Backers roll dice to preserve historic slice of Las Vegas: Even surrounded by wreckage and sitting alongside an eyesore of a strip mall, the clamshell-shaped lobby of the old La Concha Motel turns heads.
– Sonora site of prehistoric bones: Arturo Baez pulls a tusk of a mastodon wrapped in towels out of a large plastic box in his office at the University of Arizona’s Campus Agricultural Center. Baez, a supervisor of the university’s