Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Public Lecture (El Paso): The El Paso Archaeological Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Trans Mountain. This month’s speaker is Bill Luther, who will present a brief history of the Salinas ruins. Information: (505) 751-0360.
– Territorial History (Arizona): History of the career of Lt. General Richard Ewell.
– Anthropological History, Seminar on the life of Ishi (California): The annual Ishi Gathering & Seminar will be held on Aug. 27-28 in Oroville. This event will focus on the current research on Ishi’s time in hiding, a field trip to where Ishi was discovered, showing of documentaries, and Ishi’s own voice compliments of Edison wax recordings made in 1914.
– New Video about Pompeii on the Archaeology Channel: The House of Julius Polybius, the latest video feature on the nonprofit streaming-media Web site, The Archaeology Channel.
– Guest Editorial from Mari A Pritchard Parker and Carol Serr, regarding the controversy about changes at the Southwest Museum of the American Indian (California):
Save the SW Museum as a museum: Don’t know if you have heard, but the legendary Southwest Museum of the American Indian, housed in the Arroyo Seco community of Southern California, and its almost one hundred year old archaeological legacy of famous archaeological practitioners, became part of the Autry National Center in 2003. The Southwest Museum was the dream of the native rights activist Charles Lummis, developed in the early 19th century as a showcase for native cultural collections, not just of prehistoric, but historic, and modern interest as well.
As with many archaeological and anthropological museums, concerns over funding and the state of collection storage has been at issue. A coalition of community leaders and the general public were involved in the negotations and believed the promise made by the Autry, which included the continued maintenance of the collection in it’s originaland National Resister of Historic Places setting, atop a hill specifically picked by Lummis for its spectaular view of the