Archaeology making the news – a service of the Center for Desert Archaeology.
– From the Chaco Digital Initiative and Carrie Heitman: We are writing to let you know that we’ve launched a new version of the Chaco Digital Initiative website at:
The website contains new data and updated information about the progress of CDI. If you encounter difficulties downloading information or errors in the website, please let me know! Many thanks, Carrie C. Heitman, Chaco Digital Initiative, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia, (434) 924-3549.
– Scottsdale seeks to shield Taliesin West: The city would get some legal standing over the enclave built by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the ’30s. The Historic Preservation Commission is working to put the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s Taliesin West complex on the Scottsdale Historic Register.
– Tiguas watch NM site excavated: Despite the nearly 100-degree heat, Johnny Lopez got chills as he walked through the sand to a prehistoric 11-room pueblo in Southern New Mexico. Lopez, a Tigua tribal councilman, said the former inhabitants — believed to have occupied the site between A.D. 1300 and 1450 — are ancestors.
– Museum battling heavy metals: The substances, formerly used to protect artifacts from vermin, can cause serious health problems for those who handle the items. Before “heavy metal” was a musical term, it was a pesticide ingredient. Substances such arsenic and mercury were used to keep vermin at bay.
– Bison breakthrough: The 5,000-year-old bison skull was found with a spearhead in it. Rows and rows of dusty animal skulls adorn the walls of the Oklahoma Archaeological Survey, but one skull will make its television debut at 8 p.m. on the PBS show “History Detectives.”