Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– PhD Candidate Studying the Technology of Jeddito Yellow Ware Ceramics: Caitlin O’Grady hopes to crack a mystery that has puzzled archaeologists and potters for more than 100 years. It surrounds small pieces of broken Hopi pottery, some of which are now in O’Grady’s lab in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) department at The University of Arizona. O’Grady, an MSE Ph.D. student, recently sat at her lab bench and turned one of these potsherds over in her hands. “These ceramics are beautiful and incredibly well made,” she said. “The artists who made them were amazingly skilled and able to very precisely manipulate the materials and technology. It’s remarkable. I wish I had their skills.”
– Museum of Northern Arizona Presents ‘Stories on Stone’: Humans have long created rock art, and the people who lived on the Colorado Plateau were no exception. Learn about the intricate symbols and images found from Flagstaff to Phoenix at a series of programs offered by the Museum of Northern Arizona in conjunction with its exhibit “Stories on Stone,” which runs through Jan. 31. 3 Lectures will be offered in conjunction with this exhibit.
‘ Local Riches: The Rock Art of Coconino National Forest,’ with Peter Pilles, Coconino National Forest archaeologist. 2 p.m. Sept. 18
‘Marking Time in the Ancient Southwest: Sky Watchers of the Sonoran Desert,’ with Todd Bostwick of Pueblo Grande Museum. 2 p.m. Sept. 24.
‘Marks of the Ancestors,’ with David Wilcox, senior curator of anthropology at Museum of Northern Arizona, and filmmakers Peter Blystone and Brian Cass. 2 p.m. Sept. 25.
– Public Art Addresses the Past in Queen Creek: When trucks and SUVs speed over a bridge on Queen Creek’s main thoroughfare, they now pass images representing what the town was like before all that traffic. “The name of this project is Passing Images, and I think it’s appropriate in that the whole area is changing a great deal,” Strich said. “As time goes on, things that have been common sights in Queen Creek are going to be less common, and these are going to be standing reminders of that.”
– Gold Rush Era Ship found in Downtown San Francisco: SAN FRANCISCO – The remains of a large Gold Rush-era sailing ship dating to the early 1800s have been discovered at the site of a large construction project in downtown San Francisco, archaeologists at the scene confirmed Tuesday.
The ship’s decaying bow peeked through mounds of earth as workers under the direction of an archaeologist brushed away generations of dirt from its aging timbers.
-Navajo Nation Fair Begins this Week: All’s fair in love and … Window Rock? Well, it will be this week. The 59th annual Navajo Nation Fair and Rodeo runs until Sunday at the Fairgrounds on Route 264. This year’s slogan is “Together we Harvest our Language, Culture and Tradition.” The fair showcases Navajo rodeo, foods, agriculture, and arts and crafts.
– What is Lost, Archaeologists Try to Find (World Archaeology) :Nothing lasts forever. Only the wind inhabits the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde in Colorado, birds and vines the pyramids of the Maya. Sand and silence have swallowed the clamors of frankincense traders and camels in the old desert center of Ubar. Troy was buried for centuries before it was uncovered. Parts of the Great Library of Alexandria, center of learning in the ancient world, may be sleeping with the fishes, off Egypt’s coast in the Mediterranean.