Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Texas Archaeological Society is Being Evicted by the City of El Paso: The El Paso Archaeological Society, which was instrumental in the construction of the city’s Archaeological Museum in the mid-1970s and has made the museum its official home ever since, is being evicted. In an Aug. 30 letter, City Manager Joyce Wilson informed the society’s president, Mary Russell, that the city is terminating its contract and that the society has until Nov. 28 to move out. The museum is on Trans Mountain Road on the east slope of the Franklin Mountains.
http://tinyurl.com/dy8lr – El Paso Times
– Exploring El Morrow National Monument: El Morro National Monument is a detour for most travelers, but it once marked the main route through northern New Mexico. Early pilgrims marked their passage on its towering sandstone cliffs.
– Restoring the Navajo-Chrurro ‘There baaack:’ A true American story grazed the pages of National Geographic in August as Utah States University’s Lyle “Doc” McNeal’s Navajo-Churro sheep program gained national recognition. “It was out of the blue,” McNeal said. “It’s an old story, but the work continues.” The article recounts the journey McNeal and others took through the back regions of New Mexico to the coastal boarders of Central America in the name of the endangered livestock. McNeal said it has been a 25-year quest tainted with illness, weeks lost on dusty roads and the sad lessons learned of atrocities committed against a peaceful people and their flocks.
– The Impact Stewart Udall’s ‘The Quiet Crisis’ upon the Colorado Plateau and Environmentalism: Former Interior Secretary Stewart Udall is the son of an Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice, the grandson of the man Brigham Young dispatched to settle St. Johns, Ariz., and the first Arizonan named to a Cabinet position. He was also the first Udall to represent this area in Congress, the man who set about saving our seashores and our canyon lands, but his greatest accomplishment may be the book he wrote that ushered in 20th-century environmentalism.
– Moving Anthropological Collections Expected to take Field Museum 4 Years: Processions of dead fish, old bathtubs and assorted rock collections may momentarily stop visitors in their tracks as they enter the Field Museum through its new east entrance in coming months. Wheeled carts are being maneuvered by white-smocked curators as they move archeological artifacts and biological and geological specimens from cramped old storerooms into the museum’s new $65 million underground collections resource center. “We think it will take geology 10 months to move its collection, zoology will take 1 1/2 years to move its specimens and anthropology will take 4 to 4 1/2 years to move its artifacts,” said Demel, who is the project’s coordinator.
http://tinyurl.com/comnl – Chicago Tribune
– Preservationists Try to Save ‘Modern’ Structure (Tucson): The Modern Architecture Preservation Project is trying to keep the former bank building at the northeast corner of North Stone Avenue and Alameda Street from being swallowed up by a planned new county-city judicial complex. They say the building is architecturally significant, in part, because it ‘celebrates the brick.
http://tinyurl.com/86mu4 – Yahoo news / Arizona Daily Star