Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Innovative Research Project to Compare the American Southwest and the Iberian Peninsula: Call for Proposals, The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies Research Seminar, Comparative Archaeologies: The American Southwest (AD 900-1600) and the Iberian Peninsula (3000-1500 BC) to be held at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA, from June 18-26, 2006. Eight to ten fellows will be selected: half pecializing in the Iberian Peninsula and half working in the American Southwest. Fellows will be paid a $1,000 stipend, plus up to $1,500 (or $2,000 for overseas travel) to cover travel, housing, and per diem for duration of seminar. The seminar will bring together for the first time archaeologists working in the American Southwest and in the Iberian Peninsula to engage and discuss a common set of themes and problems, including art, bodies, food, landscapes, and history. Papers from the seminar will be included in an edited volume. The application deadline is January 30, 2006. Contact Jay Semel, Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, N134 Oakdale Hall, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, (319) 335-4034, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the seminar website for more information,
– Arizona Board of Regents to Consider Major Funding Increase for the Arizona State Museum: The University of Arizona’s ceaseless expansion will be before state regents this week when they meet in Flagstaff. The projects include a $28.9 million expansion of the Student Recreation Center, $47.3 million for the Arizona State Museum at Rio Nuevo and a law school expansion that will cost $18 million.
http://tinyurl.com/9b2ox – The Tucson Citizen.
– San Juan Pueblo to Change Name: – San Juan Pueblo plans to change its name to what it was before Spanish missionaries arrived in New Mexico more than 400 years ago, its governor said. Some signs already have been changed to the name Gov. Joe Garcia said reflects the identity of pueblo residents – Ohkay Owingeh.
– Sonoran Pilgrimage Begins: Starting today, thousands of members of the Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaqui tribes will join other Catholic pilgrims on a journey south to honor San Francisco Xavier on his feast day. Sonoran tourism officials are setting up special accommodations to expedite travel requirements for tribal members headed for the Oct. 4 religious celebration in Magdalena, Sonora.
– (Mesoamerica) More on Site Q: An archaeologist seeking refuge from hungry mosquitoes in the Guatemalan rain forest has solved the 45-year-old mystery of the location of Site Q. The ancient city has been the source of exquisite, looted Mayan hieroglyphs that started to appear around the world in the 1960s.
http://tinyurl.com/72pcw – National Geographic
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Saturday October 1, 2005 “Historic High Jinks Mine and Ranch” fundraising tour with Dr. Stephen H. Buck, departing from Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 7, Tucson-Marana. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Fee $65 ($52 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members) Van tour to Oracle, Arizona, where on April 14, 1912 Colonel Buffalo Bill Cody staked the High Jinks Gold Mine claim, and sometimes stayed and entertained. Visit Ls Casa del High Jinks, a unique stone house built by Cody’s foster son Lewis H. “Johnny” Baker, since restored by current owner Dean Prichard and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Also travel the Arizona Trail off Oracle Ridge to the 1880-1890 American Flag Ranch and Post Office historic site, remnants of the famous 1895 Mountain View Hotel, and take a special docent-guided tour and history lesson at the Kannally Ranch in Oracle State Park. Advance reservations required: 520-798-1201
Saturday October 15, 2005. “Archaeological Fieldwork at the Yuma Wash Hohokam Site” presentation and hands-on excavation activity at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 6, Tucson. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Free Archaeologist Dr. Courtney Rose and staff discuss basic archaeological concepts, laws concerning site preservation and excavation, methods of research, fieldwork, site recording, and analysis, and preliminary findings of Old Pueblo’s excavations at the Yuma Wash Hohokam village site. This presentation complements public-assisted excavations being sponsored by Old Pueblo and the Town of Marana at the Yuma Wash ruin. It is highly recommended that anyone who wishes to participate in the Yuma Wash site public excavation program attend, but the program will be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about Old Pueblo’s current research at the Yuma Wash site. Advance reservations required by 5 p.m. Thursday October 13: 520-798-1201
Saturday October 29, 2005 – Tombstone: A Historian-Guided Walking Tour
On this memorable Old Pueblo Archaeology Center fundraising tour, it’s a visit to historic and infamous Tombstone, the Old West’s “town too tough to die.” Southern Arizona author and historian John Rose will lead us on a 2-hour walking tour where we will get the true stories of the events that happened here and the people who were involved. Then lunch at one of the famous Tombstone saloons (not included in tour fee). Return-trip visit to Rattlesnake Ranch and Museum near Tombstone that features craft items made from rattlesnakes. Also, we’ll make a stop at the eclectic Singing Wind Book Shop on a ranch in Benson that houses one of the largest collections of publications on the Southwest in the United States. Tour departs from and returns to Tucson International Airport Park & Save Remote Parking Lot at S. Tucson Boulevard and E. Corona Drive where vehicles can be safely parked for $4 per day. Limited to 10 participants. Guide: Stephen H. Buck, Ph.D. cost: $79 per person – $63.20 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center members & Pueblo Grande Museum auxiliary members. Tour fee includes a donation to Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, transportation by van, and all entrance fees.
Saturday November 12, 2005 – San Xavier, Tubac, and Tumacacori History Tour
On this Old Pueblo Archaeology Center fundraising tour, it’s visits to the Mission San Xavier del Bac (built 1783), Tumacacori National Historical Park (existing mission built 1822), and Tubac Presidio State Historic Park (original presidio built 1750s). We’ll learn the history and the lore of these historic Arizona gems and of the people who built them. We will also do a short scenic walk on the Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail to the banks of the Santa Cruz River at Tumacacori. In Tubac, we’ll also see local artists creating works right before our eyes during An Art Experience, a weekend celebrating the creative process. Bring a picnic lunch. Return-trip dinner stop at the very good Greek-American Amado Cafe in Amado (not included in tour fee). Tour departs at 9 a.m. from Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road, in front of Buildings 6, 7, and 8. We will return to the same location by 7 p.m. Limited to 10 participants. Guide: Stephen H. Buck, Ph.D.cost: $79 per person – $63.20 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center members & Pueblo Grande Museum auxiliary members. Tour fee includes a donation to Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, transportation by van, and all entrance fees.