Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Arizona State Musuem Receives Funding for new Exhibit Building in Downtown Tucson: The Arizona State Museum facility at Rio Nuevo, which will house much of the museum’s public outreach, is expected to cost $47.34 million.
– Historic Preservation (Colorado Springs): Archaeologist wants site protected from water plan. Evidence of prehistoric campgrounds – one more than 1,300 years old – may be in the path of a proposed east-side reservoir that’s considered a key to providing future drinking water to Colorado Springs. A University of Colorado at Colorado Springs archaeologist says he has uncovered artifacts suggesting three prehistoric “occupations” by ancient nomads at the Jimmy Camp Creek area as early as 665 A.D.
– Historic Preservation at Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve: Len Marcisz and Tom Wright see a lot more than picturesque desert scenery in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve and the adjoining land the city wants to add to its open-space system. To them, it’s an archaeological and historical treasure trove that can help tell the story of ancient inhabitants of the McDowell Mountains and provide modern Valley residents new knowledge about how to cope with today’s urbanizing desert environment.
– Derailing a Historic Preservation Grant? (Las Vegas): Since it opened on Oct. 10, 1944, the Huntridge Theater has been many things to Las Vegas — a Saturday matinee spot, a place to catch a glimpse of stars such as Frank Sinatra or Marlene Dietrich promoting their movies, and more recently an all-ages concert venue where national headlining bands performed and MTV filmed a Beastie Boys show. Now, the historic building could make history by setting an unusual — and some say troubling precedent for the state. On Friday the Cultural Affairs Commission discussed allowing current Huntridge owner Eli Mizrachi repay the state $1.5 million in grant money that was designated to renovate and restore the Huntridge into a top-notch performing venue. Mizrachi wants to cut the strings attached to the money. Right now he can’t demolish the building or even alter it without prior approval from the State Historic Preservation Officer. And, its use has to be as a performing arts space.
http://tinyurl.com/cn6u7 – The Las Vegas Sun
– Maricopa County Couple “Sidestep” Criminal Prosecution for Demolishing Historic Structure: Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and her husband, Earl, sidestepped criminal prosecution Friday when they entered an agreement with Phoenix over a historic home they demolished illegally. Under the terms of the settlement, the Wilcoxes will donate $10,000, what they might have been fined if found guilty, to the Phoenix Historic Preservation Office to be used toward a survey of historic Hispanic properties.
Mesa Verde National Park Conducts Oral History Project: Sometime in the 1970s, the thought occurred to Marilyn Colyer of Mancos that recording some of the older residents might be a good way to keep the valley’s history available. In March 1978, her first interview was with Myrtle Morefield Emerson, the daughter of the earliest Mesa Verde homesteader in the 1890s, for which Morefield Campground area is named. Since then, Colyer and others have conducted at least 183 interviews resulting in at least 305 tapes, three videos and four sets of notes.
http://tinyurl.com/bqf7j – Cortez Journal
– Travelogue, Utah’s Trail of the Ancients: Not part of any national park or monument, these seldom-visited ruins tower in near anonymity outside Bluff, Utah. They are my first stop on the Trail of the Ancients, a 160-mile highway loop that accesses the most remote corner of Utah’s incredible canyon country.
http://tinyurl.com/9u3r9 – Asbury Park Press.