Archaeology making the news – a service of the Center for Desert Archaeology.
– Congressional Hearing Reviews Park Management Policies Proposals: The nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) today testified at a congressional hearing on the Department of Interior’s revisions to the policies that govern management of the national parks, saying that the current process “is flawed and should be abandoned.”
http://tinyurl.com/a7jbq (Yahoo News)
– Senators Discourage National Park Changes: Republican senators joined Democrats in telling the National Park Service on Tuesday to back off proposed new guidelines that could allow Segway scooters and more cell phones, noise and air pollution in the national parks.
– New classes will teach area culture: Three new classes will be offered at the Montezuma-Cortez High School next year in an attempt to broaden the curriculum. Beginning in the fall of 2006, Archaeology/Anthropology, Native American History and a Cultural Magazine class will be offered as electives.
http://tinyurl.com/849h3 (Cortez Journal)
– Renowned Navajo artist dies: Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley says the death of famed Navajo artist R.C. Gorman is a big loss.
– Bush signs Ojito Bill: After several years of hard work by New Mexico lawmakers, the Ojito Wilderness Bill has finally been signed into law. U.S. senators Jeff Bingaman and Pete Domenici, and representatives Tom Udall and Heather Wilson, have announced that their bill to designate a new wilderness area on Bureau of Land Management Land in Sandoval County has been signed by President Bush.
– Archaeologists kick up dirt in Safford: Under all the sand and desert sagebrush of the Gila Valley lies an archaeologist’s heaven, and Eastern Arizona College played host last weekend to a team of scientists interested in the remains of the area’s ancient civilizations.
– Colossal Cave party: Civilian Conservation Corps honored: The people who left the most lasting marks on Colossal Cave might be hundreds of financially destitute young men who worked there in the 1930s, though the cave was used for centuries by the ancient Hohokam as a ceremonial retreat and in the late 1800s as a hideout by desperados.
– Hohokam ruins highlight of Sears-Kay hiking trail: The one-mile loop trail brings you to the Sears-Kay Ruin, the remnant of an ancient Hohokam village. While surveying the village, you also are afforded fantastic views of Pinnacle Peak, Weavers Needle and Four Peaks – all area landmarks.
NEW CENTER FOR DESERT ARCHAEOLOGY PUBLICATIONS:
Down by the River: Archaeological and Historical Studies of the Leon Family Farmstead (Anthropological Paper No. 38)
Subsistence and Resource Use Strategies of Early Agricultural Communities in Southern Arizona (Anthropological Papers No. 34)