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– David Hurst Thomas to Speak on Spanish Missions at the University of Arizona: “Re-harvesting Ramona’s Garden – Romance and Reality in America’s Mythical Mission Pastan illustrated talk by David Hurst Thomas, 5:30-6:30 PM in CESL auditorium 103. David Hurst Thomas is curator of anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Thomas’ illustrated talk addresses the nostalgia and romance that has long surrounded the Franciscan and Jesuit missions of America’s Spanish borderlands. Drawing upon the most recent archaeological evidence from throughout the region, he suggests more historically accurate perspectives on America’s mission heritage. Post lecture reception at ASM.
– Park Service Acts to Protect Submerged Sites in Lake Mead: he National Park Service is drafting a plan to protect cultural resources submerged below Lake Mead and public access to the often hidden treasures. “We’re talking about hundreds of sites that might be of interest to someone,” said Dan Lenihan, who helped found the National Park Service’s Submerged Resources Center in Santa Fe, N.M. As water levels receded in recent years because of drought, some sites swallowed when Hoover Dam was constructed six decades ago are now in shallow water — or soon could be.
– Mark Varien to Speak at Crow Canyon: Colorado Archaeological Society lecture Mark Varien, research director for Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Montezuma County, will give a free lecture discussing his findings about the Ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi) and the Goodman Point Ruins in Southwest Colorado at 7 p.m. in the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s Ricketson Auditorium, 2001 Colorado Blvd. For information, call 303-988-5549.
– Anthropology gets an Upgrade at ASU: Arizona State University opened a school Tuesday – the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. The school will offer the same degrees as the former Anthropology Department but will now draw from multiple disciplines to try and answer society’s complex problems. The new school is the first attempt by ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at transforming a department into a school, said David Young, vice president and dean of the college.
– Pennsylvania to Allow Hunting with Atlatl: The state Game Commission is currently drafting proposed regulations to allow hunters to use the atlatl, a small wooden device used to propel a six-foot dart as fast as 80 mph. The commission could vote to legalize its use as early as January.
– Archaeological Penalties (1) Crane Operator given Six Year Jail Term for Damaging Machu Pichu Sundial: A camera crane operator shooting a commercial at the Machu Picchu Inca ruins whose equipment tipped and chipped a stone sundial there has been sentenced to six years in prison, officials said Friday.
– Archaeological Penalties (2) CRM Firm in Hawaii Fined 200,000$ for Disturbing Human Remains at a Wal-Mart Site: The state historic preservation agency has recommended 210-thousand dollars in fines for an archaeological firm and others for tampering with human remains unearthed at the Keeaumoku Wal-Mart site. The recommendation was included in a report filed by the State Historic Preservation Division to the Board of Land and Natural Resources. The board is scheduled to consider the recommendation November 18th. In the report the agency said indelible red ink was used to write on a child’s skull and duct tape was used to hold remains together.