Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Apache Group Opposes Petroglyph Relocation (Albuquerque):Jicarilla Apache tribal officials are concerned about City of Albuquerque plans to relocate seven rocks etched with ancient petroglyphs the tribe considers sacred to clear a corridor for the proposed extension of Paseo del Norte.
– Review of the Snowbowl Controversy in Flagstaff: When the U.S. Forest Service recently approved a controversial plan to use treated wastewater to make artificial snow at a ski resort north of Flagstaff, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. wasn’t pleased. “To Native Americans,” he proclaimed, “desecrating the San Francisco Peaks with wastewater is like flushing the Quran down the toilet.”
– Bringing Back Native American Foods: Last week, Noland Johnson pulled the season’s final crop of tepary beans from the piece of desert he farms on the Tohono O’odham Reservation, about 120 miles southwest of Tucson. As late as the 1930’s, Tohono O’odham farmers grew more than 1.5 million pounds a year and no one in the tribe had ever heard of diabetes. By the time Mr. Johnson got into the game four years ago, an elder would be lucky to find even a pound of the beans, and more than half of the adults in the tribe had the kind of diabetes attributed to poor diet.
http://tinyurl.com/bb9oe – New York Times
– “Ancient Roosevelt Redware Pottery and the Salado Phenomenon” Lecture in Tucson: Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “First Mondays” program presents a lecture by archaeologist Dr. Patrick Lyons. His talk discusses recent excavations in the San Pedro River valley and his analysis of prehistoric pottery, which suggest that certain pottery types of the so-called “Salado phenomenon” were introduced to the southern Southwest by immigrants from northern Arizona. His pottery studies also suggest that both the Zuni and the Hopi cultural traditions had separate and important influences on southern Arizona’s pottery styles in the late A.D. 1300s and early 1400s. Monday Dec, 5 at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 8, Tucson. 7:30 to 9 p.m, Free & no reservations needed. 520-798-1201
– Old Pueblo Archaeology’s First Monday Lecture Series Becomes a Third Thursday Event (Tucson): Beginning in January 2006, Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s former “First Mondays” monthly lecture series will become the “Third Thursdays” series to avoid conflicts with Monday holidays. Each Third Thursdays program will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m in the Old Pueblo auditorium, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 8, in the Marana Town Limits, Arizona. Each program is free, with no advance reservations required. Contact Old Pueblo at 520-798-1201 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.