Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Review of the Hoo-Hoogam Ki Museum (Arizona): The tiny museum that houses Salt River history bears a name that contains multitudes. Hoo-Hoogam Ki means “house of those who were here and are now gone.” Intimate and informal, the Hoo-Hoogam Ki Museum was founded in 1987 to honor veterans from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Its contents, neither numerous nor dramatic, tell the story of the Piipaash (Maricopa) and O’odham (Pima) tribes. “The main thing is recognizing the indigenous people and their place here,” museum director Kelly Washington said. “There’s this whole rich history before any European set foot here. And we’re still here, we’re just kind of lost in the shuffle.”
http://tinyurl.com/9zxvb – Arizona Republic
– Save America’s Treasures Program to Preserve 10 Puebloan Sites (Utah): Southeastern Utah’s San Juan County is home to one of the highest concentrations of Ancestral Puebloan ruins in the country, many of them falling victim to the ravages of weather, time and human curiosity. But thanks to a federal grant, 10 of those archaeological sites will now be stabilized and preserved. This month, the Monticello office of the Bureau of Land Management was awarded $225,000 through Save America’s Treasures – a partnership of federal cultural agencies and the National Park Service.
– Historic Preservation (Los Angeles): As demand for downtown lofts and condos continues to heat up, with some units selling for more than $1 million, small armies of construction workers are racing to restore some of the oldest buildings in the city. They are also uncovering immeasurable examples of the city’s history, including forgotten designs from great architects, mementos from the once-thriving banking and theater districts, and even a hidden treasure trove of Batchelder tiles.
http://tinyurl.com/bjvlj – Los Angeles Times
– Review of the El Camino Real International Heritage Center (Socorro): The center tells the story of the 1,500-mile-long ”royal road” that stretched from Mexico City to just north of Santa Fe. Along this trade route, indigenous peoples transported feathers and shells to the north and turquoise to the south; explorers led expeditions to claim land and riches for the king of Spain; missionaries and settlers brought a culture that forever changed the north. ”The truth is, it was the major highway into and out of the new world, starting in 1598 and until it got put out of business by the railroad in the late 1880s,” says local historian Paul Harden.
– Research Opportunity Reminder – Comparative Archaeologies: The American Southwest (AD 900-1600) and the Iberian Peninsula (3000-1500 BC) Call for proposals for 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 specializing 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,