Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Pacific Coast Archaeology Society Lecture: Pacific Coast Archaeological Society’s January 12, 2006 meeting will feature Dr. Jeffrey Homburg speaking on “Geoarchaeological Perspectives in Archaeological Research.” Meeting information: Thursday, January 12, 2006, 7:30 PM at the Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine, CA. Meeting is free and open to the public. For information:
Historic Preservation – Hearing on Taliesin West Scheduled for Jan 12 (Scottsdale): Already named a National Historic Landmark by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Taliesin West is nearing its designation as a Scottsdale historic site. A Jan. 12 public hearing and open house will review a zoning change proposed by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission to designate 10.6 acres of the 540-acre north Scottsdale campus as HP, or historic preservation.
http://tinyurl.com/9yoej – Arizona Republic
Navajo Tribe Fighting Attempts at Uranium Mining: Fueling the hunt is the price of uranium, which has tripled in the past two years to $36 a pound on the spot market. At the height of the last rush in 1979, uranium got to $43 a pound. Fearing another rush, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. issued an executive order in November banning negotiations with uranium companies or uranium exploration on the three-state Navajo Nation.
http://tinyurl.com/9p78z – Colorado Daily
Travelogue: Homolovi Ruins State Park (Winslow): It was the end of a long day that started in Chino Valley with a tangerine sunrise over the mountains of the Prescott National Forest. We headed east to Interstate 40 and traveled down one of Arizona’s long, lonesome highways to Homolovi Ruins State Park. We paid our entrance fee just as the visitor center was closing and walked among the ruins of a farm village that was worked until 1350 or 1400. We walked along the paths that wind around two of the ruin sites, noting most of the structures are still not excavated. Only the tops of the old walls are exposed.
Travelogue: Southwestern Landscapes and the Cinema: In the distance John Wayne approaches across the desert. He’s a Civil War veteran returning to his brother’s ranch after a long absence. The surrounding landscape is so striking it dominates the screen. As I get my first glimpse of this iconic, almost mythological, landscape, I begin to understand what it was that drew directors such as John Ford to this remote setting and why he, in particular, kept returning.
http://tinyurl.com/czabg – Daily Telegraph
Old Pueblo Archaeology Offers tour of Southeast Utah. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center Fundraising Tour from Tucson. Multi-day van tour – The scenic and historic Bluff, Utah area. southeast Utah ruins, rock art, and rivers. Wednesday, march 15 – Sunday, march 19, 2006. $695 per person for non-members; $670 per person for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Pueblo Grande Museum auxiliary members. call Old Pueblo Archaeology at 520-798-1201 for more information or e-mail