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– New Clovis Point Located: A-S Clovis: A complete, re-worked Clovis point (circa 10-12,000 BP) was found in the Apache National Forest by archaeologist, Pete Taylor, who recently transferred from the Coronado National Forest. It is only the second complete Clovis point found above the Mogollon Rim that has been reported in Arizona (others probably exist but are on a wall or in a drawer). Until this single point was found, we did not know that the Clovis people were here; a good argument against surface collecting by the public. This changes what we know about Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests and the people who inhabited this area. Well done, Pete! Charlotte Hunter, PhD, A-S Forest Archaeologist
– Historic Preservation (Los Angeles) – Lummis House in Need of Rehabilitation: L.A.’s landmark Lummis home has a leaky roof and no heat. Major renovations are needed, historians say. It was the cool place to hang out in Los Angeles a century ago – a gathering spot for the likes of artist Frederic Remington, conservationist John Muir, composer John Philip Sousa and poet Carl Sandburg. These days the landmark Lummis House in Highland Park is more of a cold place to be stuck in. (Thanks to Michael Mauer for this submission).
http://tinyurl.com/938k3 – La Times
– Drought Conditions Intensify in the Southwest: The Salt and Verde rivers’ watersheds received just 0.14 of an inch of rain in November and December, and none has fallen in Phoenix since Oct. 18. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Larry Martinez, water supply specialist for the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service. “It’s quite shocking to a lot of folks who depend on the snow. There could still be a miracle turnaround; don’t underestimate Mother Nature. But the trend doesn’t look good for us right now.”
– Lecture in Tucson (this afternoon) on Early Hohokam: Prelude to the Big House: Households and House Estate in Early Hohokam Society – Western National Parks Association Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive, Oro Valley. Archaeologist Doug Craig will discuss lessons learned from the excavations at the Grewe site, ancestral village to the Casa Grande Ruins. Reservations are required. Noon and 2 p.m. Free. 622-6014.
– Old Pueblo Archaeology Tours Tombstone: Saturday January 21, 2006 “Tombstone: A Historian-Guided Walking Tour” guided fundraising tour with Dr. Stephen H. Buck, departs from Tucson International Airport Park & Save lot (near TIA entrance, SE corner of Tucson Blvd. & Corona Dr.) 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Fee $89 ($71.20 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center members & Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members) Visit historic and infamous Tombstone, the Old West’s “town too tough to die,” accompanied by southern Arizona author-historian John Rose who will provide true stories of events that happened here and the people involved. We’ll lunch at one of the famous Tombstone saloons (cost not included in tour fee) then drop in at Rattlesnake Ranch and Museum near Tombstone and at the eclectic Singing Wind Book Shop in Benson (features one of the largest collections of publications on the southwestern U.S.). Transportation is by passenger van. Limited to 10 registrants. Advance reservations required: 520-798-1201
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