Archaeology Making the News, A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Open house at the Tucson Presidio Excavation: An open house will take place at El Presidio de Tucson from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for visitors to tour the site, watch archaeologists at work and examine artifacts found. El Presidio de Tucson is formerly part of an 11-acre fort built by the Spanish in the late 1700s. The project, which includes the re-creation of a portion of the presidio wall surrounding the fort, will be part of Tucson Origins Heritage Park, a cultural component of Rio Nuevo, the special Downtown redevelopment district passed by voters in 1999.
– Texas Archaeology Society Sponsors the 2006 Texas Archaeology Academy: Three sessions of the Texas Archeology Academy will be sponsored by the Texas Archeological Society in 2006. No experience or previous knowledge is needed to learn and enjoy these weekend sessions.
Feb.11-12 Lithics: Reading Stone Artifacts in Fort Worth, Tx . Hands-on experience for recognizing and analyzing stone artifacts. Learn the different ways in which stone tools were made, how to recognize their different use-wear patterns and the interpretation of stone artifacts found in the archeological record. Flintknapping demonstrations will focus on how the archaeological record is formed.
March 4-5 Ceramics: The Stories Found in Pottery in Midland, Tx Learn to recognize and sort sherds to answer questions about ancient lifeways – how pottery is made and used, how pottery reflects cultural traditions, and how archeologists use the ceramic data to understand the people.
March 31- April 2 Rock Art at the Shumla School near Del Rio, Tx
An introduction to Lower Pecos River rock art within a world framework. Presentations will include rock art as part of cultural expression, rock art and territorial geography, sacred canyons, and why recording rock art is important. Mornings in class and afternoons visiting rock art sites. Fees will be $85 for members and $125 for non-members (includes membership fee). Professional development credits will be given to teachers attending classes. For more information call Texas Archeology Academy at 800 377-7240.
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Arizona Preservation Foundation names Arizona’s Most Endangered Historic Places: The Arizona Preservation Foundation has released its 2006 list of Arizona’s most endangered historic places. Compiled by preservation professionals and historians, the list identifies critically endangered properties of major historical significance to the state. “All of the properties we have named are important historic sites in Arizona, but unfortunately are in grave danger of collapse, demolition, or destruction,” said Vince Murray, vice president of the Foundation’s board and chair of its Most Endangered Historic Places review committee. “It is critical that residents and government officials act now to save these elements of their cultural heritage before it’s too late.”
-Call for Papers, Colorado Rock Art Association: Meeting to be held in Monte Vista, Colorado, May 5-7, 2006. (Submitted by Suzi Martineau)
– Historic Preservation (Scottsdale): A planned historic overlay for part of Taliesin West reached final stages with its recent approval by the Scottsdale Historic Preservation Commission.
– Native American Art in a National Economic Context: Southwestern tribal art is among the most distinctive of all American Indian crafts. In remote homelands, Indians of the Southwest became experts in styles of weaving, potting and jewelrymaking that have remained popular symbols of the American West. A recent U.S. Census survey reveals that the Zuni, Hopi and Navajo are leading producers of handmade arts and crafts. Eighty-five percent of families surveyed reported artwork as primary or secondary income sources. Additionally, the U.S. Customs Office reports that since 1990, foreign importers ship more than $30 million annually in ”American Indian-style” artwork, including knock-off jewelry, artifacts, pottery and textiles.
Volunteer Opportunities at Peublo Grande (Phoenix): Learn about the Hohokam people and their archaeology by becoming a docent at the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park. You’ll find out how to lead tours around the museum, which includes replicated houses and the ruins of a Hohokam platform mound. Classes are 9 a.m.-noon every Thursday through March 16. Pueblo Grande Museum is on the southeast corner of 44th and Washington streets. The class is $25, which covers membership. To register, call (480) 495-0901. – From the Arizona Republic
Arizona State Museum Has A Volunteer Opportunity for the Upcoming Southwest Indian Art Fair. Arizona State Museum’s Southwest Indian Art Fair is a spectacular annual event and many volunteers are needed to make it a success. No experience is necessary! How can you join the fun? The Southwest Indian Art Fair gives volunteers the rare opportunity to work side-by-side with museum curators, researchers, and educators. Volunteer for a few hours, have fun, and help the museum bring culturally and historically significant programs and beautiful artifacts to our region’s citizens. Saturday and Sunday, February 25-26, 2006 10-5 Saturday, 10-4 Sunday For job descriptions contact Baudelina De Ramirez 626-5587 firstname.lastname@example.org
Trafficking in Southwestern Antiquities linked to Drug Trade: In April 2004, an interagency group of law-enforcement officers descended on a drab-looking house in the tiny village of San Rafael, southwest of Grants, with search warrants in hand. They were looking for evidence that the homeowner, Augustine Chavez, was involved in trafficking a pair of ancient Indian leggings woven from human hair. The leggings could have fetched $250,000 on the black market, according to agents.
New Video at the Archaeology Channel Focused on a Modern Disaster in Mesoamerica: Friends and colleagues: We believe those who study people of the past also have obligations to people in the present. The ancient Maya have fascinated archaeologists and the public for generations, but living Maya descendants, often ignored in the shadow of their storied ancestors, now face a disaster of immense proportions. You can see what is happening in Hospitalito Santiago Atitl