Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Travelogue – Mesa Verde & Crow Canyon :The strangers, a group of twelve, reach the village and gaze up at the carefully constructed buildings, some soaring two and three stories to the ceiling of the canyon’s overhang. The leader of the group steps forward and turns to face the others. “This is the Spruce Tree House,” she says. As if on cue, the strangers pull out high-end digital cameras and glossy tourist brochures and begin ambling through the sandstone ruins. Another day has begun at Mesa Verde National Park.
– Mesa Grande in Peril: While eliminating jobs and services to deal with a fiscal crisis, Mesa also faces the prospect of losing one of its most historic sites. The Mesa Grande Platform Mound Ruins, one of three such remaining sites built by the Hohokams around AD 1000-1400, is on the Arizona Preservation Foundation’s 2006 list of the state’s most endangered historic places. The ruins, which are on the National Register of Historic Places, are “in grave danger of collapse, demolition, or destruction,” said Vince Murray of Tempe, vice president of the foundation’s board of directors. “The city of Mesa has basically ignored it.”
http://tinyurl.com/9m3st – The Arizona Republic
– Travelouge – Montezuma Well. Just a few miles from the tour buses at Montezuma Castle National Monument near Camp Verde lies a less-visited part of the park, Montezuma Well. Two gentlemen – a middle-age hiker and an elderly man using a cane – have come for a quiet conversation as another nature lover sits nearby writing. Water flowing from the well into a canal dampens the sound of voices. “Many people envision it as a small well and are surprised when they arrive to find a football-field-size collapsed limestone sinkhole,” said Rex Vanderford, a park ranger at Montezuma Well.
http://tinyurl.com/b9f4k – The Arizona Republic
– Heritage Tourism – The Pony Express Rides Again:Friday is the deadline to get a letter on the Pony Express. The annual re-enactment by the “Hashknife Posse” of a Pony Express postal ride from Holbrook to Scottsdale is planned Wednesday through Feb. 3. Mail can be dropped into Pony Express boxes and barrels inside the post offices in Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, and at downtown Scottsdale’s Rusty Spur Saloon, 7245 E. Main St. The 30 riders are members of the Navajo County Sheriff’s Posse, a search-and-rescue horseback unit, and they are sworn in as mail carriers for the U.S. Postal Service for the three days. They’re accompanied by 20 support staff who cook as well as guard the mail at night.
http://tinyurl.com/9cadf – The Arizona Republic
– Chipeta First Annual Indian Film Festival, February 11th at the Pavilion, Montrose, Colorado. 12pm to 4pm. Film Work Shop February 12th at the Ute Indian Museum, 1 to 3pm for short films and discussions Presented by the Ute Indian Museum and the Friends of the Ute Indian Museum. Acclaimed documentary producer Ava Hamilton, Arapaho, will screen some of her films, speak about being a Native American filmmaker, and discuss the role of Native Americans in film history. With her will be Larry Cesspooch, Northern Ute Indian filmmaker from Ft. Duchesne. He will show several of his films concerning Ute creation myths and Indian rock writings. He will answer questions about his experiences as an Indian filmmaker. Tickets for the Film Festival are $15.00 at the door, and $12.00 in advance. Admission for the Film Workshop are $10.00 at the door. Tickets for the Film Festival can be purchased in Montrose at: The Ute Indian Museum, The Pavilion, Blue Sky Music and Books, and The Coffee Trader. For more information call the Ute Indian Museum at 970-249-3098.
– Employment Opportunity (Yuma): Department Of The Army, Army Installation Management Agency Job Announcement Number:WTYU06057709. Cultural Resources Manager. Salary range: 62,291.00 – 80,975.00 USD per year. Open period: Thursday, January 26, 2006 to Thursday, February 09, 2006. Series & grade: GS-0301-12/12. This is a Permanent position. – Full Time Duty location: 1 vacancy – AZ – Yuma Proving Ground.
– Employment Opportunity: City of Phoenix Archaeology Section:
The City of Phoenix Archaeology Section has a part-time position open for a contract archaeology assistant (Associate Archaeologist). Hours and days are flexible. This position will conduct archaeological site assessments and Phase 1 reviews for city projects, update the city electronic archaeological site database, maintain the city archaeological project tracking database, and perform other archaeology and museum related tasks as assigned.The applicant should have completed some course work in Anthropology, Archaeology, and/or History. Also, some field and computer experience are preferred. The salary is $12.00/hour paid on a contractual basis as an employee of a consulting firm (EcoPlan) that works for the city. The Associate Archaeologist will work at Pueblo Grande Museum up to 20 or more hours a week. Interested applicants should send resumes to: Robert Serocki, Jr. City of Phoenix Assistant Archaeologist. Pueblo Grande Museum 4619 E. Washington Street Phoenix, AZ 85034. Resumes will be accepted until February 10, 2006.
– Atl-Atl Might be Approved for Hunting After All: The Pennsylvania Game Commission gave preliminary approval yesterday to use of an ancient spear-throwing weapon to hunt deer, beginning this autumn. Spokesman Jerry Feaser said the commissioners would take a final vote on the atlatl at their quarterly meeting on April 17-18. The atlatl, pronounced AHT-laht-l, is a two-foot-long wooden pole which, when wielded like a lacrosse stick, releases a six- to seven-foot spear. The unanimous vote of the eight commissioners rejected a staff recommendation, released by the commission on Jan. 10, to deny the use of the atlatl to hunters.
http://tinyurl.com/7rftd – The Philadelphia Enquirer
http://tinyurl.com/7p2oy – National Geographic