Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Book Review: Todd Bostwick’s Byron Cummings: Dean of Southwest Archaeology:
Byron Cummings first arrived in Utah from the East in 1893 and took a position at the University of Utah teaching English and Latin. He quickly rose to full professor, then department chairman and finally dean. He worked to build a football field and track when the U. moved to its current location in 1900. The field was named Cummings Field, and he became known as the university’s “father of athletics.” But by 1906, archaeology was Cummings’ passion. He undertook his first archaeological field trip that year and was in the field nearly every year after that, mostly in Utah and Arizona.
– New Exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of History and Science Features Photography of Ancient Southwestern Sites: It was that initial visit that inspired Mroczynski – who returned to Germany shortly after to study design and photography – to dedicate himself to honoring ancient American Indian ruins with his lens. A collection of the photos he’s been working on for the past 10 years will be on display starting Saturday at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
http://tinyurl.com/h9f9e – Albuquerque Tribune
– Book Sale to Benefit Arizona Historical Society:Treasures galore will be available for discovery March 3 and 4 at 949 E. Second St., as Arizona Pathfinders Inc. holds its used book sale to benefit the Arizona Historical Society’s library and archives in Tucson. More than 6,000 books – many of them history-oriented – will be offered for sale at can’t-believe-it prices (most under $3). They include books withdrawn from the society’s museum library and collections from several individuals who donated to the cause.
– The Role of Non-Native Peoples in Native Ceremonial Practice Critically Examined: When news spread that Arvol Looking Horse would be visiting Utah, many who practice American Indian spirituality were thrilled. Some also felt a chill. Looking Horse, after all, has come to represent the growing sentiment among many American Indians that non-Indians do not belong in the center of sacred ceremonial practice. A Lakota spiritual leader, Looking Horse – with the support of dozens of Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho leaders – issued a proclamation in 2003 calling for an end to exploitation of ceremonies.
– Conference on Native Sovereignty to be Held at ASU: WEST PHOENIX – Arizona State University will play host to a conference focused on political, cultural and environmental issues among Indian communities in the Americas on March 2.
The conference, “Sovereignty Issues in Indian Country,” will bring panelists from Din