Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Bandelier National Monument Celebrates 90th Anniversary: Cecilia Shields walks in the footsteps of her ancestors. An interpretive park ranger at Bandelier National Monument for the past seven years, she sees and feels things that casual visitors miss. Walking the Main Loop Trail during a recent afternoon, Shields, who is Picuris, Ohkay Owingeh and Mescalero Apache, points to the remains of walls that at one time were part of the teeming Tyuonyi Pueblo. A little farther down the trail she motions to a petroglyph carved high into the south wall of Frijoles Canyon. In contrast to the north wall, which has a gentler slope and thicker vegetation, the south side is sheer and laced with more than 1,000 recorded cavates, small caves carved into the volcanic tuff. They were used by the ancient residents for storage or living.
– Southern Utah University to Expand Programs in Anthropology and Archaeology: The College of Humanities & Social Sciences will hire an associate professor of anthropology to teach introductory and upper level anthropology courses for Fall 2006 semester. Curtis Bostick, History & Sociology Department chair, said the new professor is just a sign of a larger goal. “It is the intent of the College (of Humanities & Social Sciences) to work toward offering a minor in anthropology based primarily on student enrollment,” he said.
– National Geographic Seeks Input on Regional Tourism Map for the Sonoran Desert: The National Geographic Society wants to put us on the map. And we’re all invited to help decide exactly what the map will show. The society, known for its colorful magazines and richly detailed cartography, is launching a project-with help from regional partners to produce a Geotourism MapGuide of the Sonoran Desert Region. A far cry from your basic road map, the MapGuide will cover more than 84,000 square miles of Southern Arizona, Sonora and Baja California. It will zero in on 200 to 300 special sites nominated by the public – each site remarkable for its scenery, history, culture, art or cuisine. Nomination forms for items to appear on the Geotourism MapGuide are available online.
– Educational Programs At Crow Canyon: “I like being here at Crow Canyon because I get to learn a lot about the Puebloan people,” she said. “I like doing this excavation because it’s like I’m a real archaeologist.” The Simulated Excavation was just that – a simulated archaeological dig. In the basement laboratory there were three excavation sandboxes arranged on the floor. Each box was divided into a grid of eight units, and each student was responsible for excavating one unit.
http://tinyurl.com/gnhe2 – Cortez Journal
– Keeping the Arizona Strip Wild: Environmentalists want to keep more of the “wild” in the wild lands that make up the rugged Arizona Strip just south of Utah’s state line. That’s why a coalition of wilderness advocates – The Wilderness Society, Sierra Club and Grand Canyon Wildlands Council – is panning the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed 20-year plan for this 2.8 million-acre swath of northern Arizona, which includes the Grand Canyon-Parashant and Vermilion Cliffs national monuments. “From our scoping meetings, we learned that access was the primary issue,” says Hawks, who notes the roads inventoried thus far are open to all vehicles, not just ORVs. But Peter Bungart, a Flagstaff, Ariz., archaeologist advising the coalition, says the proposal should detail how the agency aims to protect archaeological treasures from ancient Paiute and earlier cultures dating back 10,000 years.
http://tinyurl.com/o6w37 – Albuquerque Tribune
– Frank Loyd Write’s Arizona Legacy Examined: There’s nothing quite like leaving the desert Southwest for the frigid North to evoke a certain nostalgia for cholla cactus, murderous sun, and scorpions in your sleeping bag. It worked for Wisconsin-dweller Frank Lloyd Wright. And it seems to have worked for Lawrence Cheek, as well. Longtime Arizona architectural critic Cheek, now a resident of Issaquah, Wash., and architecture critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, has looked back and produced a graceful, balanced paean to Wright’s work in his dusty, thorny former home state.
Western New Mexico University Receives Donation of Prehistoric Vessels: Western New Mexico University Museum recently received a donation from Dr. Edward and Carolyn Hoffman of Washington state. The Hoffman Collection contains three Mimbres classic black-on-white bowls and two Tularosa Mogollon vessels.
http://tinyurl.com/nxp7h – Las Cruces Sun News
– Old Pueblo Archaeology Offers Tour of Crow Canyon and Mesa Verde for Parents and Children: Mesa Verde-Crow Canyon Children And Parents Archaeology Expedition June 8-11, 2006. Starting at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 8, in the Marana Town Limits, Arizona. 8 a.m. Thursday -6 p.m. Sunday. Fee $499. A “parent-and-child” archaeologist-guided learning expedition to Mesa Verde National Park and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Colorado, in which each participating child (primarily grades 3-7) must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. Explore Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, and the Anasazi Heritage Center, plus the Four Corners Monument of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah, and Arizona’s Montezuma Well, Wupatki, Sunset Crater, and Navajo (Betatakin Ruin) National Monuments. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult who pays the full program fee. Coach transportation, lodging, and some meals provided. Advance reservations required: 520-798-1201 or firstname.lastname@example.org
– Pottery Making Workshop at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center: Sundays March 19-April 30, 2006. Traditional Pottery Making Level 2 Workshop with John Guerin at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 8, in the Marana Town Limits, Arizona. 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday. $69 ($55.20 for Old Pueblo Archaeology members). Workshop taught by John Guerin for those who have completed Old Pueblo’s Level 1 pottery workshop. Level 2 class focuses on making large pots, appliqu