Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Arizona SHPO Releases Standards for Conducting Archaeological Investigations on Private Land: These standards were originally generated by the Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission (GAAC) in 1993 and were recently revised; the first page is a cover letter from SHPO and explains the background of these standards. SHPO is disseminating the document and it will soon be downloadable from our ASP website at
– Registration Now Open for Arizona Historic Preservation Conference: The Arizona Preservation Foundation, Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona Archaeological Council, and City of Glendale are delighted you want to make a greater impact on preserving Arizona heritage and history by attending the 2006 conference. Your registration entitles you to participate in interesting sessions; hear outstanding national, state and local guest speakers; honor outstanding preservation achievements at the Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Awards luncheon, and network with fellow preservationists from around the state. 2006 marks the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the Antiquities Act, the 100th Anniversary of Montezuma Castle National Monument, and the 40th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. Conference participants will examine timely aspects of this rapidly changing place called Arizona – and historic preservation’s essential “place at the table” today and tomorrow
– Recently Published: an archaeological overview of southwestern New Mexico, written for the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division in 1992, with a new introductory chapter: Archaeology of the Mimbres Region, Southwestern New Mexico, USA. by Stephen H. Lekson. British Archaeological Reports, International Series 1466. Archaeopress, Oxford, 2006. (ISBN 1 84171 902 1) 141 pages, 10 tables, 13 figures. Available through: The David Brown Book Company P O Box 511, Oakville, CT 06779 Tel: (800) 791-9354 or (860) 945-9329 e-mail: email@example.com
– Bandelier National Monument Celebrates 90th Birthday: 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, Shields, who is Picuris, Ohkay Owingeh and Mescalero Apache, pointed to the remains of walls that at one time were part of the teeming Tyuonyi Pueblo. A little farther down the trail she motioned at 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.
http://tinyurl.com/s9my6 – Rocky Mountain News
– Lecture Reminder (Tucson): Thursday April 20, 2006 Old Pueblo Archaeology’s “Third Thursdays” program: “Traditional and Modern Hopi Culture” with Emory Sekaquaptewa at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center. 7:30 to 9 p.m Free. No reservations needed. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center is located at 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 7 in Marana, Arizona, just outside the Tucson city limits.
– Natural Gas Line Focuses Dispute over Native Sovereignty and Energy Policy: Canyon De Chelly National Monument – Carol C. Draper’s traditional Navajo hogan sits off a dirt road near the rim of a canyon, high above the ruins of a 900-year-old Anasazi cliff dwelling. Farther south, Houston-based El Paso Corp.’s huge natural gas pipeline cuts across Navajo lands. The system transports 2.5 billion cubic feet of gas a day – enough to generate electricity for up to 15 million homes – to Southern California and other markets in the Western U.S. This image of a people bypassed by America’s economic progress is the backdrop to a multimillion-dollar showdown between the Navajo and El Paso over 900 miles worth of pipeline right of way. The dispute has captured the attention of American Indian tribes, pipeline companies, electric utilities and consumer groups across the country, as well as lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
– Gila River Indian Communities Ask for Proper Respect in Regards to Maricopa County Urban Sprawl: It’s important that the Gila River Indian Community is treated as an equal in matters that touch Maricopa and Pinal counties. Not just in official dealings, but also in the attitudes and comments made by residents of nearby cities and in the level of understanding and respect that people deserve. The Gila Community, with its growing resort business, casinos, industrial parks, Rawhide and Firebird Raceway, has barely touched its potential for development. The water settlement will allow Gila River Farms to put a planned 146,000 acres into agriculture. Good thing, because the Valley’s traditional farming towns are now buried under stucco and red tile. Just as two centuries ago, the River People didn’t need outsiders. Whether or not the tribe cooperates with regional plans, it will do so as a sovereign nation. It behooves those in neighboring communities to respect that.
– Light Rail Work in Tempe Encounters Hohokam Village Remains: A 10-person team of archaeologists on Monday carefully unearthed part of a Hohokam village found by workers during light-rail construction in Tempe. The scientists found an undisclosed number of human remains and the plaster floors of five dwellings. They also found signs of prehistoric domestic life: part of a woven mat, pottery shards, stone tools, beads and shell ornaments that were used for jewelry.
– Who Really Lives in the American West? New Study Presents Demographic Facts, Figures and Trends. (Thanks to Brian Kenny for submitting this and his continuing support of this newsletter).
– The Fate of a Tucson Auto Museum is Tied to the Disposition of the Alice Carpenter Collection of Southwestern Antiquities: A court challenge has put the brakes on plans to move the late Tucsonan’s collection of antique Franklin automobiles to upstate New York. Thomas Hubbard’s gleaming legacy might stay in Tucson after all. Attorney Eric Hager, who represents Runton, said the injunction against moving the Franklin Car Museum from Hubbard’s longtime home at 3420 N. Vine Ave. had been in the works already when the board of trustees forced his hand. On March 24, he filed a court order that stopped the board from auctioning off a portion of Hubbard’s trust – The Alice Carpenter Collection of Native American artifacts. Alice Carpenter was Tom Hubbard’s late aunt, who lived in Oracle. “She had collected original artwork from Tucson and the Oracle area and also had authentic Native American baskets and rugs. They were at least 100 years old and made on the reservations. She had Hohokam and Anasazi spear points dating back 1,000 years,” Hager said.
– Employment Opportunity: Cultural Resources Field Supervisor for Phoenix Office at Aztec Engineering. Navigate to the Careers Section of the website.
– Tour Opportunity, Saturday April 22, 2006. “Tombstone: A Historian-Guided Walking Tour” guided fundraising tour with Dr. Stephen H. Buck, departing from Tucson International Airport Park & Save lot. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Fee $89 ($71.20 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center members & Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members). Advance reservations required: 520-798-1201 or firstname.lastname@example.org