Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Learning Remote Sensing at Fort Lewis College: A slice of Hawkins Preserve became a study area last week for students from a Fort Lewis College archaeology field class. Using a magnetometer and an electrical resistance meter Thursday, about half a dozen students split into two groups to assess a block of the preserve for artifacts and other evidence of Ancestral Puebloan culture.
http://tinyurl.com/qvjdt – Cortez Journal
– Pima County Land Swap May Save part of Los Morteros: A pending land swap could save a significant archaeological site that was threatened by development when Pima County was outbid at an auction. But neighbors of the 5-acre parcel the county is likely trading away are disappointed because they were eyeing the site for a park and overflow parking for Lulu Walker Elementary School. Los Morteros, near North Silverbell Road and West Linda Vista Boulevard, at the northern end of the Tucson Mountains, was occupied by the Hohokam between A.D. 850 and 1300.
– National Parks And Shrinking Budgets: Maybe it was the amphitheater at Capitol Reef that stood virtually empty during the park’s busiest month, when visitors expected ranger campfire talks. Or the perpetually overwhelmed restrooms at Zion. Or the suspension of new archaeological surveys at Canyonlands. Though not always noticeable, the signs really are everywhere: Utah’s five national parks, like their counterparts around the country, are stretched more thinly than ever in their dual mission of protecting the nation’s most spectacular places while also providing services to an ever-growing number of visitors.
– Impacts of Heritage Tourism in New Mexico Evaluated: As the value of tourism in New Mexico approaches $5 billion annually, the state’s pueblos and tribes are taking on greater roles, with new tours, museums and inter-tribal partnerships. “Native American culture is a big draw,” says Travis Suazo, director of tourism development for the New Mexico Tourism Department and a member of the Pueblo of Laguna, as well as Acoma and Taos pueblos. “It’s one of the major reasons, along with the scenic beauty and landscapes, why people visit New Mexico.”
http://tinyurl.com/qodf8 – New Mexico Business Weekly
– New Archaeology Pavilion Open in Pueblo Colorado: A naming and dedication ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday for the archaeology pavilion at El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave. The pavilion will be christened William G. Buckles Archaeology Pavilion in honor of the late Bill Buckles, a local archaeologist who was instrumental in locating El Pueblo.
– Scottsdale Historic Districts Provide Preservation Opportunities for Homeowners: Scottsdale officials are encouraging homeowners in the city’s first two historic districts to apply for grants to restore their houses.
http://tinyurl.com/lj7u9 – Arizona Republic