Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Brian Kenny Recommends Making Plans now for the 2006 Pecos Conference: The tradition of research collaboration and sharing that began in 1927 at Pecos Pueblo continues in the San Juan Basin at Navajo Lake (near Bloomfield, New Mexico). Deliberately informal, the Pecos Conference affords Southwestern archaeologists a superlative opportunity to talk with one another, both by presenting field reports and by casual discussions. It is a chance to see old friends, meet new ones, pick up fresh information, organize future conferences, and have a great time. In recent years, Native Americans, avocational archaeologists, the general public and media organizations have come to play an increasingly important role, serving as participants and as audience, to celebrate archaeological research and to mark cultural continuity.
– History Channel Celebrates the Save our History Program Achievements: Winners of The History Channel Save Our History program were honored at a National Awards ceremony held today at the Historical Society of Washington at the Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C. The event, hosted by best-selling author, political commentator and Save Our History national spokesperson Cokie Roberts, recognized local communities and classrooms that demonstrate outstanding commitment to history education and preservation of local history.
– Arizona Historical Society Offers Summer Lecture Series in History (Phoenix): It’s hard to comprehend, but people did live in Arizona before central air conditioning – long before. The Arizona Historical Society will explore what life was like for these hearty souls in a five-part lecture series called “A Crash Course in Arizona History.” The lectures, one each day next week at the society’s Tempe museum, will take the audience through Arizona’s past from prehistoric times and native people to Conquistadors, frontier days and the civil rights era.
http://tinyurl.com/lsewf – Arizona Republic
– Lecture on the Mojave and Shell Beads in the Southwest at the Pacific Coast Archaeology Society Meeting: Pacific Coast Archaeological Society’s June 8, 2006 meeting will feature David Earle speaking on “The Mojaves and the Exchange of Coastal California Shell Beads to the Southwest.” Meeting information: Thursday, June 8, 2006, 7:30 PM at the Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine, CA. Meeting is free and open to the public. David Earle will present recent research on long-distance exchange between the southern California coast and the Southwest, particularly Oraibi, by way of the Mojave villages on the Colorado River.
– Travelogue, Mesa Verde: I’m standing 6 feet underground, watching in the dim light as my husband, Steve, descends a ladder through a narrow opening in the roof of a circular, subterranean ceremonial chamber called a kiva. At first glance, there’s not much to see down here. Just a wall shaft, a large, upright stone slab, and two holes in the floor. But the smaller hole represents nothing less than a portal to another universe. It’s a sipapu (see-pah-poo). Still found in some modern kivas, the sipapu symbolizes the place where, according to Hopi belief, mankind emerged into this world through an opening in the sky of the world below.
Book Review: The title, “Landscapes of Fraud: Mission Tumacacori, the Baca Float and the Betrayal of the O’Odham” (University of Arizona Press, $35), seems to promise another testy polemic on the transgressions of modern man. Yet, anthropologist Thomas E. Sheridan draws from his meticulous research a restrained, even occasionally empathetic accounting of events.
Tour Opportunity: Crow Canyon Tour of Yellowstone & the Wind River Mountains June 17-24, 2006 Only four spots remaining! Travel with Larry Loendorf, a noted authority on the cultural history of the central Rockies. Based in Yellowstone’s historic lodge and a Wind River Mountain Inn, visit Dinwoody rock art panels and learn about Sheep Eater (Shoshone) and Crow history.
Tour Opportunity: Crow Canyon Tour of New Mexico’s Cultural Crossroads September 25-October 1, 2006. Join our seven-day exploration of the spectacular ruins, rock art sites, and Spanish colonial churches of New Mexico. Visit the pueblos of Taos and Picuris, meet with tribal leaders, and get behind-the-scenes at Pecos National Monument. Explore the fascinating subject of the history of interaction between Plains and Pueblo Indians with prominent archaeologist and ethnographer Dr. Kate Spielmann. One of the foremost authorities on cross-cultural studies worldwide, Kate’s research in contrasting Pueblo cultures with other cultures throughout the world is critical to understanding how Pueblo society came to be. In addition, you have the opportunity to attend Taos Feast Day with scholar Vernon Lujan, tribal member of Taos, active in the traditional life of the Pueblo, but also an archaeologist and current director for the Poeh Cultural Center and Museum. We are most privileged to have been invited by the Lujan family to share in this special celebration.
Tour Opportunity: Old Pueblo Archaeology Center fundraising tour from Tucson: Southeast Utah Ruins, Rock Art, and Rivers. Wednesday, September 27 – Sunday, October 1, 2006. Visits to Monument Valley, Arches NP, Canyonlands and Natural Bridges NM, San Juan River goosenecks, Mokee Dugway, Valley of the Gods, Newspaper Rock, Blanding and Moab museums, Hubbell Trading Post, and Besh-Ba-Gowah Arch. Park. $695 per person. Early bird special – Sign up by June 30, 2006 and save $50 per person. Call 520-798-1201 or see http://www.oldpueblo.org