Archaeology making the news – a service of the Center for Desert Archaeology.
– Satellite museum splendid but follows troubling trend: It was once sufficient that museums collect the important artifacts of culture and that they research them. This job, which museums by definition were best qualified to do, is increasingly seen as needing wider justification. Hence, museums all over the country – indeed, all over the world – are faced with having to justify their existence not through what they do for art and scholarship but through what they do for the taxpayer. It doesn’t matter whether the museum benefits from public money or not.
– Southwest Museum’s future at heart of tussle: In one room at the Southwest Museum on Friday, two dozen children gazed at Zuni bowls and Navajo blankets. In another, third-graders huddled at the foot of a yellow tepee – business as usual, it might seem, at the oldest museum in Los Angeles.
http://tinyurl.com/ryeep (Los Angeles Times)
– Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s e-newsletter Volume 1, Issue 6 is now available at: http://www.imninc.com/crowcanyon1
– Site steward banished after talking with media: A volunteer who complained about Pima County’s failure to protect an archaeological site from vandals has been kicked out of the state’s historic site steward program.
– Older Than Plymouth Rock, But Still Behind: More signs dot the remainder of this 17-mile historic stretch that links the Socorro, Ysleta, and San Elizario missions. It’s the same route that the infamous and locally debated Spanish conqueror Don Juan De O