Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– 100 Years of the Antiquities Act: The BLM and other federal agencies are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Antiquities Act this year, honoring a law that made the government responsible for safeguarding many of the places and resources that define us as Americans. We’d like you to join us. The Antiquities Act of 1906 is a simple law with a rich legacy. Just one page long, it has protected our common heritage for the past century. Some special places have been declared national monuments by presidents invoking the act. Others, with unique archaeological or historic sites and fossil beds, are now managed under a comprehensive body of law that recognizes the value of these irreplaceable resources.
– Arizona Representative Raul Grijalva’s Comments on the Antiquities Act: June 8 was the 100th anniversary of the Antiquities Act, an obscure law adopted by Congress in 1906, giving the president authority to permanently reserve as national monuments federal sites with significant prehistoric, historic or natural features.
Beginning with Theodore Roosevelt, presidents have used the act to protect more than 160 of America’s best-known and beloved landscapes.
– Historic Ranch Near Las Vegas in Poor Condition: Thirty years ago, the remains of five people unearthed from the historic Kiel Ranch were put in storage at UNLV instead of being reburied on the land they once owned. The fate of these human remains is directly linked to the poor treatment afforded the old ranch by the city of North Las Vegas since it took over the property in the 1970’s.
– Museum Artifacts Sought to be Used for Financial Compensation: ran and the United States make an unlikely pair these days, dueling over nuclear plans and radical Islam. Yet lawyers for the feuding governments are on the same side here in a dispute over thousands of ancient Persian artifacts held by a Chicago museum. Their opponent is a lawyer trying to collect Iranian cash for survivors of a bloody Jerusalem suicide bombing.
http://tinyurl.com/edpa7 – Washington Post
– Twenty-three years of Research at Crow Canyon to be Presented at Denver Lecture: Mark Varien, Crow Canyon research director, will present Gathering Wisdom: Twenty-Three Years of Research at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center on August 17, 2006, at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
http://tinyurl.com/n7h8e – Denver Museum of Nature and Science
– Pecos Conference Update: Field Reports: If you plan to give a field report at this year’s Pecos Conference, but have not yet registered, please contact Paul Reed by July 21st. The schedule is filling up quickly. Paul’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org. The report schedule will be finalized and available online, by July 25, at
– Pecos Conference Field Trips: All field trips are now full. To add your name to the waiting lists, sign up at
– Interpretive Hikes near Cave Creek Offer “Fruits of the Desert:” Interpretive hikes are offered throughout the summer at the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. 7-9 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, $3 for non-Cave Creek residents.
– Gila River Resort Offers Interpretive Talks & Tour: As visitors wander, they get a feel for the people who were here long before the first Spanish or European explorers “discovered” the area. That is the intent of the subtle Pima and Maricopa designs and images found in every corner of the resort, says Ginger Sunbird Martin, who grew up in the Gila River community and now is the hotel’s cultural concierge, the only such concierge in the nation, Wild Horse Pass officials say.
http://tinyurl.com/f6l3o – Arizona Republic
– Marana, Az Seeks to Preserve Local Heritage: With Marana’s rich history of cotton farming and dairy operations and a cultural heritage that includes Tohono O’odham, Pascua Yaqui, Hispanic, black, white and Chinese people, archaeologists have been able to track the history of the area going back thousands of years, Harn said. “My personal goal is to make the people who live in Marana proud of the heritage of their community,” she said.