Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Pecos Conference Found to be an Enjoyable Experience: It’s Day 3 of Pecos, the annual conference where hundreds of archaeologists who make their living sifting through the American Southwest gather with their armchair counterparts beneath a big white tent to discuss, as one puts it, “what we did this summer.” With the desert sun beating down, David Hull stands under a tarp at a smoking grill, his light-blue tent pitched nearby. As he pokes at smoldering coals in preparation for lunch, Mr. Hull, a remodeling contractor and first-time attendee, from Tempe, Ariz., breaks into a smile and says: “I feel like Indiana Jones.”
– Montezuma County, Durango and Pagosa Springs Declared Preserve America Communities: Montezuma County has garnered White House designation as a Preserve America community, a status that will make the county eligible for federal grants aiding preservation of local heritage sites. Four other Colorado communities, including Durango and Pagosa Springs, also earned Preserve America recognition.
http://tinyurl.com/mele4 – Cortez Journal
– “Ludlow Massacre” Archaeologist To Speak At The Anasazi Heritage Center: Archaeological traces of a tragic moment in Colorado history will be the focus of a presentation at the Anasazi Heritage Center on Sunday, September 3rd at 2 PM.
Fort Lewis College Professor Phil Duke will discuss his research at the “Ludlow Massacre” site near Trinidad, where a tent colony of striking coal miners and their families was attacked and burned in 1914. Dr. Duke’s work has shed light on the battle and provides a critical assessment of lurid stories that have circulated for nearly a century. The Anasazi Heritage Center, operated by the Bureau of Land Management, is 3 miles west of Dolores, Colorado, and is open daily from 9 to 5. Special events are paid for by visitor donations and entry fees under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. For more information, call the Anasazi Heritage Center at (970) 882-5600.
– Website to Highlight Heritage Tourism in Southern Colorado: The Southwest Colorado Travel Region plans to develop a new heritage tourism Web site promoting the region’s archaeological features and other attractions. At its regular meeting Tuesday night, Cortez City Council agreed to be the pass-through entity for half of the grant – $53,500 in matching funds from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. The Colorado Historical Society funded the other half of the $107,000 grant.
http://tinyurl.com/lk9oy – Cortez Journal
– Las Cruces Woman Claims Family Photo Shows “Billy the Kid”:Pauline “Pola” Chiavone thinks her family has a historical treasure: what she believes is a photo of the legendary outlaw William “Billy the Kid” Bonney with her maternal grandfather.