Archaeology making the news – a service of the Center for Desert Archaeology.
– Ancient rock art near Vernal, Utah, tarnished by recent vandals: Vandals defaced an ancient rock art panel near Vernal sometime in the last 10 days, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Thursday. “They engraved names and dates” across a rock art panel, said Blaine Phillips, a BLM archaeologist. “They pretty well destroyed it.” The panel was one of four examples of the Barrier Canyon-style of rock art found in the Vernal area.
– Monument hosts open house during first weekend in November: Tonto National Monument will host an Open House on Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5. Visitors may hike to the Upper Cliff Dwelling on their own. The Upper Cliff Dwelling is normally available only on ranger-guided tours and requires an advance reservation.
– Another way to gasp at the Grand Canyon: The first time I saw the Grand Canyon, I scurried up from Sedona, darting into the lookouts that scallop the South Rim. I’d pull into one loop, pop out to stare, gobsmacked, then race to the next overlook. On my most recent quest, James Peshlakai added some depth to the mile-deep canyon, teaching me something about the harmonious way of life that is the Navajo ideal
– Fascinating Fort Lowell: Your fitness program is in ruins. That’s what you’ll be able to tell your friends if you take a run or fitness walk in the heart of Fort Lowell Park.
– VOLUNTEER-ASSISTED EXCAVATIONS AND FREE TOURS WITH OLD PUEBLO ARCHAEOLOGY CENTER AT CAMPBELL AVENUE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE: November 3, 2006-March 4, 2007 (intermittent – not every day. Archaeological tours and volunteer-assisted dig at the CNN Camp Bell archaeological site, 3883 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson. Tours: On dig dates, every hour starting at 9 a.m., last tour at 1 p.m., no reservations needed. Free (tours do not include participation in the dig). Digs: On dig dates 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center members ($40 annual membership fee), ages 14 and up, reservations required two days ahead. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center offers guided tours and opportunities for volunteers to participate in archaeological excavations at the CNN Camp Bell archaeological site at 3883 N. Campbell Avenue, between Allen and Roger roads, on November 3-5 and 9-12, February 23-25, and March 2-4. The CNN Camp Bell site is an Indian ruin where Hohokam Indians resided between A.D. 950 and 1450. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED for dig participation only: 520-798-1201. No reservations are needed for the tours.