Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– NPS 2007 National Center for Preservation Technology and Training Request for Proposals: The NPS National Center for Preservation Technology and Training has
just announced its call for proposals for Preservation Technology and Training Grants. The announcement may be found at: http://www.ncptt.nps.gov/. There are three special announcements for 2007: -New Research Priority for Archeology (among the many other priorities–see the announcement), -Special Research Initiative in Mitigation of Storm Damage (please share with your SRC, EWP coordinator, and ESF #11 coordinator), and -New Higher Limit on Grants Awards: $50,000. The application may be found at
– Prescott Archaeology Conference This Weekend: The Arizona Archaeology Council’s upcoming conference, “Recent Research on the Archaeology of the Prescott area”, will be held in Prescott, Arizona on November 3 and 4, 2006. The conference will be at the Sharlot Hall Museum and is co-sponsored by the Soil Systems, Inc., SWCA, and the Sharlot Hall Museum. The conference will provide an update on the archaeological studies that have been conducted in the Prescott area since the last conference in 1996. Papers topics will include Prescott Area Prehistory, History, Bioarchaeology, Perry Mesa Archaeology, and Yavapai Archaeology. There will be field trips to sites in Prescott and Perry Mesa on Saturday afternoon. Arizona archaeology companies are encouraged to disseminate their ‘gray literature’ reports and company brochures. Visit the AAC website for a full conference program.
– O’odham Traditional Farming: In the arid desert surrounding this humble Tohono O’odham village, a patch of farmland offers a link to the past and hope for the future of its youngest residents.
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– Community Tourism and the Hopi and Navajo: There are hundreds of American Indian tribes, each with their own community structure and relationship with tourism, from intense to virtually zero. Much has been written on gaming on Indian Visitors were welcomed at these ceremonies. However, by the 1950s there were so many lay anthropologists visiting and imposing on the Hopi community, that it was only a matter of time before there was a reaction from the Hopi people. This came during a Snake Dance around 1956, where the flash bulbs of the tourists’ cameras disturbed the snakes in the Snake Dance, killing two of the community’s young men. Immediately, all tourists were banned.
– Life in Hell’s Canyon, A New Video on the Archaeology Channel: The basalt cliffs of Hells Canyon have witnessed the ebb and flow of Native American tribes, trappers, miners, and homesteaders as each has left a mark on America’s deepest river gorge. This film brings Hells Canyon to life through the accounts of historians; Horace Axtell, a descendent of Chief Joseph’s band of the Nez Perce; and early Hells Canyon residents, Violet Wilson, Ace Barton and Joe Jordan. These old-timers share stories of work and family, isolation and ingenuity, and a deep respect for the canyon they called home in the first half of the 20th Century. Very few people remain who can still remember the way of life established by Euro-American settlers more than a century ago in the remote corners of North America. Remembering those times is the subject of Proving Up and Settling Down: Stories of Life in Hells Canyon, the latest video feature on our nonprofit streaming-media Web site, The Archaeology Channel.
– ASU Museum of Anthropology Opens New “Day of the Dead” Exhibit: A live Mariachi band, free tamales, and chips and salsa helped kick off the ASU Museum of Anthropology’s seventh annual Dia de los Muertos exhibition Thursday evening. The exhibit displays a wide variety of both traditional and nontraditional altars that portray the theme of the exhibit, “Transcending Borders.”
– News From Crow Canyon: Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s October eNews released. Featured story: Anthropomorphs and Zoomorphs Birdlike Forms and Possible Kokopelli Image Recovered at Goodman Point Pueblo. Available at
The first presenter of The Friends of Crow Canyon Distinguished Lecturers is Dr. Larry Loendorf, this Friday, November 3, 2006, Loendorf’s presentation is titled “Tukudika, The Sheep Eaters of Yellowstsone.” The Friday night presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Gates Building on Crow Canyon’s campus with drinks and delicious appetizers. Presenters begin their talks at 7:30 p.m. The total cost of the five-event series is $135 per person or $250 for two subscriptions. Tickets for a presentation can be purchased for $30. Call Rysta at 970-564-4341 for your reservation.
– AAHS Julian D. Hayden Student Paper Competition: The Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society is pleased to announce the ninth annual Julian D. Hayden Student Paper Competition. Named in honor of long-time AAHS luminary, Julian Dodge Hayden, the winning entry will receive a cash prize of $500 and publication of the paper in Kiva, The Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History. The competition is open only to bona fide undergraduate and graduate students at any recognized college or university. Co-authored papers will be accepted only if all authors are students. Subject matter may include the anthropology, archaeology, history, linguistics, and ethnology of the American Southwest and northern Mexico, or any other topic appropriate for publication in Kiva. Papers should be no more than 30 double-spaced, typewritten pages (approximately 8,000 words), including figures, tables, and references, and should conform to Kiva format
If the paper involves living human subjects, author should verify, in the paper or over letter, that necessary permissions to publish have been obtained. Previous entries will not be considered, and all decisions of the judge are final. If no publishable papers are received, no award will be given. Judging criteria include, but are not limited to, quality of writing, degree of original research and use of original data, appropriateness of subject matter, and length. Deadline for receipt of submissions is January 15, 2007. Late entries will not be accepted. Send four copies of the paper and proof of student status to: Julian D. Hayden Student Paper Competition, AAHS, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0026. For more information, contact Dale Brenneman at firstname.lastname@example.org or see