Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– New Plans for Development in Tempe will Preserve the Historic Mill Site: Avenue Communities, a Phoenix development firm, announced plans Thursday to build a retail, office, commercial and possibly residential project on and around the site of Tempe’s historic Hayden Flour Mill. Tempe and Avenue Communities officials stress that the landmark mill buildings, with their huge, white silos, will be preserved. Though the silos date from 1951, the mill began operations in 1874 and operated continuously for 123 years before closing in 1997.
– Developing an Appreciation of Ancient Puebloan Pottery AT BYU: Even in prehistoric times pottery decoration was an intellectual art. The women of the ancient western Anasazi were the experts, and their work is displayed right here on campus. “Rise up from Fragments” is currently on exhibition at the Museum of Peoples and Cultures. It features pottery and other artifacts from the western Anasazi people during A.D. 1050 – 1250, also known as the Late Pueblo II to Early Pueblo III periods.
– Authentic O’Odham Arts to be Featured at the Gila River Artists Market: Often, it’s difficult to tell authentic Native American arts and crafts from fakes in tourist shops. Buyers will be assured what they’re getting is the real deal at the seventh annual Gila River Artists Market, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort on the Gila River Reservation. The show will feature work by about 30 artisans and craftspeople from the Akimel O’Odham (Pima) and Pee-Posh (Maricopa) tribes, which together make up the Gila River Indian Community.
http://tinyurl.com/ymf8ga – Arizona Republic
– 1st Annual Navajo Rug Auction to Benefit Pueblo Grande Museum: Sold! That is the sound that will be heard on November 18th when Pueblo Grande Museum hosts its 1st Annual Navajo Rug Auction with Auctioneers Bruce Burnham and Hank Blair. The event will begin with a preview of the approximately 300 rugs to be auctioned and a lecture on Navajo rugs on Friday night, November 17th at 7:00pm. The gavel drops at noon on Saturday with a preview at 10:00am. R. B. “Bruce” Burnham is the owner of the R.B. Burnham and Co. Trading Post in Sanders, Arizona. Mr. Burnham is a fourth-generation Indian trader and specializes in buying, selling and evaluating Navajo rugs. He has earned the respect of area collectors and peers nationwide. Bruce uses his knowledge to strengthen and support Navajo weavers and to educate buyers. Visitors can also use what they learn when they visit the Pueblo Grande Indian Market in December.
– Publication Announcement: “Membres Society” from University of Arizona Press. Edited by Valli S. Powell-Marti and Patricia A. Gillman. “This book will be of interest to Southwest and North Mexican archaeologists as well as archaeologists interested in comparative studies of social organization. This collection includes almost all of the most signifigant Membres archaeologists and some with very well known field projects.” – Sarah Herr.
– Pima County Open House on Future Bond Election. Pima County is beginning a planning process for a future County-Wide Bond Election. Open Houses will be held around the county to present current and proposed capital improvement projects to the public and solicit public input on proposed projects. The next meeting will be held on November 28th at the Sahuarita School District Auditorium, 350 W. Sahuarita Rd. from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
– Kokopelli’s reflection in Modern Culture: In Indian Rock Art of the Southwest, Polly Schaafsma wrote that rock art often tells us more about the people analyzing the art than about the art itself. If this is true, then what do the popular misconceptions and the randy stories surrounding Kokopelli have to say about New Mexico?
http://tinyurl.com/ye9bs9 – The Daily Lobo