Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Utah Proposes New Legislation to Handle Human Remains Found on Private Property:Returning the remains of American Indians found on private property to their tribes would be easier under a bill being proposed by a state senator. When human remains are discovered on public lands, they’re analyzed to determine cultural affiliation, and Utah tribes have the opportunity to submit claims for them, said Forrest Cuch, director of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs. If no claims are made, the remains are interred at the state burial vault, he said. But there’s no similar process for remains found on private property. They’re kept at repositories at places such as the University of Utah or the state Division of History, Cuch said. “Behind all this is an attempt to honor the dead,” Cuch said. “The goal is to get those remains out of repositories and return them to the tribes or place them in the burial vault.”
– Researchers at NAU Explore Concepts in Archiving Native American Materials: As Underhill’s understanding and respect for the Native traditions grew, so did her desire to share them with others. She is working with representatives from 15 indigenous communities and three non-Native colleagues to create “Protocols for Native American Archive Materials,” a best practices document for archiving material from Native cultures that she hopes will be adopted worldwide.
http://tinyurl.com/ycq9tb – Northern Arizona University
– Book Review: “Tracking Ancient Footsteps: William D. Lipe’s Contributions to Southwestern Prehistory and Public Archaeology,” traces Lipe’s imprints on archaeology since the 1950s, including the Dolores Archaeological Project and the development of Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. The book was edited by R.G. Matson and Timothy Kohler, with contributions from archaeologists and others who have worked with Lipe.
http://tinyurl.com/yfzq5n – The Cortez Journal
– Mesa Verde Prepares for Centennial Finale: Mesa Verde National Park will host its Annual Holiday Open House and Centennial Finale on Saturday, Dec. 9. “As Mesa Verde’s yearlong Centennial Celebration comes to a close, Mesa Verde is looking towards the next 100 years and to our children who will grow up to preserve our national heritage,” Superintendent Larry Wiese said in a prepared statement.
http://tinyurl.com/ygvcm6 – The Cortez Journal
– Historic Designation for Scottsdale Shopping District? Since World War II, Scottsdale’s meandering collection of Fifth Avenue shops has been a high-profile landmark for tourists. But now, the shops are not only showing their age, some business owners fear they will be devoured by the $1.6 billion makeover of downtown Scottsdale, including the stylish Waterfront, which towers over neighboring Fifth Avenue. Scottsdale’s Historic Preservation Commission shares those worries and hopes to add the 50 or so shops to its historic register, a move that would save the character of the venerable tourist attraction and make it far more difficult for bulldozers to move in.
– Public Lecture (Tucson): Visualizing Hohokam Life: 3-D Digital Models of Honey Bee Village by Douglas Gann, Preservation Archaeologist, Center for Desert Archaeology. Thursday, December 7, 2006, 2006, 6:30 p.m. Oro Valley Town Council Chambers 11000 N. La Canada Dr., Oro Valley, Arizona.
– Position Announcement, Director of Education at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center: Crow Canyon Archaeological Center seeks applicants for a full-time Director of Education. The primary responsibility is to lead, plan and develop experiential programs, Web-based and multimedia educational materials, and to provide funding through grant-writing activities. Qualifications: Doctorate in education with experience in anthropology and in southwest archaeological or equivalent combination of education and experiences, and at least five years teaching experience. Benefits: Full benefits package includes personal time, health, and life insurance. To apply: Send a cover letter, resume, salary expectations, and three references to Human Resources, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, 23390 Road K, Cortez, CO 81321, or FAX to (970) 564-4389, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. See our web site for full job description and deadlines for applications
– Old Pueblo Archaeology Center Fundraising Tour from Tucson: Globe, Arizona Centennial Anniversary with Historic Buildings Open House and Overnight at Noftsger Hill Inn B&B. Saturday, March 31 – Sunday, April 1, 2007. Also en-route guided tour of Boyce Thompson Picket Post House mansion. Tour fee includes a donation to Old Pueblo Archaeology, transportation by van, lodging with breakfast, and all entrance fees. $229 per person double occupancy; $329 per person single occupancy. $25 discount for members. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL