Archaeology making the news – a service of the Center for Desert Archaeology.
– Condo developer to pay $245,100 for archaeological work in Marana: A development group will spend $245,100 to remove burials and finish archaeological work at an ancient Hohokam site near Continental Ranch.
– Acoma Sky City named National Trust Historic Site: Acoma Pueblo’s Sky City has been designated as a National Trust Historic Site. The designation came Thursday from the Washington, DC-based National Trust for Historic Preservation. Sky City is now the nation’s 28 th historic site.
– ASU, group fight over building: Historic preservationists are mounting a last-ditch effort to try to save the former Valley National Bank building at Rural Road and Apache Boulevard in Tempe, which Arizona State University wants to remove to make room for a new academic complex.
– Reaching across the centuries: Wupatki stands as monument to Anasazi, Sinagua and Cohina (ancient) cultures.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/3lk5 (Arizona Republic)
– A City of Phoenix-sponsored project has been underway since June, 2006, to identify and document historic buildings, structures, districts, and places associated with the history of Asian Americans in Phoenix. The project has two parts: the creation of a broad, contextual history of the experiences of Asian American in Phoenix; and, the identification of the houses, neighborhoods, businesses, schools, churches, farms, and other places that represent this history. A final draft report has been compiled from research conducted at various archival facilities, reviews of topic-related literature, community outreach connections, and oral histories. The report addresses social, political, and cultural history. The report is available for download and review from the site of the project contractor, Arizona Historical Research. Also on the site is an online comment form to respond to the report and an online survey form where additional information can be submitted. Arizona Historical Research plans to complete the project by the first of March and appreciates any feedback.
– National park could see growth: Land neighboring Mesa Verde National Park could one day be included within its boundaries, adding more cultural sites as well as a rare daisy to the park’s already abundant treasures.
– Painted ‘A’ imperils Indian rock art: The bright red “A” painted on Tempe Butte may have been intended as a sports rivalry prank, but it’s not getting many laughs around Tempe. Whoever painted it may have painted over Native American rock art that dates to 1250, and the city could be forced to spend thousands of dollars to fly in a petroglyph expert and have the paint tediously removed by hand.
– Enchanted land: By February or March, the controversial Enchanted Canyon Estates project should be back in the public limelight, with the Prescott City Council’s expected review of the project’s final plat. Meanwhile, however, the Enchanted Canyon property formerly known as the Dalke land has been the site of plenty of activity, as well as the source of continued debate. For months, archaeologists have worked at the site first evaluating the land, and later digging to recover archaeological artifacts. At the same time, heavy equipment also has been on the property, clearing it for the infrastructure that will be necessary for the future residential development.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/jd68 (Prescott Daily Courier)
– People in the Seats: The restored Fox Theatre celebrates its one-year anniversary with an eye toward financial security.
– Paul Reed, Preservation Archaeologist with the Center for Desert Archaeology at Salmon Ruins, will be giving a public lecture entitled “The Role of Salmon Pueblo in the Chacoan and post-Chacoan Worlds of the Middle San Juan Region” at Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, Arizona, on Thursday, January 11, at 7:30 pm. The lecture is sponsored by the Archaeological Conservancy and the Arizona Archaeological Society, along with the Center for Desert Archaeology.
– Pacific Coast Archaeological Society’s January 11, 2007 meeting will feature Dr. G. Timothy Gross speaking on “Seeking Our Past or How a CRM Archaeologist Came To Write Part of a New Textbook.” Meeting information: Thursday, January 11, 2007, 7:30 pm at the Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine, CA. Meeting is free and open to the public. For information:
– Take an Archaeological Hike in Colossal Cave Park Jan. 13: The East Side’s Rincon Institute is inviting the public to hike along a new archaeological trail in Colossal Cave Mountain Park on Jan. 13.
– Albuquerque Archaeological Society’s January 16, 2007 meeting will feature Charles M. Haecker speaking on “Archaeological and Archival Investigations of an 1870-1881 Buffalo Soldiers Base Camp within the Guadalupe Mountains, Texas.” Meeting information: Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 7:30 p.m. at the Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, NM.
– Want to learn more about Texas archeology? Join fellow inquirers at one of the TAS Archeology Academies in 2007. Feb. 3-4 in San Antonio for LITHICS; Mar. 3-4 in Nacogdcohes for CERAMICS; and Mar.30-Apr.1 near Comstock for ROCK ART. For more information and registration see: