Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– University Rivalry Prank may have Damaged Rock Art in Tempe: An ASU-UA rivalry prank may have damaged centuries-old American Indian rock art on “A” Mountain. The week of the November ASU-UA football game between the intrastate rivals, vandals painted a large, red “A” on the north side of Hayden Butte, commonly known as “A” Mountain. The paint may have covered some of the more than 700 individual images carved in the rocks on Hayden Butte, said Amy Douglass, the Tempe Historical Museum’s administrator.
– The Impact of Native American Water Rights on New Mexico: New Mexico has settlements pending in three longtime Indian water rights cases: the Aamodt case, involving four pueblos north of Santa Fe in the Pojoaque Valley, Navajo claims in the San Juan River Basin and Taos Pueblo’s claims in the Taos Valley. All three settlements still need approval and funding from state legislators and Congress. Until the settlements are finalized, the water rights of thousands of people, Indian and non Indian, and billions of gallons of water remain uncertain.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/f6nw – The Santa Fe New Mexican, via Red Orbit
– Colorado Rock Art Association 2007 Meeting Announced: The Colorado Rock Art Association has scheduled its 2007 Annual Meeting for the weekend of May 18 – 20, in Craig, Colorado. This is in the northwest part of the state and is near many great rock art sites as well as much archaeology. The meeting will include displays, field trips, and a day of papers on rock art subjects. (Submitted by Peter Faris). A call for papers can be found at the CRAA website.
– Arizona State Museum Seeks Funding for New Exhibit Galleries: Arizona’s first inhabitants gathered more than 10,000 years ago with nothing more than spears to hunt mammoths. The Clovis people were hunters, and their story is told in bones and spear points excavated from the San Pedro Valley. But those clues to our past are in storage – along with other treasures – at the Arizona State Museum
– Local Writers Gather At Anasazi Heritage Center: A “literary recital” will take place in the Anasazi Heritage Center theater on Sunday, January 21 at 2:00 PM. Writers from around the Four Corners region will share their recent work in a gathering organized by Arts Perspective Magazine and sponsored by Empire Electric Association, the First National Bank of Durango, and the Eastern Disentropic Association.
– Panel Discussion on the Honey Bee Archaeological Preserve (Oro Valley/Tucson): Interpreting the Honey Bee Village Preserve: A Community Panel Discussion. Thursday, January 18, 2007, 6:30 p.m. at the Oro Valley Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Canada Dr., Oro Valley, Arizona. No reservations necessary – this event is free and open to the public. The public is invited to participate in a community panel discussion focused on interpretation and use of the Honey Bee Village Archaeological Preserve in Oro Valley. Panelists will include: Francis Conde, Tohono O’odham Cultural Preservation Committee, Bruce Hilpert, retired, former Curator of Public Programs, Arizona State Museum. Patricia Spoerl, Archaeologist, retired, U.S. Forest Service, Peter Steere, Cultural Affairs Office, Tohono O’odham Nation, Henry Wallace, Research Archaeologist, Desert Archaeology, Inc. The goal of this event is to have a public discussion of the issues that need to be addressed when interpreting an archaeological site such as the Honey Bee Village. Community input is vital! Please come share your thoughts and be a part of this important Hohokam site’s future. Sponsored by the Center for Desert Archaeology and the Oro Valley Historical Society. This event is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council. Contact Linda Pierce at 520-882-6946 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.