Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Innovative Program Employs Raptors to Defend the Casa Grade: The “Big House” at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument has withstood centuries of desert punishment, but encroachment by unnaturally high populations of animal species is causing permanent damage to the Ruins. Enter WildEdge Conservation Science. This non-profit firm advertises providing “real-life solutions to wildlife conflicts.” The staff of three – Executive Director/Scientific Director James Dawson, Financial Director/Scientific Data Manager Kim McClain and Wildlife Biologist Emily Wert – are all avian experts. For more than a year, Dawson and his team have visited the Ruins with an arsenal of trained raptors, which take controlled flights intended to abate the overpopulation of pigeons and rodents.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/dfhb – Tri Valley Central
– Department of the Interior Favors Archaeological Preservation over Oil and Gas Exploration in Southern Utah: The Interior Department’s Board of Land Appeals this week reversed the BLM’s leasing of roughly 14,000 acres for energy development north of Nine Mile Canyon and just south of the Book Cliffs in central Utah. The leases, covering 16 parcels, have been suspended, effective immediately.
– Grant Program Offered for Native and Tribal Museums: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting grant applications to the Native American/Native Hawaiian (NANH) Museum Services program. NANH promotes enhanced learning and innovation within museums and museum-related organizations, such as cultural centers, organized by Native American tribes and organizations that primarily serve Native Hawaiians. The program provides opportunities for Native American tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge through strengthened museum services in the areas of programming, professional development, and enhancement of museum services. Projects will benefit their communities and audiences by connecting people to ideas, information, and learning experiences.
– Colorado Initiative Seeks to Refine and Enhance NAGPRA Repatriation Process: The Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, the Colorado Historical Society and numerous American Indian tribes want to establish a process for repatriating and burying culturally unidentifiable American Indian human remains and related funerary objects.
– Debate Over Paving the Road to Chaco Canyon Continues: An effort by San Juan County to improve the 16-mile dirt road to Chaco Culture National Historical Park has raised questions about whether it would permanently change the rural site.
Utah Seeks Prosecution of Man Accused of Looting Prehistoric Site:A Vernal man has been accused of illegally excavating and looting sites in Daggett County that contain materials dating back to prehistoric times. A federal grand jury indictment made public on Thursday charges James E. Burton, 53, with three counts of violating the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) and two counts of damaging property of the United States.
– News from Crow Canyon: Crow Canyon eNews is now avaliable at
– Crow Canyon Tour of Utah’s Comb Ridge: Join Dr. William “Bill” Lipe and Jonathan Till on Hiking Utah’s Comb Ridge with Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. Full prospectus online now at:
– Travelogue, Acoma Pueblo: The ancient pueblo of Acoma is aptly nicknamed. Known as the Sky City, it commands the most exotic location of any inhabited place in the United States – the top of a 370-foot-high mesa in New Mexico, a natural citadel of golden rock, an island in the sky.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/73e7 – Kansas City Star
– Travelogue, Historic Albuquerque: In 1706 New Mexico’s provisional governor, Francisco Cuervo y Valdes, petitioned the king of Spain to charter a town (known as a villa) in a region along the Rio Grande that had been sparsely occupied since the 1600s. To conform to the mother country’s requirements, Cuervo claimed (falsely) 252 inhabitants, a plaza, a church, and several official structures. Stretching the truth worked, the charter came through, and today’s sprawling, lively city of about 500,000 proves his faith was well placed. On the weekend of my visit Albuquerque was about to launch its 300th anniversary celebrations.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/h6l3 – American Heritage.com
– Vistorship at Mesa Verde Increased by 11% in 2006:The park’s recently released numbers are good news to Mesa Verde officials as the park steadily climbs out of what has been a slow decline in visitors since the late 1980s.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/jac8 – Cortez Tribune
– Employment Opportunity (Mesa Az): EcoPlan Associates’ growing cultural resource group based in Mesa, Arizona, has an immediate opening for an archaeological laboratory manager. The archaeological laboratory manager’s responsibilities would include: Preparing archaeological specimens and collections for curation, Management of archaeological permits and compliance, Data entry and submission of electronic data to cultural resource databases, Administration of EcoPlan’s cultural resource project and laboratory databases, Coordination with EcoPlan’s archaeological project directors and materials analysts, Maintenance of field equipment and supplies, and Periodic supervision of junior laboratory staff. The successful candidate would be a neat, highly organized, and detail oriented individual with minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology or archaeology, and previous archaeological laboratory and field experience. The applicant must provide his or her own transportation, possess a valid driver’s license, and live (or be willing to relocate) within driving distance of our Mesa, Arizona office. Preference will be given to applicants with previous management experience as well as experience using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and ESRI ArcView GIS. A familiarity with the archaeology of the American Southwest, cultural resource laws, global positioning systems, and survey instruments would be beneficial, but is not required. The archaeological laboratory manager position is a full time permanent position with a competitive compensation commensurate with experience and includes vacation, medical, and retirement benefits. If interested in this position, please send resume, cover letter, and list of references by mail, fax, or e-mail to: Daniel Garcia, EcoPlan Associates, Inc., 701 West Southern Avenue, Suite 203, Mesa, Arizona, 85210, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, FAX: 480 733 6661. No telephone calls, please.