Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Crow Canyon Archaeological Center Scholarships Available for American Indian Teens: The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center announced today its summer program scholarships for the 2007 season. The Center’s programs offer an opportunity for students to learn about the cultural chronology of the Four Corners area, visit archaeological sites, and work alongside archaeologists.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/e9jf – Native Times
– Preservation in the San Pedro River Basin Given a Boost by Donation of Historic Ranch: A key tributary of the threatened San Pedro River will be protected from development and groundwater pumping thanks to the donation of historic Cobra Ranch to The Nature Conservancy in Arizona by Dan Bates, a Tucson artist and restaurateur. Cobra Ranch includes 1,250 private acres and 10,000 acres of state and U.S. Forest Service grazing leases adjacent to the Conservancy’s Aravaipa Canyon Preserve, located about 50 miles northeast of Tucson in Graham County.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/gfkn – The Daily Dispatch
– Replicas, and the Ethics of Purchasing Artifacts: A good replica can give the look and feel of an ancient artifact, without the ethical problems that go with the possibility of encouraging the looting of public ancient, even sacred, sites. And while there is plenty of authentic old stuff around at the show, longtime Southern Arizona anthropologist Sharon Urban says show-goers should think about more than authenticity when deciding whether to buy fossils or ancient anthropological artifacts.
– Touring Romero Ruin (Tucson):Hike to the crumbling ruins of a house built by rancher Francisco Romero in the mid-1800s and you might think: Now that’s old! Ah, but age is relative. Trek a little farther along the Romero Ruin Interpretive Trail and you’ll come to the remains of a wall put up around A.D. 1150 by Indians known today as the Hohokam.
– ACHP Seeks Public Comment on Kitt Peak, Arizona, Telescope Issue: The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is requesting public comments by February 15, 2007, regarding a grant to fund construction of the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS) at Horseshoe Canyon, Kitt Peak, Arizona. The letter to NSF noting that the ACHP will comment can be found by clicking
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– Memorial for Stanley A Ahler: It is with genuine sadness that we announce the death on Saturday, February 3, 2007 of our close friend, respected colleague, and PCRG co-founder, Stanley A. Ahler. As many of you undoubtedly know, Stan waged a long and difficult battle with cancer over the past several years. Stan is survived by former wives, Janet Ahler and Lisa Blackford, a son, Scott Ahler, a stepdaughter, Reanna Blackford, and a granddaughter, Aliyah Ahler. He is also survived by brothers Henry, Bruce and Steve. A memorial service is planned at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship Hall, 510 Leroux Street, Flagstaff, AZ on February 25, 2007, at 2:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, the Ahler family suggests donations to the Prostate Cancer Research Institute (Attention: Memorials, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90045; http://www.prostate-cancer.org) or to the PaleoCultural Research Group, Research Fund (Attention: Delia Moder, P.O. Box EE, Flagstaff AZ 86002).
– Making the Best of Pothunter’s Pits (Mesoamerica): When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, goes the old saw. But when you are an archeologist and life gives you looters, often all you can do is make lamentations. Looting afflicts archaeological sites worldwide, from the wide-spread plundering of ancient Sumerian sites in Iraq, to pot-hunters in the American Southwest, to the looting of Inca and other sites in the Peruvian Andes.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/ajew – USA Today
– Tour opportunity, Old Pueblo Archaeology Center Fundraising Tour from Tucson: All Aboard for Durango! Wednesday, May 9 – Sunday, May 13, 2007. Overnights (with included continental breakfasts) at historic General Palmer Hotel. All-day Durango & Silverton Railroad trip plus visits to Mesa Verde, Canyons of the Ancients, Anasazi Heritage Center, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Chimney Rock, and the Center of Southwest Studies at Ft. Lewis College. En-route stops at the Museum of Northern Arizona and Aztec Ruins NM. $795 per person double occupancy; $895 per person single occupancy; $25 discount for members. Early Bird Special – Sign up by March 9, 2007 and save $50 per person. Call 798-1201, e-mail to email@example.com, or see