Archaeology Making the News -A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– National Archaeological Crimes Prosecutor Retires: When he was first assigned archaeological resource cases, prosecutor Wayne Dance barely knew the difference between archaeology and architecture. That quickly changed. In the ensuing years, the assistant U.S. attorney would become the national leader in fighting the looters and vandals who damage the nation’s cultural heritage.
– 12 Southern New Mexican Rock Art Sites are Placed on The National Register: Twelve petroglyph sites in southern New Mexico have been named to the National Register of Historic Places. The New Mexico Historic Preservation Division says that gives the sites the highest level of national significance.
– Historic Preservation in Tempe, Plans for the Hayden Mill Site:The Hayden Flour Mill stood as one of Tempe’s most visible buildings for more than a century even as its thick concrete walls masked its inner workings from public view. But the elaborate milling equipment that turned grain into flour will be on display in a glass structure next to the mill as part of a plan to restore and redevelop the site.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/l5n3 – East Valley Tribune
– O’odham Tash in Casa Grande: After 40 years of adding an activity here and there, the six-day O’odham Tash has grown into a grand Casa Grande celebration of American Indian talent and entertainment. Local merchants started O’odham Tash, or O’odham Days, with a barbecue to thank American Indians who live in the area for shopping in town.
– Arizona State Museum Preparing for Annual Southwest Indian Arts Fair: Saturday and Sunday, February 24-25, 2007 Southwest Indian Art Fair! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Meet 200 of the most renowned Native artists. Shop for top-quality artwork including pottery, Hopi kachina dolls, paintings, jewelry, baskets, rugs, blankets, and much more. Artist demonstrations, Native foods, music, and dance performances. ASM members admitted one hour early on Saturday for best selection and to enjoy a light breakfast!
– Lecture (Tucson) “Tumamoc Hill Revisited: New Data and Alternative Perspectives on Early Trincheras Sites” to be presented by Paul and Suzy Fish, Feb. 19, 2007. The talk will be presented at the monthly meeting of the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society, which meets at 7:30 PM at the Duval Auditorium, University Medical Center, 1501 North Campbell Avenue.
– Lecture, (Tucson) “Women in Charge of Themselves: Southwestern Matrilineal Cultures.” Part of Old Pueblo Archaeology’s Third Thursday Program. In tonight’s (Feb 15, 200) presentation Laura Tohe will discuss how many world civilizations throughout human history believed in the power and cross-cultural universality of goddess cultures. In many Southwestern American Indian cultures, women’s lives are modeled after female heroes and deities who exemplify and express femininity and courage. Among these tribal cultures, female rites of passage celebrate the creativity of women in ritual ceremonies. Drawing on her own experience as a member of the Navajo Tribe, Professor Tohe will bring out how the Din