Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Student Seeks Help with Sonoran Stone Tools (from Linda Cordell, via NMAC-L): Alejandro is a graduate student at UNAM in Mexico City. I met him last spring when I lectured there. He and his classmates are working on a sponsored project near Caborca and have – as you can see – sent me some points that they found last year and need help identifying. I told him I was not a lithics person but with his permission would ask folks on NMAC-L to respond directly to him. He is more than fine with that. So, with that I ask that you do post this but have folks respond directly to Alejandro Tarazzas at firstname.lastname@example.org
– An Introduction to CYARC is the Latest Feature on the Archaeology Channel: This film introduces CyArk, a project of the Kacyra Family Foundation that is preserving the world’s most valued cultural heritage sites in three-dimensional digital form. Realizing that World Heritage Sites steadily undergo decay, the CyArk team has set about to use the latest laser-scanning technology to collect the most accurate 3D models possible from these sites and store them safely in a publicly accessible archive. This introduction covers the threats to the world’s cultural heritage, describes the technology used and explains the CyArk strategy. In weeks to come, we will follow this video with others about CyArk applications at specific sites.
– Revisions to NAGPRA Posted on the Federal Register: Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 54 / Wednesday, March 21, 2007 / Rules and Regulations Department Of The Interior Office of the Secretary 43 CFR Part 10 RIN 1024-AC84 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Regulations. (Submitted by Brian Kenny)
– Searching for Mammoth Remains in Southeastern Arizona:Archeologists from the University of Arizona and the Bureau of Land Management descended upon the desert terrain southwest of Safford last week to look for evidence of human interaction with a mammoth. Two mammoth rib bones were previously found by BLM geologist Larry Thrasher in the summer of 2006. This was the second time Thrasher had found mammoth rib bones in the area.
– O’odham Traditions Honored at Oregon Pipe National Monument: 7TH ANNUAL SEASON OF TRADITION: In celebration of Arizona Archaeology Month, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument will focus on the heritage and traditions of the area’s original inhabitants. Selected members of the Tohono O’odham Nation and Hia Ced O’odham will demonstrate their crafts and time- honored skills. When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in March Where: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Price: $8 per car (up to four people) Info: (520) 387-6849 Ext. 0. – From the Tucson Citizen.
– Archaeology Month Lectures at the Arizona State Museum: Thursday, March 22: The Sierra Ancha Cliff Dwellings Then and Now, Rich Lange. Arizona State Museum, South building, 6:30 p.m., Free. Tuesday, March 27: A Century of Preserving Mesa Verde, Kathleen Fiero. Arizona State Museum, North building room 309, 7 p.m., Free. Books available for purchase.
– Old Pueblo Archaeology Tour Opportunity: Rails, Ruins, and Rock Art – All Aboard for Durango! Wednesday, May 9 – Sunday, May 13, 2007 Overnights (with included continental breakfast) at historic Victorian 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. $795 per person double occupancy, $895 per person single occupancy, $25 discount for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members.