Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– The President for the National Trust for Historic Preservation Writes on the Importance of Preservation of the Ancient Southwest: This May the nation celebrates the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown as the first permanent English settlement in America. It was a consequential event in 1607, to be sure, but we shouldn’t confuse it with the beginning of the American experience. For thousands of years before the first Europeans arrived, there were people on this continent who represented highly developed civilizations and who were proficient in art, architecture, agriculture and astronomy. These were the first Americans, and their story is also part of our common heritage.
– Lisa Andersen, Director of the Mesa Historical Museum, is Profiled by the Arizona Republic: Since taking the reins from Tracy Wagner as the executive director in January 2005,Anderson, 38, has established a board, developed a board structure, broadened the scope of the museum to attract new audiences and rejuvenated efforts to preserve the two historical buildings that house the museum and its 80,000-piece collection.
– Flagstaff Must Recreate Historic District Designation: The city of Flagstaff sent more than 200 letters to residents in west downtown Townsite neighborhood on Thursday, informing them the city has dissolved the newly created of the Historic Overlay District.
During a review of the new district by the city attorney’s office, it was determined the city had violated state law by not holding a formal public meeting when it was reviewed by the city’s planning and zoning commission.
– Congressional Representatives Move to Create Santa Cruz National Heritage Area: A good chunk of southern Arizona could get money for wetlands preservation and historic preservation if two lawmakers get their way. U.S. Reps. Ra