Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Arizona Archaeology Society Meeting in Thatcher: The Jack and Vera Mills collection of American Indian pottery displayed at the Eastern Arizona College is believed to include the only whole specimens of cliff white polychrome on red vessels in Arizona, said Brenda Poulos, chairman of the Arizona Archaeology Society. Members of the society were in Thatcher on May 5 for the society’s state meeting, which included lectures by archaeologists Patrick Lyons and Anna Neuzil and a chance to view the collection of Jack and Vera Mills. The Mills collection is displayed in EAC’s Student Services building, Jack and Vera Mills lived in Elfrida in Cochise County and did many excavation projects in southeast Arizona in the 1940s and 1950s.
– The New Mexico State University Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center Added to National Register of Historic Places: “This is the first time that any site on the college ranch has been put on the National Register,” said Beth O’Leary, NMSU associate professor of anthropology. More than 350 petroglyphs (etched into the rock) or pictographs (painted on the rock), arrowheads, pottery and other artifacts have been found at 12 prehistoric rock art sites in the archaeological district, O’Leary said, asking that the exact locations not be revealed because of possible looting or vandalism.
– Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month Poster Wins SAA Award: The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is pleased to announce that the 2007 Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month (AAHAM) poster won 1st Place in the Society for American Archaeology’s (SAA) 2007 Archaeology Month/Week Poster Contest. The award was presented to the SHPO at the recent SAA meetings in Austin, TX in April. The poster featured an aerial photograph by Adriel Heisey of the Fisherman Intaglio located in western Arizona; the poster focused on the AAHAM theme of “Reconnect with Places of the Past.”
– Pecos Conference Update: Please ask your colleagues and communities of interest to check out the web pages for the 2007 Pecos Conference. The conference on-line registration link is now active.