Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Top 100 Threatened World Heritage Sites List Identifies Climate Change as Major Threat to Preservation: For the first time, global climate change has joined political conflict and development pressures as an underlying threat to cultural heritage sites, as cataloged by the World Monuments Fund on its biennial list of the 100 most endangered places. Besides New Orleans, five U.S. sites made the list: historic Route 66, the New York State Pavilion in Queens, Tutuveni petroglyph site on Arizona’s Hopi reservation, the campus of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla., and San Diego’s Salk Institute. The public buildings in the Main Street Modern architectural style also are included.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/4ynf – USA Today
http://www.cdarc.org/page/7dmt– Yahoo News
– Arizona Department of Transportation Planning For New Freeways and Massive Urban Sprawl in Both Southern and Northern Arizona: Perhaps in 20 years or more, Flagstaff could see a new freeway parallel to Interstate 17, allowing bypasses of accidents and traffic jams. Representatives from the Arizona Department of Transportation were at South Beaver Elementary School Monday night soliciting public suggestions on how to ease congestion from Flagstaff to Phoenix. The plans are very expensive, very far-off and very tentative.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/2isv – Arizona Daily Sun
– Public Meetings on I-17 Bypass Held by Arizona Department of Transportation: The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will host public meetings to discuss the Interstate 17 (I-17) Alternatives Study (Phoenix to Flagstaff). This study is a preliminary assessment of the need and feasibility for a new transportation corridor that would provide an alternative to I-17 from Interstate 10 to northern Arizona.
– Chicken Bones in Found in Chile Predate European Contact, Show Genetic Link to Polynesia: A chicken bone found in Chile provides solid evidence to settle a debate over whether Polynesians traveling on rafts visited South America thousands of years ago — or vice versa, researchers said on Monday. The DNA in the bone carries a rare mutation that links it to chickens in Tonga and Samoa, and radiocarbon dating shows it is around 600 years old — meaning it predates the arrival of Spanish conquerors in South America.
– Speaker Change for June 18 Meeting of the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society: Kelley Hays-Gilpin will give a lecture entitled “In Awat’ovi’s Shadow: Kaw