Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
-Arizona Preservation Conference Begins This Week: APF ANNOUNCES 2007 STATEWIDE HISTORIC PRESERVATION CONFERENCE. The Arizona Preservation Foundation, Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona Main Street Program, and the City of Prescott invite you to join them at the 5th Annual Historic Preservation Partnership Conference in Prescott, June 13-16. The goal of the conference is to bring together preservationists from around the state to exchange ideas and success stories, to share perspectives and solutions to preservation issues and to foster a sense of cooperation between the diverse Arizona preservation community.
– Study of Southwestern Religion Published: Fortunately, archaeologists Christine and Todd Vanpool and David Phillips have now provided amateur enthusiasts and scholars with a comprehensive, up-to-date study of Puebloan and non-Puebloan beliefs. Their 20 contributing authors — including academic anthropologists, field archaeologists, linguists and museum specialists — bring to bear a wide range of perspectives and methods on various religious traditions of the region.
– Editorial Advises Against Paving road to Chaco Canyon: The recent decision by the San Juan County Commission to conduct a comprehensive study of the road to Chaco Canyon Cultural National Historical Park is the right thing to do. For now, the commission in Farmington has taken the high road in the controversial push to pave the road to Chaco. It is a path, we hope, that once journeyed will lead to the thoughtful conclusion that Chaco: Is a treasure beyond monetary value. It should be cherished beyond its ability to generate government-tax or business revenues. It ought to be preserved and protected beyond current generations’ prejudices, expectations or greed.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/bgmi – Albuquerque Tribune
– Archaeology of the San Diego Area the Topic of the June 14th Meeting of the Pacific Coast Archaeology Society: Pacific Coast Archaeological Society’s June 14th meeting will feature Mr. Dennis Gallegos speaking on “The Archaeology of San Diego County over the Past 9,000 Years.” Meeting information: Thursday, June 14, 2007, 7:30 pm at the Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine, CA. Meeting is free and open to the public.
– Attack on the Mission Santa Cruz de San Saba Remembered in Menard TX: The mission was built in 1757 and destroyed when it was attacked by a force of Comanche, Caddo and Wichita Indians the following year. According to the Handbook of Texas Online, 17 Indians and eight Spaniards died during the battle and at skirmishes in the nearby presidio, a fortress built by the Spanish to protect the mission. The site of the mission fell into obscurity but was rediscovered in 1993 by a team of archeologists from Texas Tech University.
– President Bush asked to Help Repatriate Geronimo’s Remains: The great grandson of the Apache leader Geronimo has appealed to the big chief in the White House to help recover the remains of his famous relative – purportedly stolen more than 90 years ago by a group of students – including the President’s grandfather. The story that members of Yale University’s secret Skull and Bones society took the remains – including a skull and femur – from the burial site in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, has long been part of the university’s lore. But a university historian recently recovered a letter from 1918 that appears to support the story that members of the society did indeed take the remains while serving with a group of army volunteers from Yale, stationed at the fort during the First World War.
– Employment Opportunity: The Utah BLM State Office announces an opening for the Utah BLM State: Archaeologist position (GS 12/13). The position is located in the Utah State Office in Salt Lake City, Utah and will close on June 25, 2007.
Access the job announcement and information on applying for it at http://www.usajobs.gov. There are two announcements for the position, one that is open to permanent (career, career conditional) and past permanent (reinstatement eligible) candidates and those eligible through certain special appointment authorities has been extended to close 6/25/2007 and can be accessed at the following link:
The second announcement is open to any US citizen for the same position and can be accessed at the following link: