Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Payson Archaeological Museum Threatened With Closure: If the Town of Payson and its residents allow this museum to close and yet continue to espouse plans for the area’s tourism, those efforts are misdirected. Not only will the displays of our area’s ancient history be lost, but the storage of more than 600 boxes of artifacts and archaeological discoveries in the lab at the museum probably go back to where they were before the museum opened — the crawl space of someone’s house, where they could be destroyed by water damage, mold or simply the stress of fluctuating temperature.
– Related Editorial on Payson Museum Closure: The Payson Archaeology Museum on Main Street explains that part of our history and how it inter-relates with the other groups of people who lived in Arizona at that time period. It is a strikingly well-done way to learn about the history of our state and area.
– Anniversary Celebration for New Mexico Museums: A pair of anniversary celebrations doubled the usual Sunday attendance at the state’s Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and Laboratory of Anthropology.
– New Issue of Crow Canyon E News Available Online.
– Edge of the Cedars State Park (Blanding, Utah) Hosts Navajo Weaving Workshop: Blanding, Utah: The week of July 9th through 13th, award-winning textile weaver and instructor, Anita Hathale, will be returning to Edge of the Cedars for a week-long workshop in Navajo weaving techniques. This class is for beginners as well as for the more advanced, as Anita will be working with each student to bring out the best of each participant’s weaving abilities. Anita, who learned to weave as a child from her mother, has been teaching museum workshops and textile classes at the College of Eastern Utah for many years. Her dynamic textiles have won her much recognition and many awards for her innovative use of traditional motifs and vibrant colors. Students can weave on student looms provided by the museum or bring their own looms. Instruction will include demonstrations in carding and spinning, as well as a field trip to discuss plants used in the dying process. Workshop will be held from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM daily. The tuition fee for this class is $325.00. There is still time to enroll. Please call Rebecca at the Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, 435-678-2238, for more details. The Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum is located at 660 West, 400 North, Blanding, Utah 84511.