Southwestern Archaeology Making the News – A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology
– Possible Coronado Expedition Artifact Found During Yard Work at El Morro National Monument Residence: Maybe it is not Coronado’s horse’s bit that Leslie Moosman raked up in her back yard, but even the distant possibility has Nation Park Service employees, along with everyone else who has heard the story, thinking about the explorer and his journeys. In early September, Leslie Moosman was cleaning up pine needles in her back yard when she scraped up a bit of rust encrusted metal buried in the needles and loose dirt. Thinking it might be part of something her husband, Supervisory Park Ranger Fred Moosman, had dropped, she put it aside.
– Edge of Cedars Museum Forced to Move Kokopelli Sculpture After Nineteen Years of Anatomically Correct Display: A state park on Thursday moved a statue of a humpbacked flute player over objections the figure was offensive because it is anatomically correct. Edge of the Cedars State Park moved the stick like figure from the front to the back of a museum where it can’t been seen from the street, said park manager Teri Paul.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/ctyw – UPI News
– Archaeology of a Hohokam Village Exposed Near Tucson: Archeologists say conditions along the Santa Cruz River were ideal for the Hohokam 900 years ago. “An irrigation canal would have watered fields where corn and beans and squash would have grown,” says William Doelle, President of Desert Archeology. “Rabbits out in the field, all that sort of thing is right here in the very short distance around the site.” By studying what the people have left behind in the 20 pit houses they’ve unearthed, archeologists have discovered a village of a couple hundred people, including several extended families. Website includes video link.
– Peoria Developing Archaeological Park to Protect Hohokam Village Site: Peoria is moving forward to develop a small park on land where Native American artifacts were discovered. The State Historic Preservation Office has given the green light to develop a portion of the 20-acre Hohokam site near Terramar Boulevard. The park design will adhere to a strict archeological preservation and treatment plan.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/6f36 – Arizona Republic
– Reminder Archaeology Cafe in Tucson This Tuesday: Ancient Astronomy of Northern Arizona. At the Center’s second Archaeology Caf