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Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Objects Sacred to Native Peoples Introduced in Congress

Conservation and Heritage Preservation Communities React To Secretary Zinke’s Interim Report

Archaeology Is Often the Last Line of Defense for the Places of the Past

The Antiquities Act Turns 111 – Celebrate by Protecting the Law

Department of the Interior Receives Overwhelming Public Support for Bears Ears


A Piecemeal Assault on Public Lands

A Piecemeal Assault on Public Lands
But the real threat to the public lands is not from Congress, or the state legislatures, whose laws would almost certainly be struck down as unconstitutional. The real and constant threat is more subtle, and more piecemeal. Only about a third of the 640 million acres of public land — national parks, permanently protected wilderness where only backpackers are allowed, national wildlife refuges — enjoy complete or high levels of protection against commercial development. http://nyti.ms/YPaTmh – NY Times

New Mexico Presents a Five Year Plan for Preservation
Three important anniversaries help set the stage for the future of preservation in New Mexico. Our statehood Centennial in 2012 is also the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act. The 50 the anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act is in 2016. New Mexicans have the opportunity to take a cue from these milestones to explore their roots, honor their heritage and to rediscover why—to quote Winston Churchill—“a country that forgets its past has no future.”  http://bit.ly/YjY4hO – PDF

Learn More about Mimbres at the Next Phoenix Archaeology Cafe
Dr. Pat Gilman (University of Oklahoma) discusses the meaning of geometric and naturalistic designs on the impressive black-on-white pottery associated with the Mimbres culture.Archaeology Café begins at 6 p.m. in the Aztec Room of Macayo’s Central, 4001 N. Central Ave. Seating is open and unreserved, but limited. It is best to arrive half an hour before the presentation begins. We encourage guests to share tables and make new friends at this free event. http://bit.ly/UIZUK4 – Archaeology Southwest

Lecture Opportunity – Santa Fe
Southwest Seminars Presents Dr. Jeanne Brako, Curator, Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College, and former Head Textile conservator, Rocky Mountain Conservation Center, who will give an illustrated lecture on February 25 at 6pm at Hotel Santa Fe, The Durango Collection as part of the annual Ancient Sites Ancient Stories Lecture Series. Admission is $12 at the door or by subscription. Refreshments are provided and no reservations are necessary. Contact Connie Eichstaedt, Southwest Seminars, for information. Telephone: 505 466-2775 Email: southwest seminar@aol.com  website: http://bit.ly/YhJddr – Southwest Seminars

Lecture Opportunity – Tucson
Chiles have become the symbol of Southwestern cuisine. But unlike other iconic Mesoamerican crops like maize, beans, and squash, these spicy fruit are not found in ancient archeological sites in the region. Why no chiles in the pre-Hispanic Southwest? Join us for the next Native Seeds/Search Salon as Paul Minnis, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, discusses recent discoveries that shed light on this curious question.  The salon will be held Monday, Feb 18th at the NS/S Conservation Center, 3584 E. River Road, just east of the Alvernon intersection opposite the Waldorf school. http://bit.ly/WXY0HD – Native Seed/Search

Lecture Opportunity – Tucson
The Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society is pleased to present Barbara Mills on Monday, February 18 at 7:30 PM at the Du Val Auditorium (1501 N. Campbell Ave. inside University Medical Center) to discuss From Typology to Topology: Social Networks and the Dynamics of the Late Prehispanic Southwest. Mills will discuss how the Southwest Social Networks Project evolved and the application of social network analysis to Southwestern data. The interdisciplinary Southwest Networks Project was designed to collect data from a large area of the U.S. Southwest and apply social network analysis to archaeological case studies. Contact Jon Boyd @ 520 444-6385 with questions about this, or any other AAHS program.


Training Opportunites – Kerrville
The Texas Archeological Society (TAS) is sponsoring two Academy sessions this spring – Mar. 1-3.  Archeology 101 at Victoria College: Two days with talks and hands-on activities; one day in the field at the Mc Neill site. The 101 will be lead by Dr. Harry Shafer and Dr. Jon Lohse.  AlsoArcheobotany  on April 6-7 at Riverside Nature Center in Kerrville. A host of archeologists will join Dr. Leslie Bush to present ethnobotany, plant dyes, grocery store botany, fire making and emerging technologies. Registration required two weeks in advance at www.txarch.org.  For more information call 800 377-7240.

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