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Arizona Archaeology Expo Scheduled for Horseshoe Ranch

Arizona Archaeology Expo Scheduled for Horseshoe Ranch
The Arizona Game and Fish Department will get to show off the historic Horseshoe Ranch March 16 when the state hosts its annual Arizona Archaeology Expo there. The free expo is the centerpiece of a long list of activities celebrating Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Month in March. It takes place at a different location each year. http://bit.ly/Wpp0C8

Priority Deadline for Preservation Archaeology Field School Applications Friday, March 8
The third Preservation Archaeology Field School at Mule Creek, New Mexico, will convene from May 27 through July 7, 2013. This unique Archaeology Southwest-University of Arizona program provides undergraduate and graduate students with an opportunity to learn excavation, survey, and analysis methods in a stunning and archaeologically rich part of the American Southwest. Our innovative curriculum highlights the goals, ethics, and practice of Preservation Archaeology, which integrates research, education, and preservation within a community-based framework. Together, students and staff explore ethically responsible and scientifically rigorous field and research methods while investigating compelling questions about our shared past.

Celebrate Arizona Archaeology Month with the National Parks Traveler
Archaeology will be the topic of discussion throughout March in national monuments in northern Arizona. Throughout the month, visit Walnut Canyon National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument to learn more about the science of archaeology and how it applied in these national monuments. In the Flagstaff Area National Monuments alone, more than 3,000 archaeological sites have been recorded. Some of the artifacts found in the monuments are more than 10,000 years old. Through a combination of archaeological information and the oral traditions of present-day tribes, you can learn more about how the Ancestral Puebloan people lived and how their descendants continue many of the traditions and life-ways today. http://bit.ly/ZZWJTT

Reminder  – Archaeology Cafe (Tucson), Tuesday, March 5: Cooking Pots and Culture in the Zuni Region
Dr. Matt Peeples (Archaeology Southwest) shares how his experiments with cooking pots illuminated thirteenth-century social dynamics in the Southwest. We gather after 5:00 p.m., and presentations begin by 6:15 p.m. The program is informal, and we ask guests to share tables and make new friends. http://bit.ly/Wd08NI

Archaeology Month Celebration – Tucson
On Saturday March 16, Tucson’s Vista del Rio Residents’ Association and Old Pueblo Archaeology Center present the “Vista del Rio Archaeology Celebration” children’s activities at the City of Tucson’s Vista del Rio Cultural Resource Park, 7575 E. Desert Arbors St. (at Dos Hombres Road) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program features hands-on activities, demonstrations, and informational materials along the trails through Tucson’s Vista del Rio Cultural Park, where part of an ancient Hohokam Indian village is preserved. It is designed to educate children, especially ages 6 to 12, about the ancient people who lived at Vista del Rio and elsewhere in southern Arizona. Activities along the trails through the park include demonstrations of traditional Native American pottery-making and arrowhead-making, grinding corn using an ancient metate and mano, learning to play traditional Native American games, and making pottery and other hand-crafted artifacts to take home. No reservations are needed. http://bit.ly/ZdR5ZE

The Strange Case of Accused Grave Robber Forrest Fenn
“I’m sure not going to die in a hospital bed,” Forrest Fenn likes to say, and at 82 years old his is not an idle promise. He has spent his life as a treasure hunter, a real-life Indiana Jones who has bought, sold, traded, and dug his way to a peerless collection of artifacts. Now he is determined to avoid becoming “the leftovers of history” himself. And he recently set in motion a plan he thinks will make headlines—a thousand years from now. http://thebea.st/13zCIEM

University of Arizona School of Anthropology Seeks New Residential Scholar
The School of Anthropology invites scholars from all anthropological subdisciplines to apply to the Residential Scholar Program which offers the scholar residence in the School’s beautifully restored adobe home, consisting of a living room (with a working corner fireplace) kitchen, bedroom, bath and an enclosed porch that is ideal for a home office.  The scholar will also have broadband Internet throughout the complex and, except long distance calls, the Program will pay utilities.  During residency, the scholar will be expected to contribute to the teaching mission in the School of Anthropology through a lecture, workshop, or other form of scholarly interaction. http://bit.ly/Ykkyld

Photography Exhibit Opening – Blanding
In March of 2012 the BLM fuels archaeologist worked with a crew of five dedicated volunteers to photo document the rock art located in Upper Sand Island.  Those photos were then used to render scale drawings of the rock art images by an additional crew of 33 volunteers.  This photo presentation shows the steps involved in that documentation process and the final results after much editing.   The exhibit will run the duration of 2012. Contact  –  Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum 660 West 400 North Blanding, UT 84511 435-678-2238 parkcomment@utah.gov.

Lecture Opportunity – Santa Fe

Southwest Seminars presents Rory Gauthier, Archaeologist, Bandelier Cliff Dwellings National Monument, who will present a lecture,Archaeological Site Intrusions and Pueblo Migrations: A View from Pajarito Plateau Coalition Era Sites, 1175-1325 CE, on March 11 at 6pm at Hotel Santa Fe, a Picuris Pueblo enterprise, as part of the Ancient Sites Ancient Stories Lecture Series. Admission is by subscription or $12 at the door. Refreshments are served. No reservations necessary. Call or email Connie Eichstaedt tel: 505 466-2775 email: southwest seminar@aol.com website: http://bit.ly/YhJddr

Lecture Opportunity – Tucson
The next in the Tumamoc: People and Habitats lecture series is James Heidke speaking on The Initial Appearance and Development of Pottery Making in the Sonoran Desert  at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 6. Reservations are required and may be made by calling629-9455 or emailing cynthiaanson@email.arizona.edu. A shuttle runs between 5:30 and 6:00 from the bottom of the Hill for those who do not want to walk. The lecture is in the main historic building mid point up the Hill.

Last week’s issue of Southwest Archaeology Today inadvertently used the old name for the School for Advanced Research, which has not been called the School for American Research since 2007.  We regret posting this erroneous information.

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