Keith Riddle and Merilyn Lassman had planned to celebrate their retirement with a visit to the Grand Canyon — “a lifelong dream of ours,” she said. But because of the government shutdown, and the closing of the entire national park system, they found themselves instead in this village on the Hopi Indian reservation, learning about a people they had known almost nothing about. http://nyti.ms/17K3g75 – New York Times, and see http://bit.ly/GCT5qV – Durango Herald
Phoenix Archaeology Café Finds Individuals in the Archaeological Record
On October 15, 2013, Joshua Watts presents Traces of the Individual in the Distant Past: Projectile Points, Experimental Archaeology, and Ancient Craftsmen. 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.
Arizona Preservation Conference Announced
It’s time to make plans to attend the 2014 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference! The HP Conference will be held on June 11-13, 2014, in Rio Rico, Arizona at the Esplendor Resort. The Conference theme is: “Economic Engines of Historic Preservation.” Although online registration won’t begin until January, 2014, you can find out more information about the Conference (e.g., location, accommodations, call for presenters and sessions, call for award nominations, etc.) at: http://bit.ly/15fd2x4 – AZ Preservation Foundation
Crow Canyon Announces Archaeological Field School for High School Students
The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center announced this week dates for its three-week 2014 High School Field School: June 29–July 19, 2014. Crow Canyon, a not-for-profit research and education organization located in Cortez, Colo., offers the field school each summer for students seeking to experience archaeology firsthand and explore the spectacular Four Corners area of the Southwest. http://bit.ly/1a3vs2f – Digital Journal
Not-for-Profit Organization Sharing the Past with the Next Generation in Las Cruces
Seventy-two fifth-graders from Desert Hills Elementary School were able to peer into the history of prehistoric New Mexico Thursday, Sept. 19, at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. On exhibit is “The Cañada Alamosa: 4,000 Years of Agricultural History.” It will remain on display at the museum until March 16, 2014, and represents the work of Human Systems Research (HSR), a local nonprofit cultural resource contracting office. The extensive display of pottery, artifacts, photographs and oral histories interprets the long history of human occupation along the beautiful but rugged Rio Alamosa in Sierra and Socorro counties. http://bit.ly/1e2CqZB – Las Cruces Bulletin
Lecture Opportunity – Cortez
On Friday, October 11, 2013, author Erica Olsen will present Writing the Four Corners. The lecture will be held at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, 23390 Road K, Cortez, Colo., at 7:00 p.m.The event is presented as part of the Four Corners Lecture Series and is free of charge. Four Corners–area resident Erica Olsen is the author of Recapture, a collection of short fiction about the once and future West. Her essays and stories have appeared in publications such as the High Country News and the High Desert Journal. For more information, call 970-564-4396 or 800-422-8975, ext. 136.
Lecture Opportunity – Queen Creek
San Tan Chapter of Arizona Archaeological Society invites you to come to the San Tan Historical Museum on October 9th at 7:30 pm for Dr David Doyle’s presentation of History and Patterns of Human Settlement in the Western Papagueria, SW Arizona. Dr. Doyel’s presentation will focus on the most recent information on the prehistory of this area. He is a 2010 GAAC Award winner in Public Archaeology, and has an exemplary record of academic achievement for his involvement in public aspects of archaeology. The San Tan Chapter of AAS meetings are held at 7:30 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from September through May in the San Tan Historical Society Museum, 20425 S. Old Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ.
Lecture Opportunity – Salt Lake City
Jerry Spangler, professional archaeologist and expert on Utah’s Nine Mile Canyon, will speak about a new book on the subject Thursday, Oct. 10, from 12:15-1:15 p.m., in the S.J. Quinney College of Law building, Room 106, at the University of Utah. Spangler’s presentation, “Nine Mile Canyon: The Archaeological History of an American Treasure,” is named for his new book and traces the history of archaeological research in the canyon from the 1890s through the present. http://bit.ly/GG0Yfw – Deseret News
Lecture Opportunity – Santa Fe
Southwest Seminars Presents Dr. Thomas Dalton Dillehay, who will give a lecture: Monte Verde, Chile Revisited: A Southern View of the First Americans on October 14 at 6pm at Hotel Santa Fe as part of the annual Native Cultures Matter Lecture Series held annually to acknowledge the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). Admission is $12 at the door or by subscription. No reservations are necessary and refreshments are served. Seating is limited so plan to come early. Contact Connie Eichstaedt at 505 466-2775, email: southwest firstname.lastname@example.org or website: http://bit.ly/YhJddr
Lecture Opportunity – Santa Fe
Southwest Seminars Presents Dr. Eske Willerslev who will give a lecture: Our Human Genome and American Indian Continental Migrations on October 21 at 6pm at Hotel Santa Fe as part of the annual Mother Earth Father Sky Lecture Series held annually to acknowledge the New Mexico Environmental Law Center. Admission is $12 at the door or by subscription. No reservations are necessary and refreshments are served. Seating is limited so plan to come early. Contact Connie Eichstaedt at 505 466-2775, email: email@example.com or website: http://bit.ly/YhJddr
Pottery Workshop – Tucson
A Traditional Pottery Making Workshop with Andy Ward will be offered from 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday October 13-November 24 at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 2201 W. 44th Street, Tucson for $79 per person ($63.20 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members). The class is designed to help modern people understand how prehistoric Native Americans made and used pottery, and is not intended to train students how to make artwork for sale. It includes demonstration of traditional hand-building pottery techniques. Reservations are required by October 9: 520-798-1201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lecture Opportunity – Tucson
The Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society is please to present Laurie Webster on Monday, October 21 at 7:30 PM at the DuVal Auditorium (1501 N. Campbell Ave. inside University Medical Center) to discuss New Research With the Earliest Perishable Collections From Southeastern Utah. Webster will discuss her current work with the Green Collection compiled by Charles McLoyd and Charles Gray Graham in the Grand Gulch in 1891 and the Ryerson-Lang Collection made by Charley Lang and colleagues in the Grand Gulch and the surrounding area in 1894-1895. She will highlight some of the more remarkable 1000 to 2000-year-old perishable artifacts, such as textiles, baskets, sandals, hides, wooden implements, and other perishable artifacts from the Basketmaker and Pueblo-periods recovered from the region. Contact Jon Boyd @ 520 444-6385 with questions about this, or any other AAHS program.