Tribal Development Rights Trump Historic Preservation in Palm Springs
Tribal rights bumped up against historic preservation in Palm Springs this week, when the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians started tearing down a 1959 spa and casino in a city that is passionate about midcentury modern architecture. The downtown Spa Resort Casino complex’s concrete-domed entrance colonnade, which led to the property’s hot springs, was the first feature to be torn down in a process that will take months. The tribe declared a sovereign right to improve the property and said it is protecting an ancient and sacred hot mineral spring. http://lat.ms/1pfDHQ3 – Los Angeles Times
SMRC Resumes Popular Sonoran Mission Tour Program
Four years ago, the Southwestern Mission Research Center ceased taking busloads of inquisitive folks to tour northern Sonora, along the routes blazed by Jesuit explorer Eusebio Francisco Kino. The trips, which had been occurring for more than three decades, came to a halt over fears of insecurity in the small towns. But the center has resurrected its tours, starting with one late next month. It’s a good sign, not just for the center and its volunteers of Pimería Alta fans, but for many on both sides of the line who long for a time when cross-border trips were common, part of daily life, and not given to second-guessing. http://bit.ly/1sSoZ7y – Arizona Daily Star
Archaeologist Steve Nash Kicks Off Seventh Season of Archaeology Southwest’s Archaeology Café
On Tuesday, October 7, at 6 pm at Tucson’s Casa Vicente, 375 S. Stone Ave., Dr. Stephen E. Nash (Denver Museum of Nature & Science) will discuss the research potential of collections made by archaeologist Paul Sidney Martin and housed at the Field Museum. http://bit.ly/1s6fb5N – Archaeology Southwest
Schedules for the 2014–2015 Season of Archaeology Café Now Online
Archaeology Southwest welcomes you to Archaeology Café, an informal forum where adults can learn more about the Southwest’s deep history and speak directly to experts. Archaeology Southwest’s popular program is beginning its seventh season in Tucson and its third season in Phoenix.
Tucson schedule: https://www.archaeologysouthwest.org/what-we-do/events/arch-cafe/archaeology-cafe-tucson/
Phoenix schedule: https://www.archaeologysouthwest.org/what-we-do/events/arch-cafe/archaeology-cafe-phoenix/
Games Recovered from the NM Atari Excavations to Be Sent to Museums and Sold to Collectors
Remember when Xbox Entertainment Studios and Lightbox Entertainment spent a weekend digging up a bunch of Atari cartridges from a landfill? Both studios may have gotten the documentary footage they were looking for, but what do you do with the cartridges after the joy of proving an urban tale fades? In the case of Alamogordo, the town that has jurisdiction over said landfill, you sell more than half of them. http://aol.it/1pfBHqY – Joystiq
Mogollon Archaeology Conference – Las Cruces
The 18th Biennial Mogollon Archaeology Conference sponsored by the Department of Anthropology at New Mexico State University will be held at the Corbett Center Auditorium on the NMSU campus on Friday and Saturday Oct 10-11, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. A reception for registration will be held at the NMSU Museum( Kent Hall) from 5-7 pm Thursday Oct. 9, 2014. The sessions will contain presentations by 40 leading archaeologists from Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Nevada, and Mexico on Mogollon Archaeology including Mimbres, Jornada, and Northern Chihuahua Areas. Although the papers are technical, they can be appreciated and enjoyed by avocational and armchair archaeologists as well. http://bit.ly/1pfDah0 – 2014 Mogollon Archaeology Conference
Rock Art 2014 Symposium – San Diego, CA
The San Diego Rock Art Association (SDRAA) announces Rock Art 2014, San Diego’s 39th Annual Rock Art Symposium, to be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014. After the San Diego Museum of Man announced it would discontinue its sponsorship of the meeting, SDRAA has taken over as host with a new lower price for registration. The Call for Papers on any aspect of rock art research has been issued and papers may be submitted for publication. Send Abstracts by October 26 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Full information and online registration is at http://bit.ly/1qOzuIh – San Diego Rock Art Association
Arizona State Museum Annual Book Sale – Tucson
The Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society (AAHS) is pleased to present the ASM Library Benefit Book Sale, Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., ASM lobby. This very popular USED book sale is hosted by the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society. Books start at $2, journals as low as 50¢, huge selections in anthropology with emphasis on U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico; non-academic materials, too! Proceeds benefit the ASM Library. AAHS and ASM members admitted one hour early (at 9 a.m.) for exclusive shopping! Enjoy free admission to the museum today. The book sale is free and open to the public. For more information please visit the AAHS website: http://bit.ly/1uhONZh, or contact John D. Hall at email@example.com with questions about this or any other AAHS program.
Exhibit Opening – Los Alamos
The Bradbury Science Museum unveils a new interactive exhibit at 4 p.m., Sept. 17, featuring the rich history and current research into archaeology, wildlife biology, local climate and sustainability efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory. “Our role is to support the mission of the Laboratory while being good stewards of the environment,” said Jen Payne, a team leader in the Laboratory’s Environmental Stewardship Services Group and exhibit curator. “The National Historic Preservation Act requires us to share our knowledge of cultural resources with the public. This new exhibit helps us to do public outreach and provide virtual access to some of the unique archaeological sites situated on Laboratory property.” http://1.usa.gov/1uNIaOu – Los Alamos National Laboratory
Lecture Opportunity – Camp Verde
The Verde Valley Archaeology Center presents the Sherman Loy Memorial Award annually to an avocational archaeologist for their outstanding efforts in the protection and promotion of the archaeological heritage of the Verde Valley. The 2014 award will be presented on September 30 at 7 pm in the Cliff Castle Casino Hotel Ballroom in Camp Verde. The recipient of this award will be Joe Vogel. Following his retirement from Eastman Kodak in 1987, he spent his days patrolling known archaeological sites — and discovering new ones — from the cockpit of his 1967 Citabria airplane. Joe has photographed more than 900 sites from 1,000 feet in the air. The evening will include a presentation by Joe of some of his aerial photography, as well as remarks by Dr. David Wilcox on the significance of his photography. For more information visit http://bit.ly/13QptML – Verde Valley Archaeology Society
Lecture Opportunity – Cortez
Dan Simplicio, a Zuni tribal member who is laboratory education coordinator at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, will discuss changes in the Zuni lifeway, cultural practices and language, as part of his Four Corners Lecture Series presentation, “A:shiwi A:wan Ulohnanne: The Zuni World?” Simplicio’s talk will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Gates Building at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, 23390 Road K, Cortez. Admission is free.
Lecture Opportunity – Telluride
At 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, Kari Schleher will present “The Archaeology of Pueblo Pottery: A History of Ancestral Pueblo Pottery Studies in the Southwest” at the Wilkinson Library in Telluride. During her hour-long presentation, which is free to the public, she will explore how the knowledge of southwestern history has been shaped by pottery studies. She will discuss how pottery is helping to address questions of migration and community development in the Basketmaker III period in the Mesa Verde region as part of Crow Canyon’s Basketmaker Communities Project.
Workshop Opportunity – Cortez via Telluride
During a day program at Crow Canyon on Friday, Sept. 26, Kari Schleher will lead participants deeper into that topic. The tour will include the great kiva at the Crow Canyon’s current excavation, the Dillard site, as well as the Pithouse Learning Center on campus, plus two hours in the Center’s research lab. There, individuals wash artifacts from the Dillard site and learn to analyze different pottery styles used here and in other areas of the Four Corners. For example, pottery found at the Dillard site included serving dishes, while cooking and food storage types predominated at the smaller hamlets. The fee for the Sept. 26 program is $80 for Telluride History Museum members and $90 for non-members. A carpool will leave from the museum at 9 a.m.; attendees from other areas can arrange to meet at Crow Canyon http://bit.ly/1wth1Eo – Telluride Historical Museum