Concessionaire Demands Trademark Rights to Historic Grand Canyon Facilities
To those who know and love the Grand Canyon, the names of its historic lodges are synonymous with the national park itself. Phantom Ranch, Bright Angel Lodge, El Tovar — all bring to mind a place coveted worldwide for its sweeping views, river rapids and history told though layers of geology. But the fate of those names is up for debate after a longtime Grand Canyon concessionaire applied to trademark them. http://yhoo.it/1yZ6r7z – AP Via Yahoo News
Archaeology Southwest’s February Archaeology Café (Tucson) Considers “The Archaeology of Meat”
On February 3, 2015, Dr. Karen G. Schollmeyer and Allen Denoyer (Archaeology Southwest) will discuss what animal bones and stone tools can tell us about hunting, butchering, and eating in the distant past. We meet on the patio of Casa Vicente, 375 S. Stone Ave., Tucson. Presentations begin after 6:00 p.m. It is best to arrive before 5:30 p.m., as seating is open and unreserved, but limited. Archaeology Café is free, but guests are encouraged to order their own refreshments from the menu. http://bit.ly/1yZiv8O – Archaeology Southwest
Vandals Caught on Camera Vandalizing Rock Shelter near Sedona
Vandals damaged an archaeological site in Sedona in December, and U.S. Forest Service investigators are asking for the public’s help in finding the culprits. According to information from the Forest Service, witnesses saw “several individuals” remove and throw rocks from the walls of Jordan Cave on Dec. 16. Some rocks were also dug from the prehistoric clay floor of the site and thrown over a steep embankment. http://bit.ly/1xUDFlT – Arizona Daily Sun
The Southwest Museum Declared a National Treasure
The National Trust for Historic Preservation today named the Southwest Museum site in northeast Los Angeles as its newest National Treasure. The Trust selected the 100-year-old property for its historic and cultural significance, and its importance as an iconic community landmark in the Highland Park and Mt. Washington neighborhoods of Los Angeles. As part of its National Treasures campaign, the Trust will employ its expertise in historic sites to engage a broad, diverse group of local community groups and Los Angeles-area stakeholders to identify viable options and sustainable future uses for this beloved historic landmark. http://bit.ly/1yhNER9 – Native Times
Public Meeting on Fee Increase at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is seeking public comment on possible increases in the park’s entry fees. The proposal is to raise the basic entrance fee from $3 to $5. Anyone wishing to learn more about the changes, or make comments on them, is invited to a meeting to be held on Tuesday, January 27. The meeting will take place at the Gila National Forest office in Silver City located at 3005 East Camino del Bosque. The meeting will take place between 1 and 3 PM. Interested persons are welcome to come at any time during those hours. For further information about the meeting please call Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument at 575-536-9461 or contact the Superintendent at email@example.com
Research on the Winchester Rifle Found Last Week
There it was, abandoned for the ages, propped up against a juniper tree in far-eastern Nevada’s Snake Mountains, a Winchester Model 1873 repeating rifle… For archaeologist Eva Jensen, it’s something much more — a mystery that continues to baffle the staff at Great Basin National Park: Who owned it? A luckless hunter or miner? Maybe an outlaw on the run? http://on-msn.com/1zKwNNr – MSN news
2015 Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month Posters
Hot off the Presses! The 2015 Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month Posters are now available! For those in the Phoenix area, we would very much appreciate it if you could swing by the SHPO’s office (1300 W. Washington Street) to pick up the 2015 Archaeology Month Posters. This year’s design features the theme “Confluence of Travel, Trade, and Culture Through Time” and is made to look like a vintage newspaper from the turn of the twentieth century. Check out our website at www.azstateparks.com/archy
Popular Casa Grande Festival Seeks Support
Casa Grande Cowboy Days & O’Odham Tash organizers are seeking parade entries, food booth vendors and sponsorships for the Feb. 13-22 event. All entry forms and applications are available online at www.casagrandecowboydays.com.
Lecture Opportunity – Cortez
The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeology Society is pleased to present Becca Simon on Tuesday, February the Third at 7:00 PM at the Methodist Church, 515 Park Street, Cortez, CO to discuss “How to Clean a Soiled Dove REMIX: Developing Fourth Grade Curriculum with the Vanoli Site (5OR30).” Becca will discuss the Vanoli Sporting Complex, the red-light district in Ouray, Colorado from ca. 1881-1916, and data from archaeological research on the site that was used to create a fourth grade social studies unit for teachers to teach topics and skills emphasized in the Colorado Academic Standards. Contact Kari Schleher at 505-269-4475 with questions.
Lecture Opportunity – Tucson
On February 19, rock art researcher Janine Hernbrode discusses and illustrates a seven-year volunteer effort to record and interpret rock art in the Sutherland Wash Archaeological District, near Catalina, Arizona, in a presentation titled “An Intimate Look at a Petroglyph Site: Can That Really Be a Flower?” for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s 6-8:30 p.m. “Third Thursday Food for Thought” dinner at Karichimaka Mexican Restaurant, 5252 S. Mission Rd., Tucson. Guests may select and purchase dinner. There is no entry fee; donations will be requested. Seating is limited: Call 520-798-1201 and have your reservation confirmed before 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 18.
Lecture Opportunity – Santa Fe
Southwest Seminars Presents Archaeologist Kristin Kuckelman, who will give a lecture “The 13th Century in the Northern San Juan Region: It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times” at 6pm on January 26 at Hotel Santa Fe as part of the annual Ancient Sites Ancient Stories Lecture Series held to honor the people of Picuris Pueblo. Admission is by subscription or $12 at the door. No reservations are necessary and seating is limited. Refreshments are served. Call Connie Eichstaedt at 505 466-2775 email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://bit.ly/YhJddr – Southwest Seminars
Lecture Opportunity – Santa Fe
Southwest Seminars Presents Archaeologist Dr. Matt Schmader, who will give a lecture “Slingstones and Thundersticks: Coronado’s Deadly Siege and the Tiguex War in the Rio Grande Valley” at 6pm on February 2 at Hotel Santa Fe as part of the annual Ancient Sites Ancient Stories Lecture Series held to honor the people of Picuris Pueblo. Admission is by subscription or $12 at the door. No reservations are necessary and seating is limited. Refreshments are served. Call Connie Eichstaedt at 505 466-2775 email: email@example.com http://bit.ly/YhJddr– Southwest Seminars
Thanks to Cherie Freeman for contributions to this week’s newsletter.