A Chance for Public Comment on the Fracking of the Chacoan Landscape
The 10-member Farmington District RAC advises the Secretary of the Interior, through the BLM, on a variety of planning and management issues associated with public land management in the BLM’s Farmington District. Planned agenda items include: opening remarks from the BLM Farmington District Manager; updates on ongoing planning efforts; and briefings on the Mancos/Gallup Shale Environmental Assessment/Environmental Impact Statement and drilling permits, the Glade Run Recreation Area Recreation and Travel Management Plan, the Piñon Pipeline, the Chaco Canyon leases, and the wildhorse management plan. The RAC will meet on February 25 and 26, 2015, at the Farmington District Office, 6251 College Blvd., Suite A, Farmington, NM 87402, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The public may send written comments to the RAC at the BLM Farmington District Office, 6251 College Blvd., Suite A, Farmington, NM 87402. http://1.usa.gov/1vo3SOu – US Federal Register
Southwest Symposium Scheduled for January 14–16, 2016, at the University of Arizona
The Southwest Symposium promotes new ideas and directions in the archaeology of the United States Southwest and the Mexican Northwest. The 2016 symposium focuses on Engaged Archaeology, showcasing collaborative and participatory work with descendant groups and local communities, public archaeology, and interdisciplinary work, in spoken and poster sessions. Presentations demonstrate how engaged archaeology results in new understandings of the past and broadens the relevance of archaeology. http://bit.ly/1zqAyGX – Southwest Symposium
Arizona Congressional Delegation Asks the President to Protect the Grand Canyon Watershed
Three Arizona Congress members have written a letter to President Barack Obama calling for the establishment of what they’re calling the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument. U.S. Representatives Ann Kirkpatrick, Raul Grijalva and Ruben Gallego — all Democrats — have asked the president to protect the land surrounding the Grand Canyon from potential threats like uranium mining, logging and damage to archeological sites. http://bit.ly/1zsxYP2 – Fronteras
Archaeology Southwest Offers Pithouse Construction Workshop – Tucson
Join ancient technologies expert Allen Denoyer at a series of morning workshops in February, March, and April (days and times at the link). Participants will learn the basics of pithouse construction as archaeologists have inferred from excavated examples. Denoyer will lead participants through the construction process, from excavation of the house pit to creating the superstructure, putting each student hands-on with traditional tools and materials. Through our work, we hope to add detail to archaeological knowledge of these structures and ancient people’s experiences of making them. Workshop sessions will take place at Steam Pump Ranch in Oro Valley, Arizona. http://bit.ly/168woal – Archaeology Southwest
New Exhibit at the Heard Features Historic Photography of Isleta Pueblo
In this exhibit, the people of Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico tell their own story — their history and the lasting effects of nineteenth century changes on their lives today. Using many historic photographs and a variety of media, the story unfolds in three parts: First, the people describe the cycle of the traditional year as it was observed in the mid-nineteenth century. Next, they describe the arrival of the Americans, the ways the influx disrupted the Isleta way of life, how the people fought changes and “learned to become members of America on our own terms.” The final part examines the historic photographs as products of white culture, exploring the underlying ideas and values of the photos and asks “what kind of record they truly represent of our people and our ways.” http://bit.ly/1zswjJf – Heard Museum
Film Screening – El Paso
The El Paso Museum of Archaeology (4301 Transmountain Drive) presents a screening of Popol Vuh: The Creation Myth of the Maya, February 7, 2015, 2:00 to 3:15 pm, admission is free. The award-winning film by Patricia Amlin is an English-language animated one-hour movie suitable for all audiences. Patricia Amlin’s video version of the Popol Vuh is told by animating characters and events using images from ancient original Maya carved stone and stucco reliefs, engraved shells and bones, and painted books and vases.
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center Announces Archaeology, Education, and American Indian Initiatives Internships
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is currently accepting applications (application deadline is March 2nd, 2015) for archaeology, education, and American Indian Initiatives internships. We are seeking advanced undergraduate or graduate students in archaeology, anthropology, Native American studies, or other related fields to assist with archaeological field or lab work or educational programing related to archaeology of the Southwest. More information and application materials can be found at: http://bit.ly/1D2dShe – Crow Canyon
Lecture Opportunity – Cave Creek
On Febuary 11 at 7 pm, the Cave Creek Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society will present Eric Berg, who will be discussing his research on the archaeological aerial photography of Charles Lindbergh. There is no charge for attending this program. The chapter meeting will take place at the Community building (Maitland Hall) at The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (near the Dairy Queen). http://bit.ly/1aYMEY2 – Desert Foothills Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society
Lecture Opportunity – Coolidge
On Wednesday, February 4th, at noon, Bernard Siquieros will present a lecture on The History of Our Lands, Traditional Values. The talk is based on the history of the Tohono O’odham lands and O’odham traditional values as a way of life. The discussion will include the histories of traditional games, foods and contemporary life ways. Directions and additional information are available on the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument’s website, http://www.nps.gov/cagr, or you may call (520) 723-3172.
Lecture Opportunity – Santa Fe
Southwest Seminars Presents School for Advanced Research President, Dr. Michael F. Brown, who will give a lecture based on his anthropological work in Amazonia on February 9 at 6pm at Hotel Santa Fe as part of the annual Ancient Sites Ancient Stories Lecture Series held to honor the Pueblo of Picuris. Admission is by subscription or $12 at the door. No reservations are necessary. Seating is limited. Refreshments are served. Contact Connie Eichstaedt tel: 505 466-2775 email:firstname.lastname@example.org http://bit.ly/YhJddr – Southwest Seminars
Lecture Opportunity – Taos, NM
The Taos Archaeological Society is pleased to present Mary Weahkee and Marlon Magdalena lecturing and demonstrating Prehistoric Musical Instruments on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7 p.m.at the Kit Carson Electric Board Room, 118 Cruz Alta Road, Taos. Contact Chris Riveles @575-776-1005 for questions or further information.
Lecture Opportunity – Winslow
The Homolovi Chapter of AAS (Arizona Archaeological Society) is pleased to have Todd Bostwick as the February speaker; he will be presenting on the amazing Paul Dyck collection that was given to the Verde Valley Archaeology Center last year. The Homolovi Chapter meets Wednesday, 11 February, at 7pm in the Winslow Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center (Historic Lorenzo Hubbell Trading Post), 523 W. Second St, Winslow, AZ. You can also join us for dinner at 5pm at the Historic La Posada Turquoise Room (on your own tab). For question or further information, call Dennis Roshay at 928-536-3307.
Reminder – 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 will meet in the main dining room at 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
Tour Opportunity – White Tank Mountain Regional Park
On February 21, archaeologist Allen Dart leads Recreation Centers of Sun City West’s “White Tank Mountains Petroglyphs of Waterfall Canyon” educational tour in White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell, Arizona. The 30,000-acre park contains hundreds of Archaic and Hohokam petroglyphs, many of which will be seen in a 2.5-mile-roundtrip, fairly flat hike along the Waterfall Canyon-Black Rock Loop Trail. $35 includes park entry fee. Bring lunch and water, wear comfortable walking shoes. Register online at www.rcscw.com (click on the EXPLORE tab in left-hand column).
Introducing the Chipeta Archaeology Society – Montrose, Colorado
Our monthly meetings are free, open to the public and offer entertaining and educational archaeological presentations from around the world. This month’s meeting will be held Wednesday, February 18th, at 7 pm at the Baldridge Hall / Montrose United Methodist Church, S. 1st Street and Park Avenue, Montrose, Colorado, and will feature Bill Harris discussing the archaeology of the Colorado Plateau. http://bit.ly/1zszIrF – Chipeta Archaeology Society