National Endowment for the Humanities Provides Grant to Digitize and Preserve Data from Salmon Pueblo
Carrie Heitman, an assistant professor of archaeology at UNL, will lead the digitization of the Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection that tells the story of the indigenous Chacoan culture through its architecture, tools, and other artifacts. The Salmon Ruins Museum, project co-director Paul Reed of Archaeology Southwest, and the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia are also partners on the project, which will begin in May and continue through October 2017.
http://bit.ly/1ypKP28 – Lincoln Journal Star
This Editor Looks Forward to Reading Chaco Meridian, Edition 2.0
A second edition of Chaco Meridian by S.H. Lekson has been published by Rowman & Littlefield, fifteen years after the initial appearance of the book. Data developed over the past decade and a half extend the Meridian four centuries earlier, two centuries later, and 700 kilometers longer. Over two-thirds of the second edition is new, including an ethnographic model from Mesoamerica which “fits” Chaco better than current alternatives. Filled with data, arguments, anecdotes, allusions, innuendos, vitamins and minerals, and with a snappy new cover, the second edition of “Chaco Meridian” will rock your world. Or not. From Amazon or http://bit.ly/1BIOMA8 – Rowman & Littlefield.com
In Phoenix – An Attempt to Save Historic DeGrazia Murals
Inside a worn-down building on the edge of downtown, a rambling mural that covered nearly the length of one wall looked like something a traveling artist might have painted for the sole purpose of settling a bar tab — as many here suspect was the case. The 65-year-old mural, a tribute to alcohol, depicted guards armed with shotguns overseeing a still; women hovering like ghosts, a glass in each hand; and a dancer with one leg raised high, bloomers in full view. Even to the best-trained eye, it did not look like much. But the work represented a rare link to its creator, Ted DeGrazia, a wildly prolific artist born when Arizona was just a territory, whose career followed a trajectory that in many ways paralleled the ascent of the region that served as his muse. http://nyti.ms/1xM1u5e – New York Times
The Los Angeles Times Profiles Two Descendientes of the Presidio de Tucson
Ted Ramirez steadies his cowboy hat and slides behind an oversize cup of coffee at a trendy diner a few blocks from what remains of Tucson’s first building, the Spanish fortress his great-great-great-great-grandfather had a hand in establishing. http://lat.ms/1bH1CZP – Los Angeles Times
National Parks Facing $11.5 Billion in Deferred Maintenance
The National Park Service said Monday there is close to $11.5 billion in deferred maintenance in the nation’s parks, more than $516 million of it due at facilities in Arizona. Most of the state’s amount was attributable to a backlog of projects at Grand Canyon National Park, which needs $329 million in roads, water systems, and other improvements, according to the report. http://bit.ly/19wBpeE – KTAR
A Surprising Fact about Museums in the United States
There are roughly 11,000 Starbucks locations in the United States, and about 14,000 McDonald’s restaurants. But combined, the two chains don’t come close to the number of museums in the U.S., which stands at a whopping 35,000. http://wapo.st/1NtXbPE – Washington Post
Lecture Opportunity – Cave Creek
During the 1890s, local “cowboy” archaeologists excavated thousands of prehistoric perishable artifacts from alcoves in southeastern Utah and shipped to museums outside the Southwest. Laurie Webster discusses her recent research with these early collections and highlights some of the extraordinary 1,000- to 2,000-year-old textiles, baskets, hides, wooden implements, and other perishable artifacts recovered from these archaeological sites. April 8th, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, at the Community Building (Maitland Hall) of the Good Shepherd of the Hills Church, 6502 E. Cave Creek Road, no charge, http://bit.ly/1aYMEY2 – Desert Foothills Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society
Lecture Opportunity – Cortez, CO
The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeology Society is pleased to present Bridget Ambler on Tuesday, April 7th, at 7:00 PM at the Methodist Church, 515 Park Street, Cortez, CO, to discuss The Lindenmeier Site: Folsom Investigations on Colorado’s Front Range. Bridget will discuss archaeological history and collections research on the Lindenmeier site, one of the most widely-known Folsom Paleoindian sites in North America. Contact Kari Schleher at 505-269-4475 with questions.
Lecture Opportunity – Santa Fe
Southwest Seminars Presents Dr. David E. Stuart, Senior Scholar, School of Advanced Research; Professor of Anthropology, University of New Mexico who will give the lecture Decline of the Chaco World: The Risks of Growth on April 6 at 6pm at Hotel Santa Fe as part of the Ancient Sites Ancient Stories II Lecture Series held to honor the work of The Archaeological Conservancy. Admission is by subscription or $12 at the door. No reservations are necessary. Seating is limited so come early to get a seat. Refreshments are served. Contact Connie Eichstaedt. tel: (505) 466-2775 email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://bit.ly/YhJddr- Southwest Seminars
Lecture Opportunity – Winslow AZ
“We are particular to preserve….”: The Wetherills and their Archaeological Investigations on the Colorado Plateau. Harvey Leake will discuss the activities of his ancestors, the Wetherill family of Mancos, CO, regarding their involvement with archaeology on the Colorado Plateau. The Homolovi Chapter of AAS meets the second Wednesday of the month (8 April 2015) at 7 pm at 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 5 p.m. at the Historic La Posada Turquoise Room (on your own tab). Questions, call Sky Roshay at 928-536-3307.
Workshop Opportunity – Tucson
On April 11th and 12th from 9 to 4, and April 19th from 9 to noon, ceramist Andy Ward offers the 3-day “Ancient Native American Pottery Replication Workshop: Corrugated Ware of the Mogollon Culture.” In this workshop students explore and recreate prehistoric Mogollon culture corrugated pottery, learn the history of corrugated pottery types, and experience the entire process of reproducing them, from processing raw materials to hand-coiling vessels to firing outdoors. Each participant leaves with an authentic, finished reproduction of a prehistoric corrugated pot. $70 ($56 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members). 520-798-1201 or email@example.com.
Training Opportunity – Phoenix
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation will be presenting two training classes in Scottsdale in April. The Section 106 Essentials covers the fundamentals needed to carry out or participate in a federal historic preservation review. A case study and small group exercises provide opportunities for participants to apply the ACHP’s regulations to real-life scenarios. The Advanced Seminar is a one-day course that treats the effective management of complex or controversial undertakings and includes a newly expanded focus on the development of successful Section 106 agreements. http://1.usa.gov/1xMamaV – ACHP
Reminder! Recent Work at Southern Arizona’s Guevavi Mission Featured at the Next Archaeology Café (Tucson)
On April 7, 2015, Dr. Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman (University of Arizona) and J. Homer Thiel (Desert Archaeology, Inc.) will share the latest information from their excavations at Guevavi, an eighteenth-century Spanish mission. http://bit.ly/1xqXVRP – Archaeology Southwest