Negative Propaganda about Proposed Bears Ears Monument Spreading in Southern Utah
Forged letters and flyers appearing at gas stations and post offices in tribal lands in Utah are spreading false information about a proposal to create a national monument that protects Native American land. The proposed Bears Ears National Monument, named for the Bears Ears Buttes in south-eastern Utah, would cover up to 1.9m acres of land that is culturally significant to Native American tribes. The land is considered sacred to tribe members, and it contains more than 100,000 archaeological sites and structures. http://bit.ly/1stBl9z – The Guardian
It’s Time to Register for the Pecos Conference
You can now register for the conference online! First, follow the link to the type of registration you want, and then, complete the form. After confirming your registration via email, you’ll be re-directed back to this page, where you can pay using the PayPal button below. http://bit.ly/1stCfTB – Pecos Conference
This Time, the Despicable Auction Will Be Held in the U.S.
More than 100 items collected on two Native American reservations, including three guns retrieved from the site of a massacre that left about 300 Native Americans dead in 1890 and a ceremonial pipe that belonged to one of the most respected tribal chiefs, are scheduled to be auctioned next week in the U.S., prompting questions from tribal leaders about the ethics and legality of such a sale. http://bit.ly/1U7CRss – Associated Press Via Colorado Springs Gazette
Paleoindian Deposits Identified on California’s Channel Islands
On a rugged island just offshore from Ventura County, archaeologists have turned up evidence of some of the oldest human activity in coastal Southern California. On Santa Cruz Island, the largest of the Channel Islands, researchers have found three sites scattered with ancient tool-making debris and the shells of harvested shellfish. The youngest of the three sites has been dated to 6,600 BCE, but based on the types of tools found at the other two, archaeologists say they may be as much as 11,000 to 12,000 years old. http://bit.ly/28dOmVr – Western Digs
Utah Almost Finished Digitizing State Site Records
A three-year effort to scan nearly 120,000 archaeological site records into an online database is done, Utah state officials announced this week. The Archaeological Site Form Scanning Project involved staffers scanning tens of thousands of paper forms to a state website, a step leaders with the Utah Division of State History say will make research easier and streamline the permitting process for those wanting to work on projects on public lands. http://bit.ly/1r8LPtO – The Spectrum
A Tour of Arizona State University’s Whole Vessel Collection
In a nondescript building in an industrial area of Tempe, one room crackles with treasures of the ancient Southwest. Here sit pots of Salado polychrome, Show Low Black-on-Red, Sacaton Red, White Mountain Redware and others. The shelves are a tour across prehistoric Arizona, illuminated by the reds, oranges, ochres, browns, blacks and whites of canyons and deserts. There are giant polychromes — multicolored pots — used in feasts and a 30-gallon Hohokam water storage pot. It sat in the corner of a dwelling and was filled by smaller pots carried up from the canal. http://bit.ly/28dMRq0 – ASU
New Mexico Man Sentenced for Pot-Hunting
A Deming man has been sentenced to two years of probation for digging on federal land and removing several pieces of broken Mimbres pottery in southern New Mexico. http://bit.ly/1U2JWJy – KRWG
Lecture Opportunity – Cortez
As part of the Four Corners Lecture Series, the Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeology Society will present Ruth Van Dyke at 7 p.m. June 11 at the Methodist Church, 515 Park St., Cortez. Van Dyke will discuss new excavations at the North Ruin at Aztec, a Chacoan outlier on the Animas River in northwestern New Mexico. For more information, call Kari Schleher at (505) 269-4475.
Lecture Date Correction – Cortez
Archaeologist Grant Coffey will speak on “Creating Symmetry: Building Social Landscapes in the Central Mesa Verde Region,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9, (rather than June 8) at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.
Lecture Opportunity – Santa Fe
Southwest Seminars Presents Meredith Davidson, Curator, 19th and 20th Century Collections and Curator, Setting the Standard The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy, New Mexico History Museum Exhibition who will give a talk June 6 at 6pm at Hotel Santa Fe as part of the annual Voices From the Past Lecture Series held to honor and acknowledge The New Mexico History Museum; Admission is by subscription or $12 at the door. No reservations are necessary. Refreshments are served. Seating is limited. Contact Connie Eichstaedt 505 466-2775 email: southwest firstname.lastname@example.org. http://bit.ly/YhJddr – Southwest Seminars
Lecture Cancellation – Winslow
The June 8th meeting of the Homol’ovi Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society has been cancelled. The next meeting will be Wednesday, July 13. A notice will be provided soon.