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The Pace of Vandalism at Our National Parks Continues to Grow – 7/24/17

Diné and Pueblo Youth Join to Fight Fracking of the Chaco Landscape

Wild Potatoes Were on the Clovis Menu

New Journal for Bioarchaeology

Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Objects Sacred to Native Peoples Introduced in Congress

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New Journal for Bioarchaeology

New Journal for Bioarchaeology
Bioarchaeology is a young but quickly growing field that studies how people from the past lived and died, and is most often described as a combination of biological anthropology, archaeology and social theory. However, this field also faces a problem: There are many different approaches to and even definitions of bioarchaeological research, making it difficult to share findings across disciplines, organizations and geographic borders. http://bit.ly/2uzkL9k – Arizona State University

Photographer Advocates for National Monuments through His Art
Dykinga, 74, has spent decades using landscape photographs to influence public opinion in fights to protect pristine regions across the Americas. “We’re using beauty as bullets to fight this war,” he said. His latest battle involves an executive order that mandates review of 21 national monuments. Arizona sites include Ironwood Forest, Sonoran Desert, Grand Canyon-Parashant and Vermilion Cliffs. http://bit.ly/2uzrHU9 – Tucson Weekly

Youth Group Runs 80 Miles to Protest the Fracking of the Chaco Landscape
A group of runners completed an 80-mile trek to bring attention to hydraulic fracturing near the Chaco Culture National Historic Park — and health effects on area residents. The runners, each wearing T-shirts stating, “Get the frack out,” completed the run Monday at the Bureau of Land Management’s Farmington Field Office. http://bit.ly/2uz2Dwf – Farmington Daily Times

Diocese of Tucson Wins Three Historic Preservation Awards
For decades, the classically styled chapel sat empty, abandoned except as a storage area for old office chairs, beat up chalkboards and church decorations. There under the gaze of the images of the Gospel writers John, Luke, Matthew and Mark, the building constructed in 1916 by builder Robert Flores with graceful arches and cactus flower accents and even a spiral staircase, spent only a little of its 100 years as a chapel. Over the years it served as a parish dance hall, as a gymnasium, as make-shift offices and finally as an available empty space. http://bit.ly/2uz0XD5 – KVOA4.com

New Findings Indicate Aztecs May Have Sacrificed Women and Children
A tower of human skulls unearthed beneath the heart of Mexico City has raised new questions about the culture of sacrifice in the Aztec Empire after crania of women and children surfaced among the hundreds embedded in the forbidding structure.  Archaeologists have found more than 650 skulls caked in lime and thousands of fragments in the cylindrical edifice near the site of the Templo Mayor, one of the main temples in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, which later became Mexico City. http://reut.rs/2uyYmcj – Reuters

 Travelogue: Touring Mesa Verde
Tucked high in a rock face alcove, Cliff Palace is an eye-catching example of pre-Columbian Native American architecture, with 150 rooms and 23 ceremonial kivas, it is the stunning showpiece at Mesa Verde National Park, in southwestern Colorado.  Similar to the Chacoan construction throughout the region, Cliff Palace is a masterpiece of sandstone, mortar and wooden beams. http://bit.ly/2uzjwaa – AlbuquerqueJournal.com

 Lecture Opportunity – Cortez, CO
As part of the Four Corners Lecture Series, the Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeology Society is pleased to present Dr. Susan Ryan on Thursday, July 6th, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Sunflower Theater, 8 E. Main St., Cortez, CO to discuss The Northern Chaco Outliers Project. Susan discusses the new multiyear project started by Crow Canyon Archaeological Center archaeologists focused on the Haynie site, an ancestral Pueblo village located just northeast of Cortez. Contact Kari Schleher at 505-269-4475 with questions.

Lecture Opportunity – Santa Fe
Southwest Seminars Presents Dr. Donna Glowacki, Associate Professor Anthropology, University of Notre Dame and Research Associate, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center; Author, “Living and Leaving, A Social History of Regional Depopulaton in Thirteenth Centruy Mesa Verde”; Co-Editor, “Religious Transformation in the Late Pre-Hispanic Pueblo World,” who will give a lecture July 10 at 6pm at Hotel Santa Fe as part of the annual Voices of the Past Lecture Series held to honor and acknowledge The New Mexico History Museum. Admission is by subscription or $15 at the door. No reservations are necessary. Refreshments are served. Seating is limited. Contact Connie Eichstaedt at 505 466-2775; email: southwest seminar@aol.com; http://southwestseminars.org

 

 

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