On Day 1 of Week 6 of my home containment…I escaped! I went out in my car, I wore my face mask, I went to a couple stores, I didn’t sit in a chair in front of my laptop for 9 hours straight…and I realized how fortunate I was to have seen that day out as a respite.
How are you today? I truly hope you and yours are well.
As promised, we have included a link to the recording of John Welch’s Archaeology Café Online presentation in this week’s edition below. Thanks again to special guest Octavius Seowtewa for joining us that evening.
Commencement season brings us joy at Archaeology Southwest. We are so proud of our Preservation Archaeology Field School alumni every year as they graduate from their home colleges and universities. I’d like to recognize Johnny Schaefer (2017), who recently defended his master’s thesis, “Obsidian Procurement in the Gallinas Mountains of West Central New Mexico,” at the University of Missouri. Well done.
I’ll close with some good bird news: two of three pairs of Mexican Spotted Owls that had been living in an area near Flagstaff that was subsequently burned in last summer’s Museum Fire have been observed nesting there again.
Take care now, and we’ll see you next week,
President & CEO, Archaeology Southwest
Continuing Coverage: How You Can Help Protect Greater Chaco
The Farmington field office of the Bureau of Land Management is currently updating its Resource Management Plan, and the final version could impact how the lands surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park for decades to come. BLM’s preferred plan would allow oil and gas development right up to Chaco’s doorstep, jeopardizing fragile public lands and irreplaceable cultural resources and sacred sites in the greater Chaco landscape. What’s more, the BLM is continuing with plans to close its public comment period on May 28 despite calls from tribal leaders and New Mexico’s entire Congressional delegation to extend the deadline until public meetings can be held safely in person again. Join us for a free webinar TODAY, Wednesday, May 13, at 3:00 p.m. MDT to learn more about this plan. We will also provide information on how to submit public comments on the plan. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dOlk23usSDyFeoISkSj9ug. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/448170922693561/ – New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
Commentary: BLM Sidelines Tribal Voices
When the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) first proposed its draft Farmington Resource Management plan, which could open the entire area around Chaco Canyon to drilling under the “preferred” alternative, it was clear the proposal did not adequately protect Chaco. Its plan for the region puts cultural sites at risk and ignores the long-standing demands from tribal leaders, the governor, the entire congressional delegation, the state land commissioner and communities in the area for protections. Now, the voices of the tribes are being sidelined again during this time of unimaginable heartbreak. https://bit.ly/2xWM9FP – Representative Deb Haaland in the Albuquerque Journal
Dr. Debra Martin Takes Helm at American Antiquity
The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Debra L. Martin has been appointed as the new editor of the journal American Antiquity (AQ). American Antiquity is considered the premier journal of North American archaeology, devoted to the archaeology of the New World, method and theory pertinent to the study of New World archaeology, and other closely related subjects. AQ is one of three peer-reviewed journals published by the SAA. Her term will run from April 2021 to May 2026. https://bit.ly/3cq7fv6 – Society for American Archaeology
Video and Additional Resources: Casa Malpais and Kinishba
Explore additional content related to “A Tale of Two Cities: Casa Malpais, Kinishba, and the Elusive Promise of Archaeological Tourism,” John R. Welch’s May 5 Archaeology Café Online presentation featuring Octavius Seowtewa. In addition to a video recording of the discussion, this link features follow-up Q & A, a visitors’ guide, free PDF downloads of related issues of Archaeology Southwest Magazine, a reading list, and more. https://bit.ly/35V22cm – Archaeology Southwest
Blog: Zuni Pottery from the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson
The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson was a Spanish and Mexican period (AD 1775–1856) fortress located in downtown Tucson. During its 81 years of existence, between 400 and 500 people lived inside the fort, including about 100 to 110 soldiers. Nearby lived another 500 O’odham and Apache people. San Agustín was the northernmost presidio in the Pimería Alta area of southern Arizona and northern Sonora, and was quite isolated economically, with the nearest stores 100 miles away in Sonora at Imuris or Arizpe. People living in the fort relied on pottery manufactured by the local O’odham for cooking and serving food. The O’odham made plain ware and red ware vessels, some of the latter having painted designs. https://desert.com/zuni-pottery/ – Homer Thiel and Jim Heidke at the Field Journal (Desert Archaeology, Inc.)
The Women of Phoenix’s Heritage Square
What we fondly call Historic Heritage Square is actually a city park. A park that contains the last intact residential block of Phoenix’s townsite, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. This park is the centerpiece of Phoenix’s history, and much of it was built by women. https://bit.ly/3csoqwd – DTPHX
Online Resources, Events, and Opportunities to Help
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Arizona Museums from Home: The Museum Association of Arizona has created a page on our website that lists Arizona museums’ online resources so the public can find links to these museums’ wide range of collections, exhibits, videos, hands-on activities and learning materials all in one place. http://www.azmuseums.org/AzMuseumsFromHome/
Geology, Archaeology, and History Guide to Badger Springs Trail: Geologists, archaeologists, and hikers created a guide to Badger Springs Trail in Agua Fria National Monument. It’s a fun guide to a shady trail with a river at the end. It can be downloaded at: https://www.azarchsoc.org/resources/Documents/Rim%20Country%20Files/BadgerSpringsTrailAFNM.pdf
“Digitizing the Past: Recent 3D Modeling at Crow Canyon” with Grant Coffey, Thursday, May 21, at 4:00 p.m. MDT. Grant will discuss the creation of recent 3D models at Crow Canyon, the sites and artifacts presented, and how these models can be used to enhance distance learning opportunities. https://bit.ly/2AfYLse
Crow Canyon has added videos of several recent presentations to their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CrowCanyonConnects.
The Chimney Rock Interpretive Association invites you to join them TODAY, Wednesday, May 13, as Steven H. Lekson discusses “Millennium on the Meridian.” Space is limited to first-come, first-served. To join this special Zoom presentation online at 7 p.m., you will need the Zoom link and meeting ID located on www.chimneyrockco.org/lecture. https://bit.ly/2Wo6WLQ – Pagosa Springs Sun
Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project’s Chats with the Archaeologist: On Friday, May 15, from 2 to 3:00 p.m. MDT, Dr. Chester Liwosz will discuss historic Native American agricultural practices in the Southwest. This event will stream on our YouTube channel—please join us there, as Chester will take questions in the comments section. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWyaOW_tf-A&feature=youtu.be
Mesa Talks: Art Cruz of Ohkay Owingeh, Tuesday, May 26, from 6 to 8:00 p.m. MDT. Join us for our second Mesa Talks of 2020 as Art Cruz shares his knowledge of Phioge Pueblo. Art, whose Tewa name is Whaa Pin, is a tribal member of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. He received his education at Haskell College in Lawrence, Kansas, and is a gallery owner, cultural advisor, and author of traditional oral stories. Mesa Talks is brought to you by Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project and Los Luceros Historic Site. The presentation will be streamed online: https://www.facebook.com/events/194728524962276/.
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