Message #55: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Subject: Archaeological Repository Date: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 07:00:26 -0700 (MST) Mime-Version: 1.0 The US Bureau of Reclamation anf the US Forest Service awarded a $6.2 million contract to Arizona State University's Department of Anthropology. The Anthropology Department will receive approximately 40,000 archaeological specimens recovered during the construction of the Central Arizona Project and modification projects at Roosevelt Dam, Horseshoe Dam, and Bartlett Dam. The department will permanently house the collections and provide access to the artifacts for students and researchers. ASU also will continue its close working relationship with local Indian Communities to ensure that artifacts of religious significance are handeled appropriately. The University will make a special effort to attract American Indian student interns and trainees to help maintain this collection. This is an extraordinary addition to ASU's colllection of Southwestern U.S. artifacts. ASU maintains one of the most significant repositories of Hohokam and other prehistoric materials in the world. These additional collections represent a vast resource for students, research faculty, and natural history scholars to learn more about the civilizations that inhabited this region hundreds of years ago. ASU intends to develop virtual access capabilities to the collection via the Internet that will allow anyone to scan the collection, retreive information, and use it for educational and research purposes. The artifacts transferred to ASU under the agreement will be catalogued and stored on the main campus.