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.