Message #375:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: The Southwest and the State Department Foreign Service Examination
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 96 11:09:00 MST
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A friend reports that the US State Department Foreign Service Examination 
was held last week.  The evening before the examination we met for coffee 
and a long chat about Southwestern archaeology.  She now has reported back 
that our meandering conversation just prior to the exam directly aided in 
her answering three questions.  Apparently there was a question about 
identifying the typical kinds of furniture found in a traditional Zuni 
house.  A second question dealing with proper American English grammar usage 
focused on a paragraph about the Anasazi in the 13th century AD and why they 
built some villages in protected alcoves prior to their 'abandonment' of the 
area.  A third question dealt with research  on fungal diseases in cacti and 
the reasons for the rise of the 'uban myth' of the "disappearing saguaro." 
 Curiously, my friend reported, there were no questions about other cultures 
and areas of the US such as Mennonite farmers, Acadians, Northwest coast 
Salish, Wisconsin dairy farmers, etc.  So, she felt it really quite 
interesting that three questions focused on detailed aspects of Southwestern 
cultural and natural history......

I told her she was brilliant and wished her well in endeavors which may come 
about because of her own hard work. I also disclaimed responsibility and 
refused to be held partially accountable for launching a State Department 
career  --  based my abuse of caffeine and frenetic posting of information 
to the world-wide web.  ;-)

Links for your enjoyment:
Commercial Use of the Saguaro
Housing in Zuni Pueblo
Agent-Based Modeling of Anasazi Village Formation in the NorthernAmerican Southwest

Brian Kenny