CYBERIA A project to recreate a high-floor structure of the Jomon period (10,000 B.C.-300 B.C.) using stone tools is under way at the Sakuramachi ruins in Oyabe, Toyama Prefecture, where many pieces of wood from similar structures have been excavated. Online excavation. Log on and click on "interactive dig" to be transported to the year 1720. With Archaeology Magazine's first-ever online dig, all you need is a modem to get so close to the action you can almost feel the dirt under your nails, said Elizabeth Himelfarb, Assistant Editor of Archaeology. Your hands won't get dirty and you don't have to spend years digging in far-off countries. Auctions will host the first-ever online fossil auction at Featured auction items include the skeleton of a 50-million-year-old, 8-foot-tall cave bear and a 165-million-year-old fossilized shrimp uncovered in southern Germany. Danin identified a high density of pollen of the tumbleweed Gundelia tournefortii. The analysis also found the bean caper (Zygophyllum dumosum). The two species coexist in a limited area. An image of the Gundelia tournefortii can be seen near the image of the man's shoulder. Some experts have suggested that the plant was used for the "crown of thorns." The company behind the archaeology in preparation of reconstructing part of Fort Phil Kearney is seeking volunteers for the job slated to begin Monday. An adventure story in the grand tradition, "Thunderhead" is entertainment that profits from its authors' thorough grounding in the archaeology and lore of the American Southwest, particularly the persistent legend of Quivira, the Lost City of Gold.

CALIFORNIA The Great Stone Church at Mission San Juan Capistrano on Monday received a $1-million state grant, a significant step toward refurbishment. Completed in 1806, just six years after opening, an earthquake knocked loose the 120-foot bell tower, killing 40. Built by the Juaneno Indians for the Spanish missionaries, the church was the largest stone building west of the Mississippi when it was made.

NEVADA Sutro also envisioned a meticulously designed town that would put all others in the area to shame. According to folklore, Preiss said a pond filled with water from the tunnel _ which is still at the site _ was used by Sutro as a home for frogs, and thus provided a supply of frogs' legs. Of special interest to historians is the visit to Sutro by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in 1879. According to historical accounts, the former president spoke on the porch of the Sutro mansion and rode in the tunnel to Virginia City. The public has not been allowed to visit Sutro since the 1960s. During the 1970s, the town became an artist's community. Today, the historic site encompasses about 40 acres and a dozen residents, Leonard said.

UTAH A small paleontology firm based in Vernal, Utah, has made a big discovery, on June 21 near Jensen, Utah, while monitoring the right-of-way for a pipeline. The Bureau of Land Management had advised Williams to retain the services of numerous environmental, archaeological and paleontological consultants to meet federal and state requirements for the protection of scientifically- significant resources along the pipeline project. Dinosaur National Monument, which contains the largest quarry of Jurassic Period dinosaur fossils ever found, is also in the general vicinity of construction, although the pipeline right-of-way does not traverse it. As for others who may have hopes of finding bones in the area, Phillips cautioned that treasure hunting on public lands is prohibited. Curators were surprised and thrilled when a woman appeared at a Nevada museum in Carson City to donate all 316 artifacts after collection owner Stephan Mueller died while on an excursion in a remote area of northern Utah. But federal investigators said the artifacts, valued at more than $10,000, had been illegally excavated from public lands in Utah and Nevada in violation of the federal Archaeological Resource Protection Act. The state’s oldest existing train depot was built in 1872 and is on the National Registry of Historical Places. The Utah Southern Railroad was owned by the Mormon Church and the Lehi Depot was the terminus in 1871 until 1872 when the railroad was completed into Payson.

ARIZONA The townsite was first created in 1879 by a cowboy. A year later the railway crews moved in. There were twenty-three saloons and as many Chinese laundries...and in the back of each laundry was a hop joint -- an opium den. A consultant's report on a plan to convert the empty Scottsdale Galleria into a museum says it will cost nearly $32 million more than backers had predicted to get the empty shopping center museum-ready. The report said it would cost $106.9 million to create the Museum of Progress in the Galleria as part of a planned downtown redevelopment project, the Canals of Scottsdale. The figures were prepared by five museum experts, including Phoenix architect Richard Pace, who were paid $100,000 by the museum backers to make the study.

NEW MEXICO The museum, widely known for its information and education resources on nuclear weapons and the Cold War, has been located at Kirtland for the past 30 years. However, due to its isolated and inconvenient location, and its limited physical structure, a new site is necessary. The Balloon Fiesta Park is the museum's favored site for relocation. Many of those at the meeting argue that an outdoor display area would be an eyesore in their neighborhood.

TEXAS "I came to the Panhandle in 1889 with my parents from McPherson, Kan.," Mrs. Louise Dean Lowndes told the Amarillo Globe-News for its Golden Anniversary Edition in 1938. "I remember riding with brother chasing coyotes across the prairie. My brothers used to gather buffalo bones, earning their spending money that way. There were plenty of bones, and they were worth about $15 a wagonload delivered to the depot."