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From: J. MIKE LAVERDE THE EL PASO ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY Presents our World Famous Potluck Picnic hursday, August 19, 1999, 6:00 PM The Wilderness Park Museum 4301 Transmountain Road El Paso, Texas. Our August picnic will feature our annual potluck picnic under the gazebo at the museum. Bring a main dish, salad, side dish, hors d'oeuvres, or desert. Iced tea will be provided. Friends and family are invited. The picnic is free and open to the public. For more information call 751-3295 or check our web site at

NEW MEXICO Clovis and Beyond Conference Santa Fe, NM 28-31 Oct 1999 Chaco Area (map) The society of the canyon was unremarkable until the mid-ninth century, when a stunning transformation that archaeologists refer to as the Chaco Phenomenon occurred: The small pueblos were enlarged and became dozens of Great Houses, several with as many as hundreds of rooms, multiple stories and scores of sunken circular kivas, used for religious observances. Man Corn Theory about Anasazi fuels controversy. Iroquois white corn, a staple for centuries, has all but disappeared, supplanted by yellow hybrids. Now, the Cultural Heritage Institute in Santa Fe, N.M., is making efforts to put the early variety back on the market. Project director Arty Mangan says the corn's availability will provide economic opportunity and a source of nutritious food for people on the reservation. Popular yellow corn was developed for sweetness but lacks many of the nutrients of its older cousin. Still, chefs and restaurant owners who sampled the Iroquois white corn liked its taste. For more information call (505) 986-0347.

CALIFORNIA As the China Lake Exhibit Center petitions the U.S. Navy for "museum status," spectacular new outdoor exhibits are being added to attract visitors and educate them about China Lake's role in naval history. Human bones found by a property owner remodeling a home on Corral Hill in Jackson have been identified as American Indian and at least 150 years old, Amador County authorities said Monday. About half a skeleton and several Indian artifacts were unearthed from the McDowell Street parcel last week after owner Michael J. Coe spotted a femur sticking from the soil July 24 while expanding a basement, Amador County Sheriff's Deputy Drew Stidger said. A forensic anthropologist from Orangevale, Beverly Eddy, described it as a "flexed (or fetal-type) burial" in artifact-bearing soil. She said the body had been interred before the building of the first house in the area in 1852.

CYBERIA This summer, the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities' Jamestown Rediscovery Project has uncovered thousands of artifacts and a rough outline of some walls of the military fort, established in 1607 as part of North America's first permanent English settlement. You might not realize it, but there's history right under your feet.,local/3773bd21.803,.html A few feet beneath the topsoil, lies evidence of a 6,000-year-old village: remnants of stone tools, pehistoric ovens and homesites. Archaeologists think the area between the Missouri River and the Katy Trail along Missouri 94 once housed about 100 people. Rufus Estes' 1911 cookbook, appears to be the first African-American chef cookbook. A stolen piece from a thousand-year-old Mayan monument in Guatemala has been recovered from a U.S. collector and will be returned to its Central American homeland, authorities planned to announce today. Engineering feat rid London of cholera and the 'Great Stink.' The ingenious system of sewers installed in the capital, the first of the great sanitation projects, was the work of one of the centuries' greatest engineers: Sir Joseph Bazalgette. Between 1850 and 1900, the number of deaths from cholera and typhoid decreased 500-fold. By 1893, only 135 deaths were recorded for cholera, and fewer than 100 for typhoid. Ahead of this year's anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the Hiroshima municipal government has begun forming a plan to preserve the city's Atomic Bomb Dome in Naka Ward. The dome, a registered World Cultural and Natural Heritage site, is required to be preserved as it was following the atomic bombing on Aug. 6, 1945. Preservation work has been carried out twice in the past, once in 1967 and again in 1989. Researchers have recorded images of the insides of their heads in two-millimeter segments, using an imaging technique called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The images were projected one-by-one onto a special photo-sensitive liquid plastic that solidifies when exposed to light, and eventually formed into the exact shape of the original skulls. A WORLD War II submarine has been found buried under a north coast beach, 54 years after it went missing. The historic K9 vessel was discovered by maritime archeologist Tim Smith under 3m of sand on Submarine Beach at Seal Rocks, NSW.