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ARIZONA The Interior Department on Friday proposed a moratorium on new mining and grazing in a 176-square-mile area of central Arizona dotted with American Indian ruins, a possible first step toward creating a new national monument. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will begin gathering public comments on what should be done with the acreage it manages in the Black Canyon and Perry Mesa areas. The area surrounds the popular Sunset Point rest area along Interstate 17 and includes important archaeological sites, antelope habitat, a rugged stretch of the Agua Fria River and part of the Black Canyon Trail which once connected Phoenix and Flagstaff.

NEW MEXICO Shiprock or Tse' bit' A'i, Farmington or Totah, Animas River or Río de las Animas Perdidas, place names reflect our surroundings and our history. They indicate cultural roots and linguistic playfulness. Like a reverse crossword puzzle, they invite questions about from where such names come.

WYOMING,1249,110002009,00.html? A monument to James Birch will be dedicated Saturday. He was the last of 13 people in the 265-member Ellsworth handcart company to perish along the 1,300 miles of trail from Omaha, Neb., to Salt Lake City. Three other handcart companies also crossed Wyoming in 1856. Some 2,962 men, women and children came across the plains to Utah in handcart companies from 1843 to 1869. Of those, at least 250 died. Each handcart load averaged between 400 and 500 pounds. The bells are in the United States and are being displayed as war trophies. The two bells were taken from the island to F.E. Warren Air Force base in Cheyenne, Wyoming, as a trophy for successfully putting down the Filipino insurrection against Americans in 1901. Historians say the Church bells played an important role in the Filipino struggle against American occupation in 1898.

KANSAS Kansas was home to eight major forts that played significant roles in westward expansion, according to the Kansas State Historical Society. Two of them, forts Leavenworth and Riley, are major military installations today. The others are Fort Scott, Fort Larned, Fort Hays, Fort Dodge, Fort Harker and Fort Wallace.

OKLAHOMA This being 10,000 years ago, this skull is the oldest painted ‘something’ of North America. From Folsom spear points found at the site in the Cooper Wildlife Management Area north of Fort Supply, Okla., Bement said he dated the kills at 10,200 to 10,900 years ago. The type of bison found had been extinct some 8,000 years, he said. The Folsom points are so-called because they are the same as those first found near Folsom, N.M., and dated more than 10,000 years.

CYBERIA NPS goals can be reviewed on the Internet at Comments may be made directly on the website. Printed copies of the goals may be requested from GPRA Coordinator, Regional Directors Office, National Park Service, P.O. Box 25287, Denver, CO 8025-0287. Written comments may also be submitted by mail. All comments must be returned by Aug. 13. The goals set in the strategic plan are vital to achieving the NPS mission of preserving the country's natural and cultural heritage. Federal agencies must have a Strategic Plan that covers a a six-year period and includes specific outcome (results-oriented) goals to be achieved during that time. The Act also requires agencies to review their strategic plans every three years and to update and revise them as necessary. We invite you to be a part of that process by reviewing our goals and providing us with your comments. The collapse of the Khmer Rouge last year may help the princess's efforts to preserve Cambodia's cultural heritage. The tide is definitely turning - and the media is beginning to play the role of a catalyst. For some time now, Thailand's Channel 7 has been showing Khun Dej, a TV series based on a novel by Thai archaeology buff Sujit Wongthes. When he isn't managing a hectic love life, the hero of the show, Khun Dej, is rescuing (often violently) images of the Buddha and amulets from thieves working for rich art collectors. Aside from the entertainment, the series alludes to a fact that just about every tourist to Thailand knows: the country is a major market for stolen - and fake - artifacts. The ancient Romans used soap as an ointment to treat skin diseases. And in fact, a soap making factory was discovered in the ruins of Ancient Roman Pompeii, which was destroyed by a volcano in AD 79. The Romans did use soap to clean their clothes and they found it worked best when mixed with urine. In the city of Florence, the Emperor urged the townspeople to help. There were great pots at the street corners where people could add their own contributions to this. The urine was left for several weeks until it actually decomposed and gave ammonia, and ammonia is a very good cleaning agent. It will remove grease and dirt from fabrics. [ Ahhh!!, the archaeologist said. So that explains the spatial distribution of Florentine ceramics in public spaces !! ]