ARIZONA It appears the city is botching the museum component of its revitalization scheme. Several of the key museum group leaders say no city official has reached out to them to ask their needs or preferences. At the same time, city planning documents remain entirely vague on where, when and which museums will be supported with how much money.

TEXAS Research has been completed and an application for a Texas State Historical Marker to be placed along Fairgrounds Road has been mailed to the Texas State Historical Commission.

CYBERIA The Victorian image of a solitary scientist dressed in a linen suit and pursuing lost worlds with a whisk broom has been zapped into oblivion by lasers and particle accelerators. The search for ancient cultures now is an expensive, high-tech enterprise that borrows from space exploration, medical research and nuclear physics. Christopher Scarre of Cambridge University in England has prepared a sweeping analysis of "high-tech digging" for Archaeology magazine. Dinosaurs are moving out of the museum on to the Internet, and taking over living rooms. The invasion of prehistoric curiosities has become so massive that natural history objects have become one of the biggest sellers at auctions, both live and on the Internet. The bones of at least 500 Huron Indians will be gently lowered into a gaping hole in the woods near this Midland-area community. They've been carted back to the burial pit into which they were first thrown in 1636 - with ceremony, dignity and prayers - and from which they were unceremoniously dug by archeologists more than half a century ago. Road workers here have unearthed extensive remains of a 19th century military fort, exciting archaeologists but worrying transportation officials about the cost of construction delays. Shocked by a $2.3 million deficit for the 1998-99 fiscal year - despite its highest attendance in history - Cincinnati Museum Center's new President and CEO Douglass McDonald says he is turning his focus to the future. She owns a private museum in this west-central Manitoba ghost town, which has a population of three. Carvings identical to ancient Chinese characters have been found in American Indian sites dating back thousands of years, the China Daily reported. They so closely resembled the 3,000-year-old Shang Dynasty characters for the sun, sky, rain, water, crops, trees and astronomy that if they had not been found in central America, Chinese experts would have automatically classified them as pre-221 BC Chinese script, the paper said. "If this is true, it means that native American culture is a branch of Chinese culture," said Ms Chang, an expert in Shang Dynasty script.