Tuesday December 28, 1999

UTAH A northern branch of the Anasazi constructed Hovenweep's towers a thousand years ago. They had a network of trade set up across the Great Basin: Anasazi pottery, turquoise from the Southwest, obsidian from Montana, and even seashells from the Gulf of California. About 60 miles from Hovenweep, rock art panels depict overlapping drawings from the Anasazi, Fremont, and 19th Century Navajos on horseback. The initials of modern vandals are also carved into the smooth cliff face.

ARIZONA One hundred years ago, the first resident automobile hit the dirt lanes of Tucson. It was a steam-powered Loco-mobile transported here by train. The Arizona Historical Society Museum exhibit is called "Dr. Fennerís New Buggy." 520-628-5774. Yuma dedicated the first of 25 bronze plaques that will commemorate properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings are in downtown Yuma and in the Brinley District, located along Madison Avenue and 2nd Street, which is the city's oldest residential district. Costing $350 each installed, the plaques are paid for through a federal Community Development Block Grant. The Tombstone City Council was urged to revitalize the Main Street Program as a way to insure that the National Park Service does not revoke National Historic Landmark (NHL) status. The city has not exercised proper stewardship of the landmark. Terrible flames destroyed a pit house more than 1,000 years ago, forcing its inhabitants to flee the dwelling, abandoning their personal possessions. But that fire may have left behind a jewel. Archaeologists with the Navajo Nation Historic Preservation Department discovered this diamond in the rough about two years ago. They believe the residents who fled were Anasazi Indians who lived in this area at that time...

NEW MEXICO The LodeStar Astronomy Center will open today. A related $22 million astronomy-themed tourist destination outside Grants, faces opposition from Acoma Pueblo. Acoma officials have said the sky park site would interfere with their religious practices. Joyce Begay-Foss passed on time-worn information about natural dyes, loom construction and regional weaving styles that otherwise can escape many affluent collectors, the general public and Native Americans. She was promoted last week to director of education at the Living Traditions Center at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe. State law mandates that any human burial in any unmarked grave found in New Mexico be "afforded the protection of law and shall receive appropriate respectful treatment and disposition."


From: Marguerite Davis El Paso Archaeology Society Meeting, January 20, 2000 , 7:30 pm -- John Roney The Late Archaic Cerros de Trincheras of Northwestern Chihuahua. Cerros de trincheras are among the most dramatic prehistoric features in the southwest. These sites consist of extensive complexes of residential terraces built on the summits and upper slopes of isolated volcanic hills. Until recently these sites were best known from Sonora and southern Arizona, and most were attributed to late prehistoric times. However, recently a series of ceros de trincheras have been found in northwestern Chihuahua which are almost 3000 years old. Some of these sites are massive, with over three miles of terrace walls and evidence of intensive occupation. These are some of the earliest sites in the southwest with abundant evidence of agriculture, and they contradict most of our assumptions about the Late Archaic Period. The talk will describe some of the most recent investigations at these sites and their implications for the initial spread of agriculture into the region. John Roney has a BA from Carleton College, and a MA from Eastern New Mexico University. He has worked for the BLM for over twenty years as an archeologist.

MEXICO Con autorizacion de Freiderich Katz, El Diario reproduce una parte del libro "Pancho Villa" el la que se narra la invasion al poblado de Columbus hace 83 anos, en la que delva una excitante interrogante: Realmente participo Villa en el ataque? En marzo de 1916, el general John Pershing ingreso a territorio mexicano al frente de mass de 10 mil soldados con la encomienda de capturar o matar al "bandido" Pancho Villa.


Beginning Jan 1-2, 2000, ALL existing content and link organization will be pulled off the SWA server. SWA's server content 1995-1999 will be saved on CD-ROM and made available to researchers interested the SWA community. The SWA website will open with a new look and navigational feel. Here are a few highlights:

1. Geographically-organized links (AZ, NM, TX...) will be replaced by functional and theme-based navigation links (e.g., museums, field schools, Paleo-Indian, Anasazi, Hohokam, Railroads, Territorial architecture, Tools and Technology...). SWA hopes to include many new or re-organized links.

2. SWA will maintain separate up-to-date-links for calendar-of-events, symposia and conference announcements.

3. "Got CALICHE?" and "SASIG" will be merged into a single E-mail newsletter. Some content from the newsletter will be archived on the server. The E-mail newsletter will be available to anyone (no need to provide personal data to obtain an E-mail subscription).

4. SWA will continue our tradition of making available archaeological ephemera (posters, graphics, anecdotes...).

5. How will other researchers, the public, and potential clients find you ? Our new SWA E-mail list will provide up-to-date contact information for professional and avocational southwestern archaeologists, and organizations that wish to participate. SWA will continue to list addresses, phone numbers, web sites, research interests; as you determine need, SWA can add individual biographies, photos, organizational marketing blurbs.

6. SWA completed a successful fund raising effort in October 1999. This means there is funding to take on a few special projects. The web site will have a separate area to highlight SWA projects.

7. Contact SWA if you have a special research need or a new idea in hand. SWA may be able to incubate your pet project on the web (e.g., symposium proceedings, special research project...). SWA will consider proposals for funding or equipment (e.g. digital camera, computer) to any non-profit organization that would return to SWA research data and new web content of equal or greater value.

8. Perhaps you have a project that will never make it to a print journal because of space constraints. SWA would be pleased to highlight and make available appropriate work via the SWA website. Why? We believe archaeology should operate as a 'gift culture' in which participants compete for prestige by giving away time, energy, and creativity (see Eric Raymond's article "Homesteading the Noosphere"

9. SWA plans to publish an annual survey of southwestern CRM firms and organizations. This independent best practices survey will be a "killer app" of useful information for decision makers who are compelled to hire archaeologists and fund CRM research.

10. The new SWA website will go up on Jan 1 as an empty shell. Your volunteerism and input is needed to help make it grow.

SWA is a great place to market and co-brand your services and interests. The front page of the SWA website was visited 125,000 times between 1995-1998, and about 40,000 times in 1999. The entire web site currently receives in excess of 7,000 unique page views per month.