From: AZ Archaeology Advisory Commission: NOMINATIONS FOR THE 1999 ARIZONA ARCHAEOLOGY ADVISORY AWARDS IN PUBLIC ARCHAEOLOGY -- DEADLINE EXTENSION The original deadline of February 1, 1999 for receipt of nominations for the Archaeology Advisory Commission's Awards in Public Archaeology has been extended to February 15, 1999. All nominations must be received by that date. Thank you for your continued interest in this award. If you have any questions, please contact Ann Howard, SHPO, at or 602/542-7138.

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PRESCOTT SOUTH TOWNSITE SEEKS DESIGNATION AS HISTORIC AREA 01/31/99 Decades of dusty history have passed before their doors. They've seen rugged territorial Arizona life: cowboys on sweating horses, miners with gold dust on their fingers, tidy Chinese workers bustling to and fro, drunken street fights and the wild celebrations of statehood. Horses and buggies have rolled steadily by them until Prescott's streets became busy thoroughfares for modern-day automobiles. Many of these 176 houses and business buildings have even outlived their builders and generations of occupants. Now, these historic properties have received the recognition they deserve. On August 31, United States Department of the Interior officially listed them on the National Register of Historic Places. ``The National Register is a way of honoring these buildings,'' said Nancy Burgess, historic preservation specialist for the City of Prescott. The new South Prescott Townsite wraps within its boundaries architectural examples of late Victorian and late 19th and early 20th century Revival and American buildings dating back to 1870, encompassing the main commercial district from the early part of the century, she said. A mix of building dates and architectural styles is inevitable, ``because that's how Prescott was built,'' Burgess said. The designation does not place restrictions on what the owners can do with the property, she said, but it does give neighborhoods the opportunity to adopt an overlay district to protect their properties from significant change of the historic neighborhood's appearance or content. People within an official historic district may contact the city for help in putting together a protective overlay district. ``Designation is the first step in getting to protect these properties. That's why this district work is important,'' Burgess said. ``Preserving our heritage is up to us, and this is an official process for doing that.'' The district designation also provides tax deductions to residential owners in the district. This is the eighth completed district with another 14 identified and to be document by the city in the future. To determine possible historic districts, the city conducts preparatory studies then establishes boundaries based on the historic context of the district, Burgess said, ``what happened of importance historically in the lifetime of these buildings.'' The potential districts then must win approval from the Prescott Preservation Commission and its recommendation to the State Historic Preservation Office of State Parks for listing. Boundaries of National Register districts usually are tight, encompassing only concentrated areas of historic buildings. ``Not every building in the district area is listed in the register,'' she said, ``only those that meet the criteria.'' To determine which ones to admit, sponsors survey each individual building to document its historical style, residential or commercial use, constructiondate, the builder and the integrity of its original features. ``Does it still look as it did when built?'' she said. ``It should basically be recognizable to someone in 1895 walking down the street as the same house.'' Besides maintaining the character of Prescott, the documentation and preserving of historical buildings is economically important, Burgess said. ``Heritage tourism is the fastest growing area of tourism,'' she said, and with a history that reaches back to 1863, ``Prescott is benefiting from that. ``If the community continues to rely on tourism, as it has for 100 years - part of the reason people come to Prescott is the buildings - then historic districts help retain and keep neighborhoods preserved,'' she said. ``The City of Prescott has been documenting historic buildings, one way or another, since 1978,'' Burgess said, and is a certified local government under the State of Arizona Historic Preservation Plan. ``That means the city has the responsibility to do this documentation continuously,'' she said. ``And we'll never run out of houses to document - there are ones crossing the 50-year age requirement constantly that retain the integrity of their original features. ``Eventually the whole Prescott townsite area will be an historic district,'' Burgess said. 1999 calendar of Events -- Sharlot Hall Museum, Prescott AZ

TODAY IN ARIZONA HISTORY 01/29/99 08:53PM Sunday, Jan. 31 On this day in 1890, the Empire Ranch started a drive of 1,000 head of cattle to California too escape the high freight rates of $7 per head. Monday, Feb. 1 On this day in 1875, Pinal County was created by an act of the 8th Territorial Legislature from parts of Maricopa and Pima Counties. Tuesday, Feb. 2 On this day in 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed, which ended the war with Mexico. Wednesday, Feb. 3 On this day in 1907, an early morning earthquake in Yuma awakened many from a sound sleep. Thursday, Feb. 4 On this day in 1903, the Salt River Valley Water Users Association was organized. Friday, Feb. 5 On this day in 1900, Charles Hayden, who established the famous Tempe flour mill and ferry, died. Saturday, Feb. 6 On this day in 1936, The Florence High School basketball team stopped practice long enough to recapture three convicts, one a convicted murderer, who fled over a wall at Arizona State Prison at Florence.

From: Anthony L Klesert Both Betsy & Bob make excellent points, but let's don't just blame the press. I think the irresponsibility lies not only with the press, but PRIMARILY with Chatters, et al being so foolish (and unscientific) as to use a term like "caucasoid" in the first place, and to use it in furtherance of their case of primacy. What could they have been thinking (other than, possibly, "Oh, no, don't let the Indians get their politically motived hands on 'our' bones!")? Once again, the profession shoots itself in the foot, and now here we are, aligned in the press with white supremacists -- how cool is that!? --Tony Klesert On Sun, 31 Jan 1999 >From: Robert D. Leonard Excellent point Betsy. As part of a Popular Culture and Archaeology class I teach we deal with the social impacts of Kennewick Man, and how the media deals with the issue. A very short internet search finds Kennewick Man refered to frequently on White Supremacist and Aryan Nation web pages. His "caucasian" racial status is presumed correct and meaningful, and his presence indicates to them the appearance of europeans here before native americans. This is then used in varying ways, including asserting that individuals of european descent need to "take america back." Short papers written by Jim Chatters for some other venue are also presented, AS IF WRITTEN for these web pages, when of course they were not. Even worse, or more insidious anyway, is how the popular press treats the issue. For example, the banner at the top of the current (February) Discover magazine blasts: EUROPEANS INVADE AMERICA: 20,000 BC. The irresponsibility here is astounding. Robert D. Leonard, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131; 505-277-6696 >> From: Betsy Brandt The recent reference to the Asatr=FA religion and their claim to Kennewick Man is very interesting. According to a recent article called "The New Barbarians: New Brand of Odinist Religion on the March" in the winter 1998 issue of the Intelligence Report sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center is this religion has become a new fad especially in Arizona prisons and says that 15% of U.S. followers have an overtly racist, white supremacist interpretation of this Eurocentric Norse gods based theology. I think we should look more closely into how this find may play into white racist groups. >>>Got CALICHE ? Asatru has much in common with nature-based religions, among them traditional American Indian faiths... [ SASIG Ed. Note -- These are the folks claiming an interest in Kennewick Man... ] .........................................,1249,30009088,00.html? In the Super Bowl, he sees almost identical forms of physical contact among the chimpanzees he studies in the wild. When a quarterback overthrows, then retreats to the far end of the bench to hold his head in his hands, you see his teammates coming by, and sometimes all they do is touch him. It's a consolation thing, and it's very chimpy. Ben Lilienthal says his undergraduate degree in anthropology prepared him uniquely for life as a technology entrepreneur. How? "I know how to deal with primitive cultures," said Lilienthal. Within the next three decades, demographers say, white Americans raised on the idea of spending summer vacations in national parks will give way to a new majority of Asians, Hispanics, and African-Americans. This emerging plurality may not possess the same affinity for exploring crown-jewel nature preserves like the Grand Canyon or historical sites that largely celebrate the feats of white males. True, these changes are far off, but many analysts such as Ms. Loomis say the National Park Service must begin the process of including minorities in America's national heritage or risk becoming irrelevant to future generations. How best to celebrate Black History Month online? A good place to start is the history museum of Afro-Americ@,, the Web site of African American Newsapers. This Web museum includes exhibits on resistance to slavery, the first black combat pilots, the Million Man March, and baseball legend Jackie Robinson. The historical lure of Route 66. Some travel the entire length of the "Main Street of America," a name given to the first all-weather highway linking Chicago to Los Angeles. Company officials thought it would be nifty to shape the steel-riveted tower like its distinctive bottle. It was a fine example of the postwar roadside architecture popular with automobile travelers. The Catsup Bottle Preservation Group, as the saviors of the bottle are known, is seeking to have it listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Researchers Anonymous members have a form of addiction. Piwarzyk got hooked researching bricks. He found 14 local lime trails and has moved on to investigating fire bricks, which are imported from England and Scotland. He is now a member of the International Brick Collectors Association. Brick-making is probably the world's second oldest profession. Experience Fort Worth! opened in January at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and Natural History, 1501 Montgomery St. It offers a glimpse of Fort Worth's development from the days when the buffalo roamed to its growth as a rough and rowdy cow town. Isleta set its standards to ensure water in the river is clean enough for use in tribal religious ceremonies. The EPA has interpreted the Clean Water Act to let states and authorized Indian tribes set anti-pollution standards more stringent than those spelled out in federal law. Navajo medicine men have possible solutions, they said, include holding periodic ceremonies at the zoo to assure the animals that they are respected. Tribal traditions prohibit discussions of sacred animals like bears and snakes while the animals are hibernating. Talks will resume when the hibernation season ends - after the first major thunderstorm of the spring. While most of what glitters here are spent ammunition casings, a treasure trove of prehistoric artifacts has been uncovered just inches beneath the hardscrabble surface, showing that this desert region has been populated for nine millenniums. When brigade commanders are not running their troops through the desert washes and rugged mountains, Allen and his assistants scour the same terrain for evidence of past cultures. The work at Ft. Irwin has provided tremendous, detailed samples of 10,000 years of human history in that part of the Mojave, making more clear the subtle aspects of how people lived in the desert over that long a period of time. Tip-offs by tourists have led to the recovery of nearly 40 priceless pre-hispanic artifacts being hawked along a highway in Mexico's central Hidalgo state, justice officials said on Sunday. Mexico's attorney-general's office (PGR) said that tourists had come forward saying they had been offered the chance to buy genuine archaeological objects.