Got CALICHE? Unfortunately, because of the artifacts' value, some people are willing to break laws designed to protect Bulgaria's archeological heritage. Colonel Cyril Radev, chief of the police branch assigned to fight organized crime (CSBOP), said recently that artifacts worth nearly $1 billion were saved last year from illegal export to the West. He cited the figure as part of a general assessment of CSBOP's work during 1998. Treasure hunting has long been a hobby or obsession for thousands of ordinary people in towns and villages across Bulgaria. Legends are still told of fabulous treasures, found with the help of mysterious maps and dug out at night under a full moon. The Las Vegas Valley Society of the Archaeological Institute of America has named charter officers in its inaugural year. The officers are: president, Alan Simmons, UNLV; vice-president, Russell Avery, ArcheoNevada; secretary, Helen Mortenson, ArcheoNevada; treasurer, Jennifer Thompson, UNLV; program director, Marcia Garcia, MacDonald Center for Archaeology; publicity chairman, Tony Timmons, R&R Advertising. The Las Vegas Valley Society of the Archaeological Institute of America was founded earlier this month and now has more than 60 members. The organization was formed to discover, educate and inform Southern Nevadans about local archaeology. The Las Vegas Valley Society is one of 93 local societies in the United States and Canada. The Archaeological Society of America, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, has more than 10,000 members around the world.

Date: Tue, 05 Jan 1999 18:28:55 From: David A. Phillips, Jr. We just got on line today In the early 1980s I decided to learn the archaeology of northwest Mexico and cast about for an existing synthesis that would serve as a logical starting point. I found various useful summaries but none was comprehensive. At that point my instincts as a contract archaeologist took over: I began a "Class I" survey, or cultural resources overview. In non-bureaucratic terms, I undertook to organize the existing information into a coherent whole, as the necessary basis for more involved studies. In my first attempt I found only 16 references, but that tiny bibliography soon became a pile of notes and then a formal manuscript. I continued to work on the overview until the early 1990s, when I set it aside. I am now (1998) putting the bibliography from the overview on the Internet. The bibliography is several years out of date so I ask archaeologists familiar with northwest Mexico to send me more recent references. I also welcome references I overlooked the first time around, as well as brief annotations and corrections. Any person contributing an annotation I use will be acknowledged in the annotation. Other contributors will be listed in the acknowledgments. If a reference is unpublished I ask that you send me a copy, which I will donate to a research library so it is always available in the future. I can be reached at: David A. Phillips, Jr., R.P.A., SWCA, Inc. Environmental Consultants, 8100 Mountain Road, N.E., Suite 109, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110 USA; Tel. (505) 254-1115 Fax (505) 254-1116; E-mail: or