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CALIFORNIA Grinding tools found near San Luis Obispo are believed to be the oldest in western North America, bolstering an alternate migration theory about some of the continent's earliest settlers. The Cross Creek artifacts were notable because they lacked hunting tools and animal bones, but included milling tools.

ARIZONA A majority of the American settlers, many who were Southern Democrats, hoped to see Arizona separated because New Mexico tended to ignore the needs of the western part of the territory. Their cause was led by a former Army officer, Sylvester Mowry. With support from others who agreed with him, Mowry went to Washington in 1859 trying to get Congress to separate Arizona from New Mexico. Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday were justified in gunning down three men near the OK Corral 118 years ago, an audience of lawyers decided Thursday after a mock trial that blended Hollywood, history and high technology. Henrietta Ellis took her own life hours after learning that her husband's B-24 Liberator crashed in the rugged Arizona desert. Trey Brandt, however, can't get her out of his mind. Two months ago, while exploring the 1945 crash site, he found her husband's dog tag imbedded in the dirt.

OKLAHOMA Mildred Cleghorn was born in the time of Geronimo, the great Apache Indian chief who resisted federal efforts to consolidate Indians on reservations. When he surrendered in 1886, the Apaches were taken prisoner. When the prisoners were released in 1914, the federal government gave each a parcel of land. At a gathering of anthropologists, Mildred Cleghorn said each captive at Fort Sill was promised 160 acres upon release.....

CYBERIA After all the college students have gone home, their material culture remains. Sifting through students' leavings has an anthropological appeal.

MUSEUM OF THE ROCKIES NAME AS REPOSITORY FOR REGIONAL ARTIFACTS 06/26/99 BOZEMAN (AP) The Museum of the Rockies has been named one of three U.S. repositories for artifacts unearthed during federal construction projects. The Defense Department Thursday selected the museum and two others to help preserve regional artifacts. The defense program is a pilot project four years in the making that likely will result in a museum expansion to accommodate a catalog of artifacts, Museum of the Rockies Director Marilyn Wessel said. The announcement does not come with a promise of federal dollars to pay for a museum expansion. Wessel said it may be years before the project is full swing. Federal law requires that all archaeological materials uncovered during construction of a federal site be preserved. The materials also must be made available to the public. Most artifacts harvested from federal projects are not on display, Wessel said. In some cases, the artifacts' existence is not officially documented. More than 60 opportunities to dig this summer have been announced by Britain's leading archaeological magazine. Numerous projects across the country have contacted Current Archaeology to offer openings to young people and adults.