Thursday October 4. 1999

TEXAS Three men have pled guilty to federal charges stemming from their theft of Caddo Indian artifacts from an island in Lake Pat Mayse. The artifacts are estimated to be between 700 and 1,300 years old. Gary D. Priesing, Alvis D. Rattan and Wayne J. Shults were arrested Aug. 14 on Pat Mayse and charged with violations of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act.

NEW MEXICO The Case Trading Post, which will be 25 years old next year, was named after Margaret Case. Lucas said little is known about her but she was a friend of anthropologist Bertha Dutton, author of numerous books about Native American culture and a former director of the 62-year-old Wheelwright museum. The Case Trading Post functions similarly to the traditional trading post. Native Americans, sometimes whole families, bring in handmade items to trade - although today it's for cash rather than flour or coffee. Since the Wheelwright originally was a Navajo museum, its metamorphosis into a trading post makes sense.


The November 1999 edition of AAHS Glyphs is now posted on SWA Southwestern Anthropology Lecture. "Stepping Out in the Seventh Century A.D.: Sandals, Dress and Adornment of the Basketmaker Culture of Northeastern Arizona,'' 7:30 p.m. in the Center for English as a Second Language, east of the museum on the UA campus at University Boulevard and Park Avenue. 626-8290 (free) ARCHAEO-LIFESTYLES Travel back with archaeologist Allen Denoyer - to a time when sharp, pointy objects were the ultimate technological achievement. From 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 14, Denoyer will demonstrate how to make and use spears and leverlike spear throwers known as atlatls. The class will be at the Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 1000 E. Fort Lowell Road. Cost is $40, participation is limited and there's a minimum age of 9. (A liability waiver must be signed. Hmmmm.) Registration must be made at least 48 hours in advance, by calling 798-1201. Marshall tucked a time capsule into the wall of the building, at 911 E. University Blvd., on May 20, 1930. The capsule was discovered last week. Some of the items will be given to the Historical Society. Increase in the incidence of Valley Fever. Comrie said the goal of his research is to develop a model of valley fever risk based on climate and other environmental and epidemiological factors. For more information, valley fever sufferers can call (520)629-4777 or access [ Archaeologists take note ! ]

UTAH The first official United States exploring party, led by Capt. J.N. Macomb in 1859, bypassed the San Juan River drainage altogether. After recording the location of the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers, Macomb wrote, "I cannot conceive of a more worthless and impracticable region."

NEVADA Officials at the Nevada State Museum are banking that the former First Interstate building will give them expanded office space and a home for the gift shop, additional storage and new exhibits by next summer. The capstone of the Learning Center will be a new exhibit called "Under One Sky," which will chronicle the history of Nevada's Native Americans. It will open in January or February 2001. "This will be very significant for this state and will be one of the better - most interesting - exhibits we've every put out," said Doug Mishler, division of museums and history administrator. The museum is coordinating with several tribes to ensure the exhibit gives as honest a representation as possible of Native American history. The BLM has submitted a proposal to turn the Mustang Ranch brothel into a wild horse interpretive center. We'd like to expand to include a visitors center, an area to work with universities on research, an interpretive center," an ambitious project that would cost an estimated $12 million, said Bob Abbey, BLM state director in Nevada.

CYBERIA On this day in 1922, Archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the entrance to boy-pharaoh King Tutankhamen's tomb in Egypt. WHEN the archaeologist Howard Carter unearthed King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922, he revealed history's most dazzling cache of artefacts using tools found in any gardener's shed - trowels, a fine screen to sift tons of Sahara sand, and wheelbarrows to cart off golden loot. Archaeologists still have to get their hands dirty in their quest to uncover the past, but their task is becoming easier with a powerful range of hi-tech tools - from satellites and radar to CT scans and genetic analysis. From the land of the Bible, we bring you an exciting Hanukka gift for budding archaeologists. Antika shards of a replica - handmade by a skilled potter, restorations instructions and materials, a scroll outlining the beginnings of ancient pottery, a label for your collection - the origin and date of your restored pot, where it was discovered, and where it is now displayed.