Thursday November 11, 1999


From: Brian Kenny and Matthias Giessler -- Visit the SWA website before the end of the year and get what you need. Most of the archival artifacts now on the SWA server will be yanked soon (not to despair, we plan a CD-ROM containing all fossil data unique to SWA; it will be available to researchers). The SWA web site will be revamped during December 1999. A new interface, re-organized links, and newly completed projects will roll out in January 2000. We ENCOURAGE you to submit new themes, topics, and organizational methods for the SWA website. is a website design sampler from other NetzWERK projects.

How about that for punctuated equilibria in the fossil record...

CYBERIA Marcia Stuermer founded Fossil Faux,, based on her belief that today's computers are tomorrow's fossils. There is a standard archaeological theory that form and shape of stone tools follow function. In reality, prehistoric man used stone implements for a variety of functions, regardless of their shapes. "Tupperware: The Promise of Plastic in 1950s America," breaks new ground in our understanding of material culture and alternatives to the patriarchal structures 1950s.,1249,125015089,00.html? About 50,000 years ago, canids discovered man. So began a mutually rewarding relationship and the taming of man's best friend. Man and dog began to dwell together under the same overhang. The remains of every human encampment since 10,000 B.C. show the presence of the domestic dog. [And, after all these dogyears, they're even on line!] The Dumas Brothel closed in 1982 after more than a century of service to the men of Butte. Now it's back as a tourist attraction -- and the center of a storm over the place in history of the world's oldest profession. Anthropologist Liza Dalby is the only American woman trained as a geisha. Student on-line research streamlined with a tutorials in subject areas from Anthropology to Women's Studies The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) is among the very few teams in the world with the expertise not just to exhume with total professionalism, but also to analyse and identify human remains.

CALIFORNIA,2107,500056129-500092377-500344484-0,00.html It's not the age of a site that's important, it's the information it contains. Archaeologists, historians and film buffs are trying to preserve pharaohs and sphinxes in an ancient Egyptian city buried in the California sand. Peter Brosnan and his colleagues are trying to raise $180,000 to excavate the lost city and preserve it.

NEVADA The Bureau of Reclamation has proposed using Boulder City's Historic District as a parking area. The proposal is a direct attack and destruction of Boulder City's historic area.

UTAH A 95-year-old building on Midvale's historic Main Street has been boarded since 1995 when a fire destroyed the two-story structure. City officials visualized restoring the building to house the Midvale museum, a repository for early pioneer artifacts from this central Salt Lake Valley community. A California man was sentenced to a year probation Wednesday for scratching his name on a panel of prehistoric pictographs in San Juan County. Sotero Oviedo pleaded guilty to one felony count of violating the federal Archaeological Resources Protection Act.

ARIZONA Touching rock art leaves oils from your fingers that speed the rock's natural deterioration process. Paper rubbings or tracings cause irreparable damage. Chalking makes it impossible to use new methods of dating the figures. Repecking or repainting an image doesn't restore it, but rather destroys the original. Taking it home is illegal under both state and federal law. Graffiti can destroy rock art as well as deface historic wood buildings. The Hohokam vanished 600 years ago, but the Gila River Indian Community and Bureau of Reclamation have teamed up to build a center to honor the culture, history and language of the ancient canal builders and farmers of central-southern Arizona. Groundbreaking is set for Dec. 14. Construction is to finish by fall 2001. This will be the first federal repository of artifacts and records to be located on any Indian reservation. Shelley Rasmussen is ardent in her belief that Arizonans must learn to preserve the state's historical sites. She is an Arizona Site Steward. The organization has some professional archaeologists as stewards, but most, according to Rasmussen, do the work as an avocation. For more information, call (602) 542-7143. The Navajo Reservation designs a new tribal brand after the 1909 theft of horses by white men from Arizona and New Mexico. The long history of Americans boozing and smuggling alcohol along the border is the topic of next Wednesday's lecture at the Arizona Historical Society. The lecture series focuses on notorious episodes in AZ history. The annual Fairbank potluck, planned 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday for anyone who's ever had a connection to this former mill town and railroad hub. Located about 10 miles west of Tombstone on Arizona 82, Fairbank enjoyed its heyday in the late 1880s. You can visit Fairbank anytime during the day. The ghost town is locked after dark. More info: (520) 458-3559. About six years ago, Moreno began recording the stories of men from the Tucson barrios who served in the Korean War. The oral histories preserved the stories of more than two dozen men and part of Tucson's Hispanic culture. [For Veteran's Day, give your favorite War Dog a hug or a pat, say 'Thanks!', and, tell them you are willing to listen.]

A new job opportunity has been posted at jobs99.html

NEW MEXICO A group coveting the old locomotive repair shops for a transportation museum won a reprieve Wednesday. The nonprofit museum has until Jan. 15 to do a study and come up with financing. The Cenozoic Shop at the Southern New Mexico Natural History Museum projects will be closing. It has a $9,000 debt and $12,000 left in unsold inventory. The store's financial crisis and its expected closing now leave the foundation having to consider an alternative means for funding for museum projects. All items are knocked down 20 percent and may 30 percent as the end comes near.

COLORADO The Legacy Project asked Dear Abby readers to search their attics and basements for wartime correspondence. The war letters project documentary is part of the History Channel's ongoing "Save Our History" effort.

TEXAS A handful of historic treasures once belonging to a pioneering female aviator a flight jacket, flying gloves, a pair of goggles, a U.S. Navy recruitment flier and an air show ticket could have ended up at the Smithsonian if it weren't for a combination of happenstance and modern technology. "Typically you'd see something like this in the Smithsonian," said Tim O'Krongley, manager of Stinson Field, which also houses the Stinson chapter of the Texas Air Museum. Stinson gave up flying around age 27, at the end of World War I, when she contracted tuberculosis and moved to Santa Fe, N.M., to seek a cure at the Sunmount Sanitarium. She spent the rest of her life in Santa Fe, where she met her husband, Judge Miguel Otero. She dedicated much of her time to replicating the Pueblo Indian and Spanish colonial style of architecture.