Sunday November 14, 1999


I'm trying to locate Susana Gomez Serafin, Francisco Javier Sansores, and Enrique Fernandez Davila. They collaborated in writing "Enterramientos humanos de la epoca prehispanica en Tula, Hidalgo". It was published in 1995 by the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, Mexico, D.F. Are you familiar with them? Do you know their e-mail addresses or where they work? Please let me know. Thanks! J. Mike Laverde, President, El Paso Archaeological Society. E-mail:

LEGENDS Legend has long held that Wyatt Earp spent time in the gold boom town of Eagle City, Idaho, in 1884, only three years after the famous gunfight at the OK Corral. In the broad sweep of U.S. historical characters, George Armstrong Custer remains one of the most controversial, most colorful, and most written about. Walker's history with the Texas Rangers was rich in both honor and controversy, a time in the 1840s when fearful Mexicans called the Rangers los diablos Tejanos, or the Texas devils. At the time, the Texas Rangers were a paramilitary force who fought against Indians, outlaws and Mexicans. Hero or villain, of all the caudillos (military chieftains) who held sway over Mexican politics in the 19th century, the name of Antonio López de Santa Anna still commands attention. Santa Anna was one of those larger-than-life figures whose career was marked by great feats and even greater disasters.

UTAH,1249,130007621,00.html? Hartman Lomawaima is associate director of the Arizona State Museum. He came to Utah recently to the third annual American Indian Economic Development Summit to talk about tribal libraries and museums. Currently the tribes have the choice to send their tribal records off to a federal repository or to keep them themselves. As more tribes choose to keep their own records, they become a place for researchers to visit. All over the West, he says, whole villages are starting oral history projects. The Gila River Indian community in Arizona just hired an archaeologist to teach them what to look for as they develop their own museum and cultural center.,1249,130006658,00.html? The Salt Lake Organizing Committee is offering 15 grants of $3,000-$8,000 each to museums throughout Utah. The program will celebrate Utah and its heritage, embrace the West and its cultures and highlight the contribution America has made to the arts and humanities.

ARIZONA Fairfield Homes faces up to $10,000 in fines for grading three to six dirt roads on Canoa Ranch without a permit, Pima County officials say. The grading was done in an area of the ranch that contains Hohokam pit houses and other archaeological sites, said Linda Mayro, the county's cultural resource manager. Mayro said she doesn't know whether the grading disturbed any archaeological sites and that Fairfield should hire a consultant to determine if it did. The developer must follow state laws protecting human burial remains.

CYBERIA,local/377401b8.b13,.html Someday -- perhaps in the not-too-distant future -- what will be akin to an archaeological dig will take place eight miles southwest of here, and human remains will turn up. Those bones, 137 years old, will belong to the first black combat soldiers killed in the Civil War. Dozens of graves stand in the way of plans for a shopping mall, and one developer wants them moved. Grave robbing is as old as time. In expectation of sharply increased religious tourism to the Holy Land at the turn of the millennium, the robbers appear to be working overtime, Israeli authorities say. They say that as antiquities dealers seek to stockpile merchandise, an open season on rare coins, oil lamps and precious glass has been unofficially declared. The tiny anti-theft unit of Israel's antiquities agency has nabbed 15 would-be grave robbers in the last month, compared with 100 in a typical year. They have caught 20 middlemen so far this year, up from four in 1996. Each middleman was found with at least $50,000 worth of goods. The anti-theft unit's job is an almost ludicrous pursuit. An eclectic group of preservationists is launching a massive, coordinated effort to preserve historic buildings. It's a movement that is rapidly gaining momentum. There's a national revolution going on. People feel buffeted and overwhelmed by the sameness of the sprawl-scape. Increasingly, local residents want to preserve what's special and unique about their community.