Wednesday Noverber 24, 1999

It is time for us to step away from the keyboard to gobble turkey and give thanks for all we have and all we have been allowed to accomplish. Happy Thanksgiving! Brian Kenny and Matthias Giessler, Southwestern Archaeology, Inc.


From: Judith A. Habicht-Mauche I am trying to find an obituary or other biographical information on either A. Helene Warren or Elizabeth Garrett. Both women were independent petrographic analysts who worked throughout the SW, but particularly in New Mexico, during the 1960s-80s. I have not been able to find anything in the Peabody-Tozzer Library data base--which is usually pretty comprehensive in this regard. I would greatly appreciate any other leads people could send me. Thanks! Judith Habicht-Mauche, University of California, Santa Cruz.

OKLAHOMA,2107,500060727-500100344-500419097-0,00.html The Tulsa Race Riot Commission agreed to move ahead with a plan for limited excavation. Excavation of a 3-foot by 6-foot area would enable forensic scientists to determine if any bones date to the time of the riot. The commission considered reparations, including scholarships, museums, memorials and direct payments to race riot survivors and victims' families as restitution for one of the nation's worst acts of racial violence. Salvage operations are being planned to raise Oklahoma's first shipwreck discovery -- in the Red River somewhere off the southern edge of Choctaw County. The wreck is believed to be that of the New Orleans-based steamboat Caddo, which became snagged and sank April 13, 1842. The wreck site is a protected archeological dig and of no value to anyone other than archeologists and historians.

TEXAS Texas claims the first North American Thanksgiving, held by Spanish raiders, back in 1541.

NEW MEXICO Two of the Baca Ranch board positions will automatically include the superintendent of Bandelier National Monument and the supervisor of the Santa Fe National Forest. Enabling legislation requires that within two years of federal purchase of the Baca, the trust develops a "comprehensive program for the management of lands, resources, and facilities" within the ranch, and that this program provides "for operation of the ranch as a working ranch, consistent with the protection and preservation of the scenic, geologic, watershed, fish, wildlife, historic, cultural and recreational values of the (Baca Ranch)." Lifetime and longtime residents who have old documents or pictures that chronicle Mesilla's history are being asked to share those with town officials. A photo dates back to about 1852, and Mesilla officials and many residents were unaware a photo of the original church existed until it was published in the Sun-News as part of its daily photos commemorating the city's sesquicentennial. Anyone who wants to share old photos and documents of Mesilla's past can call Town Hall at 524-3262. Bones and artifact were sent to the state Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque for a preliminary investigation. Larry Baker, executive director of Salmon Ruins Museum in Bloomfield. Baker and two other archeological investigators went to the site and sifted through dirt to try to find clues about how old the material might be. Barry Cooper, superintendent of Aztec Ruins National Monument, said that the Four Corners is rife with potential finds like Tuesday's. In August 1998, remains believed to be those of Ancestral Puebloans, also known as Anasazi, were found at BHP Minerals La Plata Mine coal pit. The origin of the four humans and a DOG was placed somewhere between 400 AD and 1300 AD.

The newsletter of the Albuquerque Archaeological Society (Volume XXIV, No 11, November 1999) reports that Bruce Huckell's DOG, Chuska, found a Folsom site along Boca Nega wash.

ARIZONA Kartchner Caverns The weekend of December 4 and 5th will be the annual fiesta at Tumacacori National Historic Park - a historical and cultural celebration honoring the peoples of the Pimeria Alta. AAHS January field trip is to the Sierra Ancha.

NEVADA The MacDonald Center for the Arts and Humanities was awarded $10,000 to create a traveling museum with hands-on learning stations to teach fifth grade elementary students ancient history and archaeology.

CYBERIA Casper was surfing the Internet when he saw a university posting about its stolen meteorite. Casper called the museum, turning over Collins' name and telephone number. Collins was arrested and the meteorite was returned to the museum. The meteorite was unearthed in the Canyon Diablo Meteor Crater, a 600-foot hole in a desert near Flagstaff, Ariz., where a larger meteorite crashed 20,000 to 40,000 years ago. DNA from mammoths have been recovered and sequenced, but are too damaged to make cloning the long-extinct creatures possible.