Sunday October 17, 1999

UTAH,1249,125009206,00.html? Aseries of free winter lectures will be presented at Glen Canyon's Carl Hayden Visitor Center near Page, Ariz. Programs in the series include presentations on wildflowers, dinosaurs, astronomy, and rock art. For more information, contact the Glen Canyon Natural History Association at 1-520-645-3532 or by email at

CYBERIA John Olmsted has master's degrees in world history and anthropology, and has been working on his doctorate in anthropology since 1992. He cobbles together a full-time career by working part-time. Although enrollments are beginning to rise, the academic job market remains difficult, especially for teachers in the humanities. There are more PhDs than ever and many universities have cut back on the number of tenure-track positions. The result is a system where universities have come to depend on temporary labor. The small historic marker that sits neglectfully bent across the road barely calls notice to the colorful saga that unfolded in this upstate New York village 130 years ago when well-diggers unearthed the Cardiff Giant and a nation fell under the spell of what scholars have dubbed "America's Greatest Hoax." Hidden high on a ridge is a place local archaeologists call Pot Hole City. It's not really a city, but rather a thick, undeveloped hammock that looks more like a bombing range, thanks to the clandestine raids of treasure hunters. The body was under less than 2 feet of soil. It was a rare find, and an enviable opportunity for Ben Greenbaum, a science teacher. He spent a day gently unearthing the rest of the time-darkened bones with hand trowels and brushes. Unearthing the body was a felony. Virginia law forbids anyone from excavating any human remains, regardless of how old, without a permit from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Volunteer archaeologists unearthed pieces of French ceramic items, flints, musket balls and lots of Indian artifacts, arrow points and stone tools. Their discoveries provide a glimpse into the multicultural society of the Quapaw, French and Spanish residents of the area.