Thursday September 16, 1999

MEXICO Will acoustical archaeology dig up the next batch of history? Acoustical archaeologists believe important information about the past can be gleaned from the acoustics of ancient structures.

ARIZONA Native American Recognition Day calls attention to the cultural contributions made by Native Americans to U.S. history. Chandler will designate Friday as Native American Recognition Day.

From: Museum of Northern Arizona This weekend, Saturday, September 18, and Sunday, September 19, is the 4th Annual Festival of Pai Arts at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Artists from the Hualapai, Havasupai, Kameyaay, Yavapai, and Pai Pai tribes will be located throughout the Museum selling and demonstrating arts including basketry, beadwork, jewelry, pottery, and soft dolls. Musician and humorist E.J. Satala performs both days at 12:30 PM and the Mojave Bird Song and Dance Group performs Saturday at 2 PM. Frybread will be for sale. This weekend also marks the end of Enduring Creations: Masterworks of Native American and Regional Traditions, the changing sales exhibit of the 1999 Heritage Program. Premier examples of Hopi, Navajo, Zuni, Pai and Hispanic artwork are for sale. A new line of craftsman-style furniture is also for sale--proceeds of which benefit the Museum's Heritage Program. Admission to the Festival of Pai Arts and Enduring Creations is regular Museum admission: $5/Adult, $4/Senior, $3/Student, $2/Child (7-17). The Museum of Northern Arizona is located on North Highway 180, Flagstaff, AZ and is open 9 AM - 5 PM daily.

CALIFORNIA Truckee River Day Symposium Set for Oct. 9; Beneath the Surface: the Hidden Life of the River. Specialists in the areas of archaeology, history, wildlife, plant ecology, fishing and geology will be on hand.

NEVADA The Las Vegas Chapter of the Old Spanish Trail Association is dedicated to protecting an old piece of Southern Nevada: what's left of the 135-mile stretch of the Old Spanish Trail. Historians for the national association, established in 1994, claim the trail from Santa Fe, N.M., to Los Angeles, was "the longest, crookedest, most arduous pack mule trail in the history of America." Between 1829 and 1848, they said, "hundreds of traders, soldiers, merchants, horse thieves and Indians traveled the torturous route," which specifically ran from Abiquiu, N.M., to San Gabriel, Calif.

UTAH Since January, someone has made a dozen trips, sneaking past the construction fences and police patrols near the new Olympic Village at the University of Utah to steal 130-year-old bottles and other artifacts. When officials decided to build the Olympic Village on the site, they brought in archaeologists to retrieve and preserve artifacts that date back to the fort's 1862 founding. The dump dig has shown archaeologists that poor people at the camp did not associate with officers, nor could they afford to buy post items. They also did not receive any help from their Mormon neighbors."What we've found is that these soldiers' wives hunted for food," said Wessel, "or someone brought them game." Animosity between the Mormons and non-Mormons can be found in the archeological digs scattered throughout the old fort. The thieves may be selling the artifacts to a private collector or to someone living out-of-state.

COLORADO What's new in Colorado. ( job annc for deputy SHPO )

NEW MEXICO An international workshop where participants can learn traditional methods for lime-plastering adobe buildings is planned in Mesilla Oct. 8-10. The workshop is free and open to the public. However, Mesilla officials are asking interested people to preregister for the event by 5 p.m. Friday. People from both the United States and Mexico are showing strong interest in preserving and restoring adobe buildings. Funding for the workshop comes from two state historic preservation grants.


The Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. has posted on their web site a "TPW News" page about our digital enhancement of pictograph images from Hueco Tanks, with two examples: (from Robert Mark

CYBERIA I admit that as a graduate student I myself spread the unflattering rumor that a typical Navajo household included two parents, grandparents, five children and an anthropologist. How could liberal-minded anthropologists conduct research, accept people's hospitality, and then leave without sharing what they learned? A study of traditional Native American use of the Medicine Wheel National Historic Landmark recommends expanding the 110-acre National Historic Landmark to 15,230 acres of the Bighorn National Forest. The increased acreage would take in associated archaeological sites such as traditional campsites, trails and medicinal plant gathering sites. The Canadian War Museum is caught in a bureaucratic stalemate that is frustrating its efforts to raise money for a new $80-million building in Ottawa. Archeology students from the Nunavut Teacher Education program at Arctic College have been sifting the soil of a raised beach along Sylvia Grenell River in search of artifacts. The Yukon Iceman had with him a simple-looking piece of wood that could launch a projectile with deadly accuracy at speeds over 160 kilometres per hour -- an atlatl -- the first true and natural weapon system of the human race, invented thousands of years before the bow and arrow and used longer by humans than any other weapon system yet developed. Friday's auction was announced only last week, angering British museums and historical societies, which have launched frantic fund-raising campaigns to compete in the bidding. John Heap, chairman of Britain's Antarctic Heritage Trust, said he feared many of the items in Friday's sale will end up in the United States. Archaeo-astronomical evidence of a "lost" supernova that exploded some 700 years ago has turned up in the snows of Antarctica, New Scientist magazine said on Wednesday. Four concentrations of nitrates in the snow were dated revealing that three of them coincided with bright supernova explosions in 1181, 1572 and 1604, which were all recorded. Now scientists say the fourth "spike" or concentration is the sign of the explosion pinpointed by Rosat. A newly published pictorial history is a permanent record of the historical importance of the buildings that create our past. This enterprise represented one of the nation's first attempts at prefabricated housing, only to be cut short by the First World War, said Michael, director of the school's historic preservation program.,2107,500034188-500055065-500002713-0,00.html One of the best preserved tombs dated back to around 300 B.C. and was that of a man. The corpse was buried on a two-wheeled chariot, decorated with several bronze items. The other tomb was also that of a warrior on his combat chariot. The airport authority, which had funded the search program, would donate the objects to the French state. The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology, a landmark exhibition of the most important archeological discoveries of China in the last 50 years, opened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington on September 14. The exhibition will provide people with a unique opportunity to see masterpieces dating from 5000 B.C. to the 10th century A.D. (the Neolithic through the feudal Song dynasty).