Wednesday September 22, 1999

CYBERIA,1249,115010513,00.html? The X-ray images of the Krapina Neanderthals document one of the earliest benign bone tumors ever found; one individual may have had a surgical amputation of his hand, and several individuals had osteoarthritis and a number of healed fractures. Researchers from Edinburgh University, with the aid of data from the shuttle, discovered an archaeological site on the Hebridean Island of Islay. A Klawock man was sentenced to three months in jail, 100 hours of community service and $7,500 in restitution because he knowingly disturbed an archaeological site. His conviction resulted from the first felony prosecution in Alaska under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act. A federal judge chastised the agencies that hold the remains of Kennewick Man, and says DNA testing probably will be required to determine whether the bones are related to modern people of European or Indian descent. Any decision that did not include DNA analysis would probably be challenged as arbitrary and capricious. Many of America’s earliest settlers may have been digging clams and netting fish rather than throwing spears at mammoths. Local leaders on Tuesday unveiled four new historical markers commemorating a long history that began even before Cody's time. A 1626 letter containing what is believed to be the only surviving mention of the Dutch purchase of Manhattan -- for $24 -- went on exhibit at the New York Historical Society Tuesday. The land transfer might not have been that big a deal -- there were loads of mosquitoes and it was very rocky. Beer bottles were collected Tuesday from the former location of a University of Idaho men's dormitory during an eight-day archaeological dig. The wooden framed, one-story dormitory burned to the ground in 1958. Back then, not many people wrote down what they were doing. [ Would you ? ] Annual research-and-development expenditures in the United States were an estimated $220.6 billion in 1998, of which 65 percent was provided by industry. The federal share first dipped below 50 percent in 1978, and has since slipped further to the current all-time low of 30.2 percent, according to the most recent data compiled by the National Science Foundation.

Another semester underway, and still no job in academia?

TEXAS The campaign to raise $6.1 million for renovations at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon has secured about 75 percent of its goal, museum officials said Tuesday.

COLORADO The pilot study of the Hispanic Cultural Landscape has been completed and was presented to the Las Animas County Commissioners last week. Knowledge of the significance of the buildings may help property owners get tax credits for rehabilitation and open doors to state historic money for possible restoration. The Las Animas County area is the only place in Colorado and one of a handful of places in the West where so many adobe and stone buildings exists.

UTAH,1249,115010457,00.html? Researchers with PERC want harvesting of monument resources. $7.7 million could then be used to fund environmental preservation, restoration and research. The report makes a case that hikers and mountain bikers could pay for access, as could visitors to the monument's archaeological sites.


New AZ job opportunity at [SASIG] Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 Subject: AAHS Prehistoric Shell Class From: Jan R Bell PREHISTORIC SHELL will be subject of a short course taught by Arthur Vokes, sponsored by the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society. Prehistoric southwesterners made abundant and highly aesthetic use of marine shell, primarily from the Gulf of California. In this four-session class Art Vokes will review the types of shell selected for use, the technology--grinding, carving and etching, and the wide variety of ornaments and other artifacts produced. He will survey the use of shell through time and space and its role in prehistoric society and trade, with particular emphasis on the Hohokam. We'll also take a close look at the shells themselves--their desireable qualities for use and their diagostic features for identification. Class format will include lecture, slides and examination of shells and shell artifacts in the collections of the Arizona State Museum. An archaeologist and curator at the Arizona State Museum, Art has analyzed the most important shell assemblages from southwestern sites for more than the past decade. He will share his extensive knowledge of recent research as well as a broad overview of prehistoric shell. The class will meet Tuesday evenings October 12 through November 2 from 7 to 9 pm. Class size limited to 20. Cost is $35 for AAHS members, $43 for non-members. $10 discount to students and K-12 teachers. Pre-registration required. Contact Jan Bell at 520-326-6709/ Though it's an international border, it's a lot like the Iron Curtain. It's a cactus curtain. The O'odham were under Spanish rule in the colonial era, then became a part of Mexico when that country declared independence from Spain in 1821. In the Gadsden Purchase of 1853, the United States bought nearly 30,000 square miles in southern Arizona and New Mexico. The tribe was split in half between Mexico and Arizona. A mysterious slaying, bootleg whiskey, crooked law officers and the hanging of a prostitute will be discussed during the Arizona Historical Society's fall lecture series that starts Oct. 13. The talks will run from 7 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday through Nov. 17 at the society's museum auditorium, 949 E. Second St. Archaeologists say Perry Mesa was home to thousands of people from roughly 1200 to 1400. Some believe its many ruins were militarily and politically allied fortresses designed to fend off attacks from outsiders.

CALIFORNIA Core sampling and the study of sequoia tree rings led to discoveries about the history of fire in the Sierras that scientists say have major implications for the 21st century. The rings are remarkable time capsules of year-by-year data on fires and climate. Under pressure from preservationists, Monterey signals a trend that will shape the next millennium. People want buildings that express their ideas about the place they live. It's much more than historic preservation -- it is a force.