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Arizona Historic Preservation Conference Begins Wednesday
The 2014 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference will be held June 11-13 at the Esplendor Resort in Rio Rico near Nogales. Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino said. “This year’s theme of ‘Economic Engines of Preservation’ on how preservation efforts can positively affect the local economy could not come at a better time. The city of Nogales has embarked on a number of initiatives and support of projects that support economic growth and job creation through cultural tourism, incentives for revitalization and support of adaptive reuse projects.” - Florence Reminder & Blade Tribune

Follow Along with Archaeology Southwest’s 2014 Preservation Archaeology Field School
Our 2014 archaeological field school in the Upper Gila area has just begun, and we are off to a great start. Over the coming weeks, our students and staff will be writing blog posts summarizing some of our research and their learning experiences here in Mule Creek, New Mexico. Our field school has several goals, including education, research, and public outreach. One of our primary goals is to train students. Archaeology Southwest and the University of Arizona have joined forces to offer the field school as a 7-credit archaeological field and laboratory methods class, and we have 14 students from all over the country this season.

ATV Riders Plan Action to Gain Access to Nevada’s Gold Butte
As Cliven Bundy’s cows graze in Gold Butte, environmentalists and all-terrain vehicle riders are looking toward the future of the public land. Gold Butte, an area rich with dazzling rock formations, ancient petroglyphs and other archaeological features, had long been eyed for conservation efforts well before the April 12 standoff between the rancher’s supporters and federal agents, many of them armed, that captured national attention. - Review Journal.Com

Last week’s issue of Southwest Archaeology Today linked to a story entitled “Mine Tales: Frontier military forts protected Arizona miners.” It has come to our attention that many scholars of Arizona history find the content in this article to be lacking credibility. The article has been removed from the SAT archive, and we hope our readers continue to read interpretations of archaeology and history with a critical eye.

Lecture Opportunity – Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Saturday June 21st at 1:00 pm, Diane Reyna, director of the award-winning PBS video documentary Surviving Columbus: The Story of the Pueblo People, will provide an engaging presentation about the process and purpose of making this film. Diane Reyna is an artist and educator from the Pueblos of Taos/Oke Owingeh, and has been associated with the Institute of American Indian Arts since 1991.This free interpretive presentation will be held at the Mountain Arts on Broadway building, 122 E. Broadway, in Mountainair, NM. For more information, please visit, or call (505) 847-2585.

Lecture Opportunity  Santa Fe
Southwest Seminars Presents Dr. Matthew J. Liebmann, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, who will give a lecture Where Lightning Meets the Ground: The Archaeology of Ancestral Jemez Interactions With the Valle Caldera on June 23 at 6pm at Hotel Santa Fe as part of the annual Voices From the Past Lecture Series held to honor The New Mexico History Museum. Admission is by subscription or $12 at the door. Seating is limited. No reservations are necessary and refreshments are served. Contact Connie Eichstaedt at 505 466-2775; email: southwest website:

Lecture Opportunity  Tucson
The Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society is pleased to present James T. Watson on Monday, 16 June at 7:30 PM at DuVal Auditorium (1501 N. Campbell Ave., inside University Medical Center) to discuss Can’t We All Just Get Along? Domestic Disputes and Warfare in the Prehistoric Sonoran Desert. Watson will discuss research on skeletal trauma observed in a large sample of individuals from the Early Agricultural period (2100 B.C.-A.D. 50) site of La Playa, located in northern Sonora, which yields strong evidence for regular violent interactions among early farmers in the Sonoran Desert. Contact Jon Boyd @ 520 444-6385 with questions about this, or any other AAHS program.

Lecture Opportunity  Winslow
The Homolovi Chapter of AAS (Arizona Archaeological Society) is pleased to present Richard Lange on Thursday, 12 June, at 7 p.m. at the Winslow Shrine Club, 517 W. Second Street, Winslow, AZ (next door to the Winslow Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center [Historic Lorenzo Hubbell Trading Post]). For question or further information, call Kenn Evans at 928-386-9229, Dinner before at 5:00 pm, at the Historic La Posada Turquoise Room (on your own $$$).

Thanks to Brian Kreimendahl for contributing to this week’s newsletter.


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