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Wickliffe Mounds Research Center to Close

Wickliffe Mounds Research Center, Wickliffe, KY, has been cut from Murray State University's budget and is expected to be closed by June 30. The Research Center encompasses the Mississippian period site of Wickliffe Mounds, which dates ca. A.D. 1100-1350, and includes several mounds. In the early to middle 20th century, the site was promoted as a tourist attraction called Ancient Buried City by promoter Fain King. After King's departure, the Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah took over the site and continued it as a tourist attraction, but in 1983 gave the site to Murray State University. Dr. Kit Wesler became site director in that year and began a program of professional research and management. For further information, contact Dr. Kit Wesler at 270-76... or kit.wesler@murraystate.edu

Old Pueblo Archaeology Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The public is invited to join Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, Marana (Tucson metro area), AZ, in celebrating their 10th anniversary on March 18, during Arizona Archaeology Awareness Month, by attending an Open House at Old Pueblo's new facility at 5100 W. Ina Road. It is anticipated that the open house will feature free guided tours of the Yuma Wash and Bojórquez-Aguirre Ranch archaeological sites; demonstrations of traditional arrowhead, basketry, and pottery making; an Old Pueblo Archaeology volunteers appreciation ceremony; the annual Old Pueblo-Young People fundraising raffle; a silent auction of southwestern art items and books; Native American food vendors; and Native American dancers and storytelling. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center's mission is to educate children and adults to understand and appreciate archaeology and other cultures, to foster the preservation of archaeological and historical sites, and to develop a lifelong concern for the importance of nonrenewable resources and traditional cultures. For information, contact Director Allen Dart, 520-798-1201 or adart@oldpueblo.org.

Vermont School Learns Archaeology First-Hand

The Westford Elementary School, Vermont, will be sponsoring the History In Our Back Yard program again this year. This is a year-long program developed by the Archaeology Consulting Team, Inc., that brings the enriching experience of archaeology into the 5th and 6th grade curriculum. The Westford History In Our Back Yard is a hands-on application of the curriculum, learning through experience under real-world conditions. Under the direction of professional archaeologists, 60 students will conduct excavations on a real archaeological site located on school property. The students will analyze the recovered material, conduct historic research, and present their findings to the broader public. Parents and other community members will be invited to visit throughout the program and will be taught archaeology by the students themselves.

The History In Our Back Yard program was awarded the Vermont Archaeological Society's Excellence in Archaeology Award in 1996 and has been written up in the children's archaeology magazine, Dig (Fall 1999), as well as the Society for American Archaeology's Archaeology and Public Education newsletter (May 1993). For more information, contact Douglas S. Frink, Archaeology Consulting Team, at DSFrink@aol.com.

Excavated Slave Cabin in South Carolina Open to the Public
Boone Hall, Mt. Pleasant, SC, is the site of an antebellum plantation that has 10 extant brick slave cabins. In 2003, Brockington and Associates Inc., excavated beneath the floor of one cabin and invited the public to visit, ask questions, and even sift for artifacts. After their one-week excavation, they used the artifacts and site's history to create an archaeological display with open units, exposed artifacts and features, two informational panels, and a display case of additional artifacts. The house is now open to the visiting public. For more information, contact Connie Huddleston, Brockington & Assoc. Inc., at 770-662-5807.

MATRIX Project Develops New Archaeology Courses
A group of professional archaeologists representing many fields within the Society for American Archaeology have made a commitment to revitalize the undergraduate archaeology curriculum to better serve the needs of future archaeologists through the Making Archaeology Relevant in the 21st Century project (MATRIX). This project has produced innovative course materials that introduce students to relevant issues in archaeology and provide students with skills they can apply to careers in archaeology. To read the longer article on this interesting project, click here.


Smithsonian Publishes 2nd Edition of Anthropology Explored

The Smithsonian Institution has released the second edition of Anthropology Explored: The Best of Smithsonian AnthroNotes, edited by Ruth Osterweis Selig, Marilyn R. London, and P. Ann Kaupp. The 36 lively articles, with over 40 cartoon illustrations by archaeologist Robert Humphrey, explore recent discoveries in human origins, archaeology, and cultural diversity while tracing culture change around the globe. The book is divided into three main sections: Investigating our Origins and Variation; Examining the Archaeological Past; and Exploring our Many Cultures. Each chapter begins with a new abstract and concludes with a 2004 update section. Essays come from the Smithsonian publication AnthroNotes, winner of the SAA Excellence in Education Award.

What's new in the second edition? Thirteen additional chapters are included on current issues such as repatriation, primate aggression, Mayan and Viking archaeology, forensics and America's MIAs, human origins, race and ethnicity, and body tattoos and piercing. There are also 36 abstracts and 23 updates highlighting new technologies, DNA and genetics, global warming and the environment; and a new introduction offering a general introduction to the field and its subdisciplines, along with clear definitions. A supplementary Instructor's Guide and Teachers' Resource Packet are also available fromAnthroutreach@nmnh.si.edu. The cost is $21.95; to order the 2004 edition, contact W.W. Norton at 1-800-233-4830.

New Publications Offered by Office of Indiana State Archaeologist
The Indiana State Archaeologist's office has several new archaeology products available. New initiatives in the office have resulted in the following documents: Teaching the French Language Using Architecture, Archaeology, and Heritage; Archaeology and the French Culture in Indiana; and George Rogers Clark: Archaeology of a Frontier Hero. For information on obtaining a copy of these documents, contact the Indiana State Archaeologist's office at 317-232-1646.

Resources Available from SAA
The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) has produced a variety of educational resources that are available to help students, teachers, and the general public learn more about archaeology. Most of these resources are available free from the Society's web site (see www.saa.org/pubedu/eduMat.html for a complete list). In addition to the web materials, the SAA offers brochures on careers and volunteer opportunities in archaeology, as well as publications for sale, such as History Beneath the Sea: Nautical Archaeology in the Classroom.

The SAA Manager, Education and Outreach, is another resource to consider when looking for information. The Manager is available to answer questions by email, snail mail, or phone, and has access to information about archaeology education resources from many sources. If you are having trouble finding appropriate resources for your classroom or for an outreach activity, the SAA office may be able to help, or find someone who can. For more information, contact Maureen Malloy, Manager, Education and Outreach, Society for American Archaeology, 900 Second Street NE, Suite 12, Washington, DC 20002-3557, phone: 202..., or e-mail: maureen_malloy@saa.org.