THE ARCHAEOLOGY CHANNEL FILM FESTIVAL: NOW-MAY 23
TAC Festival 2009 http://www.archaeologychannel.org/content/TACfestival.shtml takes place in the Soreng Theater of the Hult Center for the Performing Arts from Tuesday through Saturday, May 19-23, 2009.
Tickets are available through the Hult Center–ticket packages can be purchased only by calling the Hult Center Ticket Office at 541-682-5000. Ticket prices range from $5 per session for students to $30 for orchestra seats for the Zahi Hawass presentation. Most session prices are $12 each (in most cases for three films).
Online ticket orders for individual sessions can be made at http://www.hultcenter.org/event.asp?id=5862 (scroll down to bottom of that page for the link).
TAC Festival is the only juried competition in the Americas, and one of the world’s leading competitions, for films relating to archaeology and cultural heritage. Films to be screened represent the best in the world in this genre.
OTZI EVENT APPROACHES! SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY, MAY 30
UNRAVELING THE SECRETS OF OTZI, THE ICEMAN: HIS LIFE, TIMES AND DEATH
Dr. Angelo Fossati makes his presentation on Saturday, May 30. I've seen Angelo speak several times, as have many of you. He's always fascinating, humorous, and educational. Can't beat that! This is the big OAS event of the year...get your tickets now!
Full details and tickets at: http://www.oregonarchaeological.org/otzi.htm
LAKE COUNTY ROCK ART RECORDING EXPEDITION PLANNED
Russel Micnhimer and LeeAnn Johnston, multiple year recipients of Loring and Loring Grants from the OAS, will be conducting a rock art site location and recording expedition for about ten days around the 4th of July holiday.
They invite anyone who has an interest in rock art to join them. Plans include revisiting a number of sites with updated cameras to extend the completeness of their records and searching for sites that were not recorded by the Lorings.
Using a thesis by researcher Mary Ricks as a guide, they expect to locate many of the 30 non-Loring-recorded sites that she reported in the thesis in a two township sized area near the Nevada border.
The RARE will be a camping experience in very remote terrain. Interested parties may contact Russel at his home phone, 541-447-7329, his email address, TalkingEarth@hotmail.com or via his website, http://www.oregonrockart.com .
HERITAGE SITES REOPEN
Three Oregon City museums have reopened after closing for more than a month due to financial issues.
"Our volunteers and supporters pushed through with a show of public support that moved CHP close to the $40,000 required for a match from the county," said Clackamas Heritage Partners board president, Dan Fowler. "It is because of the overwhelming support the community has given that this is possible."
Operations were suspended March 9 this year at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Museum of the Oregon Territory, and the Stevens-Crawford House due to the economic downturn. For further information the public can call 503.657.9336 ext 114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT
Longtime OAS member Ray Saunders is really into Civil War reenactment and, as such, belongs to the 1st Oregon Volunteer Infantry & 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry, Company A. The group is a family oriented reenacting group dedicated to the preservation of American heritage through living history recreations. They have a number of great events coming up throughout the year.
You can see the schedule and get details at http://www.1stovi-20thmaine.org/
FORT VANCOUVER LAUNCHES NEW PODCAST
Superintendent Tracy Fortmann has announced the launch of the Fort Vancouver podcast. This free audio program, available online via subscription or direct download, is designed to provide a personal, behind the scenes look at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. This is also the first National Park Service podcast in the Pacific Northwest to be featured on iTunes, a podcatching client.
The first episode features a behind the scenes look at the park's historic weapons programs. In it, park ranger Bill DeBerry and park guide Doug Halsey detail the planning, activities and training behind the "boom" and "crack" of the park's popular musket, rifle, cannon, and howitzer firings. Additional episodes will be released each month.
The podcast can be accessed online through the park website or iTunes. The Park's website is found at:
IVORY SCULPTURE IN GERMANY COULD BE WORLD'S OLDEST
By PATRICK McGROARTY,
Associated Press Writer
BERLIN – A 35,000-year-old ivory carving of a busty woman found in a German cave was unveiled Wednesday by archaeologists who believe it is the oldest known sculpture of the human form. The carving found in six fragments in Germany's Hohle Fels cave depicts a woman with a swollen belly, wide-set thighs and large, protruding breasts...
Read the whole story at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090513/ap_on_sc/eu_germany_oldest_sculpture
FOSSIL FIND PROVIDES 'MISSING LINK' IN HUMAN EVOLUTION
From Times Online
May 19, 2009
A missing link in human evolution may have been filled by a remarkable fossil, which could be the common ancestor of all apes and monkeys, including our species.
Darwinius masillae, a small monkey-like creature that lived 47 million years ago, illuminates a critical chapter in the human story when the primate family tree split into two branches, one of which ultimately led to us...
Read the whole article: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article6320891.ece
Read more about the research: http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0005723
(Thanks to Oregon Heritage News, Rick Pettigrew, Russel Micnhimer, Dave Kaiser, Ray Saunders, Yahoo, and Times Online for some of the information in this posting)
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