An incredible number of archeo-events coming up in the Northwest, including the Oregon Archaeological Society's Otzi event on May 30 (tickets are going fast!). The Archaeology Channel Film Festival starts next week in Eugene with a full slate of videos and Zahi Hawass, Egypt's Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities ( a very cool dude, I want a title like that). Our friend Dr. Dave Whitley has a hot new rock art book...and Babylon re-opens. More below...
UNRAVELING THE SECRETS OF OTZI, THE ICEMAN: HIS LIFE, TIMES AND DEATH
Get your tickets now! Dr. Angelo Fossati makes his presentation on Saturday, May 30.
Presented by the Oregon Archeological Society.
Full details and tickets at: http://www.oregonarchaeological.org/otzi.htm
VIDEO: OAS VOLUNTEERS RECORD ROCK ART AT CASCADIA CAVE
Over the past couple of years OAS members have worked on a project to record and preserve the ancient rock art found in Cascadia Cave near Sweethome, Oregon. Cascadia Cave holds a wealth of petroglyphs including many bear paws.
Under the direction of Dr. Jim Keyser (former OAS President and USFS Regional Archaeologist) and with the support of Tony Farque (Archaeologist for the Sweet Home Ranger District, Willamette National Forest) the team worked hard over the recent Mothers Day weekend and has nearly completed recording the ancient images in the cave.
THE ARCHAEOLOGY CHANNEL FILM FESTIVAL-MAY 19-23
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.
EVENTS SCHEDULED THIS WEEKEND IN SIX CITIES
CLACKAMAS: The Oregon Military Museum's 13th annual Armed Forces Day/Living History Day will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 16 at Camp Withycombe. Honoring veterans of all wars, the event includes military equipment, uniforms, campsites, and weapons.The Oregon Military Museum will be closed during the event because it is moving to another building on post. For information contact Steve Greenberg 503-774-4103
CRESWELL: The Creswell Area Historical Society will show the film "Restoration" as part of a program at 2:30 p.m. May 17 on the Kalapuya Indians. Tribal consultant Carol Logan and Lane Community College teacher Mark Harris will also make presentations. The free event takes place at the Cresswell Museum, Fifth Street and Oregon Avenue.
FAIRVIEW: The history of the Interurban Rail Line in Fairview will be presented at 2 p.m. May 17 at the Fairview Community Center, Third and Harrison streets. The line was started in 1872 by Ben Holladay and discontinued in 1958. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact email@example.com or 503-261-8078.
PORTLAND: The Oregon Historical Society will host a Family Day Program on May 16. Activities will include an activity for younger children, a craft activity, and a "what is it?" table. For more information, visit http://www.ohs.org/visit-ohs/events.cfm
PORTLAND: The Architectural Heritage Center will host a lecture at 10 a.m. May 16 on "Portland*s Cast-Iron Building Heritage: Skidmore - Old Town". William J. Hawkins III, the author of The Grand Era of Cast Iron Architecture in Portland, Portland*s Historic New Market Theater, and Classic Houses of Portland, Oregon 1850 * 1950, will be the presenter. Pre-registration is required at www.visitahc.org or 503-231-7264. The center is scheduling walking tours of the Skidmore-Old Town area on June 18 and June 20.
SALEM: Mission Mill Museum will host its 25th Annual Sheep to Shawl from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 16. The event includes sheep-shearing, blacksmithing, spinning, Dutch oven cooking, weaving, quilting, and lace making. The Marion County Historical Society and A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village will also provide activities. Mission Mill Museum is a five acre, historical museum that preserves and interprets two homes from the 1841 Methodist Mission Station in Salem, the 1847 home of the Oregon Trail traveling John D. Boon Family, the oldest Presbyterian Church in the Pacific Northwest, and the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill established in 1889. For more information call 503-585-7012 or visit http://www.missionmill.org.
TROUTDALE: Historian Stanley Clarke will lead a tour of Estacada area cemeteries. Organized by the Troutdale Historical Society, the tour bus will leave at 9 a.m. from the Barn Museum, 104 SE Kibling St. For information and registration, phone 503-661-2164.
LIVING HISTORY ENCAMPMENT MAY 22-24 at SMITH ROCK
Smith Rock State Park will host a living history encampment May 22-24 in conjunction with the state's sesquicentennial. Interpreters, reenactors and displays will portray the period after the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1805-06 until Oregon's admission to the Union in 1859. Presenters will include former state archaeologist Le Gilsen Traveling Museum of Oregon Prehistory, members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs demonstrating traditional native crafts, Tom Laidlaw portraying trapper/explorer Peter Skene Ogden with the Engages de la Columbia and Hudson Bay Fur Company reenactors, and members of the Echoes in Time group demonstrating primitive skills and tool making. In addition, Eric Iseman and Lonny Johnson will portray the John Fremont and Kit Carson "Great Pathfinder" Expedition of 1843 with replica mountain howitzer, Bill Armstrong and members of the Oregon Trail Travelers group will demonstrate pioneer life styles of the wagon train era, the Oregon Territorial Stage Co. and members of the 1st Oregon Volunteers will portray cavalry and infantry units of the Central Oregon Indian War Era. The event requires the state park use fee. School groups are encouraged to attend on May 22. For further information please contact Paul Patton at 541 923 7551 Ext. 21
CLOVIS IN OREGON
Mike Rondeau, of Rondeau Archaeological in Sacramento, has kindly shared with our OAS membership the below map of sites that he has documented with Clovis tools in Oregon. The map was created for the annual State of Jefferson Archaeological Society meeting earlier this month.
"AVOCATIONAL ARCHEOLOGY MAKING A DIFFERENCE: WHO'S DONE IT AND WHO'S DOING IT"
DO YOU KNOW OF SOME AVOCATIONALS WHO HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN OREGON ARCHAEOLOGY??
The SAA Council of Affiliated Societies is sponsoring a poster symposia at the 2010 SAA Meeting in St. Louis next year.* The symposia's working title is "Avocational Archeology Making a Difference: Who's Done It and Who's Doing IT". The Oregon Archaeological Society is going to enter one or two posters for the symposia featuring Oregonians. We would like suggestions from YOU about who should be on the posters and why.
The person can be living or dead, and we hope to feature 5-10 individuals with a brief biography and action photos. Contributions to any aspect of archaeology are what we're looking for. For example they could have made a difference in archaeology projects, stewardship, education, legislation, donations, writing, etc. For example, Malcom & Louise Loring for their contributions to Oregon Rock Art; Paul Lawson for his geology help on many field and lab projects; and the Auels for financial support to many archaeology activities. The person doesn't have to be an Oregon Archaeological Society member.
*The posters abstracts for the symposia must be completed by mid August, 2009 for the April 2010 Meeting.
I am also looking for people wishing to help with producing the Oregon posters, and be a presenter if you will be attending the SAA Meeting, as each poster must have a different presenter.
If you have suggestions of a person or want to help produce a poster, please contact Cathy Poetschat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOOK REVIEW (by blogcritcs): Cave Paintings and the Human Spirit by David S. Whitley
David S Whitley is clearly a man who has moved at the centre of prehistoric archaeology for decades. In Cave Paintings and the Human Spirit he takes us into that world: roughly half of the book is an account of the archaeological debates, quarrels and missteps that have marked the exploration and attempts at explanation of the cave art of prehistoric Europe and associated genres. On that he’s entertaining, anecdotal, and so far as I can tell a faithful guide...
Read the whole review at: http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-cave-paintings-and-the/
BABYLON RUINS REOPEN IN IRAQ, TO CONTROVERSY
By STEVEN LEE MYERS
The New York Times
Published: May 2, 2009
BABYLON, Iraq — After decades of dictatorship and disrepair, Iraq is celebrating its renewed sovereignty over the Babylon archaeological site — by fighting over the place, over its past and future and, of course, over its spoils...
Read the whole story at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/03/world/middleeast/03babylon.html?_r=1&emc=eta1