Advisory poll on Current Research
The society's executive board seeks your advice on how to publish Current Research. Please review the advisory poll on page 13, completing and returning it to SAA
headquarters by December 31 so your opinion can be considered in executive
board deliberations about Current Research.
Free subscription for members
Archaeology and Public Education is issued three times a year by SAA's Public
Education Committee. The newsletter contains useful lesson plans and information for
educators, interpreters, archaeologists, and others who share archaeology with the public.
Members can receive the newsletter free as a benefit of membership, simply by
notifying SAA headquarters of your interest so that your name can be added to
the distribution list.
In a recent survey, readers rated Archaeology and Public Education very highly and indicated that each issue is shared with several additional readers (up to 20). Because of escalating printing and distribution costs, readers are asked to subscribe ($10/year) or to become an associate member ($30) to receive the newsletter free. We are delighted at the number of memberships this is generating, but suspect that some teachers and school systems will not have the financial resources to subscribe. A gift subscription or membership could help sustain the newsletter's reach into classrooms, and ensure that archaeology public education can continue to generate many positive outcomes. Credit card or check payments can be sent to SAA headquarters along with the name and address of the recipient. We will advise the recipient of your gift and send him/her Archaeology and Public Education.
Get your membership card?
You probably noticed some changes in the membership renewal mailed in October. A new
invoice was developed to make use of optical mark reading technology, which allows staff
members to scan data into membership records instead of manually keying it in. The
system increases productivity so we can spend time on programs and services instead of
"keyboarding" financial transactions. I recognize the form may have required
some extra time to process and I thank you for your help.
Another change was a perforated membership card, to be removed and retained, as part of the invoice. Unfortunately, we failed to provide instructions to make sure you noticed the card, and I am chagrined that its inauguration suffered from my failure to point out the new feature. The membership card is destined to become a regular feature of the renewal invoice, and so are the instructions!
Send us email
Many members have remarked that the new edition ofArchaeologists of the
Americas is more helpful because it contains so many email addresses. We have
recorded email addresses for more than 25 percent of all members, but suspect many more
have yet to inform us of their addresses. You can do so in the space provided on your
membership renewal invoice, or you can send an email message to email@example.com
and we will update to include
In January, you will receive the ballot and candidate
statements for annual elections, as well as the preliminary program brochure
for the 61st Annual Meeting, which will take place in New Orleans, April 10-14,
1996. When planning your travel consider arriving in time to participate in the
pre-meeting workshops on Wednesday, April 9, or staying long enough for some
spectacular Saturday night activities and the French Quarter Festival on
Sunday. Details will appear in the preliminary program brochure.
Shumway convicted under
The Salt Lake Tribune recently published "Pothunter is where Officials Want Him"
about Earl Shumway. Excerpts from the article, written by Mary K. Arnold, are included
here to underscore SAA's continued support for law enforcement and ARPA prosecutions.
Shumway "was the Moab man who pleaded guilty in 1984 to damaging archaeological
resources by excavating, among other things, 34 Anasazi baskets in the high-profile Basket
Case. And two years later he was the key witness against his friend, Buddy
Black, as part of a plea bargain that netted Shumway only probation for his
Basket Case conviction. Shumway also bragged about his pillaging expertise on a
1988 KUTV documentary, claiming his chance of getting caught digging up ancient
American Indian remains was `about a million to one.' Consequently, the 38
year-old's reckless digging has caused inestimable damage to the cultural,
historical, and biological record beneath the sand in San Juan County, experts
"Now, authorities finally have Shumway where they want him. Last week, a federal jury in Salt Lake City convicted him of four violations of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act at two San Juan County Anasazi sites. And when he is sentenced on November 13, a stiff penalty will be in store. Sentencing guidelines call for additional punishment for defendants with a history of prior illegal activities. Shumway's conviction, said BLM agent Marty Phillips, may dissuade others from digging up protected lands. Because of education campaigns, the number of `innocent' tourists digging has decreased, Phillips said." The case was also the subject of an extensive feature article in the New York Times (November 2, 1995).
SAA has launched an exciting new initiative in archaeology
public education A request for proposals was released to identify one
or more states interested in funding for an Archaeology Education Coordinator who would
focus on pre-collegiate archaeology public education. The grants provide for a
one-year pilot project to assess potential activities and cost for a nationwide
network of coordinators. The coordinator will develop a state information
inventory (e.g., identifying current teachers of archaeology in state
classrooms, their level of training, and materials utilized), introduce
archaeology education curriculum in state schools , and develop a plan to
ensure continued support for archaeological curricula. The coordinator will
initiate local programs and develop local resources tailored to have maximum
impact in the state. Because major funding for the pilot project has been
provided by United States government agencies, participation is limited to U.S.
states and territories.
'Tis the season
This issue of the newsletter will reach you while the holiday season is in full swing. However you observe the holidays, I hope that your season is joyful and that your new year will be productive and satisfying.
Ralph Johnson is executive director of SAA