Archaeological symposium set for November

Multiple agencies to meet and discuss future of Arizona Strip sites

NORTH RIM - On Nov. 12-13, the Kaibab Vermilion Cliffs Heritage Alliance will sponsor a symposium in Page, Discovering the Archaeology of the Arizona Strip Region: Learning from the Past - Planning for the Future. The symposium will bring together agency archaeologists, professionals, students, tribal representatives, and the public to discuss questions that will guide a research design for the coming decades on the Arizona Strip north of the Grand Canyon.

The symposium will also celebrate the 10th anniversary of designation of the Vermilion Cliffs and Grand Canyon Parashant national monuments, part of the Bureau of Land Management's National Landscape Conservation System.

On Nov. 12, keynote speakers Don and Catherine Fowler will share their experiences doing archaeology and working with Native Americans in the region. The public is invited without charge to the evening sessions.

The research design will focus on the cultural resources of the Grand Canyon Trust's Kane and Two Mile Ranches, and extend across the Arizona Strip from Marble Canyon to Kanab Creek and beyond. It will build on the foundation of Man, Models, and Management, the U.S. Forest Service and BLM cultural resources overview published nearly 25 years ago. Attendees will share data, discuss new research questions, and explore the focus of research over the next 25 years through panel discussions, poster and research report presentations, and informal meetings.

All symposium events will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 600 Clubhouse Drive in Page. To register online go to: www.azstrip.org. To register by mail: visit http://www.public.asu.edu/~ohara/AZstrip.htm. Submit abstracts for proposed poster or research reports by Sept. 15 to Michael O'Hara at ohara@asu.edu

About the Kaibab Vermilion Cliffs Heritage Alliance

The Alliance was created in 2006 to help land-management agencies protect and preserve the wealth of cultural resources on the eastern Arizona Strip. Alliance partners include Kaibab National Forest, Bureau of Land Management Arizona Strip District, Grand Canyon National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Grand Canyon Trust, Northern Arizona University, Coconino County, and the Museum of Northern Arizona. Its efforts have received national and regional recognition. For more information contact: P.O. Box 22311, Flagstaff, AZ 86002, (928) 779-2962,mpcreh@msn.com, or go to www.grandcanyontrust.org/kane/kaibab-vermilion-cliffs.php

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