FW: ARCH-L Digest - 28 Mar 1999 to 29 Mar 1999 (#1999-87)
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>Date: Sun, 28 Mar 1999 17:53:26 -0600ANNOUNCEMENT: TWO-DAY CONSERVATION RECORDING WORKSHOP AT
>From: "John F. Campbell" <jcampbel@...>
>Subject: ARNOLD'S CAVE WORKSHOP
>Normal apologies for cross-posting:
>OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY FOR TEN PARTICIPANTS
>ARNOLD'S CAVE,complete a base-line recordation and condition assessment of the site.
>SOUTHWESTERN WISCONSIN (May 20 and 21, 1999 - immediately prior to the
>IRAC '99/ARARA Conference, 23-30 May, Ripon College, Wisconsin)
>NOTE: If you have already signed up for any of the May 22nd Pre
>Congress Field Trips out of Ripon you might want make your arrangements
>Robert (Ernie) Boszhardt, Regional Archaeologist at the Mississippi
>Valley Archaeology Center, University of La Crosse, recently located a
>cave in Southwestern Wisconsin, roughly halfway between La Crosse and
>Madison, and 2 1/2 hours from Ripon, Wisconsin. The cave, known locally
>as Arnold's Cave, comprises chambers within a sandstone formation
>limestone. Ernie found nearly 60 hitherto undiscovered Native American
>pictographs in Arnold's Cave, executed in charcoal, including several
>complex compositions. Among the depictions are deer/elk and figures
>with bows and arrows, thunderbirds, and abstract motifs. The subject
>matter and contextual evidence within the cave strongly suggest a Late
>Woodland date (ca. A.D. 600-1000) for the pictographs.
>Increasing unsolicited visitation and graffiti unfortunately pose a
>threat to the preservation of the cave and its contents. Before any
>management and conservation actions can be taken, it is imperative to
>With this aim in mind, Dr Alan Watchman (James Cook University,
>Townsville, Queensland) and Dr Jannie Loubser (New South Associates,
>Inc.,Stone Mountain, Georgia) will conduct a conservation recordation
>workshop at Arnold's Cave on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st May prior to
>the 1999 IRAC/ARARA Congress at Ripon College. Fieldwork will be
>supplemented by informal lectures and discussions at night, including
>introductory lecture by Ernie Boszhardt on Wednesday night, the 19th.
>collection of notes describing rock art documentation and dating
>techniques will also be issued.
>Alan will examine the condition of the site, including rock formations,
>joints, crusts, salts, biological activity, pigment, and evaluate
>encrustations and other organic material for dating potential.
>Participants will help Alan and Jannie assign panel numbers, map the
>cave, photograph the panels, graphically record pictographs by means of
>various techniques, complete condition assessment forms, consult
>interested parties, discuss management and conservation options, and
>compile recommendations pertaining to further research, interpretation,
>and presentation. Ernie will use these fieldwork results to conserve
>and manage the site.
>Participation in the two day workshop will be $200 (US) per person. Due
>to the confined and fragile nature of the cave there is room for only
>participants (on a first-pay-first-serve basis). For more information
>and registration contact Dr Jannie Loubser, New South Associates, Inc.
>6150 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Stone Mountain, Georgia, 30087, USA
>(telephone: 770-498-4155; fax: 770-498-3809 E-mail:
>Please make out checks (cheques)to New South Associates, Inc.
>Lodging will be close to Arnold's Cave, at a Bible Camp known as
>Sugar Creek. The camp, which is located in a remote and scenic valley,
>includes a very new lodge with individual baths and two beds per room.
>Two nights with five prepared meals will cost $44-00 per person
>(Wednesday and Thursday nights). The closest restaurants are within
>seven miles from the camp. Individually prepared meals at the camp are
>$3-00 for breakfast, $3-00 for lunch, and $5-00 for dinner.
>Participants can fly into either Madison or La Crosse airports.
>is served by more airlines, while La Crosse is served by subsidiaries
>Northwest Airlines out of Minneapolis or American from Chicago, And
>Midwest Express out of Milwaukee. Major
>car rental agencies are also located at each airport, although pooling
>may be an option (Ernie may organize pick-up transport for those folks
>arriving at La Crosse Airport). As the cave where the work will be
>is sandy and moist with a fairly constant temperature, bring work
>clothes and flat soled shoes. This is a great opportunity to gain
>knowledge and practical experience documenting rock art with
>international rock art specialists.
Research Analyst, Donor Relations, USD
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