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only ruin I have seen where every room can be seen plainly without excavation of any kind.
Some time since, while trailing a cougar, I chanced to find a small ledge back from what I, or any other passer in the Las Alamos Cañon below, or the Mesa above, should have thought a solid wall, and around the ledge were over half a dozen unusually large cliff rooms. These rooms were at least a mile from any others, although the Mesa above did show signs of ruins. This was evidently a select colony, possibly some summer resort of the élite of the tribe.
These are only a few of the many special points of interest. When one can see so many similar sights, and when there are so many easily accessible ruins of interest, it is hard to realize that they are visited annually by comparatively few persons. The number of visitors this year, however, will far exceed that of any previous year. Every tourist in the West should make a point of visiting Santa Fé, where the proper arrangements can be made for seeing these wonders of a departed people. HUGH H. HARRIS.
U. S. FOREST SERVICE.
THE WORK OF THE INSTITUTE IN AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY
AT the meeting in celebration of the incorporation of the Institute, held at Washington, D.C., on January 2, 1907, Mr. Charles P. Bowditch, Chairman of the Committee on American Archaeology, delivered an address of special interest on the undertakings of the Institute in this field. The part which presents the plan of the Committee for future work is here. published.
The American work to which the Institute can look forward in the future has been admirably expressed by Miss Alice C. Fletcher, in her report to the Committee on American Archaeology, which I will now read:
"It is proposed that the basal plan for work under the American Committee of the Archaeological Institute of America shall be the preparation of a map of the culture-areas of the American continent, as a contribution to the world-study of the human race.
"Already much has been done toward the making of such a map, and all available work hitherto done by institutions, associations, or individuals will be duly credited and its bibliography given. It is believed that such a graphic tabulation will not only facilitate the task of correlating work already accomplished and now in progress, but will make it possible so to direct the efforts of the various Societies of the Institute which desire to support active field work in our own country, that all the archaeological research undertaken will fit into the broad plan proposed, and thus help toward the solution of some of the problems that confront the students of human culture.
"A preparatory step toward the carrying out of this basal plan would be the appointment of an officer to be known as Director of American Archaeology, whose immediate duty would be to direct. and coördinate all work undertaken by the affiliated societies of the Institute. This step should be followed by the establishment of a
School of American Archaeology, in which graduate students should be received for instruction and employment in field research, and so fitted to be workers in the wide field opened by this basal plan.
"Since culture-areas do not correspond with political boundaries, international relationships and work will naturally follow."
This plan has been accepted by the Committee, and Mr. Edgar L. Hewett has been recommended to the Council as Director of American Archaeology.
It is hoped that the Western Societies of the Institute, inspired by the comprehensive plan which has been adopted, will join heartily in the effort to make such a plan successful by turning their local energy and local funds into work which will contribute toward the desired end.
The interest in the work of American Archaeology is increasing in all parts of the country, and the Committee has been informed that if a school of American Archaeology should be established in Santa Fé, the old Governor's palace would probably be placed at their disposal. While the Committee is not ready to take decisive action at the present time, it is hoped that in the near future such a school may be established, which shall be the centre of influence in the cause of American Archaeology throughout the West and Southwest.
GENERAL MEETING OF THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA
FORMAL INCORPORATION OF THE INSTITUTE
THE Archaeological Institute of America held its eighth general meeting for the reading and discussion of papers at the George Washington University, Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, January 2-4, 1907, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Philological Association.
A meeting of the incorporators of the Archaeological Institute of America, as named in an Act of Congress approved on May 26, 1906, was held at the George Washington University, on Wednesday, January 2, 1907, in accordance with a call dated October 9, 1906, signed by twelve of the incorporators.
Professor Seymour was elected Chairman, and Professor Carroll, Secretary of the meeting. The Chairman presented (1) a certified copy of the Act of incorporation; (2) the call for the meeting, signed by twelve of the incorporators; (3) the acknowledgment of each of the other (living) incorporators that he had received due notice of this meeting.
On motion of the Hon. John W. Foster it was unanimously resolved that the incorporators accept the Council of the voluntary association known as the Archaeological Institute of America, with its officers and its regulations, as the Council mentioned in the Act of Congress above referred to.
On Wednesday, January 2, at 4.30 P.M., the Institute and the American Philological Association held a Joint Session, with a celebration of the incorporation of the Institute.
Professor Thomas Day Seymour, President of the Institute, presided and read a brief account of the early organization of the Institute, and of the later development of its branches and enterprises.
The Hon. J. W. Foster, President of the Washington Society of the Institute, addressed the meeting on the work and aims of the Institute.
Brief addresses were made in behalf of the chief committees of the Institute, as follows: by Professor James R. Wheeler, for the School of Classical Studies at Athens; by Professor Andrew F. West, for the School of Classical Studies in Rome; by the Rev. Dr. John P. Peters, for the School of Oriental Studies in Palestine; by Mr. Charles P. Bowditch, for the Committee on American Archaeology; and by Professor Allan Marquand, for the Committee on Mediaeval and Renaissance Studies.
The portion of the address by Mr. Bowditch, which presented the plan of the Committee for the American work of the Institute, is published on page 47 of the Journal.
By the courtesy of the George Washington University, the Archaeological Institute will have an office in the buildings of that University.
The Act of Congress which granted the incorporation of the Institute was published in this JOURNAL, Vol. X, pp. 174, 175.
The Annual Meeting of the Council of the Institute was held on Friday, January 4, at 11 A.M. and 3 P.M.; a special meeting of the Council was held on Wednesday, January 2, at 10 A.M.; and the Annual Meeting of the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies in Rome was held on Saturday, January 5, at 9.30 A.M.
The Council reëlected all the officers of the Institute to serve for the year 1907-08, and chose also two additional Associate Secretaries, Professor F. W. SHIPLEY, of Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., and Professor H. R. FAIRCLOUGH of the Leland Stanford University, Cal. In accordance with the recommendation of the Committee on American Archaeology, Mr. EDGAR L. HEWETT was appointed Director of American Archaeology for the year 1907.