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Ancient Culture in New Mexico

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New Mexico is a treasure chest packed full of pretty impressive jewels.

Did you know that in addition to some of the southwest region’s coolest trails, this state boasts incredible archaeological sites too? One site alone represents more than 10,000 years of documented human cultural history. New Mexico is also home of the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies (a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs) and the Archaeological Society of NM.

It is a gift to live in a place where you have so many opportunities to explore and introduce your five senses to so much beautifully rich culture! From the pueblo ruins built by women at Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, to the amazing engineering abilities evident in the ruins and a whopping 4,000 prehistoric and historic archaeological sites at Chaco Culture National Historic Park.

Browse our list of the archaeological sites to explore all over New Mexico and see my top 5 personal favorites:

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OnetoWander’s Top 5

NM Archaeological Wonders

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

My absolute favorite so far, not just because of the history and culture but because of the ENERGY. Walking around inside the remaining structure of Quarai you can feel something. I have been back to each of the 3 sites many times and am always amazed how each site has its own unique feel. An interesting fact in its pueblo history – the Quarai structure was built by its women inhabitants:)


Chaco Culture National Historic Park

Chaco is like a Disneyland for archaeology/anthropology lovers – there’s no way you can possibly see everything in one day! The 21 mile drive to the park seems long but very worth it, as the span of the site contains the most well-preserved and most complex prehistoric architectural structures located in North America. With 15 major complexes laid out in an intricate and interesting puzzle, you’ll run out of camera battery long before you run out of things to photograph here.


Bandelier National Monument

I haven’t roamed this site yet, but the photos easily make it a top 5 list item. Bandelier contains a collection of carved out dwellings, some that were once 3 stories high.


Petroglyph National Monument

Every time I walk the trail I seem to notice a different set of petroglyphs. Ancient symbols dating back to 400 to 700 years ago carved into a long wind of volcanic rock. As some sites are a long walk to access, this is not one of them. The ruggedness of the terrain combined with so many shapes to admire make this a great hike or short road trip for kids all ages.


Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

The Mogollon Culture ❤ As an architecture nerd, I am completely intrigued by a nomadic people that chose to build their village tree-house style, but in a cliff. A very high cliff. The hike climbing almost 200 ft up is breathtaking; the unique history of its former inhabitants going back to 1275-1300 A.D. Made of flat stones set in adobe mud mortar, the cliffs protect 40 rooms of various sizes. The Gila Cliff Dwellings is the ONLY National Monument containing sites of the Mogollon people and once held an Apache grave site.

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Chaco Canyon is to pueblo ruins lovers as Disneyland is to kids of all ages.  To see everything you really need more than one trip. Chaco is an impressively orchestrated maze of beautiful old stone, amazing history of ancient culture, and a little mystery….read more here

 

puye

Nestled in the solid rock is a place between earth and sky. This National Historic Landmark stretches over one mile long and features different levels of dwellings….read more here

 

tent rocks

This amazing geological marvel allows us to observe and experience geological processes up close. What a perfect day trip…read more here

 

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Seeing these majestic animals is one thing – hearing them will make you 100% happy you bought the tickets that go towards a very great cause. (photo credit: Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary)…read more here

Archaeology and History

SAN MARCOS PUEBLO: ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORY

Ann F. Ramenofsky and Kari L. Schleher

Tuesday February 20, 2018 7:30 PM
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
2000 Mountain Road NW


San Marcos Pueblo, located at the western edge of the Galisteo Basin, is an aggregated town that has been known to the archaeological world since Nels Nelson’s preliminary field work there in the early twentieth century. Beginning before and continuing through the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, San Marcos was a vital community, a hub of Puebloan economic, political, and social activity.

San Marcoseños were known for their fine glaze-painted ceramics that were traded both within the Basin and beyond. The town was known to the Spanish: a mission and convento was established there in the 1630s, as was metal assaying and smelting. Their role in the Pueblo Revolt was not uniform, suggesting that factions may have been present within the community.

Ramenofsky and Schleher are the co-editors of a volume “The Archaeology and History of Pueblo San Marcos: Change and Stability”, recently published by UNM Press. In this lecture, they jointly discuss some of the results of that decade-long research at the Pueblo. Highlighted are evidence of stability and change in their settlement strategy, the glaze-painted ceramics that inform on the nature of potting communities, and protohistorique native population change.

Ann F. Ramenofsky is professor emerita of anthropology at the University of New Mexico. She has authored numerous articles and books, including “Vectors of Death: The Archaeology of European Contact” and the co-editor of “Exploring Cause and Explanation: Historical Ecology, Demography, and Movement in the American Southwest.”

Kari L. Schleher is the laboratory manager at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and an adjunct assistant professor of anthropology at the University of New Mexico. She is a specialist in Puebloan ceramics, especially the glaze-painted wares of the Rio Grande. She is a contributor to regional and national journals including Journal of Archaeological Science and Kiva.


The Albuquerque Archaeological Society is a group that advocates preserving archaeological and other cultural resources by informing members and the public about archaeological and ethnological subjects through our meetings, presentations, newsletter, other electronic media, field trips, volunteer efforts, field surveys, and studies.

Membership is only $25 for an individual or family, and it’s free to students with a Student ID or current class schedule. Membership puts you on our mailing list for our monthly newsletter, and gives you access to our field trips. However, our meetings are always free and open to the public, so come see what we’re all about!

2017 Flute Player Tour for Mesa Prieta

A Benefit for the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project


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This tour only offered once a year

Join a special guided tour of 25 “Kokopelli” petroglyphs – visit America’s largest-known group of flute-playing animal petroglyphs on the Wells Petroglyph Preserve north of Ohkay Owingeh.

– Sunday, October 22, 2017

– 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

– $175 per person

– Limited to 25 people


Listen to live flute music

featuring Patrick Mirabal from Taos Pueblo!

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Enjoy an incredible gourmet lunch catered by Red Mesa Cuisine, with wines by La Chiripada Winery, set high above the Rio Grande with cottonwoods in their autumn splendor! There will be a silent auction with fine art items.


Make reservations here 
or call 
505-852-1351

 


 


Exploring Taos

New Adventure: Taos Exploration Trip

When: September 15 – 17, 2017

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Little Christian Church in Taos Pueblo


‘Place of Red Willows’

The town of Taos is located in the north-central region of New Mexico nestled into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Taos is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. Residents have inhabited this beautiful community for over 1,000 years.


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