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An Inside Look at the Creation of Petroglyph National Monument
Retired Albuquerque Open Space Superintendent Dr. Matt Schmader will speak on the topic “A Park is Born: An Inside Look at the Creation of Petroglyph National Monument” Wednesday, February 20, 2019.
Time: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Location: Tanoan Country Club
The lecture is sponsored by Adventures in Anthropology, a 501 (c)(3) organization that focuses on the diverse people of the Southwest, their past history, as well as their present interactions, through the context of cultures, history and community.
Dr. Matt Schmader has worked for 39 years in southwestern archaeology, principally in the middle Rio Grande Valley.
He has worked on sites of virtually every cultural time period, ranging from PaleoIndian campsites to Archaic structures, from early ancestral puebloan pit houses to classic period petroglyph sites and pueblo villages, and from Spanish contact/colonial sites to the historic Red Light District in downtown Albuquerque.
His studies were instrumental in the creation of Petroglyph National Monument. His current research interests are the transition from foraging to horticulture, and the contact period in the American Southwest.
Dr. Schmader served as Assistant Superintendent and then Superintendent of the Albuquerque Open Space Division from 1995 until retiring in 2016 and was the only city Archaeologist form 2007 to 2016.
He is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of Archaeology at the Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico.
Tickets for the lecture are $50 ($26 for students) and must be purchased in advance by calling Adventures in Anthropology at (505) 821-3987 or using the link below. The fee includes lunch (entree of chicken, salmon, or vegetarian).
*Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Please reserve your tickets in advance.
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:
- Tijeras Pueblo Archaeological Site
- Coronado Historic Site
- Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
- Chaco Culture National Historic Park
- Casa Rinconda Community
- Petroglyph National Monument
- Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
- Aztec Ruins National Monument
- Yellow House
- Pecos National Historical Park
- Bandelier National Monument
- Gila Cliff Dwellings
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.
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
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
This amazing geological marvel allows us to observe and experience geological processes up close. What a perfect day trip…read more here
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
Ah the curious and exciting things in this world…
The American Museum of Natural History reports that a new species of dinosauromorph was among the mixed assemblage of dinosaurs and dinosauromorphs found at Hayden Quarry in Ghost Ranch, New Mexico!
What is a dinosauromorph (‘dinasauromorpha’)?
See more about this amazing finding at American Museum of Natural History
AiA visit to the Ghost Ranch Retreat and Educational Center
See more about our visit to the Ghost Ranch here
Thank you Leslie Cohen for organizing this field trip to Ghost Ranch Retreat & Educational Center.
Five of the world’s top paleontology scientists were also visiting the Hayden Quarry that day representing:
- Field Museum in Chicago
- University of Iowa
- Peabody Institute
- University of Utah
- American Museum of Natural History in New York
The Hayden Quarry on Ghost Ranch is considered the most important paleontology site in the world.
See more about the Ghost Ranch at www.ghostranch.org/
Mesa Prieta, meaning ‘dark mesa’, is a thirty-six square mile mesa extending twelve miles in a northeasterly direction. Over 100,000 examples of rock images are estimated to exist on the mesa in addition to other archaeological features!
The east side is closely adjacent to the Rio Grande; the western side has large habitable and agricultural areas between the base of the mesa and the nearest drainage.
Ancestral Puebloan peoples were said to develop a style that is now known as Puebloan the Rio Grande Style. Most Pueblo IV glyphs are believed by archaeologists to be related to some form of ritual or ceremony.
Mesa Prieta Facts
- The largest numbers of petroglyphs on the site are from the Pueblo IV period, roughly 1300 A.D. to 1600 A.D.
- Human figures carved into the stone appear as dancers, shamans, hunters, flute players, women giving birth and warrior.
- Recent research has identified numerous sun calendars and solar markers among the rock images.
Adventures in Anthropology field trip to Mesa Prieta
See more on Mesa Prieta HERE
Content on this page from: http://www.mesaprietapetroglyphs.org/
Adventures in Anthropology joined Petroglyph National Monument October 22, 2016 for an informative free guided tour.
Petroglyph National Monument protects one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America, featuring designs and symbols carved onto volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400 to 700 years ago! These images are a valuable record of cultural expression and hold profound spiritual significance for contemporary Native Americans and for the descendants of the early Spanish settlers.
- Developed and undeveloped trails combined contain 500 designs and symbols
- 3 trails offer a diverse view of the cultural and natural landscape within the monument
Petroglyph National Monument at www.nps.gov/petr/index.htm
Petroglyph National Monument, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Petroglyph_National_Monument&oldid=750379984 (last visited Nov. 19, 2016).