Bandelier Celebrates National Archeology Day


Bandelier National Monument invites the public to celebrate National Archeology Day Saturday, Oct. 20.

“This day is set aside to encourage exploration and discovery of the rich cultural resources in the monument,” Superintendent Jason Lott said.

Several events will be held in Bandelier for the public to enjoy.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., join the monument’s archeologist, Rory Gauthier, for a hike to explore Duchess Castle and the Conquistador.

Participants will visit the complex site known as Duchess Castle which contains pueblo

sites occupied for over two hundred years and historic structures that once served as a school for pueblo potters.

After exploring the castle, uncover several petroglyph sites including one depicting a sword wielding horseman interpreted as an image of a Spanish conquistador.

To join this hike, meet in the Tsankawi parking lot located on N.M. 4 near White Rock.

Bring good hiking shoes, sunscreen, hat, snacks and water (2 quarts recommended.) The hike will last around two hours and participants will walk approximately 2.5 miles.

Following the hike, join us at the Bandelier Visitor Center at 1 p.m. to dedicate two bronze plaques for our namesake Adolph Bandelier.

Bandelier was a historian and anthropologist who first visited Frijoles Canyon in 1880 and conducted archeological research.

His interest and passion for the archeological sites in what is now Bandelier National Monument brought a lot of attention to the area.

The plaques were created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bandelier’s first visit to Frijoles Canyon and the 100th anniversary of Bandelier’s birth.

The plaques were removed during the visitor center renovation. Snacks and refreshments will be provided at the visitor center during the dedication.

At 2 p.m., explore a series of archeological sites located on Campground Mesa. Participants will visit a number of field house sites that were once used as shelters for pueblo farmers and village sites occupied more than 800 years ago.

Meet at the amphitheater parking lot located in Juniper Campground. The hike will last around two hours and participants will walk approximately 1 mile.

Bring good hiking shoes, sunscreen, hat, snacks and water.

Access to the Bandelier Visitor Center is available through a shuttle service provided by Atomic City Transit. Participants can board the shuttle at the White Rock Visitor Center on N.M. 4.

For further details on Bandelier National Monument news and events, visit the park website at or call the Bandelier Visitor Center at 505-672-3861 ext. 517.


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