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Center For New Mexico Archaeology To Open ‘Women In Archaeology’ Exhibit On International Archaeology Day

on August 11, 2019 - 8:59am
Archaeologists Florence Hawley Ellis and student Florence Hawley Ellis, director of University of New Mexico excavations at San Gabriel del Yunque in Northern New Mexico. Courtesy/Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, New Mexico History Museum
CNMA News:
SANTA FE In celebration of International Archaeology Day, Saturday, Oct. 19, the Center for New Mexico Archaeology (CNMA) will open its doors to the public, providing an opportunity to learn about New Mexico’s fascinating 12,000-year cultural heritage and the science of archaeology through hands-on activities and demonstrations.
Visitors will be allowed to tour the Center for New Mexico Archaeology, the storage facility for New Mexico’s archaeological collections, as well as working research laboratories for the Office of Archaeological Studies. Meet the archaeologists behind the excavations at the Palace of the Governors, the Railyard, Santa Fe County Courthouse, and many other locations throughout the state.
There will also be an opportunity to throw spears with atlatls, shoot bows and arrows, make yucca fiber string, watch pottery firings, learn about coiled basketry, and talk with archaeologists.
The event also marks the opening of Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s new exhibit: “Women in Archaeology.” This exhibit highlights the work of 11 pioneer women in archaeology who worked in the American Southwest as well as touches on some major early and modern contributors to archaeology throughout the world.
“The staff of Center for New Mexico Archaeology love to open their doors to the public every International Archaeology Day. Every year we offer numerous hands on activities for all ages that allow visitors to learn how certain artifacts were made to how archaeologists document their discoveries,” said Eric Blinman, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Archaeological Studies.
“The women highlighted in this exhibition made numerous contributions to their field and helped educate many students who went on to pursue careers in archaeology. Through their work, they have turned archaeology into the field it is, leaving a lasting legacy for the future of the discipline,” exhibit co-curator Emily Hurley said. “Early on in our field women were discouraged from pursing advanced degrees and conducting field work. By highlighting the work of 11 pioneer women in archaeology who worked here in the American Southwest, our hope to help inspire future generations of women to pursue a career in archaeology.
The “Women in Archaeology” exhibit opens on Archaeology Day: October 19, 2019 and will close Oct. 9, 2020.
Center for New Mexico Archaeology, 7 Old Cochiti Road, Located off of the Caja Del Rio exit of the 599.
Archaeologist Bertha Parker Pallan (Abenaki/Seneca) Bertha was one of the first Native American female archaeologists. Here she is holding two atlatl darts from the Gypsum Cave Excavations conducted by the Southwest Museum where she served as a secretary, archaeologist, and ethnographer. Courtesy/Smithsonian Institute at Flickr Commons
MIAC Research Associate Leon Natker and assists a young visitor is finding artifacts on the survey course designed to teach visitors the importance of recording artifact locations and the difficulty of recording surface collections. Photo by Amy Montoya, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture