Center for New Mexico Archaeology, Photo by Chris Nail
Learn about New Mexico’s fascinating 12,000-year cultural heritage through hands-on activities and demonstrations during International Archaeology Day, Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology.
Doors open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to New Mexicans interested in digging deep into the past.
Come throw an atlatl (spear-thrower), shoot bows and arrows, make yucca fiber-string, watch pottery firings, learn about coil basketry, and talk with archaeologists. While on campus, make time to check out the new Points Through Time exhibition.
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 excavation at the Palace of the Governors, the Civic Center, Railyard, Santa Fe County Courthouse, and many other locations throughout the state.
Projectile points are one of the most iconic images of archaeology in the American Southwest. This exhibition focuses on some of the projectile points that are commonly found here in New Mexico from Paleoindian times (13,500 years ago), through the Archaic, and into Puebloan times (1,260 to 110 years ago) as well as some of the exotic points that have come to New Mexico from California and Texas. The exhibit discusses how archaeologists classify points, why they change through time, and how illegal collection of points can impact the archaeological record.
This exhibit opens on International Archaeology Day, at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology (7 Old Cochiti Road). After that, the exhibit is open to the public Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.and closed on holidays.