Upcoming Events

June 3, 2018

Chiles and Sherds at Pueblo San Cristóbal
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Cost of trip: FOA members: $100, non-FOA members: $110, children: $60, and Pine Canyon: $130

June 12, 2018

Presidio to Girls School: Unraveling History at Santa Fe County Judicial Center
OAS Brown Bag talk by James Moore at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

July 10, 2018

Excavating the ‘Last of the Phoenicians’: Field Work at Tel Kedesh of Upper Galilee
OAS Brown Bag talk by Sharon Herbert, Ph.D and Charles K. Williams II (Distinguished University Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Michigan) at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

August 14, 2018

The Deep History of Indian Market Pottery Traditions
OAS Brown Bag talk by Eric Blinman (Director of the Office of Archaeological Studies) at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

September 29, 2018

The Pre-History of Salinas Pueblo, the other Galisteo Basin
Saturday, September 29 through Sunday, September 30, 2018 Cost of trip: FOA members: $225, non-FOA members: $250

From the Director

In nearly five decades as an archaeologist I have analyzed or supervised the analysis of more than a million potsherds. The collections have originated from sites across a broad sweep of territory, from Wyoming to northern Mexico and from California to Texas, but most have come from the sites on the Colorado Plateau, otherwise known as the greater Four Corners region. . .
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About the Office of Archaeological Studies


The Office of Archaeological Studies (OAS) conducts archaeological research projects throughout New Mexico with a diverse group of 25–40 archaeologists and support staff. Our mission is to identify, interpret, and share information about prehistoric and historic sites across the state. The office serves state agencies and private organizations that need archaeological studies performed as part of their development projects. In addition, we also provide ethnographic and historical research services. We have an education outreach program that directly interacts with New Mexicans in order to answer their questions about archaeology, history, and the heritage of New Mexico. Under Chuck Hannaford's leadership, that program has twice received the Society for American Archaeology's Excellence in Public Education Award, in 2005 and again in 2012.

Roomblocks at the McCarty's highway salvage excavation

In addition to client-initiated projects, the Office of Archaeological Studies conducts research projects that are funded by grants and private donations. Many of the projects make use of a dedicated corps of volunteers. The office provides training opportunities for university students and makes use of their skills in the latest technology. We also collaborate on archaeological projects with Mexico's national archaeological program and have held educational outreach programs in surrounding states.

The office has five specialized laboratories, a small library, and a publications department. We have nationally recognized specialists in pottery, botany, and osteology, and our archaeomagnetic dating laboratory is one of two full-time laboratories in the United States that are dedicated to this dating technique.