Upcoming Events

February 16, 2016

A Reappraisal of an Eighteenth-century Circular Structure Located North of the Barracks Behind the Palace of the Governors
OAS Brown Bag talk by Stephen Post, OAS Research Associate and Deputy Director Emeritus, at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

February 23, 2016

The Chinese terracotta warriors of Qin Shi Huang
OAS Brown Bag talk by Barbara Chatterjee at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

March 8, 2016

Archaeology and Language in the Southwest
OAS Brown Bag talk by OAS' Director Eric Blinman, PhD at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

April 12, 2016

Paleoethnobotany: What We Do and How We Do It
OAS Brown Bag talk by Pam McBride, director of the OAS Archaeobotanical analysis lab, at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

April 16, 2016

Zia Agricultural Fields
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Cost of trip: FOA members: $85, non-FOA members: $95

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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The FOA's 2016 Calendar of Events is available now!

The 2016 FOA Calendar of Events is available now!

The Friends of Archaeology's 2016 Calendar of Events is available now! Click on the image above to download a PDF of the 2016 calendar. Details about the events listed in the calendar can be found in the links to the right.

Southwest Ceramic Typology website

Click here for the Southwest Ceramic Typology website

C. Dean Wilson, Director of the Office of Archaeological Studies' Pottery Analysis Laboratory, is currently working on a comprehensive classification system of Southwest pottery types that is now available to the public and accessable via a single, online resource. Director Wilson would like to remind researchers that while this website (the very first of its kind!) is now available to the public, the content material is still in progress and open for revision. Likewise, the website itself is still being developed and any technical problems will be corrected over the coming weeks and months. (read more)


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.