Upcoming Events

March 17, 2015

The Pottery Typology Project
OAS Brown Bag talk by C. Dean Wilson (OAS Ceramicist) at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

April 3, 2015

Hembrillo: An Apache Battlefield of the Victorio War
Friday, April 3 - Sunday, April 5, 2015
Cost of Trip: FOA members: $165, non-FOA members: $175

April 14, 2015

Interpreting Sacred Ridge
OAS Brown Bag talk by Ann Stodder, PhD (OAS Osteologist/Archaeologist) at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

May 16, 2015

Los Aguajes Pueblo and Surround: An Archaeological Landscape Day Trip
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Cost of Trip: FOA members: $85, non-FOA members: $95

May 19, 2015

Comanche Elders Nearly Forgotten
OAS Brown Bag talk by Mary Weahkee (OAS Archaeologist) at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

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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Online now!

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.