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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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El Camino Real and Spaceport America trip postponed

The El Camino Real and Spaceport America trip has been postponed until 2016. We will announce and re-open the sign up for this trip this winter.

Jessica Badner receives Santa Fe's Archaeology Award

Office of Archaeological Studies archaeologist and project director Jessica Badner has just been awarded the City of Santa Fe's Archaeology Award by the Santa Fe Archaeological Review Committee. Jessica received the award on the evening of Friday, May 15th at the Drury Plaza Hotel during this year’s Heritage Preservation Awards. Congratulations Jessica!

Jessica was also featured in two local news stories recently, once in the Santa Fe Reporter and again in the Santa Fe New Mexican's Pasatiempo.

The Santa Fe Reporter article quotes Jessica commenting on the Office of Archaeological Studies' monitoring of the new broadband pipeline installation work in downtown Santa Fe. The Pasatiempo article discusses Jessica's findings in the Santa Fe Railyard excavations in the newly-released report entitled "From Acequias to Industry: the Archaeology of Neighborhood and Infrastructure at the Santa Fe Railyard". Also in the Pasatiempo article, Jessica reflects upon her love of archaeology, what made her choose archaeology as her field of study, and her career in New Mexico.

Read more in the Pasatiempo article and in the Santa Fe Reporter article.

Friends of Archaeology 2015 Calendar of Events

Click here to download the 2015 Friends of Archaeology Calendar of Events

The Friends of Archaeology 2015 Calendar of Events is available now, in PDF format, for you to open, download, and print at your convenience. This year's FOA events prove to be just as enjoyable as last year's and we are guiding several fantastic trips to archaeological sites throughout the state of New Mexico. The FOA trips taking place this fall are still in their planning stages, so please check back later for more up-to-date information...stay tuned!

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.