Upcoming Events

March 28, 2017

77th Annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology: Trails, Traditions, and New Directions
Tuesday, March 28 through Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the La Fonda Hotel on the Plaza, 100 East San Francisco Street

April 4, 2017

Yucca as a Raw Material in the Past and Present
OAS Brown Bag talk by Eric Blinman (Director, Office of Archaeological Studies) at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

April 25, 2017

Reconstructing the Health of Southwestern People: Evidence, Purpose, and Paradigms
OAS Brown Bag talk by Ann Stodder (Bioarchaeologist, Office of Archaeological Studies) at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

May 12, 2017

Salinas Pueblos
Friday, May 12 through Monday, May 15, 2017
Cost of trip: FOA members: $300, non-FOA members: $375

May 20, 2017

Hopi Weekend at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology
Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st from 9am until 4pm, both days
Cost of event: $95 for one day, $150 for both days

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.