The Events Calendar

The calendar includes separate listings for OAS Brown Bag talks in Santa Fe, Education Outreach events throughout New Mexico, Friends of Archaeology events and other events in the greater Santa Fe area.

Other sources of information on archaeological activities, tours, and talks include the Taos Archaeological Society, the Archaeological Society of New Mexico, the School for Advanced Research, Southwest Seminars, and the Santa Fe Archaeological Society. The Santa Fe Institute also schedules talks of interest to our community.

E-mail Scott Jaquith to have your event added to the calendar.

OAS Events

Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time

Archaeology at the Palace of the Governors

Over 400 years ago Santa Fe was an infant city on the remote frontier. Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time, a long-term exhibition at the Palace of the Governors, New Mexico History Museum, explores the archaeological evidence and historical documentation of Santa Fe before the Spaniards arrived, the first colony in San Gabriel del Yungue, the founding of Santa Fe, and its first 100 years as New Mexico’s capital. The exhibit, a collaboration between the History Museum and OAS, is on permanent display.

More information on the Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time exhibit can be found by following this link

Family Archaeology Sundays at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture


Geared to families, this series allows visitors to learn about ancient technologies and traditional arts developed by Native peoples thousands of years ago using the natural resources around them.

All four programs are on Sundays at 1pm and free with museum admission. New Mexico residents with ID are free on Sundays. Youth 16 and under and Museum of New Mexico Foundation members are always free.

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is located at 710 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill in Santa Fe. For more information the public may call (505) 476-1269 or visit www.indianartsandculture.org.

Archaeology programs will be presented by Office of Archaeological Studies staff on the following dates:

March 6th
Mary Weahkee (Comanche/Santa Clara) demonstrates yucca fiber manufacturing and the ancient uses of yucca.

March 13th
Lynette Etsitty (Diné) demonstrates basket weaving.

March 20th
Chuck Hannaford demonstrates the ancient art of the atlatl, primitive bow, and gear of the First Hunters. You’re invited to try your hand at throwing the atlatl (invented thousands of years before the bow and arrow and used longer by humans than any other weapon system).

March 27th
Isaac Coan (Diné) demonstrates the art of flintknapping points.

OAS Brown Bag Talks


The Friends of Archaeology and the Office of Archaeological Studies are pleased to announce the Brown Bag Talks of 2016. Talks will take place at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology (CNMA) at 12:00 noon on Tuesdays in the CNMA library. Seating is limited. Admission is free.

The Center for New Mexico Archaeology (7 Old Cochiti Road) is located off of Caja del Rio Road, across from Challenge New Mexico on the way to the Santa Fe Municipal Golf Course. Take 599 to South Meadows Road, continue through the traffic circle west along the Frontage Road to Caja del Rio Road. CNMA is on the left-hand side of the road and is the large building with white sail-like skylights on the roof.

Education Outreach Events


Please contact Chuck Hannaford at 505-476-4415 or chuck.hannaford@state.nm.us for details on Education Outreach events.

Friends of Archaeology Events


Details of the following events and information on sign-ups are available at the Museum of New Mexico's Friends of Archaeology website.

June 3, 2016

Into the Dinetah Labyrinth: Exploring Pueblo I and Navajo Archaeology
This trip has been postponed until 2017!

The Dinetah extends from Aztec in the north to Dulce in the south and is sandwiched roughly between US 64 on the east and US 550 on the west. The majority of the region is administered by the Bureau of Land Management, and the Dinetah may be the richest federal archaeological land holding in the United States. Hiking will not be strenuous but high clearance vehicles are recommended. We will be carpooling to all of the sites.

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June 25, 2016

Pueblo Pintado
Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 2016
Cost of trip: $170 for FOA members, $190 for non-FOA members; cost for first day only: $85 for FOA members, $95 for non-FOA members


This will be a long, one-day Saturday field trip, June 25, touring Pueblo I-era sites in the San Juan Basin with Tom Windes, a retired archaeologist from the National Park Service. We will visit two clusters of sites near Pueblo Pintado and near Chaco Canyon. We have also reserved a group campground in Chaco for the night of June 25.

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July 9, 2016

Living with Archaeology in the Tewa Basin or Where did the ancient ones live before the Pajarito Plateau?
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Cost of trip: FOA members: $85, non-FOA members: $95


This day trip will visit the Wickersham extended family in the vicinity of La Puebla, New Mexico, just north of Santa Fe. After purchasing the property in the mid-20th century, they have discovered that many generations have lived there previously, including during the Late Developmental period. This will be a chance for tour participants to see Late Developmental period archaeology in the Northern Rio Grande. Hiking will be moderate to strenuous.

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September 10, 2016

La Bajada Pueblo and Environs
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Cost of trip: FOA members: $85, non-FOA members: $95

Our 5-7 hour tour, led by National Forest Service archaeologist Mike Bremer, will visit the pueblo and nearby field and water diversion features. The tour will focus on two overlook sites on the mesa which have considerable rock art, a well preserved shrine, and some quite distinctive room features.
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September 15, 2016

The Casas Grandes World
Thursday, September 15 through Monday, September 19, 2016
Cost of trip: FOA members: $300, non-FOA members: $375


We will caravan to the town of Nuevo Casas Grandes in our private vehicles and stay at the Hotel Hacienda while we make day trips to surrounding archaeological sites. We will also visit the famous pottery-making village of Mata Ortiz, home of Juan Quezada. This trips dates are Thursday, September 15 through Monday, September 19. The cost of this trip is $300 for FOA members and $375 for non-FOA members. Spaces are limited to 20 reservations. Please check back on this website and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation's Friends of Archaeology website for updates.

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October 15, 2016

International Archaeology Day at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology
Saturday, October 15, 2016, 10 am to 4 pm, free!

Join the staff of the Office of Archaeological Studies on Saturday, October 15, 2016, from 10 am to 4 pm, for "Experiencing New Mexico's Past Through Archaeology" at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology!

Please contact Chuck Hannaford at (505) 476-4415 or chuck.hannaford@state.nm.us and Eric Blinman at (505) 476-4404 or eric.blinman@state.nm.us for details, directions, and more information.

Explore the interactive map below for directions.


View The Center for New Mexico Archaeology in a larger map

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November 13, 2016

Holiday Party and Silent Auction
Sunday, November 13, 2016, 3 to 6 pm, $20

Come meet the OAS archaeologists and find out what exciting projects they have been involved in recently. Bid on wonderful and unusual items at a silent auction, Sunday, November 13, 3 to 6 pm, at Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo de Peralta. $20 includes a light buffet and one beverage at a no-host bar. Make reservations beginning Tuesday, October 4, 2016 by calling (505) 982-7799, ext. 7. The proceeds from this event help fund research and education programs at the Office of Archaeological Studies.

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