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

Now celebrating its 404th anniversary, Santa Fe was once 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

NEW! Fizz, Boom, Read!


The New Mexico Library system is beginning a summer reading program entitled: Fizz, Boom, Read! The Office of Archaeological Studies is working with David Hurley and Ryanne Cooper of the State Library in presenting a series of archaeology programs at libraries across New Mexico coordinated with this program. The idea behind the program is to present young and old readers alike with an educational, hands-on encounter with New Mexico archaeology as one of the special experiences they might come upon as they Fizz, Boom, Read!

Archaeology programs will be presented at the following libraries:

Lovington Public Library (Lovington) - Tuesday, June 3rd
Eunice Public Library (Eunice) - Wednesday, June 4th
Woolworth Community Library (Jal) - Thursday, June 5th
Hatch Public Library (Hatch) - Tuesday, June 10
Columbus Village Library (Columbus) - Wednesday, June 11th
Gila Valley Library (Gila) - Thursday, June 12th
David F. Cargo El Valle de Anton Chico Library (Anton Chico) - Thursday, June 19th
A.W. Thompson Library (Clayton) - Friday, June 20th

OAS Brown Bag Talks


The OAS Brown Bag talks, given by OAS archaeologists and others, are free to the public. The talks will resume after the OAS moves into the Center for New Mexico Archaeology. Stay tuned!

Education Outreach Events


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

May 3, 2014

Prehistoric New Mexico Open House at Blackwater Draw Nat'l Landmark
Saturday, May 3, 2014, 9 am-5 pm, free

Join local experts, the staff of Blackwater Draw National Landmark, and the Museum of New Mexico for this free event. Activities include flintknapping, cooking, fiber working, sandal making, atlatl throwing, discussions with archaeologists and other traditional skills. This event is in conjunction with New Mexico's Department of Cultural Affairs "Heritage Preservation Month" with assistance from the Office of Archaeological Studies and local participants from the region.

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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.

May 2, 2014

Water Canyon and Socorro region
Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, 2014, all day, both days
$160/non-FOA members, $150/FOA members

Dr. Robert Dello-Russo, a well-known Paleo-Indian archaeologist, former Deputy Director of the Office of Archaeological Studies and current Director at the UNM Office of Contract Archeology, will lead a tour to the Socorro area, visiting the regionally significant Paleo-Indian site at Water Canyon, the nearby extensive, prehistoric rhyolite quarry known as Black Canyon, and the deep, multi-component Lemitar Shelter in San Lorenzo Canyon.

The cost of this trip is $160 for non-FOA members and $150 for FOA members. This trip is limited to 20 participants and lunch and drinks will be provided. Make reservations beginning Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 12:01 am by calling (505) 992-2715, ext. 8. Please check back on this website and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation's Friends of Archaeology website for updates.

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June 1, 2014

Chiles and Sherds at the Galisteo Basin, Pueblo San Cristóbal
Sunday, June 1, 2014, all day, $95

This year's day-long Chiles and Sherds event will include tours of Pueblo San Cristóbal as well as the opportunity for longer hikes. The cost of this trip is $95 per person. Beginning Tuesday, February 18 at 12:01 am, call (505) 982-7799, ext. 7 for reservations and questions about this event.

Look for a detailed program announcement and reservation instructions in the Friends of Archaeology's spring newsletter, New Mexico Archaeology. Please check back on this website and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation's Friends of Archaeology website for updates.

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September 12, 2014

Canyons of the Ancients
Friday, September 12 through Tuesday, September 16, 2014, $370

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, comprising 183,000 acres of diverse geography, history, and culture in the southwest corner of Colorado, contains the “highest known density of archaeological sites in the Nation,” most of which have not been excavated, and many are even unmapped. Under the leadership of OAS Director Eric Blinman, the group will receive orientation and a tour of the immense artifact collection at the Anasazi Heritage Center, headquarters for the Monument just west of Dolores, Colorado, followed by four days of exploring and hiking in the multiple canyons and mesas of the area.

Trip difficulty will range from easy to strenuous. A group rate for lodging is available at the Cortez Holiday Inn Express and lunches will be included for four days. Most sites will have no facilities. The cost of this trip is $370 per person, $100 of the cost of the trip is a tax-deductible donation. Make reservations beginning May 13, 2014 at 12:01 am by calling (505) 982-7799, ext. 5. 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 18, 2014

Archaeology Day at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology
7 Old Cochiti Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 10 am to 4 pm, free

Join the staff of the Office of Archaeological Studies on Saturday, October 18th, 2014, 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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October 21, 2014

Yucatan, The Mayan Route, and Chiapas
Tuesday, October 21 through Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Cost: $4,350.00 per person, double occupancy/$950.00 single supplement

Organized by Rosa Ramírez Carlson and accompanied by Dr. Timothy Maxwell, director emeritus of OAS, this trip will be an unforgettable tour of Classic Maya sites from Tuesday, October 21 through Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

Mexico is a wonderful and culturally rich country, from its amazing archaeological treasures to its fascinating colonial towns. Here you step back into another time where people are not rushed, where friendliness prevails, where cultural differences enrich your travels. Travelers to Mexico City and southern Mexico find themselves in a melting pot of history and culture where the ancient past and contemporary present blend to create a unique synergy with a foot in both worlds.

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November 16, 2014

Holiday Party and Silent Auction
Sunday, November 16, 2014, 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 16, 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 October 7, 2014 at 12:01 am by calling (505) 982-7799, ext. 5. The proceeds from this event help fund research and education programs at the Office of Archaeological Studies.

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