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

Introduction to Southwestern Ethnology and Archaeology


Last Spring, FOA sponsored an eight session evening class on Southwestern Archaeology and Ethnology taught by Dr. Eric Blinman (OAS director). It was the second edition of the course and we have been encouraged to make it a regular offering. Planning ahead, we would like to offer it over 8 consecutive Wednesday evenings starting January 8, 2020 (through February 26, 2020). The class will meet at CNMA, and feedback suggested that we start at 6:15 to take a little pressure off of participants who work. Participants can bring snacks or even dinner into the classroom. The classes are designed to last an hour, but with discussion and questions most classes will last until 7:30. The format will be PowerPoint lecture presentations, and the contents of the PowerPoints will be distributed as PDFs a few days after each class. Although treatments of early prehistory will be at a continent-wide scale, as we approach the past 2000 years we will focus in on the northern Southwest, with only passing coverage of Mogollon, Mimbres, and Hohokam cultures.

We will begin with principles of human ecology and the environment that are common to all peoples including a background on archaeological method and theory (the limitations of how we know what we think we know). We will then cover modern Native American languages and cultures of the Southwest, emphasizing broad similarities and differences that define the end points of our archaeological histories.

Once that foundation is behind us, classes will launch into the deep human histories of the Americas, focusing on the peopling of the New World, late glacial environments and peoples, and then the adaptation to the changing environment of the western US. The bulk of the class sessions will cover the last 3000 or so years (the agricultural period) when we begin to see the modern lifeways and peoples of the Southwest take shape. We will end with the first century of the Euroamerican colonial entrada, bringing us to the threshold of today’s multicultural diversity.

There won’t be required readings per se, nor will there be tests or papers. There’s no textbook that covers the subject the way I would like to see it covered, although Linda Cordell and Maxine McBrinn’s Archaeology of the Southwest, 3rd Edition, and John Kanter’s Ancient Puebloan Southwest are solid resources for a class like this (Maxine is an OAS Research Associate and is currently revising her textbook, and John was second in command at SAR for a time). I will provide recommended readings along the way if people would like to delve deeper into various topics. I don’t have commitments from other archaeologists as guest discussants, but that’s a possibility.

Cost for the eight sessions will be $125 per person (no refunds for missed classes). Enrollment will be open to 20 people, signing up through the FOA hotline system on a first-call priority basis. Call the FOA hotline, (505) 982-7799, ext. 6. The hotline opens at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019.

*UPDATE: As of Friday Dec. 6, 2019, the class is full. However, we are keeping a Wait List. If you wish to be placed on the Wait List, please follow the hotline instructions above.*

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.

March 10, 2020

Task of Love: Completing a Turkey Feather Blanket
OAS Brown Bag talk by Mary Weahkee (OAS Archaeologist) at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

Mary Weahkee (OAS Archaeologist) discusses the creation of a replica turkey feather blanket to be used as part of a display in the Here, Now, and Always exhibition at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology (CNMA), 12:00 noon.

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April 14, 2020

Mesa Verde Black-on-white: An Attractive Nuisance
OAS Brown Bag talk by Eric Blinman (OAS' Director) at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

Eric Blinman (OAS' Director) presents a lecture on Mesa Verde Black-on-white ceramics and explores the genesis of the style and its production and use at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology (CNMA), 12:00 noon.

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May 12, 2020

A Case for Daub: Both Scientifically and Culturally
OAS Brown Bag talk by Shelby Jones (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego) at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

Shelby Jones (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego) gives a talk on the significance of burned daub (similar to adobe) in obtaining accurate archaeomagnetic dating samples at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology (CNMA), 12:00 noon.

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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.