Upcoming Events

December 10, 2019

Pots, People, and Archaeology: Challenges of using Ceramic Data for Culture History Studies
OAS Brown Bag talk by Eric Blinman (Director of the Office of Archaeological Studies) at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

January 14, 2020

Learning from Mistakes: Transforming a Family’s Sixth Century Catastrophe into a Modern Day Teaching Moment
OAS Brown Bag talk by Mollie Toll and Pam McBride, director and director emeritus of the OAS Archaeobotanical analysis lab, at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

Learning from Mistakes: Transforming a Family’s Sixth Century Catastrophe into a Modern Day Teaching Moment

January 14, 2020


Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 12:00 noon, free!

Mollie Toll and Pam McBride present a lecture entitled Learning from Mistakes: Transforming a Family's Sixth Century Catastrophe into a Modern Day Teaching Moment.

Archaeology’s pursuit of collecting and organizing evidence of human adaptation is an ideal vehicle for national and state Social Studies, ELA, and Science standards that focus on observation and inference. But not all sites are equally suited to generating curiosity and argumentation. In the 6th century AD, a family’s home south of Quemado, New Mexico, was consumed by fire, preserving much of the moment as a carbonized snapshot of daily life. Detail, context, and an engaging human story are essential components, and OAS Outreach staff have memorialized the moment for schools across the state.

The Brown Bag talks will take place at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology at 12:00 noon 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.