BLM Las Cruces Field Office
1800 Marquess Street
Las Cruces, NM 88005-3371
BLM Roswell Field Office
Report from New Mexico: Project Archaeology in our state, 2014-2015
In the last year we’ve formed a good cadre of collaborators. These include other educators (Chaco Canyon, Kuaua Pueblo, Giusewa Pueblo, Santa Fe Botanical Garden) and organizations that wish to promote social studies instruction in the state (New Mexico Council on Social Studies, Historical Society of New Mexico). We continue to have our best success promoting PA as enrichment curriculum for Gifted students, home schooling, after-school clubs, and independent schools.
In New Mexico we’ve sponsored four multi-day Project Archaeology teacher trainings in the past year and a half (in southern, central, and northern New Mexico). We are nearly finished preparing a Shelter module based on a pithouse that burned intact in western New Mexico in the 6th century AD. A fire followed by a collapsing roof preserved a complete array of artifacts intact, including cooking and storage vessels filled with food contents, making this a perfect site for interpreting the spatial distribution of artifacts and human activity areas.
Below are pictures of 4th graders working on Project Archaeology’s New Mexican Pit House Shelter! Along with some of our New Mexico Contributors.
Mollie S. Toll, Outreach Educator
Office of Archaeological Studies, Museum of New Mexico