An Indigenous “Borderland?”: Reframing the Dynamic Late Prehispanic San Carlos Safford Area of Southeastern Arizona

Pecos Trail Cafe 2239 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Thatcher A. Seltzer-Rogers, MS, RPA PhD Candidate, Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico Research Associate, Jornada Research Institute President, Treasurer, and Webmaster, Archaeological Society of New Mexico The San Carlos Safford Area of southeastern Arizona has historically received limited archaeological attention with recent mention only with respect to the arrival of Ancestral Pueblo […]

A Comparison of Musical Instruments from the Prehispanic American Southwest and Paquimé, Chihuahua

Pecos Trail Cafe 2239 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Musical instruments have been found at the Late Medio period regional polity of Paquimé in northern Mexico and in sites ancestral to Pueblo peoples of the American Southwest, but they have never been meaningfully compared. Paquimé’s occupation corresponds with the first half of the Pueblo IV period in the Southwest, a time when instruments were […]

Cultural Continuity and Change in the Upper Pecos Valley: The Archaeology of Pecos National Historical Park

Pecos Trail Cafe 2239 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Pecos Pueblo was occupied for over six hundred years and was a gateway community connecting the Plains and the Rio Grande Valley. The allure, mysteries, and myths of Pecos have fascinated archaeologists since Bandelier first recorded the site in 1881. The cultural connections to modern Pueblo groups makes it an interesting place to explore cultural continuity and to assess the legends and lore that first drew archaeologists to Pecos at the turn of the 20th century. The presentation will summarize the history of archaeology at the site, future avenues of research, and the many cultural connections that bind modern Pueblo groups to Pecos Pueblo.

Mesa Verde

Pecos Trail Cafe 2239 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Larry Nordby