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.

Los Luceros – Revealing the Hidden Gem of New Mexico – Carlyn Stewart, MA

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

Los Luceros was designated a historic site in 2019 which preserved 148 acres of  towering Cottonwood Trees, rolling agricultural fields, incredibly preserved historic buildings, a delightful apple orchard, four miles of traditional acequia ditches, and a bosque full of wildlife… all sitting on the bank of the beautiful Rio Grande. Carly hopes to demonstrate why […]

The Archaeology and Reconstruction of the Lake Champlain Steamboat Phoenix II

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

As the fifth passenger steamboat to operate on Lake Champlain between Vermont and New York State, Phoenix II, built in 1820, was once known as the fastest boat in the world.  Traveling between St. Jean-sur-Richelieu in Quebec, and Whitehall, New York, for seventeen years, the sidewheel steamers career was colored with a variety of events, […]

Cliff Dwelling Architecture and Mesa Verde National Park – Larry V. Nordby

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

Larry V. Nordby Field Director, Archaeological Site Conversion Program National Parks Service (Retired) This presentation will focus on cliff dwelling research done from the late 1990s up until the present.  Much of the work was done at Mesa Verde National Park, but work was also done at many other sites, such as the upper and […]