The Importance of Chaco Canyon’s 10-Mile Protection Zone in the Greater Chaco Landscape

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

Paul F. Reed The last year has been very eventful in the battle to protect the Greater Chaco Landscape from the encroachment of oil-gas development. Late last year, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced the withdrawal of 351,000 acres of Federal BLM lands from oil-gas leasing in a 10-mile zone around Chaco Canyon and several Chacoan […]

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 […]

CANCELLED – Los Luceros – Revealing the Hidden Gem of New Mexico – Rebecca Ward

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 […]

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.

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 […]

Diversity in the Heart of New Mexico – Alex Arnold

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

:For centuries, central New Mexico hosted people from many different backgrounds. From the Plains people to Pueblo people, Spaniards to settlers expanding west and more, the blending of cultures in the area shaped the diversity that lives on to this day. Program description: PowerPoint presentation of the people that settled in and around Salinas Pueblo […]

The Ripple Effect of Imperialism – Understanding Foodways, Community and Identity on the Margins of an Empire – Laura Steele

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

Imperialism has a dramatic impact on the lives of directly colonized and subjected peoples. Scholars have demonstrated that this impact takes a variety of forms depending on the proximity of the imperial center, imperial goals, the surrounding geography, and abundance of natural resources, among other factors. Limited research has focused on how Indigenous peoples on […]

Who Owns the Water Here? – Mac Watson

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

An illustrated narrative of how the water in the Santa Fe River has been administered since 1609 with a focus on our Water History Park and Interpretive Center.

Looking at the Protection of History and Archaeology in Santa Fe – Dr Tim Maxwell

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

An overview of the development of historic architectural styles protections and the creation of the city’s archaeological ordinance, the first of its kind in the nation. Dr. Tim Maxwell Dr. Tim Maxwell is Archaeologist, Emeritus Director, Office of Archaeological Studies, Museum of New Mexico; Field Archaeologist, Abiquiu Reservoir, School for Advanced Research; Co-Author, City of […]

EVENT DELAYED UNTIL NEXT SEASON Ancient Sky-watchers – Archeoastronomy in New Mexico and the Southwest – James (Jim) Wysong, Ed.D.

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

Since prehistory, our ancestors have employed the sky as a clock, calendar, and a means for navigation and surveying.  Mesoamerican cultures developed sophisticated and systematic practices of astronomical observations and measurement.  Evidence suggests that the native people of the American Southwest were influenced by these neighboring cultures and incorporated some of this knowledge into their […]