History / Kuaua Collections Digitization Project

Casa Quemada Peaches

Casa Quemada Peach Pit

On our recent journey through archaeological time at the Center of New Mexico Archaeology, the research team
from Coronado Historic Site reinventoried artifacts belonging to a neighbor of the ancient pueblo of Kuaua.

This nearby excavation was from a hacienda occupied by some of the first Spanish settlers to live in the middle Rio Grande  valley.  Like Kuaua, this hacienda,  burned in the August 1680 Pueblo Revolt, tells stories through its artifacts — a fascinating glimpse of Bernalillo life  in the late 1600’s.

The Spanish brought new and different agriculture into this valley.  Documents show that their first crop was wheat, but evidence in the boxes shows  that they also planted peaches here for the first time!  More to come, as we develop a picture of life here during those first contact years.

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