Dig Kuaua!

Dig Kuaua

Beginning on May 15 and running until June 30, the Office of Archaeological Studies will be performing archaeological investigations at Coronado Historic Site. This project, entitled Dig Kuaua!, will include hand-excavation of test units throughout Kuaua Pueblo and the surrounding refuse piles (middens). It has the potential of yielding hundreds if not thousands of artifacts. Architecture dating to the 1500s will also be unearthed.


Want to see the dig? Visit Coronado Historic Site. Docent led tours of the archaeological excavation and the painted kiva will occur on the hour. This is an opportunity for visitors to interact with archaeologists on an active dig. Come back regularly and watch the interpretations of the site change as more is uncovered. Learn what makes Coronado Historic Site such a remarkable place.


Want to be involved? Join the Friends of Coronado Historic Site. As a member you will receive free admission to Coronado Historic Site and many activities, such as demonstrations and lectures. You will also receive Friends’ quarterly newsletter and email notices of programs, trips, and other special events.


Most importantly, Friends of Coronado Historic Site members are invited to participate in Dig Kuaua! Tasks available to volunteers include sorting artifacts, screening sediments, ceramic analysis, and light digging –under the supervision of a professional archaeologist.


If you are interested, join the Friends of Coronado Historic Site by filling out the form available at https://kuaua.com/friends/membership/.


Then CLICK HERE to fill out the volunteer application. This list will keep you up-to-date regarding the dig and opportunities to work at the site. Additional questions can be addressed to coordinator Ethan Ortega at 505-867-5351 or ethan.ortega@state.nm.us.