One of our newest displays just opened this week, featuring an amazing Aztec jaguar warrior statue. Sponsored by the Friends of Coronado Historic Site, our new exhibit shows us the weapons used by the Indios Amigos who came to support Coronado’s entrada.
An eager crew showed up bright and early to spend Thursday morning at Coronado, working on various landscaping and maintenance projects with our staff. They spread over two tons of gravel in the picnic areas and worked on trails to get our site ready for the coming busy season. Linseed oil on the traditionally-made caretta will keep it looking great for another year! Thank you to all the people who sacrificed their time to come out today. We couldn’t do it without you! : )
The first of the three sisters to sprout this year in our native demonstration garden at Coronado Historic Site are beans that no one planted! Last year’s seeds have taken advantage of the warm days last week here in Bernalillo, and a little much-needed rain to volunteer a new crop of beautiful, healthy bean plants.
Artifacts from the past continue to teach us about the ancient village located here on a sandy bluff overlooking the Rio Grande.
May 22 – June 30, 2017 (Final Dates Still Being Determined) Monday – Friday 9:00am – 3:00pm Sponsored by the Friends of Coronado Historic Site Explore the ruins of Kuaua Pueblo with archaeologists from the Office of Archaeological Studies. Watch as they sift through the earth finding artifacts and features more …
Archaeology has taught us that the domesticated turkey was a very important part of pueblo life. Although there is evidence that turkeys were eaten occasionally, it seems that they were more important than just a food source.
The winter landscape at Kuaua: dark rust willows and tall black-lace cottonwoods line the river, and behind the bosque, snow is scattered on the cloud-shrouded Sandia Mountains. The cold Rio Grande sluggishly flows through the bosque, its eastern shore lined with Canada geese huddled together to find warmth. How different life must have been here for the ancient residents of this pueblo, a life based on fires, fur, and blankets made of feathers.
The display of hands-on Spanish arms and armor in our museum is an example of some of the types of armor used in sixteenth century New Spain. Some important examples used here in early Spanish New Mexico were missing. Our goal was to find some examples, especially of armor, which exemplify what was used in …