4-15-2018 – Lecture – Dig Kuaua

Interpreting The Artifacts – 2017 Kuaua Archeology

“False Truths, Restored Ruins, and New Artifacts:
Looking Beyond the Oxymoronic Past of Coronado Historic Site Through Field Work”

Presented by Ethan Ortega

Mr. Ortega is a full-time staff member at Coronado Historic Site and was recently promoted to Educational Coordinator and Supervisory Archaeologist for the Northern Region of New Mexico Historic Sites (Coronado, Jemez, and Los Luceros). He has a B.S. in Anthropology from Eastern New Mexico University and is currently working on his M.S. in Museum Studies at the University of New Mexico. Ethan’s experience includes archaeological excavations and surveys in Spain and throughout the American Southwest. His goal is to bridge the gap between the public and archaeology to increase understanding and stewardship of archaeological resources. Recent awards include the Edgar Lee Hewett Award for Service to the People of New Mexico (2017), the Bice Award for Archaeological Excellence (2017), and the Cordell/Powers Prize for Young Archaeologists (2017).

Synopsys: Today, the “authoritative facts” about Middle Rio Grande Pueblo Culture and first European contacts printed on our Site panels are being rewritten. For the first time in more than 100 years of archaeological research, the entire property of Coronado Historic Site, including Kuaua Pueblo, has been extensively surveyed. In a joint effort with New Mexico Historic Sites, the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies, and the Friends of Coronado Historic Site, several new sites have been identified. With the help of 75 volunteers throughout seven weeks, dozens of test units were excavated showing that Kuaua Pueblo was larger than once thought and may have had an extensive turkey industry. Additionally, this project has revealed that the best way to connect people to the past is to let them literally “dig-into it.” Find out what we’re discovering and how our perception of the history of the entire Site is changing. For program details: http://www.kuaua.com or 815-978-5327.

Admission to the lecture is $5 for adults; members of the Friends of CHS are FREE.

Where: DeLavy House (Sandoval County Historical Society Museum), located on Edmund Rd & Hwy 550, Bernalillo. (Turn between I-Hop & Warrior Fuel Station – follow the gravel road


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