Upcoming Events

September 10, 2016

La Bajada Pueblo and Environs
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Cost of trip: FOA members: $85, non-FOA members: $95
This trip is full

September 13, 2016

The Prehistory and History of Northern Chihuahua
OAS Brown Bag talk by Dr. Tim Maxwell at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

September 15, 2016

The Casas Grandes World
Thursday, September 15 through Monday, September 19, 2016
Cost of trip: FOA members: $300, non-FOA members: $375

October 5, 2016

Multivariate Statistics, Sources, and Sourcing: Obsidian as an Example
OAS Brown Bag talk by John M. Karon at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

From the Director

In nearly five decades as an archaeologist I have analyzed or supervised the analysis of more than a million potsherds. The collections have originated from sites across a broad sweep of territory, from Wyoming to northern Mexico and from California to Texas, but most have come from the sites on the Colorado Plateau, otherwise known as the greater Four Corners region. . .
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About the Office of Archaeological Studies

The Office of Archaeological Studies (OAS) conducts archaeological research projects throughout New Mexico with a diverse group of 25–40 archaeologists and support staff. Our mission is to identify, interpret, and share information about prehistoric and historic sites across the state. The office serves state agencies and private organizations that need archaeological studies performed as part of their development projects. In addition, we also provide ethnographic and historical research services. We have an education outreach program that directly interacts with New Mexicans in order to answer their questions about archaeology, history, and the heritage of New Mexico. Under Chuck Hannaford's leadership, that program has twice received the Society for American Archaeology's Excellence in Public Education Award, in 2005 and again in 2012.

Roomblocks at the McCarty's highway salvage excavation

In addition to client-initiated projects, the Office of Archaeological Studies conducts research projects that are funded by grants and private donations. Many of the projects make use of a dedicated corps of volunteers. The office provides training opportunities for university students and makes use of their skills in the latest technology. We also collaborate on archaeological projects with Mexico's national archaeological program and have held educational outreach programs in surrounding states.

The office has five specialized laboratories, a small library, and a publications department. We have nationally recognized specialists in pottery, botany, and osteology, and our archaeomagnetic dating laboratory is one of two full-time laboratories in the United States that are dedicated to this dating technique.