The Events Calendar

The calendar includes separate listings for OAS Brown Bag talks in Santa Fe, Education Outreach events throughout New Mexico, Friends of Archaeology events and other events in the greater Santa Fe area.

Other sources of information on archaeological activities, tours, and talks include the Taos Archaeological Society, the Archaeological Society of New Mexico, the School for Advanced Research, Southwest Seminars, and the Santa Fe Archaeological Society. The Santa Fe Institute also schedules talks of interest to our community.

E-mail Scott Jaquith to have your event added to the calendar.

OAS Events

Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time

Archaeology at the Palace of the Governors

Over 400 years ago Santa Fe was an infant city on the remote frontier. Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time, a long-term exhibition at the Palace of the Governors, New Mexico History Museum, explores the archaeological evidence and historical documentation of Santa Fe before the Spaniards arrived, the first colony in San Gabriel del Yungue, the founding of Santa Fe, and its first 100 years as New Mexico’s capital. The exhibit, a collaboration between the History Museum and OAS, is on permanent display.

More information on the Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time exhibit can be found by following this link

Puebloan History from Ancient Times to the Present


The class that Dr. Eric Blinman taught for the Friends of Archaeology on an experimental basis last fall will be rolled out again in a slightly streamlined form—focusing in on the prehistory of the northern Southwest. The class will be held from 6 pm to 7 pm on Wednesday evenings (but will often run over that time). This is probably the only time that Eric will be able to integrate the class into his usual work schedule.

Classes will be held in the conference room at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology.

The “value” of the experimental class was set at somewhere between $15 and “priceless” per session by those who participated in last fall’s event. For eight sessions, reserved enrollment (a guaranteed seat at a table) will be $120 for the full set of classes. The room will accommodate 20 participants at tables (for notes and noshes to maintain blood sugar levels), plus four seats for education docents. If there is room, drop-in attendance will be $25 per session, but there will be no guarantee of space from class to class…

Initial enrollment for the full course will be through the hotline on a first-come, first-reserved basis. Call (505) 982- 7799, ext. 6, and leave your name, a call-back number, and the number of class seats you would like to reserve. The FOA will get back to you for confirmation and payment information within a couple of days.

Reserved seating for the “Puebloan History Class” lecture series is full. There will be a few seats for drop-in attendees for individual lectures, but those will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost for drop-in’s will be $25, but we can only accept payment in cash or check at the door (no credit cards). Doors will be open for drop-in hopefuls at 5:45 pm.

Minimum enrollment will be 12 for the class to go forward. After the initial enrollment period, the hotline will be updated with a notice as to whether there is room for drop-in students.

Class Schedule

February 13: Conceptual and practical tools for understanding Southwestern archaeology

February 20: The destination: Modern peoples and cultures of the Northern Southwest

February 27: Peopling of the Americas through the Southwestern Archaic

March 6: Agriculture, pottery, and the emergence of Formative culture

March 13: Villages, social complexity, ethnic diversity, and the Foundations of Chaco

March 20: The Pueblo II period and the workings of the Chacoan system

April 3: The first migration, the Pueblo III communities, and the second migration

April 17: Puebloan communities at the threshold of European Colonialism

*There will be no classes on March 27 or April 10.

OAS Brown Bag Talks


The Friends of Archaeology and the Office of Archaeological Studies are pleased to announce the Brown Bag Talks of 2016. Talks will take place at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology (CNMA) at 12:00 noon on Tuesdays in the CNMA library. Seating is limited. Admission is free.

The Center for New Mexico Archaeology (7 Old Cochiti Road) is located off of Caja del Rio Road, across from Challenge New Mexico on the way to the Santa Fe Municipal Golf Course. Take 599 to South Meadows Road, continue through the traffic circle west along the Frontage Road to Caja del Rio Road. CNMA is on the left-hand side of the road and is the large building with white sail-like skylights on the roof.

April 23, 2019

Origin of “Anasazi” Ceramics: A View from the Southern Chuska Valley
OAS Brown Bag talk by C. Dean Wilson ( former director of the OAS' Ceramics Analysis Laboratory and current OAS Research Associate) at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

C. Dean Wilson (former director of the OAS' Ceramics Analysis Laboratory and current OAS Research Associate) discusses the birth and development of Anasazi ceramics from their place of origin in the Southern Chuska Valley at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology (CNMA), 12:00 noon.

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May 21, 2019

Mesa Verde National Park—Spruce Tree House: Alcove Arch Stabilization
OAS Brown Bag talk by James A. Mason, Ph.D., P.E. (National Park Service) at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

James A. Mason, Ph.D., P.E. (National Park Service) presents a lecture on the construction history of the Spruce Tree House Alcove Complex and the complexities involved in the stabilization of and mitigating damage to this expansive, centuries-old United Nations World Heritage archaeological site at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology (CNMA), 12:00 noon.

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June 18, 2019

Mesa Verde National Park—Cliff Palace: Preliminary Assessment and Potential Stabilization Methods
OAS Brown Bag talk by James A. Mason, Ph.D., P.E. (National Park Service) at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

James A. Mason, Ph.D., P.E. (National Park Service) presents a lecture on the construction history of the Cliff Palace Alcove Complex and the timeline of repair, stabilization, and future plans for preservation of this extraordinary United Nations World Heritage archaeological site at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology (CNMA), 12:00 noon.

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June 27, 2019

Complex Ties between Past and Present: Ancestral Abiquiu Pueblo
OAS Brown Bag talk by Danny Sosa-Aguilar, Excavation Director (Ph.D. candidate, University of California, Berkeley) at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

Danny Sosa-Aguilar, Excavation Director (Ph.D. candidate, University of California, Berkeley) will give a presentation on the Berkeley-Abiquiu Collaborative Archaeology Project, evidence of possible historical ties with Merced del Pueblo de Abiquiu, and the results of the 2019 field season at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology (CNMA), 12:00 noon.

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Education Outreach Events


Please contact Chuck Hannaford at 505-476-4415 or chuck.hannaford@state.nm.us for details on Education Outreach events.

May 4, 2019

Audubon Day: A Celebration of Birds
Saturday, May 4th, 2019
10am until 2pm, free!


A free event, open to the public, on Saturday, May 4th from 10am until 2pm in celebration of National Audubon Day at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology.

Please check back on this website and the Audubon New Mexico website for updates.

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Friends of Archaeology Events


Details of the following events and information on sign-ups are available at the Museum of New Mexico's Friends of Archaeology website.

May 18, 2019

Explore the Vista Verde Comanche Petroglyphs
Saturday, May 18, 2019, all day; $90 for FOA members and $100 for non-members

On Saturday, May 18, 2019, the Friends of Archaeology will host a tour of La Vista Verde, a Comanche petroglyph site, near Taos, NM.

The cost of this trip is $90 for FOA members and $100 for non-members. Make reservations beginning Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 7 am by calling (505) 982-7799, ext. 7. Please check back on this website and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation's Friends of Archaeology website for updates.

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June 2, 2019

2019 Chiles and Sherds at the Galisteo Basin, Pueblo Shé
Sunday, June 2, 2019, all day;
$100 for FOA members and $110 for non-members


This year's day-long event will include tours of Pueblo Shé as well as the opportunity for longer hikes. Visit the movie set of John Wayne's The Cowboys, Hostiles, and Woman Walks Ahead.

The cost of this trip is $100 for FOA members and $110 for non-members. Make reservations beginning Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7 am by calling (505) 982-7799, ext. 6. Please check back on this website and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation's Friends of Archaeology website for updates.

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June 20, 2019

Ancestral Abiquiu Pueblo (Strenuous hike)
Thursday, June 20, 2019
$90 for FOA members and $100 for non-members


On Thursday, June 20, 2019, the Friends of Archaeology (FOA) invite you to tour Abiquiu Pueblo. Abiquiu Pueblo's excavation is part of a larger ongoing effort called the Berkeley-Abiquiu Collaborative Archaeology Project.

The cost of this trip is $90 for FOA members and $100 for non-members. This trip is limited to 16 participants. Make reservations beginning Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 7 am by calling (505) 982-7799, ext. 7. Please check back on this website and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation's Friends of Archaeology website for updates.

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