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October 24, 2020

2020 International Archaeology Day
Saturday, October 24, 2020, 10 am to 3 pm, free!

2020 International Archaeology Day...online!

December 31, 1969


Saturday, October 24, 2020, 11 am to 3 pm, free

The Friends of Archaeology, the Office of Archaeological Studies (OAS), and the repository of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC), all inhabitants of the Center for New Mexico Archaeology (CNMA), are pleased to announce the celebration of International Archaeology Day. Prior to the Covid–19 pandemic, the CNMA would open its doors to the public on the third Saturday of October to tour the archaeological collections of MIAC and visit with the scientists and analysts and educators of the Office of Archaeological Studies in their labs and out in the atlatl field.

For 2020, the Office of Archaeological Studies will be premiering the video Making and Breaking Pots-Summer Camp in the Box 2020 featuring Mollie Toll (OAS ethnobotantist and outreach educator). There will be a live question and answer session with Mollie Toll from 11:30 am–12:45 pm. Additional videos include Mary Weahkee (OAS archaeologist), demonstrating flotation sampling and a kid-friendly introduction to animal adaptations with Caitlin Ainsworth (OAS faunal analyst), as well as a re-visit of OAS Educational Outreach videos featuring OAS archaeologists Lynette Etsitty (Diné), Isaiah Coan (Diné/Zuni), Mary Weahkee (Santa Clara/Comanche), and Jessica Badner. Other video contributors include Marlon Magdelena (Jemez), Norma and Hutch Naranjo of Ohkay Owinge and Santa Clara Pueblo, and Lenora Tsosie (Diné). A variety of fun new downloadable activities for kids will also be available on the OAS website (www.nmarchaeology.org).

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Archaeological Research Collections staff at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology will be doing an "Ask An Archaeologist" event on October 24th to celebrate International Archaeology Month. People can submit a picture of an object ahead of time; then during the event, an archaeologist can talk about the object, tell them what it is and answer questions. The staff will also offer a streaming of YouTube videos that have been published on the Museum's YouTube Channel that will include experimental archaeology, corn harvest, Native American flute music, and more. A few video tours of the collections will also be reposted on the Center's Facebook page.

“Indigenous Collaboration: New Insights in Pueblo Perishables”

This panel brings together several knowledgeable scholars and weavers to discuss their current work with the Cedar Mesa Perishables Project, as well as their own experimental work with Southwest perishables. Invited panelists include Laurie Webster (Southwest archaeologist and Southwest perishable expert), Mary Weahkee (Santa Clara/Comanche-Office of Archaeological Studies archaeologist), Christopher Lewis (Zuni basket weaver), Louie Garcia (Tiwa/Piro textile weaver), and Chuck LaRue (wildlife biologist). The panel, brought to you by MIAC, is scheduled from 1-3 p.m.

Visit the Center for New Mexico's Archaeology Facebook page for more details about the event and to access the Zoom webinar link. For questions about the MIAC offerings for International Archaeology Day, please contact Diana Sherman (archaeology collections manager, Archaeological Research Collections, Center for New Mexico Archaeology) at (505) 476-4443 or diana.sherman@state.nm.us.

Tune into the CNMA Facebook page and the website of the Office of Archaeological Studies, www.nmarchaeology.org for the latest details!