New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies

Upcoming Events

July 31, 2024

When Lightning Strikes Twice: Correlating Lightning Strikes and Rock Art Imagery
OAS Brown Bag talk by John Lawrence Pitts, MIAC research associate, at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

Blue-Gray to Biscuit Ware; Trends and Connections

October 11, 2023

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 12:00 noon, free!

This free lunchtime talk, offered by OAS Research Associate C. Dean Wilson, represents the second of several presentations discussing the nature and significance of trends in the distinctive decorated pottery long-produced by Tewa potters in the Northern Rio Grande.

This talk will elaborate on trends noted previously for Tewa White Ware, focusing on a period spanning from AD 1250 to 1550, during which distinct local "white" ware forms occur at the many Pueblo villages across large areas of the Northern Rio Grande. This is reflected by a sequence of organic painted pottery that includes the production of blue-gray (Santa Fe Black-on-white), then biscuitoid (Wiyo Black-on-white), and finally biscuit ware (Abiquiu and Bandelier Black-on-gray/white). Evidence, concerning whether such trends predominately reflect a long sequence of local developments in the Tewa homeland or by influences and people resulting from large scale migrations of groups abandoning the Mesa Verde region during the late thirteenth century, will be discussed.

This talk will be held in the OAS library at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology. Talks are informal. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The lecture will also be provided in an online format (Zoom) and a recording posted after the fact on both the Friends of Archaeology Facebook page and the FOA YouTube channel. Look for special announcements regarding this and other talks on the FOA Facebook page or on the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies' website. 

Meeting ID: 973 0276 8205

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.