Join us for the 2020 New Mexico Archaeology Fair!

The Historic Preservation Division’s Archaeology Fair has been an annual event since 1992 - with a brief hiatus from 2009-2013.

This year’s fair will be virtual so everyone can explore archaeology and archaeological sites from across New Mexico and beyond from the comfort and safety of their homes.

Many partners are instrumental in the success of this event. They include The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project, New Mexico Historic Sites, Brad Vierra, Margaret Berrier, The Making Archaeology Public Project, Karl Laumbach, New Mexico Highlands University, PaleoWest, Statistical Research, Tonto National Forest, and Westland Resources.

October 17, 2020 – October 29, 2020

900 Years at Gadii






Artifact Guides – Utah Public Archaeology


Have you ever wanted to know what pot sherds, broken projectile points, tin cans can tell archaeologists about archaeological sites? Check out these detailed yet concise artifact pages created for Utah Public Archaeology Network by Ryan Moreau. The link takes you downloadable pages to share.


Canada Alamosa Project


Directed by Karl Laumbach, Principal Investigator at Human Systems Research, Inc., the Cañada Alamosa Project conducted archaeological fieldwork and analysis for over thirteen years in the canyon of the same name and documents 4000 years of agricultural activity. The website link below will take you through a virtual tour of an exhibit on the Project, summarize the archaeological findings of each occupation of the canyon, and introduce the tools of the archaeologist.


To learn more, visit:


Emery Oak Collaborative Tribal Restoration


In Arizona, the Forest Service has partnered with tribes to create the Emory Oak Collaborative Tribal Restoration Initiative, a conservation program focused on restoring Emory oak habitat. The Emory oak yield acorns that are critical to almost every Apache ceremony. The goal of the initiative is to ensure that this precious resource is around for future generations of Apache people.


To learn more, visit:


Largo Canyon Homesteads




Magma Smelter Study, Superior, Arizona




Making Archaeology  Public Videos


In 2016, The Making Archaeology Public Project, created a series of videos in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.


A Welcome Video and videos from 22 states can be viewed at:


New Mexico Historic Sites, Archaeology Podcast


We invite you to listen in to our new Explore Archaeology Podcast, where we are not afraid to get our hands dirty investigating the past. We trench our way past the boundaries of 8 our State Historic Sites in search of a broader understanding of the people who have come before us. Our guests explore New Mexico’s complicated histories through active archaeological research and they connect it to live in the present


Visit for the full free episode


New Mexico Lithic Sources


Stone was primarily used for the production of tools prior to the arrival of metal during the AD 1600s. A variety of rock types are distributed across New Mexico that can be used for cutting, scraping, and grinding activities. Obsidian was valued for its sharp edges and was transported as far away as Arizona, Colorado, Texas and northern Mexico. Cherts from Texas have also been found in New Mexico.


Lithic Sources Map


Paleowest 3D Models


Two 3D models are available for viewing:


Hooded Fireplace Ruin


Navy Colt Revolver


Projectile Point Typologies in Southeast New Mexico




Permian Basin Projectile Points


Salinas Pueblo Mission




The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project


Take a sneak-peek of the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project’s 360 VR tours and read about the 2020 Summer Youth Intern Program at


View low-resolution examples of their 3D models on their Sketchfab page


Three Rivers Petroglyphs Site


Coloring Book


Tonto National Forest, Tribal Monitor Program


The Tonto National Forest Tribal Monitor Program consists of tribal members who are trained to identify and record places and resources of cultural significance. Tribal Monitors survey alongside archaeologists to document tribal resources using traditional ecological knowledge. Data collected is shared with tribes to inform section 106 compliance and environmental analysis processes.


TNF Tribal Monitor Program Overview: