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Paleontologist Gary Morgan stands over the fossil of a stegomastodon skull discovered in a remote area of Elephant Butte State Park this week. What appears to be the skull and tusks of a 3.2 million-year-old stegomastodon was found Monday by campers. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

Skull of stegomastodon excavated

By Rick Nathanson / Journal Staff Writer

3.2 million-year-old fossil at Elephant Butte may be the most complete ever found

The stone ruins of a 500-year-old Indian village highlight a visit to Jemez Historic Site. (Courtesy of Richard Hasbrouck)

History on the spot

By Emily Van Cleve / For the Journal

New Mexico’s diverse history, reflected in ancient Native American kivas, Spanish Colonial churches and 19th-century military forts, is preserved and protected through the New Mexico Historic Site system.

The Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, N.M., has a rich history and resident ghost. It's a good example of the town's Victorian architecture. (Courtesy of Plaza Hotel)

Stay in Vegas

By Julia Linder Bell / For the Journal

If you are ready for a quaint stroll back in time where you can peruse the halls of a historic castle, bathe in natural mineral hot springs or sit under the gazebo on the plaza while taking in the local flavor, Las Vegas, N.M., is a must-see day trip or overnight destination.

A woman heads toward the exterior ladder of a house on the Acoma Pueblo. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

Acoma people fold old traditions into present

By Elaine Tassy / Journal Staff Writer

ACOMA — A dark-haired woman wearing jeans and a striped shirt climbs a ladder to enter her adobe home on this small Native American pueblo, carrying a bag of food from McDonald’s.

Kristin Youngberg examines undergarments made by University of New Mexico students from original patterns. Youngberg and more than 100 others attended a presentation Thursday evening on the history of underwear. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

Getting right to the bottom of underwear

By Mike Bush / Journal Staff Writer

UNM Alumni Association event discusses the colorful history of undergarments