Curators of history: UNM awarded for work at Chaco

The University of New Mexico’s research at Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon was recently honored with a Field Discovery Award at the Shanghai Archaeological Forum. The project is one of 10 chosen from more than 100 projects around the world.

bright spot“Their selection process seems to be very complicated, so it is truly an honor to be recognized by this group,” said Professor Patricia Crown, who was invited to Shanghai to receive the award.

The archaeological Forum is organized by the Institute of Archaeology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The award recognizes archeological excavations or surveys that have yielded major discoveries furthering or even altering knowledge of the human past.

Principal Investigators Crown and W.H. Wills, both professors in the UNM Department of Anthropology, have conducted field investigations at Pueblo Bonito since 2004 with close to $1 million in external funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Geographic Society.

The research is ongoing work identifying buried sites and the sequence of flooding in the canyon. It has included re-excavation of trenches just south of Pueblo Bonito that identified artificial canals that controlled flooding.

They have also discovered chocolate residues in ceramics from the site demonstrating long-distance exchange with Mesoamerica, along with the re-excavation of a room in Pueblo Bonito, originally excavated in 1896, where they discovered that the room used to store ceramic vessels used in drinking chocolate was purposefully burned to the ground around 1100.

The projects always involve UNM undergraduate and graduate students, many of whom help prepare the publications, which have included a book and 10 peer-reviewed articles.

We welcome suggestions for the daily Bright Spot. Send to newsroom@abqjournal.com.

 

Share Your Story

Nativo Sponsored Content

Ad Tango


taboola desktop

MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS

1
Exhibit to feature works by Peter Miller
Arts
Peter Miller is the forgotten woman ... Peter Miller is the forgotten woman of American modernism.Born Henrietta Myers in Penn ...
2
Fly-in offers chance to see unique aircraft
Albuquerque News
For a list of things to ... For a list of things to do, a schedule, directions and more, go to www.loefi.org
3
Three in NM named as National Blue Ribbon schools
ABQnews Seeker
Recognized for academics, closing achievement gap ... Recognized for academics, closing achievement gap among groups
4
Hispanic cultural group receives $50K grant for film program
ABQnews Seeker
Money to fund costs associated with ... Money to fund costs associated with presenting films highlighting Hispanic and Latinx directors and actors
5
UNM Art Museum exhibit showcases the works of Transcendentalist ...
Arts
Raymond Jonson spun visual harmony from ... Raymond Jonson spun visual harmony from instinct and intuition.His eyebrows dancing li ...
6
ABQ teacher is an 'unsung hero'
ABQnews Seeker
Educator won for 'Hydroponic Garden STEM ... Educator won for 'Hydroponic Garden STEM Project' that teaches genetics, chemistry and alternative energy sources
7
Honoring the service of military veterans with a ride ...
ABQnews Seeker
'There are no distractions, not a ... 'There are no distractions, not a lot of people talking' up in a small plane
8
Placitas artist makes the shoe fit a medium
Arts
Barbara Burzillo fashions old high heels ... Barbara Burzillo fashions old high heels into works of art
9
Miss Navajo Nation donates crown, reflects on term
Bright Spot
Job of role model most important Job of role model most important