LAS VEGAS, N.M. – Anthropology students from New Mexico Highlands University were the first to document a site and analyze artifacts of a prehistoric Anasazi Pueblo on the banks of the San Juan River on the Navajo Nation in northwest New Mexico.
The three students were participating last summer in a three-week Highlands anthropology program field school on the Navajo Nation.
“Our anthropology students gained some impressive skills in site documentation, learned about pre-Columbian history, and perhaps even more importantly, learned a great deal about Navajo traditions and beliefs,” said Vick Evans, the Highlands anthropology faculty member who led the field school. “One of the most crucial things the students learned is that this is a living culture and the Navajo have a connection to their ancient past.”
Evans said many of the Navajo’s sacred ceremonies are tied to the sites and landmarks.