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Date: October 11, 2016

Speaker: Michael Burney

Topic title: Prehistoric Sites of the Northern Plains

Michael will introduce archaeological site types of the prehistoric period typically found in the northern plains of Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Undisturbed prairie has preserved a wide array of native sites in remarkably good condition -- Bison and antelope drive lines and kill sites; stone tipi rings, medicine wheels, rock art, effigies, vision questing places, burials, Ghost Dance grounds, and Sun Dance sites. A sample of these site types will be shown and narrated.

Bio. : Awarded B.A.in anthropology from the Univ. of Idaho, Moscow and M.A. From the Univ. of Colorado, Boulder. He has worked for a number of native tribes: the Umatilla, Cayuse, and Walla Walla, Oregon; the Rosebud and Yankton Sioux, SD; and Assiniboine/Sioux and Northern Cheyenne, Montana. He continues to advocate for the participation of tribes in Amerca's cultural management (CRM) industry. Michael currently travels with federal law attorney, Gary Montaa, (Standing Rock Sioux, Ft. Yates, ND) teaching archaeological monitoring to tribal members selected by their tribal governments.

Join other TAS members and our speaker for Dinner at 5PM

Guadalajara Grill South, 1384 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos, 

Arrive between 5:00 and 5:30 PM, place your order at the front, 

and take your number to the back room. No reservations needed.

TAS Field Trip: October 6, all day field trip to the Classic Period ruins of Tsi/pinowinge, near Abiquiu.

WRANGLER: Jane Starks jane@janestarks.com 575 770 6892

Contact Jane to sign up, limited to 13 people.

Required: the ability to hike four miles (round trip) down and then up a narrow, sometimes steep, and generally poorly maintained trail. High-clearance 4WD vehicles are mandatory. Group is limited to 13 additional people (15 total, including our guide). If more people are interested I will schedule an additional trip.

Ann Baldwin, an archaeologist with 35 years of experience will by our Forest Service guide.

DESTINATION: Located on a small mesa with stunning views of the Pedernal and Abiquiu reservoir, Tsi'pinowinge is the northernmost and largest of the Classic Period ancestral Tewa pueblos. It contains up to 400 rooms, with 16 kivas, including a great kiva; some partially or fully excavated from bedrock. Room blocks are constructed from quarried and shaped tufa blocks, and the ground is covered with pottery sherds and lithic material.Google "Tsi'pinowinge ruins" and you will get all kinds of results with images.

REQUIREMENTS: I will drive and can take 4 additional people, but we will need at least two more vehicles, high-clearance and 4WD. If you wish to attend and if you are able drive please contact me at jane@janestarks.com or call me at 575 770 6892.


  • 9AM: meet at Bodie's parking lot. It takes apps. 1 hour 15 minutes to drive to Abiquiu from Ranchos.
  • 9AM to 10AM: drive 16 miles to the trailhead. Apps. 3 to 4 miles are very rugged, hence the need for high-clearance vehicles.
  • 10AM-11:15AM. Hike approximately 2 miles to ruins.
  • 11:15AM-2 or 2:30. Bring your lunch.
  • 2:30: return

The October discussion will be at Marilyn Scholl's home on Wednesday Oct 19 at 7pm

The book to be discussed is Mesa of Sorrows : A History Of The Awat'ovi Massacre By James F. Brooks 2016.  Taos Library Has A copy.  RSVP Marilyn for directions only if you are attending at : rutilatedbeads@gmail.com

Nov meeting is on Thur Nov 17 

At Jane Starks home to discuss Jungle of Stone:The True Story Of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, And The Discovery Of The Lost Civilization Of The Maya. William Carlson, 2016, Taos Library has a copy

Dec meeting is on Thur Dec 15 

At Gael and Ty Minton home to discuss Sapiens: A Brief History of  

Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari 2014. Taos Library has a copy

The BookClub is always open to suggestion of book ideas.

Taos Archaeological Society

PO Box 143

Taos, NM, 87571


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