Our annual pot luck dinner will be held on the grounds of SMU in Taos beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6. Following the dinner, we will join with SMU, Mercyhurst, and Columbia field school students to hear a presentation by Dr. Robert Dello-Russo, Deputy Director for Office of Archaeological Studies. The presentation is titled "Paleoindians at the Water Canyon Site: Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Socorro County, NM".
Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2011,
Location: SMU in Taos Fort Burgwin Campus Dining Hall
Title: Paleoindians at the Water Canyon Site: Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Socorro County, NM
Speaker: Dr. Robert Dello-Russo, Deputy Director for Office of Archaeological Studies
Archaeological testing at the Water Canyon site (LA134764) has provided us with provocative evidence about Paleoindian lifeways in west-central New Mexico. Deposits in and around an extensive, buried wet meadow suggest that Paleoindians may have returned periodically to this focal point on the landscape. The presence of an intact Cody Complex-age occupation, possible evidence for a Clovis component, several distinct artifact scatters, bison bones from multiple hunting events and a wealth of paleoclimatic data point to the incredible potential for interdisciplinary research at this recently discovered site.
Dr. Dello-Russo holds an M.A. and Ph.D. Anthropology (1990, 1999) from University of New Mexico; Professional cadastral surveyor for BLM in Colorado & Montana 1977- 1984; active in archaeology since 1985 and in the Southwest since 1987; Owned & directed CRM firm Escondida Research Group, LLC in NM 1993-2002 then co-owned & co-directed in NM & CO 2002-present; Created and managed cultural resource compliance program for NM Department of Game & Fish 2005-2007; joined the Museum of New Mexico in 2007 as Deputy Director for Office of Archaeological Studies; Expertise in lithic technology and lithic sourcing studies using X-ray fluorescence, paleoenvironmental research, geoarchaeology, rockshelter archaeology, early maize in the Southwest, and Paleoindian & Archaic hunter-gatherers.
For more information about the Water Canyon Site, look under Archaeology Projects in the Southwest on our TAS Home page.