Date: April 9, 2013
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Talk: Archaeology and Archival Research of near the Barrio de Analco, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Speaker: Steven Lakatos, Cultural Resource Manager, New Mexico Abandoned Mine Lands Program
Location: Kit Carson Electric - 118 Cruz Alta Rd, Taos
Recent archaeological and archival investigations between the Santa Fe River and Montezuma Avenue identified numerous intact deposits lying just below a layer of pavement and base course. At first glance, one might assume that any material of archaeological interest has been removed or completely compromised by the installation of buildings, utilities, and roadways. While this may be true in many cases, ongoing urbanization can also had the reverse effect. Through the urbanization process intact archaeological deposits were capped by pavement or hemmed by the built environment lending to their unintentional preservation. Over 700 years of occupation and land use represented by Classic period Native American, Spanish Colonial, U.S. Territorial, and Depression era components were present under buildings, parking surfaces, and roadways. In addition archival research was used to better interpret these successive periods of occupation. Overall this project has contributed much new information to our understanding of occupation and land use south of the Santa Fe River and underscores the importance of urban archaeology.
Steven Lakatos (M.A. Southwest Studies, 2006) has worked in the American Southwest for over 20 years, participating in numerous survey, excavation, public outreach, and academic research projects. His extensive field experience includes investigations of Paleoindian and Archaic sites in southeast New Mexico, Basketmaker and ethnohistoric Navajo occupations in the southern Chuska Valley, and Depression-era households in Santa Fe. Research interests include examining demographic trends and community formation of the Northern Rio Period Grande Valley, particularly during the Developmental Period (AD. 600-1200). Currently Steven Lakatos is the Cultural Resources Manager for the Abandoned Mine Land Program (AML) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Job duties include managing cultural resource contractors and compliance with federal, state, tribal, and local cultural resource laws. Assessing the effects of proposed AML projects on cultural resources and obtaining proper clearances in consultation with Native American groups, land management agencies, and the State Historic Preservation Office for AML projects throughout New Mexico.
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