Taos Archaeological Society

Ft. Massachusetts

  • 11 Feb 2014
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Kit Carson Electric - 118 Cruz Alta Rd, Taos

Topic:        Fort Massachusetts

Speaker:   Dr. Richard Goddard, Professor of Social Sciences and Archaeology, Adams State University

Location:   Kit Carson Electric - 118 Cruz Alta Rd, Taos

When:       February 11, 2014, 7 PM

For most of the last 100 years the exact location of Fort Massachusetts was unknown.  Begun in 1852, it was the first U.S. fort located in what was to become Colorado Territory.  Six years later, the fort was moved and renamed Fort Garland.  Those six years were a time of great change in the Army, changes that were poorly documented.  Archaeology at the site is producing valuable information about this period.  Dr. Richard Goddard and students from Adams State University have been working on the site since 2010.  He will be discussing his work and showing slides of what has been discovered and what has yet to be learned.

Dr. Richard Goddard is a Professor of Social Sciences and Archaeology at Adams State University.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in history from Wayne State University, his Master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Arizona, and his Ph.D. in historical archaeology from the University of Nevada, Reno.  He has taught at a number of colleges and universities in the West and has had 30 years of experience in prehistoric and historical archaeology in the Southwest and the Great Basin.  His primary theoretical interest is the development of communities in the West.  He has worked on mining sites, homesteads, stage stations, and pony express stations.  Most recently, with investigations at Fort Garland and Fort Massachusetts, he has been examining the impact of the military presence on the development of frontier communities.

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

Guadalajara Grill South, 1384 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos, across from Ace Hardware.

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!

Taos Archaeological Society

PO Box 143

Taos, NM, 87571


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