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Seminars in Archeology, Taos, New Mexico

Citizen Science Program
Petroglyphs in Orilla Verde Recreation Area – Gary Grief

Chupadero Archeological Resources under a Special Recreation Permit with the Taos Field Office of the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is offering "Archaeology Seminars" during the summer of 2011. The half day workshops (usually in cooler morning tempratures) provide essentials for visitors to recognize archaeological sites and utilize archeological stewardship principles when visiting archaeological sites. Participants will learn core principles of archeology, artifact identification, cultural history in the Taos Valley, basic operation of GPS locational receivers, non-destructive data collection (including rock art recording) and outdoor ethics (Leave No Trace). Recognizing surface archaeology (sites and artifacts) will be learned through short hikes to archeological sites approved by the BLM for public visits (usually in the BLM Managed Orilla Verde Recreation Area) where emphasis will be on "reading the landscape."

How To Participate

Workshops will optimally have no more than ten participants, at $50 per person payable to Chupadero Archeological Resources, LLC. A minimum of two participants will be required for the workshop to be offered, unless special arrangements are made. By keeping seminars small there will be opportunities to respond to individual interests. Participants will be requested to affirm an Archaeological Resources Conservation Pledge (see PDF) and adhere to non-collection of archeological materials and non-disclosure of archaeological locations to others. All transportation and incidentals to classroom and field seminars will be the responsibility of participants. Participants must be able to walk several miles in warm weather over rough terrain. Efforts will be made to accomodate individuals of all abilities. Individuals wanting strenuous physical challenges may be disappointed at the conversational pace. The Seminars are intended to provide participants a "gateway" for continued participation in archeological research as "Citizen Scientists." Special support will be provided to educators who wish to include archaeological themes in the classroom. CEUs may be available.