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Historical archaeologists often view curated or heirloom pottery as a frustrating anomaly in the dating of historical-period sites or contexts. Fewer pause to consider why the artifacts were curated in the first place, or what their presence reveals about the people who maintained them. Drawing on a case study of curated micaceous pottery at a Hisp...
Hispanic homesteaders brought Sangre de Cristo Micaceous ollas to their new homes at Los Ojitos (LA 98907), a village site occupied between 1865 and 1950 on the Pecos River in east-central New Mexico. A subset of these ceramics resembled previously identified historic-period micaceous types from northern New Mexico. However, many sherds deviated si...
For travelers on El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, the 1,600 mile trail connecting Mexico City to Santa Fe, the Paraje San Diego (LA 6346) in southern New Mexico is a significant campsite connecting the trail to the Rio Grande before it diverges into the waterless Jornada del Muerto to the north. Past analysis of ceramics from the site revealed bro...
In the spring of 2017, with the permission of the BLM, the CRM class at New Mexico State University re-visited, documented, and conducted 100 percent surface collection at Paraje San Diego, a major stopping point on the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro. The goals of the current project are to: 1) expand on previous knowledge gained from a 1994 NMSU fi...