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Third Thursday Food for Thought Presentation – “Archaeology on the Rocks: Investigating an 18th-century Spanish Land Grant”

September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

On Thursday, September 19, 2024, join Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursday Food for Thought” online presentation featuring “Archaeology on the Rocks: Investigating an 18th-century Spanish Land Grant in Tijeras Canyon, NM” by archaeologist Kelly L. Jenks, Ph.D. This free Zoom online presentation will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (ARIZONA/Mountain Standard Time, same as Pacific Daylight Time).

In 1763, New Mexico’s Spanish colonial Governor Cachupín approved an application by 19 petitioners for a grant of community land east of Albuquerque in Cañón de Carnué, now known as Tijeras Canyon. The grantees were expected to defend these lands by building a fortified plaza. The governor also stipulated that these lands were to be used for agricultural purposes. Seven years later Apaches attacked this settlement and the survivors fled the canyon. When they refused to resettle, they were ordered to go back and destroy their homes. The New Mexico State University Archaeological Field School resurveyed the site of this 18th-century plaza in 2021  and returned in 2022 to do test excavation, stabilization work, and more survey, and to investigate artifacts from a 1946 field school at this site. These projects offer intriguing new insights into who these people were, why they settled in this place, how they made their living, and what happened when they left. Dr. Kelly Jenks is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the University Museum at NMSU, Las Cruces.

To register for the Zoom webinar go to https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-8T9UIlZTvGhAQZoDsF6KQ. For more information contact Old Pueblo at info@oldpueblo.org or 520-798-1201.

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Caption: Field school students finishing their morning notes under a tree in the Cañón de Carnué plaza, photo courtesy of Kelly Jenks


September 19
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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