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Third Thursday Food for Thought Presentation – “The Gypsum Overlook Paleo-Archaic Archaeological Site in New Mexico’s White Sands”

June 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

On Thursday, June 20, 2024, join Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursday Food for Thought” Zoom online program featuring the presentation “The Gypsum Overlook Paleo-Archaic Archaeological Site in New Mexico’s White Sands” by archaeologist Matthew Cuba, MA. This free online program will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. (ARIZONA/Mountain Standard Time – same as Pacific Daylight Time.

Gypsum Overlook is an archaeological site on southern New Mexico’s White Sands Missile Range, situated in the Tularosa Basin on the eastern shore of the now dry Paleo Lake Otero. Archaeological excavations there identified three or possibly four habitation structures, five hearths or roasting pits, and flaked and ground stone artifacts dating to approximately 8,800 years ago during the transition from the Paleoindian to Early Archaic period. The cultural features and assemblage at Gypsum Overlook provide one of the earliest records of Early Holocene housing structures and ground stone assemblages in New Mexico and the greater Southwest, as people began to diversify their subsistence patterns to adapt to the drying and warming post-Pleistocene climate. The unique integrity of the site’s setting and buried archaeological material preserved its features in stunning detail, allowing an uncommon and rare view of the Paleo-Archaic adaptation in the Southwest.

To register for the Zoom webinar go to https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9b7Yc2L2RrenZu-tWlq4Wg. For more information contact Old Pueblo at info@oldpueblo.org or 520-798-1201.

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Caption: Gypsum Overlook site overlapping house floors, projectile points, and ground stone artifacts, photos courtesy of Matthew Cuba/Holloman Air Force Base



June 20
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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