Archaeology Southwest Magazine celebrates its edition of Santa Fe Underground
Santa Fe unearthed
“Over a period of about 150 years, the number of villages in the Santa Fe area increased, and rectangular rooms arranged in small surface room blocks largely replaced pit structures.” Archaeologist Cherie L. Scheick is discussing human cultures in the Santa Fe area in the late Coalition Period, about 700 years ago. “For the first time (that we know of), area farmers used water-control features and rock-bordered grids for floodwater farming.”
These passages are from the new issue of Archaeology Southwest Magazine. This special edition of the journal that is published quarterly by the Tucson nonprofit Archaeology Southwest focuses on Santa Fe. At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, the organization and the City of Santa Fe host a free celebration of the magazine’s release at Collected Works Bookstore (202 Galisteo St., 505-988-4226). Scheick and other area archaeologists will give brief presentations.
The magazine issue, titled Santa Fe Underground, offers nearly 20 articles that review findings from recent archaeological investigations of the Archaic, Developmental, Coalition, Classic, Spanish Colonial, Mexican, Territorial, and Statehood eras — from 5000 B.C. to the 20th century. Stephen S. Post, another Santa Fe archaeologist who guest-edited this magazine with Scheick, said the members of his profession have typically not offered the public an accessible and readable overview of the artifacts and stories coming out of archaeological digs.
“I think this magazine is of value to residents, from junior-high-age students and up,” he said. “It can be easily used by visitors and anyone who is interested in the history and archaeology of Santa Fe who would like to have a ready reference to some of the information that’s available in the technical reports.”
Among the topics discussed in the magazine are climate, hunting resources, pottery types and designs, Santa Fe’s pioneering 1987 archaeological review ordinance, the age of the Palace of the Governors, and a curious “coin” unearthed during a recent Sena Plaza gardening project. — Paul Weideman