Ar­chae­ol­ogy South­west Mag­a­zine cel­e­brates its edi­tion of Santa Fe Un­der­ground

Santa Fe un­earthed

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“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

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