Category Archives: Geoarchaeology

The North Bank Excavations ca. 1963

Here is a great photo-mosaic from the North Bank excavations in the early 1960s.  The humans in the background examining the stratigraphy really put the Clovis-age mammoths in their proper scale.  Unfortunately, Mammoth IV in the background is covered in … Continue reading

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Field School Update

Lots of remarkable progress has been made using the field school students in and out of the South Bank Building.  The bonebed has yielded a few surprises and given up more excellent paleontological specimens.  More information to come, but here … Continue reading

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Field School 2013

We’re up and running, and therefore have little time to attend to the blog or emails. I’ll try to post some photos as time permits but here’s a few for now… With the relatively large number of students and volunteers … Continue reading

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An Excursion to Water Canyon

A tardy post. Several weeks back I, along with David Kilby, was fortunate to be asked to come help with an excavation in  central New Mexico. The project was the brainchild of Robert Dello-Russo from the New Mexico Office of … Continue reading

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Rancho La Brea Photo Album

Recent travels allowed for a quick visit to the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits.  Now in their one hundredth year of excavation, the site has yielded over 600 species to date with a NISP of over 3.5 … Continue reading

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Geologic Work at the Mitchell Locality

The Mitchell Locality is a large portion of the Clovis Site (LA3324) lying along the northwest margin of the prehistoric pond and extending into the slight upland rise to the west.  Over the last few years, we have been fortunate … Continue reading

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Climate Studies at ENMU – Week 2 Update

The climate studies class at Eastern New Mexico University has resumed, instructed by Dr. David Kilby, and funded through a grant from  New Mexico NSF EPSCoR. The class spent the Fall 2011 semester collecting sediment samples from various locations in Eastern … Continue reading

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Recent Activity at the Clovis Site

Lots of activity at the site.  Preparing to open for the season, giving guided tours to visitors, working on the analysis and re-writing our story.  We also had some professional photography done recently and will add those images in the … Continue reading

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A Surprise Find

Sometimes in archaeology things don’t always go as planned, and sometimes the past hides gems under our noses (or boots). Last November, students working with ENMU faculty as a part of an NSF New Mexico EPSCoR grant gained experience in climate change … Continue reading

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Climate Change Study at the Clovis site

“Climate Change in New Mexico” is a new class offered by Dr. Kilby at ENMU for undergraduate students to directly participate in the scientific study of the effects of long-term climate change by focusing on the Pleistocene-Holocene transition (about 12,000 … Continue reading

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Dust Storm

We are in the new Dust Bowl.  There have been more than a few dust-filled days this year but the Haboob yesterday was pretty phenomenal.  Luckily, Ward Beers, an employee at the site got some photos from Portales. The temperature … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week 9/23/2011

Excavation of Alberto Isequilla’s pit resumed in 2009 as the fieldschool for ENMU archaeology students.  Many similarities exist 40 years after the initial work; hand-shoveling tons of sandy overburden, traversing the steep entrance ramp into the pit, and seeking shade … Continue reading

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