Contact: Wendel Sloan at 505.562.2253
PORTALES—For decades the Portales/Clovis area had an active archaeological society, El Llano, which participated in many of the significant archaeological digs in eastern New Mexico, including excavations at the Blackwater Draw Site.
The students in the anthropological department at Eastern New Mexico University are re-forming this society to give the citizens of eastern New Mexico the opportunity to learn more about archaeology and participate in archaeological excavations.
The first meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, at Mark's Restaurant in Portales. Following the (Dutch-treat) dinner, Chip LeMaster will give a presentation at 6:45 p.m. about New Mexico State Park #5, its history and the ongoing archaeological investigations.
Archaeological societies typically consist of non-archaeologists who are interested in learning more about the science. The ENMU society expects to host field trips, such as to the Alibates Quarry, and hold monthly meetings with guest speakers addressing the archaeology of the area, current research in the field, and other topics.
Upcoming topics include flintknapping, Native American ceramics of New Mexico, and an overview of the Blackwater Draw (Clovis Man) site.
The public is encouraged to participate. For more information, contact Ziggy Prothro at 505.693.3406 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.