New Mexicans have a rare opportunity to watch archaeologists on a live dig at the Coronado Historic Site off U.S. 550 in Bernalillo. The Dig Kuaua! hand-excavation of the Kuaua Pueblo will be performed by the Office of Archaeological Studies from May 15 through June 30, 2017. Members of the Friends of Coronado Historic Site group can even participate alongside the archaeologists.“This dig has the potential of yielding hundreds if not thousands of artifacts,” said Matthew J. Barbour, Regional Manager, Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites. “The hand-excavation will focus test units throughout Kuaua Pueblo and the surrounding refuse piles called ‘middens.’ Architecture dating to the 1500s will also be unearthed.”Visitors to Coronado Historic Site will have the opportunity to interact with the archaeologists as they conduct the active dig. Docent led tours of the archaeological excavation and the painted kiva will occur on the hour. Visitors are encouraged to come back regularly during the dig, as interpretations of the site change as more is uncovered.Friends of Coronado Historic Site members are invited to participate in Dig Kuaua!. Tasks available to volunteers include sorting artifacts, screening sediments, ceramic analysis, and light digging under the supervision of a professional archaeologist.Individuals who would like to participate in the dig can do so by joining the Friends of Coronado Historic Site group. Those interested in joining the Friends of Coronado Historic Site group may do so by filling out the form available athttps://kuaua.com/friends/
membership/. Annual membership in the Friends of Coronado Historic Site is: $25 seniors: $30 individuals; $35 senior couples; $40 couples/families; $150 supporters. Members receive free admission to Coronado Historic Site and many activities, such as demonstrations and lectures. Members receive the Friends’ quarterly newsletter and email notices of programs, trips, and other extraordinary events.
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