the Rio Alamosa valley of southwestern New Mexico, we will explore
1000-year-old ruins, believed to be the ancient settlements of early
Native Americans and an important border area between two different
Karl Laumbach is the lead scientist. He says the ruins found here
are like "time capsules" fragments of pottery, bones, tools,
seeds, the remains of plants, all buried in the earth. These items
offer clues to the way early inhabitants of this area lived and
what their environment was like. Where did these people come from?
How did they feed and clothe themselves? Why did they leave and
where did they go? What do we have in common with them? What can
we learn from their experience?
Laumbach and historian Dennis O'Toole are the leaders of a 13-member Earthwatch team. Together they are excavating
the Rio Alamosa ruins to answer questions about early Native American communities and preserving the site for future
Photo Credits: Courtesy of Karl Laumbach