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Prehistoric Pueblos: Field Sites
In 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 Pueblo cultures.

Archaeologist 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 generations.

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Karl Laumbach

Earthwatch team at work in the Rio Alamosa Valley.

This is another view of the excavation site showing the remains of a wall.