Archaeological Field School in Santa Fe, New Mexico
This summer, the department of Anthropology and the Andrew Fiske Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Massachusetts Boston will sponsor a field school in archaeology investigating Spanish colonialism in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
About the Archaeological Field School
This field program is designed primarily for graduate students and advanced undergraduates in archaeology or anthropology. Students will receive training in archaeological field methods including excavation, mapping, material culture analysis, and environmental sampling. The field school will be conducted at LA 20,000, a 17th-century Spanish ranch. This site is one the most complex rural ranches of its time in New Mexico. Field trips to archaeological and historical sites, such as Pecos Pueblo, as well as museum tours are planned so that students have the opportunity to develop a deeper appreciation for Spanish colonial society and interactions with indigenous Pueblo peoples.
This project is directed by Drs. Heather Trigg and Stephen Mrozowski with the assistance of Fiske Center staff and run in collaboration with El Rancho de Las Golondrinas, a living history museum devoted to Spanish colonial history. Housing and food will be provided.
This project explores how colonizers adapt to new social and physical environments by investigating the establishment of the Spanish colony of New Mexico during the 17th century. We examine the way early colonial Spanish households functioned, focusing particularly on how colonists incorporated indigenous Pueblo peoples into household activities, and how they made a living in the Southwest’s challenging environment. Spanish colonizers introduced new plants, animals, and agricultural practices into this region, and these and later introductions have had a dramatic effect on the Southwest’s landscape. We know little about Spanish household activities during this period or their impacts on the environment because all written records held within the colony were destroyed during the Pueblo Rebellion in the late 17th century. Archaeology is the primary way that the foundations of Hispanic society in the American Southwest can be understood.
This research is supported in part by the National Science Foundation, grant #1460297.
Successful participants will receive 6 credits in ANTH 485/685, Field Research in Archaeology. Early application is highly recommended as limited spaces are competitive and tend to fill quickly.
About the Fiske Center
The Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research supports interdisciplinary, archaeological research that examines the historical roots of many of the world’s contemporary cultural and environmental issues.