Culture Series: The Rio Tularosa Project
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Archaeologist David Greenwald will speak about his project, “The Rio Tularosa Project: Current Research and Latest Discoveries.” The Creekside Village site is a mid-7th to mid-9th century pit house village (AD 650-850) located in Tularosa Canyon between Tularosa and Mescalero.
The site is of particular importance in that it is sizable with at least 67 pit house depressions mapped thus far, according to Dr. Greenwald. It also has an irrigation system that tapped water from the Rio Tularosa and also made use of a water collection system from the surrounding uplands, with a possible reservoir, a spring mound/artesian spring, and perhaps the most significant is the presence of a great kiva, the first documented this far south and east in New Mexico.
Admission to the presentation is free.
David Greenwald has been an archaeologist for the past 43 years, having focused his studies throughout the American Southwest. Early career studies included academic work along the front range of Rockies in Colorado and across a number of environmental zone in northern Sonora.
Following graduation from the University of Northern Colorado, Dave relocated to southern Arizona, where he began a lengthy period of CRM research focused on the Salt/Gila Basin Hohokam. His involvement continued in Hohokam studies after joining the Museum of Northern Arizona, but also included studies along the Mogollon Rim and Rio Puerco/Little Colorado region of east-central Arizona. Dave spent three years working on the Dolores Archaeological Program near Cortez, Colorado, returning to northern Arizona to continue more projects in the Hohokam, Mogollon, and Anasazi areas of east-central Arizona and west-central New Mexico.
In 1997, he relocated to the Tularosa Basin where he turned is interests to the Jornada Mogollon region and greater New Mexico area. For the past 19 years, Dave has been conducting research in Tularosa Canyon, documenting a variety of site types (both historic and prehistoric) between the Village of Tularosa and the community of Bent. Here, he discovered Creekside Village. For the past three years, he has been conducting excavation at this amazing site with volunteers and students through Jornada Research Institute.