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Date(s) - 05/23/2015 - 05/24/2015
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Four Corners Office

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JRI has scheduled a field session for May 23 and 24 at Creekside Village to continue excavations in the great kiva. At this point in time, we have defined the north bench (face and surface) and the north upper wall (adobe) (see photos which show light-colored chunks of roof fall on the bench and a cross section of the adobe wall and associated melt to the right).

This opportunity is for members of Jornada Research. If you would like to participate in the excavations and discovery process as we seek to define the south wall and bench and finish excavation the collapsed roof fall from above the kiva floor, please become a member, supporting our vast array of research projects.

This is the first documented great kiva found in the Tularosa Basin; only one other great kiva is known to exist, which is located nearby. Join us for a rewarding experience and be part of a unique opportunity of discovery and data collection.

We will begin on Saturday May 23rd at 8:00 am by gathering at the Four Corners Research Office (23323 Highway 70 [east of Tularosa]). For those who confirm their participation, you will be given further instructions as how to access the office grounds. We will begin with a short introduction to the archaeology and history of Tularosa Canyon from our terrace that overlooks much of the canyon. Then, we will drive to Creekside Village. The hike to the site is about 10 minutes and the trail is rated moderately difficult (some uneven terrain). Bring a hat, gloves, water, lunch, sunscreen, and wear comfortable shoes and protective clothing (much mesquite and creosote bush to hike through). Shade is primarily limited to the river canyon. Temperatures are anticipated to be in the mid 90s. On Sunday, May 24th, we will again meet at the Four Corners office 8:00 and drive to the site.

Field efforts will be directed by David Greenwald who will share the broad history of the area and provide an opportunity to see and visit other parts of the Creekside Village site. He will also share information on other projects that are being conducted by Jornada Research Institute.

Becoming a member is easy. Visit our website and click the “donate” button. We also accept checks. The amount you give is entirely up to you. Thanks for your support and interest.

4-15 North Bench

4-15 North Wall