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Date(s) - 03/01/2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

East Torrance Soil and Water Conservation District’s education building

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By Dr. Michael Bletzer

Torrance County Archaeological Society meeting guest lecture

Seventeenth-century documents indicate close relations between the Rio Grande Piro and Salinas Piro pueblos. Due to its location near the mouth of Abó Arroyo, the pueblo of Tzelaqui/Sevilleta seems to have played a particularly important role in these relations. Archaeological investigations begun recently at Tzelaqui/Sevilleta offer some insight into what appears to have been a rather turbulent history that included periods of abandonment, reoccupation under Spanish supervision, establishment of a mission, Apache attacks, and in the mid- to late 1670s, accommodation of refugees from Abó and other Salinas Piro pueblos. Tzelaqui/Sevilleta Pueblo is the best preserved of all Rio Grande Piro pueblos and the only surviving Rio Grande Piro mission pueblo.