Dinetah Archaeology Workshop
Sponsored by New Mexico Archaeological Council & Bureau of Land Management
Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 9:00am to Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 4:00pm

Bloomfield Cultural Center
333 S. First St.
Bloomfield, NM
United States

Sponsored by the BLM and NMAC, the Dinetah Workshop is one of the most popular archaeology training experiences in New Mexico. 

Last offered in 2009, it filled in a day and a half.  So if you are interested in learning about Dinetah and Anasazi archaeology from the pros, seeing some truly amazing sites, and earning permit and educational credit from the BLM and HPD, better act fast, really fast.

The workshop will be held in Farmington and the greater Dinetah permit area from October 18-20, 2012.  It will be divided into two parts.  During the first day, participants will be exposed to a variety of topics by CRM and Federal archaeologists active in the region.  Talks will focus on the region’s rich cultural history, the identification of ceramic types common to the permit area, “culturally abused” trees, flaked stone research, and more.  On the following two days, Jim Copeland of the BLM will guide us on an exciting trip through numerous cultural resources that you need to know about in the Dinetah.  You will get a chance to use your newly gained ceramic knowledge and to see axe cut trees, subtle features, picture-worthy pueblitos, and some fantastic scenery.

Please remember that training courses sponsored by the BLM may be credited towards the 80 days of local experience.  Two days of credit will be awarded for every day of training.  In the case of this workshop, six days may be applied to the BLM experience requirement.  The HPD offers hour for hour educational credits but you must complete the workshop to receive it.  NMAC will issue a certificate (suitable for framing!) to each person who completes the course.  This is an excellent opportunity for dompanies to get their crew chiefs training while they work towards those much sought after Dinetah permits.

The cost of this workshop is a bargain at only $45 for NMAC members and BLM personnel and $70 for nonmembers (includes membership for 2013).  Funds collected from the workshops go to support NMAC grants and research. To register, call Chris Turnbow at 505.252.1695 or email before 11 a.m. October 17th at chris.turnbow@nmgco.com.  Reservations will be on a  first-come-first served basis.  You can pay at the workshop.  To ensure your place, call Chris to confirm you have a place.

NMAC – BLM Dinétah Workshop: FINAL AGENDA

October 18 - 20, 2012

Thursday October 18.  Bloomfield Cultural Center, 333 S. First St., Bloomfield


     9:00 am Convene Workshop

      Turnbow and Copeland


     9:05 – 9:15 Archaeological and Historical Introduction to Dinétah

      Jim Copeland


     9:15 – 10:30 Upper San Juan Ceramics

      Tori Myers


     10: 30 – 11: 15 Gobernador Polychrome

      Doug Dykeman


     11:15 –11:30 Dinétah Rock Art 101

      Jim Copeland


     11: 30 – 12:00 "Spadework For History"

      Historical film


     12:00-1: 15 Lunch

      On your own


     1:15 –2:00 Dinétah Dendrochronology

      Ron Towner


     2: 00 – 2:45 Dinétah/Gobernador Phase Navajo Lithics

      Tim Kearns


     2: 45 -3:45 Frances Mesa Survey, Excavations at LA113303, and Navajo Cultural Landscapes:  Recognizing the Sites

      Leslie Sesler


     3: 45 – 4:15 Morris 1 Survey:  Material Culture, Dating, and Origins

      Doug Dykeman


     4:30 or so Dismiss for the day



     Friday October 19

     8:00 am Convene @ Salmon Ruins (be fueled and ready to roll)


     8:15 – 4:00 Travel to Frances Mesa and Gobernador Knob area and visit numerous sites

     LA65882, LA78825, LA2135 (Frances Ruin), LA144407, LA 11202, LA99808


     4:00 – 5:00 Return to Salmon Ruins


     Saturday October 20

     8:00 am Convene @ Salmon Ruins  (be fueled and ready to roll)


     8:05 – 9:00 Travel to Pierre’s Trap (LA 68613)


     9:00 – 10:00 Examine Pierre’s Trap


     10:00 – 11:00 Travel to Little Blue Mesa/Canyon


     11:00 – 12:00 Examine Little Blue Mesa sites (LA159734/159735, one unrecorded)

     Lunch Break?

     12:30 – 4:00 Travel to Rincon Largo/Tafoya Canyon and visit LA54832, LA114335, LA114336, and LA49653


     4: 00-or so ?  GO HOME




Jim Copeland, cell phone: 505-486-2785.


Field trips:


Drivers make sure the vehicle behind you sees you make any turns so we don't lose anybody. Keep to the right on curves. Exercise caution when driving or parking near gas field facilities.

Contact Information
Chris Turnbow


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