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Mimbres Community Study

Location: Mimbres, New Mexico, United States

May 20, 2013 to June 14, 2013

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Deadline Type: 
Contact for details

Flyer: PDF icon archaeology_field_school_in_southwestern_new_mexico.pdf

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Mesa Community College

Project Director:

Dr. Robert J. Stokes

Project Description

Mesa Community College, located near Phoenix, announces a new summer field school for the 2013 season. We will test excavate three Mimbres Mogollon pueblos, a small field house, a farmstead, and a 70 room pueblo. Our research goal is to better understand how variously sized pueblos located near each other functioned in a larger networked community system. Our results will be compared to previous research conducted in the greater Mimbres region. The ancient Mimbres people lived in pueblos from ca. A.D. 1000 to 1140. The student will learn basic survey and excavation techniques, will participate in the field and laboratory, and will leave with a better understanding of Southwestern archaeology and how professional archaeologists conduct research and learn about the past.

Period(s) of Occupation: Mimbres Classic Period, A.D. 1000-1140

The student will have the opportunity to participate in survey, excavation, and laboratory work

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
None required, although a previous archaeology class is preferred

Room and Board Arrangements

A field camp will be established in the small town of Mimbres, New Mexico at a private ranchette along the Mimbres River. The student will be expected to provide their own tent and related supplies, such as bedding, sleeping bag, sun shower set up, lunch box, etc. The camp will have porto-potties, a shower area, a kitchen, an eating area, and laboratory space. If you have your own dig kit, please feel free to bring it along, but you will need to be responsible for it. Each day, two students will be assigned laboratory and kitchen duties, and will work with the lab/camp director. They will prepare breakfast and put out food for lunch in the morning, and will prepare dinner in the evening; during the day they will wash and rebag artifacts. We will do our best to accomodate special diet needs, such as providing rice or soy milk, vegetarian foods, and to the best we can, gluten-free items; please inform the director upon enrolling of special needs. On Sundays, the group will travel into nearby Silver City to wash clothes and purchase supplies.

$1,500 fee + tuition

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Mesa Community College, Mesa, Arizona
Number of credits offered 7
Please contact MCC for in-state and out-of-state tuition rates


Contact Information
Dr. Robert J. Stokes
Dept. of Social and Cultural Sciences, Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave.
United States
Recommended Bibliography: 

The Mimbres People by Steven LeBlanc

Mimbres Archaeology at the NAN Ranch Ruin by Harry J. Shafer

Mimbres Society by Valli Powell-Marti and Patricia Gilman

Mimbres Painted Pottery by J.J. Brody