Our meeting place is in the East Torrance Soil and Water Conservation District’s education building located a block north of Hwy 55 at 700 S. 10th Street.


TCAS 2018

Our Tuesday, July 3rd, our Meeting will be held at our usual meeting place in Estancia.

Our speaker will be David Greenwald from Tularosa, NM.  Dave’s presentation is entitled: “Creekside Village and Tularosa Canyon: Latest Discoveries”


Archaeologist David H. Greenwald’s talk describes his investigations at Creekside Village along the Rio Tularosa in New Mexico where he has identified the presence of a large, circular pit structure with attributes that compare with great kivas or community structures found elsewhere in the Southwest. The great kiva and other community features (65+ pit houses, a reservoir and irrigation system) reflect a highly structured social order tied to subsistence needs. Initial paleobotanical studies suggest heavy dependence on agriculture, with a focus on corn/maize. Discoveries at Creekside Village have far ranging implications into existing concepts of the organizational strategies of Jornada Mogollon groups who occupied the Tularosa Basin during the Formative period (A.D. 1 to 1450).

Creekside Village is a large pit house site with a great kiva or community structure. The kiva has produced radiocarbon dates that indicate it was constructed about AD 700. Ditch systems, a possible reservoir, and an enhanced spring are also present, suggesting that agriculture and water management were important aspects and keys to meeting subsistence needs.

David Greenwald has been an archaeologist for over 40 years, beginning his career at the Museum at Texas Tech University. Joining the Archaeology Department at Arizona State University in 1976, he worked on various Hohokam sites in the Phoenix Basin. From that time to the present, he has spent most of his career conducting cultural resource management projects in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and west Texas. For several years in the ‘80s, he worked on Anasazi, Mogollon and Hohokam excavation projects while at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff and continued his graduate work at Northern Arizona University.

For three years, Dave served on the Dolores Archaeological Program for the University of Colorado in the Mesa Verde area, on what became the largest excavation project in the United States.

His career then led him back to the private sector, and in 2001 he and his wife, Dawn, started Four Corners Research, a consulting firm headquartered in Tularosa. Living along the Rio Tularosa, Dave began to recognize the varied archaeological resources in Tularosa Canyon. His interest in the area has led to the founding of the Jornada Research Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to continued research of our cultural and natural resources while engaging the public.

He is here this evening to discuss the latest discoveries at Creekside Village and introduce the Twin Kiva community and ditch system located immediately upstream of Creekside Village.

TCAS 2018

Our Tuesday, August 7th, our Meeting will be held at our usual meeting place in Estancia.

Our speaker will be Ethan Ortega from Coronado Monument.  Ethan’s presentation is entitled:

A New Light on the Village of Kuaua: Recent Archaeological Findings at Coronado Historic Site”

After proclaiming itself as the authority on Middle Rio Grande Pueblo culture and first European contact, the “facts” printed on monument panels are being rewritten. For the first time in over 100 years of archaeological research, the entire property of Coronado Historic Site, including Kuaua Pueblo, has been extensively surveyed. In a joint effort with New Mexico Historic Sites, the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies, and the Friends of Coronado Historic Site, several new sites have been identified. With the help of 75 volunteers over 7 weeks, dozens of test units were excavated showing that Kuaua Pueblo was larger than once thought and may have had an extensive turkey industry. Additionally, this project has revealed the best way to connect people to the past is letting them literally dig-into it.

Ethan Ortega serves the people of New Mexico as the Instructional Coordinator and Supervisory Archaeologist for the Northern Region of New Mexico Historic Sites (Coronado, Jemez, and Los Luceros). He has a B.S. in Anthropology from Eastern New Mexico University and is currently working on his M.S. in Museum Studies at the University of New Mexico. His experience includes archaeological excavations and surveys in Spain and throughout the American Southwest. Ortega’s recent awards include the Edgar Lee Hewett Award (2017), the Bice Award for Archaeological Excellence (2017), and the Cordell/Powers Prize for Young Archaeologists (2017).