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

On Tuesday, November 13th, our Meeting will be held at our usual meeting place in Estancia.  This will be our final meeting of the season and will include a catered dinner and a special speaker.

Our speaker will be:  Dr. Bruce Huckell The title of Dr. Huckell’s presentation is:   ”Found, Lost, and Found Again: The Martin Folsom Site and Southern Plains Hunter-Gatherers in the Estancia Basin”

Over 65 years ago, a young boy discovered a point fragment in a plowed field on his family’s farm north of Moriarty.  While he didn’t know at the time what that point fragment portended, his discovery came to the attention of UNM graduate student William Roosa, who was conducting an archaeological survey of the Estancia Basin. Roosa asked the Martin family for permission to explore the site where the point was found, and, in 1955, he discovered that the point was one small part of a large surface site of primarily Folsom affinity.  He led what was only the third investigation of a Folsom site in New Mexico after the 1930s-1950s work at the Folsom type site and Blackwater Draw.  The Martin site was a small part of his master’s thesis, and received more attention in his 1967 dissertation through the University of Michigan.  The collection traveled with Roosa to the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology, where it remains today.  After Roosa’s work, this important site virtually disappeared from professional consciousness.  It was not until 2001 that it was rediscovered. 

Tonight’s talk briefly reviews the work by Roosa and reports on recent research conducted at UNM, which includes an analysis of the Roosa sample of flaked stone artifacts and new fieldwork and laboratory analysis by the 2011 Southwestern Archaeological Field School.  The results of these new investigations provide a foundation to reconstruct a small but remarkable piece of the story of Folsom foragers in the Estancia Basin.

Dr. Huckell’s archaeological research interests have long focused on the investigation of past subsistence choices, lithic technological organization, and mobility patterns of hunting-gathering societies in arid and semiarid environments of the North American Southwest and the western North America. For most of the 1980s and 1990s, he investigated Archaic period hunter-gatherers in this region, and, particularly, the cultural and ecological impacts associated with the addition of maize agriculture to wild resource foraging economies in the Southwest.

However, since 1998, Dr. Huckell’s principal research focus has returned to a long-standing interest—the technological organization, land use, and ecology of the earliest occupants of North America. These interests have guided six field seasons of excavation at three Folsom sites on the Llano de Albuquerque, three seasons of investigations at the Mockingbird Gap Clovis site southeast of Socorro, nine seasons of investigation at the Beach Clovis Cache in North Dakota, and two seasons investigating a mammoth site in north- central New Mexico.  In addition, he has spent a few weeks at a Cody complex site west of Bernalillo, and three weeks at the Martin Folsom site in the Estancia Basin.

Dr. Huckell has been involved in teaching since he started working at UNM in 1994.  From 1994-2014, most of his duties were in the Maxwell Museum, so his primary obligations were in the realm of anthropological collections. He was, and is, particularly concerned with the preservation, organization, and use of these collections for research, teaching, and public education.

His service interests involve the preservation of archaeological sites and collections, environmental conservation, and the communication of archaeological knowledge to the public through lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions, and popular writing.