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.


For Tuesday, September 5th, Our speaker will be Dr. Matthew Schmader  Matt’s presentation is entitled:

  Long-Term Occupation of the West Mesa and Rio Grande Valley: Evidence for In-Place Continuity or Separate Populations?

The Torrance County Archaeological Society is pleased to have Dr. Matt Schmader as our September speaker, to talk about the occupation of the West Mesa and Rio Grande valley near Rio Rancho that has yielded evidence of approximately 70 residential structures spanning a period of nearly 4,000 years (3000 BC to AD 900). Agriculture was adopted fairly late within that time span and was not always reliable. Discussion among researchers needs to address whether these occupations represent the co-existence of two separate groups of people with different adaptations (i.e., foraging versus farming), or whether there was cultural continuity by a single group that had to engage in different strategies depending on agricultural success and other conditions.

Dr. Schmader holds his degrees from the University of New Mexico (M.A. and Ph.D.), and his research focuses on petroglyphs and rock images, central New Mexico (especially the Archaic period), the 16th century Spanish exploration of the Southwest, early puebloan pithouse villages, and rock image site management and conservation. He has been the principal investigator on more than 50 research projects in central New Mexico during the past 25 years.  Matt Schmader has conducted research in Central New Mexico for 38 years on a wide variety of sites including Paleolndian, Archaic, early Ancestral Pueblo pithouses, classic period Ancestral petroglyphs and villages, the Coronado expedition, and the red-light era in historic Albuquerque. He is recently retired from the City of Albuquerque and is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the UNM Department of Anthropology.

For Tuesday, October 3rd, Our speaker will be Marilyn Markel

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The Torrance County Archaeological Society is pleased to have Marilyn Markel as our October speaker, to talk about the Mimbres Culture.

Marilyn Markel, a native New Mexican, has long had an interest in the history, archaeology and the cultural diversity of the Southwest. Marilyn is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, and has had a career as an educator; she's taught archaeology at Aldo Leopold Charter School in Silver City for the last six years as part of the Youth Conservation Corps program.

For the past 13 summers, Marilyn has worked with the University of Nevada Las Vegas field schools on Mimbres area excavations.  She is also the Southwest Chapter Coordinator for the New Mexico SiteWatch site steward program, President of the Grant County Archaeological Society, and Education Coordinator at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site.