Excavation Exhibit: Our first completed exhibit is already the talk of the new Interpretive Center. This exhibit depicts a life-sized model of an excavated ancestral pueblo room, featuring a "stratigraphy" wall, representing the layers, or tiers, excavated by the University of New Mexico Field School archaeologists and students in the 70s.Visitors are surprised to discover actual finds: a jaw bone, potsherds, and a rodent burrow. Five camouflaged drawers, one for each excavated level display sherds, animal bones, and lithics representing real artifacts found from different time periods of the Tijeras Pueblo occupation.The exhibit includes a fire pit in the floor and a wooden post wrapped with twine in preparation for tree ring studies (dendrochronology). An interactive "dig box" holds typical tools and materials that archaeologists use in excavations. Three clipboard activities are available for visitors who wish to observe the exhibit in more detail.The exhibit and activities were designed by Dr. Linda Cordell, who led the University of New Mexico Field School excavations at Tijeras Pueblo in 1975 and 1977.She is currently a Senior Scholar at the School for Advance Research in Santa Fe.
Learning Stations In addition to this completed exhibit are six "Learning Stations" which are still in the planning and construction stages. The cabinetry for these stations is already installed. Some of these stations will include audio-visual components. Five of the stations have themes relating to the daily life in an ancestral pueblo: Food, Clothing, Tools, Pottery and Shelter. A sixth station will feature archaeological techniques and methods.
We have established contact with Sandia and Isleta Pueblos for consultation on areas of cultural sensitivity. These pueblos have agreed to advise us on the display of certain artifacts and symbols.
Be sure to watch this web site for additional information about the Interpretive Center.