One good thing about a global pandemic is that people have more time for research projects that have been on hold or put off in the past. Here are a few things that we and our associates have been up to in 2020! The best thing about learning is that it never stops!
Many years of work, and the efforts of numerous staff, volunteers, and professionals funded by grants have resulted in the massive database known as SPARC - the Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection. Now online and accessible to everyone, this website contains photographs, maps, cross-referenced data, and excavation notes from the original San Juan Valley Archaeological Project, which took place between 1970 and 1978, resulting in the complete excavation and documentation of 30% of the village, and leaving us today with over 1,000,000 artifacts available for study, a stabilized prehistoric Pueblo village to walk through, and a variety of museum displays to help visitors understand the people who once lived here. This resource is ideal for schools, colleges, archaeological professionals, and anyone interested in learning more. It is related to and acts to supplement the Chaco Research Archive.
Article by Paul Reed, in El Palacio, Winter 2020
Article by Brian D. Vallo, in El Palacio, Winter 2020
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