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Prehistoric Mimbres Culture: Archeaological Research at Woodrow Ruin- IPCAS Presentation
Start Date: 11/8/2012Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 11/8/2012End Time: 8:00 PM
Event Description
Woodrow Ruin, located just north of Cliff, NM on the Gila River, is one of the most unique sites in the Mimbres region. Not only is Woodrow Ruin a large, multi-component site that has numerous pithouses, 2 great kivas, and many room blocks, but it may also contain a ballcourt (similar to those found in the Hohokam Region), which would be the furthest east one has ever been found. While this makes Woodrow Ruin a very interesting site, what is most important about the site is its state of preservation. Unlike most other Mimbres sites, Woodrow Ruin has been spared from extensive looting. Surprisingly, no archaeological research has been conducted at Woodrow. This summer, Jakob carried out initial dissertation research at Woodrow ruin. This included high-contour GPS mapping and an analysis of surface ceramics. Once analyzed, the data he collected will provide valuable information on the occupation history of the site, and guide future excavations at the site.

During the summer of 2012 Jakob Sedig directed the first professional archaeological excavations at Woodrow Ruin as part of his dissertation research. Excavations at the site helped to confirm that Woodrow Ruin, located on the Upper Gila of southwest New Mexico, is not a typical Mimbres site. Although only a very small portion of the site was excavated, numerous exciting discoveries were made, including evidence for the long-disputed “Mangas” phase of Mimbres archaeology. In this talk Jakob will discuss the excavations conducted during the summer of 2012, and the preliminary results from analysis of the site’s artifacts.
Location Information:
Main Campus - CU Museum (Henderson Building)  (View Map)
1030 Broadway
Boulder, CO
Room: Paleontology Hall
Contact Information:
Name: University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
Phone: 303-492-6892
Email: cumuseum@colorado.edu
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