Why volunteer? Enjoy the camaraderie of working together and learn a lot about archaeology. We attend lectures and take field trips to sites where collections were made. We have worked with collections from many important archaeological sites including, Tijeras Pueblo, San Gabriel del Yunque, Tonque Pueblo, Sapawe, Gallinas Springs, Comanche Springs, collections from the Taos area, and the site of Walakpa (located in Alaska).
It's important to the Museum's mission! Volunteers are an integral part of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology team. Our volunteer crew has been hard at work since 2004 and has processed over 4,200 boxes of artifacts, including rehousing collections in archival materials and generating detailed catalog records. Volunteers have also helped make object mounts for over 1,120 square feet of shelving, and have photographed thousands of objects. This work is incredibly important to the Maxwell Museum's mission—it improves the long-term preservation of collections, as well as making them more accessible to researchers. This work has supported advanced archaeological research and has even helped the Museum get grant funds.
How hard is it? Do I need to have experience in archaeology? All volunteers age 16 and older are welcome. No prior experience is necessary. Training is provided for all projects. Volunteers should have strong attention to detail, an interest in archaeology, museums and/or preservation; a sense of humor is appreciated. You must be able to work in an enclosed space with dirty and dusty objects.
When and where do we meet? The archaeology collections crew meets on Wednesday mornings in the Hibben Center (across the sidewalk from the museum entrance). Parking passes are provided! See visitor page for detailed directions. If interested call Karen Armstrong at (505) 294-8218 or e-mail Archaeology Collections Manager, Karen Price.
For other volunteer opportunities contact Karen Price.