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Maxwell Museum curators, staff, and affiliated students are conducting exciting new research on Museum Collections and Archives and in the field.  We share highlights of current research here.

Figure 1. Majolica sherd, imported to San Marcos from Mexico (MMA 2005.114)

Figure 1. Majolica sherd, imported to San Marcos from Mexico (MMA 2006.114)

 

Research Wednesday: San Marcos Pueblo, 4 of 4

Posted on: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 4:00am

Today, we conclude our discussion of our recent research at San Marcos Pueblo by exploring the direct and indirect evidence of Spaniards at the Indigenous community of San Marcos. Historical documents suggest that a mission was established at San... read more

Petrographic thin section of pottery sherd made at San Marcos

An example of a petrographic thin section of a pottery sherd made at San Marcos, showing the clay (in red) and the crushed rock added to the clay as temper (in gray/blue).

 

Research Wednesday: San Marcos Pueblo, Part 3 of 4

Posted on: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 6:15am

San Marcos Pueblo potters made beautiful glaze-painted pottery from the 1300s until the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. They used lead sources from the nearby Cerrillos Hills to create glazes. Unlike some contemporary pottery where glaze covers an entire... read more

Map of San Marcos showing the different periods of use.

Map of San Marcos showing the different periods of use (map by Shawn Perman)

Research Wednesday: San Marcos Pueblo, Part 2 of 4

Posted on: Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 8:15am

Today we continue our exploration of the University of New Mexico’s San Marcos Pueblo project (see Part 1 for an introduction to San Marcos Pueblo). In Part 2, we look at how the community grew and changed over time. Because the... read more

Book cover The Archaeology and History of Pueblo San Marcos: Change and Stability.

Book cover The Archaeology and History of Pueblo San Marcos: Change and Stability.

Research Wednesday: San Marcos Pueblo, Part 1 of 4

Posted on: Monday, November 2, 2020 - 8:30am

Our next few “Research Wednesday” posts will focus on San Marcos Pueblo. San Marcos is a large ancestral Pueblo town located just south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, on the edge of the Galisteo Basin. Pueblo ancestors lived in this... read more