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Dig Giusewa

Exploring Jemez Origins and Acculturation at Jemez Historic Site

In partnership with the Friends of Coronado Historic Site and the Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico Historic Sites is pleased to announce a new program at Jemez Historic Site, entitled “Dig Giusewa.” Running every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday August 16–October 6, archaeologists, tribal members, and volunteers will work to systematically excavate a five-by-five-meter area just north of the visitor center.

“The goal will be to document and preserve a series of pueblo rooms for public interpretation at the site, while recovering approximately 5,000–10,000 artifacts and samples for analysis,” said Matthew J. Barbour, regional Manager, Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites.

Visitors can see the excavations on their self-guided tours through Giusewa Pueblo and San Jose Mission or opt for a more structured experience with ranger-led tours at 10 a.m and 2 p.m daily. Notable cultural materials, such as complete vessels and projectile points, will available for public viewing inside the visitor center. Regular admission rates apply.

Over the past 100 years, the majority of the archaeological and historical research at Jemez Historic Site has focused on the Spanish Mission of San Jose de los Jemez. Much less is known about the Jemez peoples living in the surrounding Pueblo of Giusewa. Yet, Giusewa is among the earliest and longest-occupied villages in the Jemez Mountains. It is an ideal place to explore Jemez settlement and origins. Moreover, as a mission site, Giusewa represents the location of direct and prolonged contact with European religion and culture allowing researchers to explore themes of accommodation and conflict.

“Afterward, the architecture and artifacts will be put to work answering questions of Jemez origins and acculturation,” Barbour said. “These investigations will guide new interpretative exhibits both inside and outside the visitor center at Jemez Historic Site, including a fully restored portion of the village. The results will also be published in a number of public-interest articles and a special report from New Mexico Historic Sites.”

Wednesday–Sunday, 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m $5 per adult; children are free. Free to NM seniors with ID on Wednesday and all NM residents with ID on the first Sunday of the month.

Enjoy a self-guided tour with a detailed and fully illustrated trail guide or arrange a group tour in advance. If reserved ahead of time, staff at the site can accommodate parties of 10 or more for a ranger-guided tour.

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