Those of you interested in the prehistory of New Mexico, and particularly Rio Grande Pueblo culture, will want to explore the new website on the Arroyo Hondo Pueblo archaeological project, spearheaded by Douglas Schwartz, of the School of Advanced Research. Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, located south of present day Santa Fe, began as a small village around 1300 C.E., and rapidly developed into a 1000-room pueblo boomtown. As the website explains, "Extensive archaeological research at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo disclosed wide-ranging details about its origin, rapid growth, the inhabitants' way of life, pathology, and spirituality, during a period of severe climate change, and regional violence. After 125 years, these forces were intertwined in the town's demise. Arroyo Hondo Pueblo characterizes the emergence of a new architectural style that helped set in motion the rise of the Classic Rio Grande pueblo pattern."
The website provides the archeological narrative of the project, the project chronology, a bibliography of all published results, reviews, and literature citations relating to the project, and the collections and images from the project.
The Arroyo Hondo Pueblo Project home page is located at http://www.arroyohondo.org/arroyo-hondo-pueblo
Carter Jones Meyer