By Deborah L. Huntley, Preservation Archaeologist
Sarah Griffith shares her impressions of our recent field trip:
This past weekend, the crew and staff packed up and headed out for a fun-filled weekend. Little did I know how incredible our road trip would be.
First, we stopped at Zuni Pueblo in western New Mexico. We spent some time in the museum, which was very well put together and full of interesting information. After a picnic, we poked around some local shops for handmade jewelry and crafts. Everyone we met was really friendly.
Continuing on our journey, we headed to Chaco Culture National Historical Park. I had visited Chaco Canyon for the first time in April, but the return was no less thrilling. The astounding archeological record from that area never fails to impress. The grandeur of Pueblo Bonito and the hike to Pueblo Alto are particularly memorable. Of course, going with the whole crew made it that much more fun—most of our group had never been there before, and the excitement was contagious. Camping under the stars with just our sleeping bags on a tarp was an experience that I will never forget.
Acoma Pueblo was our final stop and my personal favorite. Our tour guide was highly informative and entertaining as he led us on a journey to the past of his ancestors. His insights and perspective on the past were thought-provoking. I also enjoyed learning about modern Pueblo life. It’s hard not to be impressed by the skills of Acoma’s potters, and I indulged myself by buying a few pieces that I am sure I will cherish for many years to come.
The trip was personally fulfilling, and it strengthened the bonds of friendship within our group. I know I’ll have these friends for many years to come.