When: July 5, August 5 & September 13
Location: The Downs at Santa Fe
Silent Auction and Celebration of Archaeology
Tickets: $20; to reserve tickets call Museum of New Mexico Foundation hotline,505-992-2715, ext. 8, and/or are purchased at the door.
The Friends of Archaeology (FOA) is holding its annual Holiday Party and silent auction, Sun., Nov., 3, at 3 - 6 p.m., at the Hotel Santa Fe. The festive and informative event provides a rare opportunity for the public to learn about how New Mexico's first inhabitants lived, their not-so-primitive technologies, and some of the interesting archaeological digs underway in New Mexico. The party benefits the FOA, a volunteer organization that was created by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation in 1991 to support ongoing research and education projects at the Museum of New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies (OAS). Tickets are $20 at the door, and can be reserved at 505-992-2715, ext. 8. Ticket price includes a savory light buffet and drink. A cash bar will also be available.
Highlights of this year's silent auction include a beautiful three-panel hand painted room screen with original artwork by noted Zuni artist Edward Lewis, and a framed original 18th-century print by the Italian master Piranesi. There will also be original jewelry, framed art work, New Mexico pueblo pottery and books, Nambe ware, travel opportunities, and an intriguing selection of antique items from Tibet.
While party-goers engage in guilt-free shopping, OAS archaeologists will be on hand to demonstrate how ancient New Mexicans made their textiles and house wares, with plenty of information on current OAS education picOAS digs.
The Water Canyon Paleoindian excavation, near Socorro, is one such ongoing excavation where 13,000 to11,000-year-old hunting spear point fragments have been found. Archaeologists digging at this fascinating site have uncovered juvenile and adult bison skeletons as well in two separate locations – one about 4 feet below the surface and a second, recently discovered area, at about 14 ft below the surface.
This event helps raise money for another very important OAS function: to educate the next generation of New Mexicans in the state's rich archaeological history through its award-winning educational outreach program. OAS archaeologists travel to schools throughout New Mexico, trying to reach every county in the state each year. Operating almost exclusively on private donations since 1995, this successful program has twice won the prestigious “Award for Excellence in Public Education” from the Society for American Archaeology.
For more information on New Mexico archaeology, visit www.nmarchaeology.org and www.museumfoundation.org/friends-archaeology. To donate auction items, please call Ann Noble, 505-471-2351.