August 19, 2021, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Free; Online via Zoom; Registration required (link below)
In 2009, the discovery of a native copper nugget on a Classic Mimbres site located on the Gila National Forest in southwestern New Mexico initiated an archaeological investigation to determine whether there were more native copper nuggets or copper artifacts in the Mimbres area of the national forest. This preliminary investigation involved conducting archaeological surveys of a small sample of sites in the Mimbres area of the Gila National Forest, using the latest metal-sensing technology available and documenting the distribution of identified copper nuggets and artifacts.
This presentation will highlight the results of the metal-sensing survey. More importantly, however, it will focus on the ancient exploitation of natural and worked copper nuggets, and fragmented, crushed, and complete copper artifacts including bells, fetishes, and other items discovered recently adjacent to Mimbres pithouses and Classic Mimbres pueblo sites dating between 950 and 1130.