The Reserve Area Archaeological Project

Author(s): Michele Koons; Stephen Nash; Deborah Huntley

Year: 2016


The Reserve Area Archaeological Project (RAAP) is a collaborative effort between the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) and the United States Forest Service. Centered in the Reserve/ Pine Lawn region of the Gila National Forest in New Mexico, this project brings together many extant datasets, such as existing collections in the Field Museum from the 1940s/50s, GIS data from the Forest Service, paleoclimate data, and new research that to date has focused on non-invasive methods. Project activities have included fieldwork to find and properly rerecord Field Museum-excavated sites from the 1940s/50s, pedestrian survey to locate new sites, field research on rock art with Zuni colleagues, compositional analysis of obsidian tools from Tularosa Cave, ground-penetrating radar studies, analysis of existing regional paleoenvironmental reconstructions, analysis of existing archaeological tree-ring date distributions, and analysis of new AMS radiocarbon dates on sandals from Tularosa Cave. Long-term goals are to investigate changes in population density and settlement location as related to paleoclimatic changes and changes in resource availability, needs, and cultural significance/ importance. We will also be reevaluating the chronology of the region through extensive radiocarbon dating and ceramic sequence correlation.

Cite this Record

The Reserve Area Archaeological Project. Michele Koons, Stephen Nash, Deborah Huntley. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404007)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;