UNM Research at Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon honored with Field Discovery Award at the Shanghai Archaeological Forum

Departmental News

Posted:  Nov 27, 2017 - 12:00am

UNM’s long-term research at Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon will be honored with a Field Discovery Award at the Shanghai Archaeological Forum on December 8, 2017.  The Shanghai Archaeological Forum is organized by the Institute of Archaeology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.  The award recognizes “archaeological excavations or surveys that have yielded major discoveries significantly furthering or even altering our knowledge of the human past.”  The project was one of ten chosen from over 100 nominated projects for this honor.  

Principal Investigators Patricia Crown and W.H. Wills, both professors in the Department of Anthropology, have conducted field investigations at Pueblo Bonito since 2004 that have involved UNM undergraduate and graduate students, many of whom helped prepare publications, which have included an edited book and ten peer-reviewed articles to date.  Their research has received close to $1 million in external funding from the National Sciences Foundation (NSF), The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the National Geographic Society (NGS).

Professor Crown was invited to Shanghai to receive the award and will deliver a presentation entitled “Excavation of Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.”  

Crown at ChacoWills at chaco