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Date: October 11, 2016

Speaker: Michael Burney

Topic title: Prehistoric Sites of the Northern Plains

Michael will introduce archaeological site types of the prehistoric period typically found in the northern plains of Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Undisturbed prairie has preserved a wide array of native sites in remarkably good condition -- Bison and antelope drive lines and kill sites; stone tipi rings, medicine wheels, rock art, effigies, vision questing places, burials, Ghost Dance grounds, and Sun Dance sites. A sample of these site types will be shown and narrated.

Bio. : Awarded B.A.in anthropology from the Univ. of Idaho, Moscow and M.A. From the Univ. of Colorado, Boulder. He has worked for a number of native tribes: the Umatilla, Cayuse, and Walla Walla, Oregon; the Rosebud and Yankton Sioux, SD; and Assiniboine/Sioux and Northern Cheyenne, Montana. He continues to advocate for the participation of tribes in Amerca's cultural management (CRM) industry. Michael currently travels with federal law attorney, Gary Montaa, (Standing Rock Sioux, Ft. Yates, ND) teaching archaeological monitoring to tribal members selected by their tribal governments.

Join other TAS members and our speaker for Dinner at 5PM

Guadalajara Grill South, 1384 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos, 

Arrive between 5:00 and 5:30 PM, place your order at the front, 

and take your number to the back room. No reservations needed.

TAS Trip

Three Rivers Petroglyph Park 

and to an active excavation at Creekside, a Jornada Mogollon site in the Tularosa, New Mexico area.  

Please click on the box below for the full description of this trip. 

If you wish to join this trip please notify Carl Calvert at ccalvert@hardhatlaw.net

TAS Field Trip: October 6, all day field trip to the Classic Period ruins of Tsi/pinowinge, near Abiquiu.

WRANGLER: Jane Starks jane@janestarks.com 575 770 6892

Contact Jane to sign up, limited to 13 people.

Required: the ability to hike four miles (round trip) down and then up a narrow, sometimes steep, and generally poorly maintained trail. High-clearance 4WD vehicles are mandatory. Group is limited to 13 additional people (15 total, including our guide). If more people are interested I will schedule an additional trip.

Ann Baldwin, an archaeologist with 35 years of experience will by our Forest Service guide.

DESTINATION: Located on a small mesa with stunning views of the Pedernal and Abiquiu reservoir, Tsi'pinowinge is the northernmost and largest of the Classic Period ancestral Tewa pueblos. It contains up to 400 rooms, with 16 kivas, including a great kiva; some partially or fully excavated from bedrock. Room blocks are constructed from quarried and shaped tufa blocks, and the ground is covered with pottery sherds and lithic material.Google "Tsi'pinowinge ruins" and you will get all kinds of results with images.

REQUIREMENTS: I will drive and can take 4 additional people, but we will need at least two more vehicles, high-clearance and 4WD. If you wish to attend and if you are able drive please contact me at jane@janestarks.com or call me at 575 770 6892.


  • 9AM: meet at Bodie's parking lot. It takes apps. 1 hour 15 minutes to drive to Abiquiu from Ranchos.
  • 9AM to 10AM: drive 16 miles to the trailhead. Apps. 3 to 4 miles are very rugged, hence the need for high-clearance vehicles.
  • 10AM-11:15AM. Hike approximately 2 miles to ruins.
  • 11:15AM-2 or 2:30. Bring your lunch.
  • 2:30: return

After a summer hiatus of 3 months, the TAS BookClub will resume meeting in September; the book chosen is Over the Santa Fe Trail to Mexico...the travel diaries and autobiography of Dr. Rowland Willard, ed. by Joy Poole 2015 to be discussed.  Also, an extra treat, the editor Joy Poole will be a TAS speaker sometime next spring!

Thurs,Sept 22 7pm at Don Keeffe's home

Please RSVP Don at drdonkeefe@yahoo.com only if you are attending so he can have a head count.

Some other books we are reading are:

  • Talking to the Ground...one family's journey on horseback across the sacred land of the Navajo by Douglas Preston 1995...will be hosted by Chris Riveles Taos Library has a copy
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari 2014 Insightful and entertaining. Taos Library has a copy
  • A Great Aridness: climate change and the future of the American southwest (2011) by William DeBuys Taos library has a copy
  • Mesa Of Sorrows...A History Of The Awat'ovi Massacre By James F. Brooks 2016 Taos Library Has A Copy
  • The Origin Myth Of Acoma Pueblo By Edward Proctor Hunt 2015
  • Jungles Of Stone: The True Story Of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, And The Discovery Of The Lost Civilization Of The Maya. William Carlson, 2016 (this book recommended by Jeff Boyer)

The BookClub is always open to suggestion of book ideas.

Taos Archaeological Society

PO Box 143

Taos, NM, 87571


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