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18 February 2012

March 17, 2012 NMGS Program - Before NM Got its Name

Botts Hall
Albuquerque Special Collection Library
423 Central NE
Albuquerque, NM
(On the corner of Central and Edith)

 Saturday, March 17, 2012
10:30 AM – Noon 

The Albuquerque Special Collections Library

The New Mexico Genealogical Society


David Stuart

Before New Mexico Got its Name: 
Archaeology of its First XI Millennia

Ancient Paleo-Indian hunters and foragers first camped within sight of what is now Albuquerque about 11,000 years ago. The Ice Age was waning, giant animals roamed the Rio Grande basin and the first great human-witnessed age of "Global Warming" forced small family bands to adapt both technologically and socially. Then suddenly it turned cold and dry again. Every imaginable human problem involving resources, rainfall, population growth, social order, and adaptation to a continually changing planet played out--all before the Spanish arrived and Statehood was even thought of!

David Stuart Assoc. provost emeritus, co-founder of OCA, initiated the w/e & evening classes, and is still professor of Anthropology, at the University of New Mexico.  A prolific author - among his many titles are:  Anasazi America, Pre-Historic NM, Ancient Southwest, and the Guaymas Chronicles which details the working classes in Mexico.

For more information about our programs, check out the New Mexico Genealogical Society’s website at

This program is free and open to the public

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