Events

Digital Insect Night Grasshopper v2

Insect Night

📅Friday, July 26

⌚6:00 – 9:00

🏛 EPMArch, 4301 Transmountain Rd

🐝 ZZZ zzzz INSECT NIGHT is coming to the El Paso Museum of Archaeology this month! Join us for an evening with unforgettable family fun! Check out this GREAT line up of collaborators! Joining us this year will be:

Dr. Paul Hyder

UTEP Biodiversity Collection

El Paso Zoo

Frontera Land Alliance

Frontera Arts and Education Collaborative

Texas Master Naturalist

Texas Parks - Hueco Tanks.

We are fluttering with excitement! We invite you to enter into the fascinating world of insects with our guided evening hikes, tabling activities, art and more! Mark your calendars and get ready to buzz the night away! 🐜 🐛🐞🕷🦋🦟

Digital 727 Lecture John Roney

“Cruciforms in the Southwestern U.S. & Beyond” A Lecture by John Roney

July 27, 2:00 PM

"Cruciforms in the Southwestern US and Beyond"

By John Roney

Four-pointed stones or "cruciforms" are puzzling stone artifacts often found on surface sites in the El Paso area. Ideas about the age and function of cruciforms have been debated ever since they were first reported in the early 1900s. This paper describes preliminary findings from a database that includes almost 500 cruciforms found in archaeological literature, museums, and private collections. Recent research shows unequivocally that they were made in quantity during the Early Agricultural period (1300 BC to AD 200) and that their distribution extends as far south as the Basin of Mexico. New information from both excavations and study of their geographic distribution provide new insights into how cruciforms may have been used, and aids in understanding the nature and scale of early social networks in both western Mesoamerica and the southwestern United States.

A native of Artesia, NM, John Roney graduated from Carleton College and earned a Master's Degree at Eastern New Mexico University. After completing his studies, John was hired by the Bureau of Land Management in Winnemucca, Nevada. In 1980 he transferred to Albuquerque, NM, and eventually retired in 2006 after a full career as a BLM archaeologist. He is now self-employed as a cultural resources consultant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he resides with his wife Rudi. He has worked for many years in New Mexico, Arizona, and northwestern Mexico, investigating the early spread of agriculture and other topics. Mr. Roney’s interests also include prehistoric and historic roads and post-Chacoan developments in the Greater San Juan Basin of northwestern New Mexico. Results of his research have appeared in Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, and other venues.