Our meeting place is in the East Torrance Soil and Water Conservation District’s education building located a block north of Hwy 55 at 700 S. 10th Street.


For Tuesday, July 11th, Our speaker will be Ronald C.D. Fields  Ron’s presentation is entitled:

  Examining the Discoveries from Correo Cave, Isleta Caves#1 and #2, and Feather Cave

The Torrance County Archaeological Society is pleased to have Ronald Fields as our July speaker, to talk about four important New Mexico Sites that have yielded 

perishable artifacts that shed light on our understanding of the Culture History of the

American Southwest and in particular Prehistoric Atlatl/Dart and Bow/Arrow Technologies.

Ron first discovered his passion for archaeology when at the age of nine he was blackberry picking with his family in Ohio and he discovered a  stone ax. After that he has been on a life long journey discovering as much as he can about our ancestors. In his forty-year quest he has worked as an Site Interpreter, Field Archaeologist, and Environmental Scientist.He has worked at SunWatch  Archaeological Park, Mesa Verde, Petroglyph National Monument, and is now at  Salinas Pueblo Missions. He has worked in New Mexico, Missouri, Wyoming, Texas, and California performing contract archaeology. He received his Masters in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico and is in the PhD Program at the same institution. His area of interest is prehistoric technology and especially atlatl/dart and bow/arrow  technologies in North America. His quest is to answer when and how fast the dart-to- arrow transition occurred in the American Southwest.

Please note: Our meeting this month is on July 11, in order to miss the July 4 holiday.

For Tuesday, August 1st, Our speaker will be Dr. Jeffery Hanson

Dr. Hanson’s presentation is entitled:

Demographic Change at Los Ojitos, a Late 19th and early 20th Century Homestead Community on the Pecos River, Guadalupe County.”

The Torrance County Archaeological Society is pleased to have Dr. Jeff Hanson as our August speaker, to talk about the Los Ojitos townsite, founded in the late 1860s as homestead laws opened new lands along the Pecos River.  Situated along spring-producing finger terraces of the Pecos River, south of Puerto de Luna and north of Fort Sumner, it was a prime location for village habitation. Predominantly a farming and ranching community, Los Ojitos exhibited steady growth in population from 1870 to 1900. There was a significant uptick of the population from 1900-1910, and then a precipitous crash by 1920. This paper addresses the possible factors that contributed to the growth and decline of the population, including rail line construction, the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918, and the drought of 1916-1918. Los Ojitos was abandoned around 1940, as a result of construction of Alamogordo (Sumner Lake) Dam.  The remaining residents of the village moved to neighboring communities.

Jeff completed his undergraduate work in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and Received his MA in anthropology from Northern Illinois University; PhD in anthropology from University of Missouri (GO MIZZOU TIGERS). Dr. Hanson has over 30 years of teaching experience including stints at UT-Arlington and Texas Christian University, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in archaeology and cultural anthropology. He has published extensively on aspects of Plains Indian cultures, and has done multiple Cultural Resource Management projects in Southwestern archaeology, ethnohistory and cultural anthropology. He is the author of the novel "Spider Waits", and is now retired and working part-time for Four Corners Research. He is also Vice President and Research Associate at the Jornada Research Institute.