Exploring the Gallina Country

April 28, 2018
Archaeology, Friends of Archaeology

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, Mike Bremer, Forest Service archaeologist for the Santa Fe National Forest, will lead an all-day tour of the Gallina area in northwestern New Mexico.

The Gallina people entered this area, possibly en masse, in the late 12th- or early 13th-century. They lived in small farming villages in both pithouses and surface dwellings, both of which will be visited on this tour. They also built towers which are viewed as having a defensive, and possibly a spiritual, context. We will visit sites in the Llaves Valley including Nogales Cliff House, Rattlesnake Ridge, and other sites in the Mesa Golondrina area. These people chose to live in a very rugged, but also very beautiful, region which was entirely depopulated by 1300 AD. Possible reasons for this sudden depopulation will be discussed while visiting the various living structures.

This trip is rated as moderate to strenuous in difficulty, with the longest walking being 2.5 miles, round trip, with the first 1.25 miles being uphill with a rugged trail and relatively steep change in elevation.

Cost of trip: FOA members: $85, non-FOA members: $95

For more information or to make reservations, call (505) 982-7799, ext. 6, after 7 am, starting March 27. The cost will be $85 for FOA members and $95 for non-FOA members.

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