Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project Talk: Remote Area Recording Project With Janet Mackenzie

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Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project Talk: Remote Area Recording Project With Janet Mackenzie

Join Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project’s first lecture of 2019, as Janet MacKenzie presents new findings on Mesa Prieta during the Remote Area Recording Project. Arrive at the Heritage Center, Hwy 68, Alcalde, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, for refreshments. The lecture begins at 6:30p.m. The suggested donation is $5.

The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project was fortunate to receive a grant in 2018 from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a national non-profit that provides support for a variety of heritage-related activities. The Heritage Center provided matching funds to make completion of this project possible.

The challenge presented to obtain the grant was:  How can petroglyph recording occur in extremely remote areas of the mesa requiring a two hour drive each way to the work areas, drastically reducing time of recorders in the field? Climate change with resulting high daytime temperatures negatively affects our volunteer recorders, some of whom are no longer as young as they were.

MacKenzie hatched an idea to camp out overnight during the spring and fall and work during the cooler hours of those seasons and process recording data during the hot months of summer. Several trips were needed to identify access points from the mesa top to the east escarpment.

The first outing was instructive: after spending the night sleeping in the backs of trucks at the mesa’s edge, volunteers awoke to find many large cougar and elk tracks. Each field day, the remote recording team hiked down over the edge and were gratified to find many beautiful images, as well as trails and constructed remains. Hot work, but well worth it. Recording teams found new and unique findings which MacKenzie will share Tuesday evening.

As a special note –  MacKenzie will be retiring at the end of April. Please come and help celebrate her many accomplishments with the Project and wish her bon voyage.

2019 Lecture Line-Up
May 28 – MPP Talks, Ron Barber – Chasing the Plumed Serpents of the Southwest. Arrive at 6 p.m. for refreshments – lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. The Heritage Center, Hwy 68, Alcalde, NM.
June 25 – MPP Talks, Lynda Romero from the Poeh Cultural Center discusses Acquisition of Tewa Pottery from the Smithsonian. Arrive at 6 p.m. for refreshments – lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. The Heritage Center, Hwy 68, Alcalde, NM.
July 30 – MPP Talks, Emily Brown – Prehistoric Musical Instruments. Arrive at 6 p.m. for refreshments – lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. The Heritage Center, Hwy 68, Alcalde, NM.
August 27 – MPP Talks, Candie Borduin – Best of the Best 2018 Recording. Arrive at 6 p.m. for refreshments – lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. The Heritage Center, Hwy 68, Alcalde, NM.
September 24 – MPP Talks, Matthew Martinez hosts a panel discussion – Na’inbí  Owingeh, Our Place: Pueblo Voices, Stories and Remembrance. Arrive at 6 p.m. for refreshments – lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. The Heritage Center, Hwy 68, Alcalde, NM.