Monday, 7 November 2011

Mimbres Culture Heritage Site

The recently opened Mimbres Culture Heritage Site is along NM 35, just south of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.

Adolph Bandelier visited the site in 1883 and during scientific excavations in 1929 – 1930 the site was named the Mattocks Ruin site after the owners at that time.

Further extensive excavations were undertaken in the 1970’s and it is believed that about 1,000 years ago this Mimbres pueblo was home to as many as 200 people.
Distinctive black-on-white pottery found on the site is recognised as some of the finest examples of classic Mimbres artwork.  The black-on-white pottery found during the excavations is now in various museums.

After the excavations the site was backfilled to preserve it so there is not a great deal to see above ground. 

 The pot on show was found near Lake Roberts further along NM 35.

There are also two territorial style adobe houses on the site which are currently being renovated.

We enjoyed our visit and look forward to returning on our next visit to the Silver City Area.

Have fun, we are!

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