The remote Valles Caldera, formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, provides a one-of-a-kind glimpse into human history.
Help archaeologists investigate prehistoric obsidian quarries and travel routes in New Mexico’s stunning and remote Valles Caldera National Preserve. Your work will help reveal how, exactly, past people used the land and its natural resources.
If you join us in 2014, you’ll spend most of your days in Obsidian Valley, an intensely quiet, beautiful site that conveys a palpable sense of the ancient past. As the occasional eagle glides overhead, you and your team members will dig into the valley floor, then sift through the removed dirt to find artifacts.
In 2015, the researchers will take off in an exciting new direction. Join them as they begin surveying and excavating the preserve's Valle Entrada, part of key prehistoric trading routes. It may even have been on Coronado's path as he made one of the earliest European explorations of the region. Valle Entrada has incredible potential to reveal information about many different people throughout the long span of prehistoric and historic time.
For almost two weeks, you’ll live the life of an archaeologist. Take this unparalleled opportunity to get to know the caldera, and build our understanding and appreciation of how people have enjoyed this landscape across the millennia.