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Digging Up History and a Good Time

State archaeological society brings its annual meeting to Silver City, April 28-30.

Imagine "dining out" with the Apaches 100 years ago. Over open fires, such dishes as acorn soup and green corn tamales might have been prepared for eager appetites.

On April 29, the public is invited to do just that. An authentic Apache meal, prepared over open fires at Old James Stadium, will be served in the Western New Mexico University Gym. The banquet is the highlight of the 106th annual meeting of the Archaeological Society of New Mexico, a three-day event hosted by the Grant County Archaeological Society.

Events will kick off Friday evening, April 28, with a reception and registration at the WNMU Museum from 5-8 p.m. Registration for the meeting will continue at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday in the Besse Forward Global Resource Center on campus, followed by day-long presentations of papers.

Saturday evening, the banquet will be preceded by a 6 p.m. performance by the Crown Dancers from the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona. Following the banquet, a lecture by Las Cruces archaeologist Karl W. Laumbach will highlight archaeological sites at White Sands. The state meeting will wind up on Sunday with field trips to several area sites.

The public is invited to attend any or all of the state meeting activities. Cost for the meeting is $25 per person, and for the banquet, entertainment and lecture, $25. After April 10, cost for either is $30. Tickets may also be purchased for the evening lecture only for $5. WNMU students and staff may attend the meeting free of charge with valid ID, and the banquet and lecture for $15.

There will be door prizes, book sales and 10-percent discounts at the WNMU Museum for participants.

For more information, contact Judy Jones at 538-3934, or Tina Joslin at
538-9664 or tinacastle@silvercity-nm.com.



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