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Blackwater Draw Museum Re-opened

Blackwater Draw Museum Re-opened

PORTALES–The Blackwater Draw Museum at Eastern New Mexico University has re-opened at its new location in Lea Hall on the Portales campus.    The new gallery is a dynamic work-in-progress featuring scientific research that has occurred at the Clovis site over the past 85 years.

The museum features artifacts from The Blackwater Draw National Landmark, a 640-acre landscape of human activity areas in an upland containing a spring-fed Pleistocene Lake. Not only is there a panoply of stone tools and projectile points, but outstanding bone preservation–including of wooly mammoths–which gives a glimpse of the more perishable possessions of the inhabitants.

Many species of extinct fauna are found in cultural levels, as are implements made from stone, bone and ivory by the region’s first inhabitants. As a major water source in the area, this locality was used throughout the entirety of prehistory and well into historic times, leaving an archaeological record of occupations and cultural activities. The Paleoindian occupation of the site is by far the most extensive with thousands of tools littering the landscape amidst an enormous number of megafauna and smaller animal kills.

Summer hours at the museum will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon till 5 p.m. on Sundays.  The National Historic Landmark, located one mile north of Oasis State Park Road on NM 467, is currently open weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will open for regular summer hours on May 30.

For more information, call 575-562-2103.

Blackwater Draw Museum Re-opened

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