Monthly Meeting


Lawrence L. Loendorf

7:30 PM, Tuesday, May 26, 2020

via Zoom at your Computer or Smart Phone


Rock art sites are more complex than the images on the rocks. Archaeologists have recognized the bedrock metates and mortar holes found at rock art sites, but they often overlook the stone shrines, the medicinal plants, and, importantly, the tools used to make the rock images that are frequently found on the surface near a rock art panel. The site setting is an especially significant component of a rock art site, with auditory, directional, and other traits that can be essential in understanding the images. Medicinal plants and local animals can also be important.

In a recent rock art site recording project in the Carlsbad, New Mexico region, Sacred Sites Research, Inc. worked with Versar, Inc. to record 22 rock art sites. The project – supported by the Permian Basin agreement between the New Mexico State Historic Preservation Office, the Carlsbad Bureau of Land Management, and energy production companies – taught us the importance of recording the whole site and not just the rock art. The PowerPoint presentation, delivered via Zoom, will use examples from this project and other recent rock art recording projects at Fort Bliss, Texas, and New Mexico, as well as examples from sites recorded in the past decade. Thanks to Bureau of Land Management Archeologists Martin Stein and Elia Perez of the Carlsbad Office for recognizing the importance of rock art sites to the overall archaeological record.

Larry Loendorf is an archaeologist who received BA and MA degrees from the University of Montana and a PhD from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He taught anthropology and archaeology at the University of North Dakota for 21 years and then at New Mexico State University for 11 years before retiring from university teaching and research. He has done extensive rock art recording under contract with the US Army in Colorado and more recently at Fort Bliss, Texas and New Mexico. He currently directs Sacred Sites Research, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit company that he founded with his wife, Paula. A primary goal of the company is to protect rock art sites across the American West.

A day or so prior to the meeting an email message will be sent to members with a URL for the Zoom site. The AAS Board has met via Zoom, and it was easy to access. There will also be a practice session from 7:30 to 8.00 on Sunday May 24, for those who have not tried Zoom yet or in any case to make sure everyone can connect. There will be no guest lecture at the practice meeting – it is a technical support meeting. A message with URL for this meeting will be sent on Saturday, May 23.


The Albuquerque Archaeological Society is an avocational group that advocates preserving archaeological and other cultural resources by informing members and the public about archaeological and ethnological subjects through our meetings, presentations, newsletter, other electronic media, field trips, volunteer efforts, field surveys, and studies. Membership is only $25 for an individual or family, and it’s free to students with a Student ID or current class schedule. Membership puts you on our mailing list for our monthly newsletter, and gives you access to our field trips, volunteering endeavors, and our seminars. However, our meetings are always free and open to the public, with a guest lecturer and refreshments, great conversation, and the chance to socialize with those who share an interest in archaeology, both professionals and avocational members. Come see what we’re all about! We’d love your company!


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